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IAVM Foundation announces the Joseph A. Floreano Scholarship + Internship Program

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The IAVM Foundation has been committed to programs, ideas and initiatives that build amazing careers and a strong future for the industry for more than 32 years; over which time it has bestowed more than 300 scholarships worth approximately US$350,000.

Back in July, at IAVM’s VenueConnect in Portland, the Foundation continued this legacy by announcing its newest campaign, ‘Build An Amazing Future‘. This campaign is a three-prong approach focused on students, young professionals and mid-level management in the venue management industry.

Part of this approach is the commitment to funding just over US$40,000 to provide 37 scholarships + internships through the Joseph A. Floreano Scholarship + Internship Program for venue professionals, young professionals and students to attend IAVM sector meetings, schools and VenueConnect each year. The funds will help cover the registration fees and all hotel accommodations. The Performing Arts Managers Conference in San Francisco, February 15-17, 2015, will be the first sector meeting that scholarships will be offered. Visit for eligibility and to apply.

The Joseph A. Floreano Scholarship + Internship Program recognises deserving individuals who demonstrate leadership, character, diversity, community involvement and the potential to be future leaders in the venue management industry.

Joe Floreano

The program was established after the passing of Joseph A. Floreano, CFE, (pictured) a long-time IAVM member, Foundation Trustee and the first-and-only Honorary Chairman of the Foundation Board of Trustees. Floreano was known for giving selflessly in both time and money to worthy industry causes. His leadership was aspirational and he took great pride in mentoring and supporting the advancement of the venue management industry. Joe Floreano was not only incredibly instrumental in the development of the Foundation’s Build An Amazing Future campaign but also became the inspiration as he truly resembled and embodied everything it stands for. The contributions Floreano made to the Foundation are immeasurable, and with that, we believed that the naming of the scholarship program would be the most appropriate way to honor his legacy, which will forever leave a mark on the Foundation.

Paul Cramer, CFE, executive director of The Classic Center, said:

This scholarship and internship program memorializes the life and contributions a man who spent a lifetime leading by example. Joe was on a constant quest for quality and daily illustrated his love of servicing others. It was his attention to detail and warm-giving personality that earned him the respect and honour of his community and his peers. The professionalism by which he served the public, the IAVM association, belief in continuing education, and willingness to give to others to improve the future of our industry can only be regarded as legendary.

I know he, his family, and staff will be honoured to know that future generations to come will continue to learn by the outstanding example and legacy he has left behind. I can’t think of a greater gift that the association and Foundation could give to future generations than a scholarship or internship named after a master of the craft of public assembly facility management.

The Joseph A. Floreano Scholarship + Internship program will select five outstanding candidates to receive scholarships at the Performing Arts Managers Conference (PAMC), the Arena Management Conference (AMC), and the International Convention Center Conference (ICCC) in 2015 based upon the following five categories – Outstanding Leader, Diversity, Industry Women, Young Professional and a Student Internship. The program also has scholarship + internship opportunities at the Academy for Venue Safety & Security (AVSS), Venue Management School (VMS) and the Association’s annual conference, VenueConnect.

Foundation Board Chair Jason Rittenberry, CFE, president and CEO of IRG Sports + Entertainment, said:

The IAVM Foundation is committed to fostering and supporting the next generation of the venue management industry. By naming the program after Joe Floreano, we are setting the gold standard of what we should all strive to aspire to be. Joe was the ultimate mentor, leader and friend to all.

In addition to the Joseph A. Floreano Scholarship + Internship Program, the Build An Amazing Future campaign will also be launching a 30 UNDER 30 Program for young professionals and a new certification – Certified Venue Professional (CVP). To learn more about the campaign, please visit:


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Singapore Stadia & Arena event in prospect for 2014

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Stadia & Arena Events is in advanced negotiations with Singapore Sports Hub to bring a version of its European-based Stadia & Arena conference and exhibition to Singapore in 2014.

According to an ALAD spokesperson, the event will showcase the magnificent new facilities available, while also highlighting other major opportunities for the industry in the region. A formal announcement will be made via this website, with full details to follow in the Winter issue of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine. Any company wishing to be involved can email Sam Wibrew or call him on +44 (0)208 133 7678.

Singapore is investing in the range of international, regional and local sporting events that it can host through developing the Sports Hub. This follows the success of regional events at the old national stadium and the Singapore Grand Prix, held under lights on a street circuit. Singapore continues to build its modern infrastructure. Leading sport masterplanner and stadium architect AECOM, for example, is already consulting on the electrical and mechanical engineering aspects of Singapore’s North-South Expressway project as part of a US$15 million contract.

Diary date: Soccerex African Forum coming up

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Get over to Durban in South Africa for 1-2 October’s Soccerex African Forum for an intensive dose of football business on the continent. Of particular interest to sports facility managers is the Regional Development Seminar. The second part of the workshop is ‘Managing Municipal Owned Sports Facilities & Win Win Lease Agreements’ in which Greg Fredericks, General Manager, 2010 FIFA World Cup Legacy trust and Vusi Mazibuko, Stadium Manager, Moses Mabhida Stadium will discuss how municipalities are supported when it comes to building local sporting facilities and how they should be managed to ensure that these venues can deliver safe and high level multisport programmes all year round.

