IAAM Announces Winners For First Annual Venue Excellence Awards

HOUSTON, TX (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The first annual Venue Excellence Awards will be presented in Houston, Texas, July 26, 2010, during the International Association of Assembly Managers' (IAAM) VenueConnect – formerly known as the Annual Conference & Trade Show. These awards are intended to recognize venues that demonstrate excellence in the management and operation of public assembly venues.

The winners were assessed on four criteria: service to the community, team building/professional development, safety and security, and operational excellence.

"An award committee created criteria that would fairly and objectively score the nominated venues," said Kevin Duvall, Award Review Committee Chair. "A venue that excels not only within its internal development and operations but also in the local community is one worthy of receiving the Venue Excellence Award. The competition was top of the line."

The award winners for this year are:

Arenas – Comcast Arena at Everett, Everett, Washington

Convention Centers – Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon

Performing Arts Centers – Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna, Virginia

Stadiums – PETCO Park, San Diego, California

Venue Education – Stephen C. O'Connell Center – University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

"As we created this award category we wanted to recognize outstanding venues. These venues have demonstrated exceptional leadership, innovation, perseverance and unwavering commitment of the highest standards to our industry. They are without a doubt most deserving of this recognition. And I heartily thank them all for participating." said IAAM Chairman of the Board, Shura Lindgren-Garnett, CFE. She and Past President Robyn Williams, CFE, created the awards. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers