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Bolton To The Top Of IAVM

COPPELL, TX (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The International Association of Venue Managers has announced the nomination of John Bolton, CFE, for 2nd Vice Chair of the IAVM Board of Directors.

The position honors exemplary leadership and dedication to the Sport, Entertainment, and Convention/Exhibition Industry. In this role, Mr. Bolton will become a Senior Officer of the organization, a four year term, ascending to the Chairman position in 2013-14.

Bolton is the General Manager of the SMG Tulsa/BOK Center and Tulsa Convention Center and has served in this position since 2007. He has been in the industry since 1986 and has managed five venues in Evansville, Indiana, and the RiverPark Center in Owensboro, Kentucky, prior to moving to Tulsa.

“John has demonstrated unique imagination, creativity and drive, in his professional approach to venue management. He has been a valuable and productive member of our association through a myriad of volunteer positions and assignments and is a great choice for Second Vice Chair. IAVM will benefit significantly from his energy, skill and enthusiasm” said John Christison, CFE, President & General Manager of the Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, Washington.

A member of IAVM since 1994, Bolton has served the industry as a volunteer member in many capacities, including Chair of the Professional Development Committee, Chair of Board of Governors for IAVM’s Senior Executive Symposium at Cornell University, and served as the local host for the 2010 Arena Management Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Currently he is the Director for Region six and Chair of the Arenas Committee, and serves on the Executive Committee for the Board of Directors of IAVM.

“I am very humbled by the honor of representing an industry I love so much. IAVM and its programs and services have played a major role in the success I have enjoyed throughout my career. Having the opportunity to give back in a leadership role like this is truly a dream come true for me,” stated John Bolton, CFE.

IAVM members will vote on this nomination, and, if elected, Bolton will take office during the Annual Conference & Trade Show, VenueConnect, set for July 2011, in Phoenix, Arizona, according to the press release.

— Crystal Lynn Huntoon