The three-part seminar will look at the key components of football development across South Africa at both a municipal and provincial level. It will provide strategies for local governments to achieve the ‘2030 Vision’ set out in the National Sport and Recreation Plan by the South African Government. Robin Peterson, CEO, South African Football Association Development Agency and Tim Vine, Head of Public Affairs, English Premier League will be part of the discussion. The pair will discuss how SAFA’s development plans and the Premier League’s Premier Skills Programme are helping to ensure that the correct standard of coaching and training is being delivered, as well as how new partnerships can be established with international sporting institutions.

Another highlight is Hicham El Amrani, Confederation of African Football Secretary General and Mvuzo Mbebe, 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Local Organising Committee and 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) CEO providing an official review of the 2013 AFCON as well as a preview of the 2014 African CHAN.

Domestic leagues are the bedrock of football in any country, and commercial activity is central to their development. The need to commercialise the game will be at the forefront of this year’s Soccerex African Forum with Saer Seck, President, Senegal Professional Football League, Jack Oguda, CEO, Kenyan Premier League and Stanley Matthews Sports & Commercial Director for Africa, SuperSport, all speaking on this topic. Jack Oguda commented:

League commercialisation is very important to the success of football in Africa, and this event provides us with the platform to raise the key issues to achieve that success. I’m looking forward to attending once again and speaking alongside my counterparts to help build on the success of last year’s event.

Chris Gray joins the IOG as head of education

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Chris Gray is the new head of education at the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG). Armed with more than 30 years’ experience working in the turf care and education sectors, Gray brings an extensive depth of knowledge and experience to the IOG team.

His background includes practical experience in both the private and local authority sectors – having maintained and managed golf courses, bowling greens, cricket, football and rugby pitches, as well as tennis courts. He was also a full time lecturer at an agricultural college and more recently an office manager at an awarding organisation.

With experience in both natural grass and synthetic turf, Gray undertook a research project for the Sports Council (now Sport England) in the late 1980s looking at the cost-effectiveness of artificial pitches. During this period he also worked with Peter Dury, the acknowledged founder of the Performance Quality Standards (PQS) and he gained valuable insight into their application and use. In 2004, he revised PQS for the IOG.

A Fellow of the IOG, Gray holds IOG qualifications NPC, NTC, NID and NDT, as well as an MSc (his research project was the effective use of ICT in delivering a sustainable amenity service within local authorities), a post-graduate diploma in computing, a BSc (Hons) degree, and diplomas in geography and information technology.

IOG says that a key part of Gray’s role at the IOG will be to further develop an education and training course programme that assures that the IOG remains the premier education and training organisation within the industry.

TEAMS ’13 in Salt Lake City room deal

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Teams '13 conference

The TEAMS Conference & Expo, 4-7 November in Salt Lake City, has partnered with the Hilton Salt Lake City Center to offer a special group rate of $139 per night for TEAMS ’13 attendees. The hotel is close to the Salt Palace Convention Center, site of the TEAMS ’13 Conference & Expo.

Organisers advise that the TEAMS ’13 room block will sell out, so click here to reserve your room today!

Safe Stadium Operations conference

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IAVM is presenting a conference in person and on-line, covering stadium safety. The WebSITE Spring 2013: Safe Stadium Operations hybrid conference will take place 1 May 2013 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET (USA).

Led by Paul Turner with Cowboys Stadium and Erik Waldman with the Georgia Dome, this conference includes three in-depth sessions covering essential event safety and emergency response planning specific to the unique layouts and operational needs of stadiums.

Athletic directors, stadium operators, safety directors and their staff will learn best practices from industry veterans, receive event safety tools and assess venue vulnerabilities with emergency management specialists. This is an excellent educational conference for students and a great professional development opportunity for stadium and event staff at the high school, collegiate and professional levels.

The local host sites are the University of Phoenix Stadium, the Georgia Dome, and the main host site, Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Registrants who visit the local host sites will have the opportunity to meet peers, network, participate in a special discussion session, and take a tour of the respective facilities. Registrants who attend Cowboys Stadium in person will also be able to attend the Texas Rangers vs. Chicago White Sox game that evening.

Prices are: Student – $25. Member – $49. Non-Member – $89.



ACEF produces stadium design security video

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The Tarleton-based American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities (ACEF) has produced a video, Stadium Design Considerations for the Post 9/11 World, showcasing the best safety practices in collegiate stadium design.

ACEF joined forces with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi. Safety and security experts from Texas A&M University, Ohio State University, the University of Tennessee, the University of Alabama, Penn State, University of Southern Mississippi, Rutgers University, Florida Atlantic University and the University of Oregon contributed information, insight and solutions.

The contributing institutions credit the film for advancing discussions on field tested safety measures and feel all university officials responsible for event security will find the content and guidance provided invaluable.

The videp is set to be released in April and distributed widely during the NCS4 conference this summer.

I am excited about the timeliness of the film. The film will shape future discussions at all levels of sports and improve safety, while also emphasizing the need to ensure a quality fan experience,

said Dr. Denae Dorris, ACEF project manager.

This video provides critical guidance since colleges and universities spend billions of dollars each year constructing, renovating, and maintaining collegiate stadiums. This project will provide information and training, so those dollars can be spent wisely,


Dr. Mark Littleton, ACEF project director. Mike Simpson and 828 Media, from Comanche County, assisted in producing the video. Contact: