On February 18, 2015, the Association of Professional Venue Management (A-PVM) was officially launched at Wembley Stadium (pictured) in London, UK, during the Association’s first Board and Partners meeting.
The not-for-profit Association has been created in order to exchange knowledge, develop content, provide educational support and organise top-class events for the venue industry, including multifunctional arenas, conference and exhibition centres.
The formal structure of the Association has been established by Paul Anderson (formerly of ESSG), Simon Smith (Wembley Stadium) and Dimitri Huygen (MannaC). The Board of Directors further consists of Lotta Nibell (GOT Event AB), Stephan Lemke (Stadhalle Braunschweig), Özgür Erdoğan (Passolig), Kirill Makarischev (VTB Arena Moscow), Frank Elorriaga (Bilbao Exhibition Centre), Tomas Gronager (Clean Event Group), Vince Connolly (CBRE) and Robert Else (Terraplas Plc).
Simon Smith, A-PVM President, commented:
We are convinced that the A-PVM will play an important role in the education of all levels of professionals within our industry and the Association will work extremely hard to organise top-class events that are relevant to all members. In addition, on a personal level, I am both proud and honoured that the Board has chosen me as the first President of the A-PVM.
Paul Anderson, former President & owner of the ESSG Group, added:
We have integrated the ESSG partners into the A-PVM, as we are convinced that this is the right direction to share the innovative and reliable solutions of our industry partners in order to contribute to the development and growth of the Association. Personally, I will be working full-time for the Association to manage all international relations and foster cooperation amongst all members.
In the upcoming weeks, the A-PVM website will be fully up-and-running, including the first round of articles, membership biographies and partnership profiles.
The first A-PVM event will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden, and is being organised by Board Member Lotta Nibell, who advised:
As Board Member, I am delighted to welcome our members to the new GOT Event Venue in Gothenburg and to share our ideas of a large renovation within a Scandinavian Arena. Our City Council will give insights on how sports contribute to the economics like tourism in Gothenburg. In addition, we will go to Stockholm to get the impressions on venue management with the Tele2 Arena, Globe Arena and Friends Arena.