(Tulsa, Okla.) February 2, 2017 – Safety in public facilities was the overriding theme at the first-ever International Association of Venue Managers Region 6 Future Industry Leaders Conference. Monday, January 30 and Tuesday, January 31, Cox Business Center & BOK Center hosted the event and 90 International Association of Venue Managers Members & Non-Members from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, and Texas.
Allie Stites, Senior Events Manager for Cox Business Center and co-chair said, “It was an honor to get to be a part of the first IAVM Region 6 Future Industry Leaders Conference. We were fortunate enough to work with an outstanding committee who helped shape this conference from concept to completion. It was fun to bounce ideas off each other, and work together to create an educational and engaging conference for our colleagues in the venue management industry.”
The conference included speakers from the University of Tulsa, Walton Arts Center, AccuWeather, and The National Weather Service just to name a few. A special guest panel which included Jeff Nickler, SMG Tulsa General Manager, Casey Sparks, BOK Center Assistant General Manager, Kerry Painter, Cox Business Center Assistant General Manager, and Peter Lane, AMP President guided attendees on professional development. With the severe weather season quickly approaching, much of the conference focused on best practices for public safety, and severe weather preparation at various venues.
“One of the best ways to learn in this industry is to get together with peers that are facing some of the same challenges and opportunities that you are facing. Region 6 has a lot of outstanding talent from venues of all types. Being able to sit in the room with them for two days, along with experts in our field was a learning experience that we can all take back with us to our respective building”, said co-chair Nathaniel Porter, Senior Event Services Manager at BOK.
“In our industry”, stated Stites, “it is vital to stay up to date on safety and security training as well as industry trends and current topics. We were thrilled to offer a two-day conference where attendees could be exposed to these topics and more, as well as network and make meaningful connections with others in the industry.”
The two-day conference offered Professional Development, a personal Backstage Catering Experience courtesy of SMG Tulsa Executive Chef Devin Levine, an Ethics Bootcamp, Media Crisis Plans, Legal Considerations, and Severe Weather Crisis Management.
“Being newer to the industry, I was excited to be able to participate in the conference. I especially enjoyed getting a “behind the scenes” look into how special events are booked at different venues. I also walked away with more knowledge into the Public Relations and legal aspect of my industry, and I am excited to begin to implement several of the ideas I gained from the sessions,” noted Jinger Belcher, Creative Services Manager at Cox Business Center.
All attendees received credit toward their Certified Venue Professional if IAVM members. Day Two attendees received a certificate of completion from the AVSS Weather School.