Facility managers and those working for companies that service
public assembly facilities have come to rely on the common ground
created through the International Association of Venue Managers
(IAVM). The association brings these groups together through association
events, publications, conferences and membership directories.
Angie Teel, CMP, director of event services at the St.
Charles Convention Center managed by Global Spectrum,
has seen numerous benefits from her membership during the
last three years. She has used the tools and resources provided
by IAVM to help her obtain her Certified Meeting Planner
(CMP) designation. “The knowledge, experience and applications
have allowed me to recently be promoted to director
of event services at the St. Charles Convention Center after
being an event manager for 4 years,” said Teel.
IAVM offers four types of memberships – professional, allied,
young professional and associate. Professional members include
managers and senior executives from auditoriums, arenas, convention
centers, exhibit halls, stadiums, performing arts theaters
and amphitheaters. Allied members include companies that serve
facilities. Young professional memberships are open to those 30
and under currently working in the management of a qualified
public assembly venue, at a level below the top two levels of management.
Associate membership is for those involved in educating
current or future facility managers or students enrolled at a university,
college or post-secondary technical school and pursuing
degrees in fields associated with venue management or operations.
Members have access to numerous benefits. Some of the more
notable benefits include the IAVM Resource Center, which offers
an extensive research and video library on industry topics,
annual conferences and trade shows, crowd management conferences
and industry specific educational options.
“Membership in IAVM allowed me to network and set up industry
think tanks with fellow venue managers,” shared Teel. “It
has given me resources such as Venue Manager School at Oglebay,
monthly IAVM newsletters that discuss hot industry topics,
as well as local, regional and national conferences.”
Thanks to IAVM, Teel had the opportunity to attend Venue
Management School, a two-week course conducted over two years
at Oglebay giving facility managers the knowledge they need to
succeed. IAVM also offers members the opportunity to earn a special
designation as a Certified Facilities Executive (CFE).
IAVM has chapters around the world. Missouri has one chapter
in St. Louis that meets twice a year. To find out about the
next St. Louis chapter meeting, contact Angie Teel at [email protected]
stcharlesconventioncenter.com. For information about joining
IAVM, contact Gina Brydson, director of membership, at (972)
538-1008 or [email protected] More information about
IAVM is available at www.iavm.org.