IAVM Headquarters, Coppell, TX (Aug. 15, 2017) – Eleven venue industry professionals received their Certified Facilities Executive (CFE) designation from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) during VenueConnect, the Association’s annual conference and trade show, held in Nashville, TN. CFE applicants are rated on their experience and accomplishments in public venue management and must successfully complete a comprehensive written essay, written examination and oral interview that tests general knowledge of the public venue management profession. The CFE designation demonstrates that a venue executive: is a skilled manager, is committed to the industry, and is pledged to continued professional growth and development. Managers who earn the CFE designation are recognized, by those inside and outside the industry, as experts in their profession.

IAVM’s Board Chair, Mark Mettes, CFE, said, “Since 1976 this prestigious program has served as a distinction for those in venue management. I would like to offer my congratulations to each of these individuals. There is no doubt that their hard work and leadership are to be admired within the industry.” 
 
Jim Finch, who has been the general manager of the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center since 2008, is among the 11 venue management professionals to be awarded a CFE this year. The CFE designation is an indication of demonstrated skill in leadership, activity in community affairs and expertise in management of public venues. The elite group of 289 now includes the following newly awarded CFEs to its honor roll: 

•    Bill “Sparky” Bavirsha, CFE, University of Illinois at Chicago Athletics (Chicago, IL)
•    Mark Burk, CFE, Rice-Eccles Stadium & Jon M. Huntsman Center (Salt Lake City, UT)
•    Stephanie Curran, CFE, Spokane Convention Center and INB Performing Arts Center (Spokane, WA)
•    Jeff Davis, CFE, College Park Center (Arlington, TX)
•    Justin Brent Durfey, CFE, BYU Marriott Center & LaVell Edwards Stadium (Provo, UT)
•    James W. Finch, CFE, Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (Punta Gorda, FL)
•    Kevin Flynn, CFE, Sydney International Regatta Centre (Cranebrook, NSW, Australia)
•    Scott Kavanaugh, CFE, BYU Marriott Center & LaVell Edwards Stadium (Provo, UT)
•    Joseph Shannon McCullough, CFE, The Classic Center (Athens, GA)
•    Brian Stovall, CFE, Marriott/Ryman (Nashville, TN)
•    Daniel Wheeler, CFE, Utah Valley Convention Center (Provo, UT)

Images of Jim Finch: 
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/szrh71qgzndf675/AACMeIRU5469yjeeLPi-44hea?dl=0 

Description: Jim Finch, General Manager of the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center in Punta Gorda, Fla., recently earned a Certified Facilities Executive designation from the International Association of Venue Managers.
 
About IAVM
The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) currently has over 5,300 members worldwide. Founded in 1924 as the Auditorium Managers Association, IAVM is the world's largest professional association dedicated to issues relevant to the management of public assembly venues. Association members include venue managers from amphitheaters, arenas, auditoriums, convention centers/exhibit halls, performing arts centers, stadiums and university complexes. The International Association of Venue Managers, having significant influence in a global industry, is the acknowledged organization providing superlative leadership, cutting-edge innovation, advanced education, supportive advocacy, opportunities for networking and connection between venue professionals around the world. Committed to international membership growth and development, IAVM is the preeminent source for all public assembly related research, information, services, and life-safety issues worldwide.

About Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center
The Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center is located on the west coast of Florida in Punta Gorda. The “Event Center” hosts nearly 300 events per year including concerts, consumer shows, conferences, sporting events, meetings and banquets.  The Event Center is owned by Charlotte County and professionally managed by SMG, the world leader in venue management, marketing and development. 
 
About SMG
SMG turns 40 in 2017! Celebrating its 40th anniversary and founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to 233 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, amphitheaters, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering companies, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information visit smgworld.com

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(941) 743-1900 or jennifer.huber@charlottecountyfl.gov 

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