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IAVM Awards Set For VenueConnect 2011

PHOENIX, AZ (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The International Association of Venue Managers Foundation (IAVMF) is set to honor Brad Mayne, CFE, as the recipient of the Legacy Award. Mayne will be honored at the IAVM's VenueConnect 2011 in Phoenix, Ariz., on July 25, 2011.

"For me, a donation to the IAVM Foundation has always been an investment in my professional development. I assure you, I would not be as successful in my career without the IAVM programs. Many of those programs have been funded and started through funds from dedicated companies and individuals who have embraced donations to the Foundation. The Foundation has been the financial vehicle for making great strides in our industry and I am honored to be recognized for working with the industry professionals in raising funds to invest in our collective future," said Mayne, who is the President/CEO of the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

The purpose of the Legacy Award is to recognize significant financial or nonfinancial contributions by an individual or company. These contributions support the mission and objectives of the IAVM Foundation, leaving a legacy for the advancement of the venue management industry.

"Brad is a true unsung hero in our industry. He has gone above and beyond in representing the Foundation and putting his money where his mouth is. This award could not go to a more deserving individual," said Mich Sauers, Senior Vice President, Comcast-Spectacor and Chair of the IAVM Foundation Chair’s Advisory Council.

Mayne has been a member of IAVM since 1987, earning his CFE in 1997. Over the years, he has served in numerous volunteer capacities including Board of Regents, Board of Trustees, Nominating Committee, Board of Education, Certification Board, and an instructor for both Venue Management School and the Graduate Institute. His professional career has spanned more than 30 years, serving numerous communities in leadership roles beginning in Salt Lake City, then Tacoma, Wash., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Anaheim, Calif., and now, Dallas. Mayne is currently the President and CEO of the Airlines Operating Company/American Airlines Center, home of the 2011 NBA Champions, Dallas Mavericks.

Also set for this year's IAVM VenueConnect will be the annual The Venue Excellence Awards, which 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. These criteria complement the IAVM Value Statements of integrity, service, safety, education, advocacy and people first.

The award winners are:

Arenas – BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Convention Centers – Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, British Columbia Performing Arts Centers – Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota Stadiums – Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington Venue Education – Colonial Life Arena – University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

"These awards were created to recognize outstanding venues. The venues that have been chosen this year have demonstrated exceptional leadership, innovation, and unsurpassed commitment of the highest standards within our industry. They are most deserving of this recognition." said IAVM Chairman of the Board, John Siehl, CFE. Past Chairman Shura Garnett, CFE and Past President Robyn Williams, CFE, created the awards.

IAVM will annually recognize venues that demonstrate excellence in the management and operation of public assembly venues. The Board of Directors looks forward to seeing future venues take the stage to receive this prestigious distinction.

More information is available at – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers