The first Venue Excellence Awards will be presented in Houston, Texas, during the International Association of Assembly Managers’ (IAAM) 85th Annual Conference & Trade Show, with Comcast Arena at Everett accepting the award in the Arena category. These five prestigious awards recognize venues that demonstrate excellence in the management and operation of public assembly venues.
Kim Bedier, Global Spectrum’s General Manager for Comcast Arena at Everett, will accept the Venue Excellence Award on behalf of the Everett Public Facilities District and Global Spectrum. “It is an honor to be recognized by our peers in the industry for the very first Venue Excellence Award,” Bedier commented. “It is a testament to the commitment of the Everett Public Facilities District Board, the dedication of our staff, and the support of the community for the facility. We are thrilled to have been chosen amongst so many exceptional facilities.”
"We'd like to personally congratulate the EPFD on this outstanding national recognition, as well as to the dedicated hard working staff at the Comcast Arena," said Global Spectrum Chief Operating Officer John Page. "We instill in our staffs at all of our venues to provide the ultimate entertainment experience to each and every one of our guests each and every time they visit. This award recognizes our staff's efforts in Everett. We are very proud of Kim and her team and all that they continue to accomplish."
“On behalf of the Everett Public Facilities District, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Kim Bedier and the entire Global Spectrum staff for their dedication and diligence in operating the facility in such an extraordinary manner,” Earl Dutton, President of the EPFD, commented.
The winners were assessed on four criteria: service to the community, team building and professional development, safety and security, and operational excellence. These criteria complement the IAAM Value Statements of integrity, service, safety, education, advocacy and people first.
“An award committee created criteria that would fairly and objectively score the nominated venues,” said Kevin Duvall, Award Review Committee Chair. “A venue that excels not only within its internal development and operations but also in the local community is one worthy of receiving the Venue Excellence Award. The competition was top of the line.”
The award winners are:
Arenas – Comcast Arena at Everett, Everett, Washington
Convention Centers – Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon
Performing Arts Centers – Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna, Virginia
Stadiums – PETCO Park, San Diego, California
Venue Education – Stephen C. O’Connell Center – University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
“As we created this award category we wanted to recognize outstanding venues. These venues have demonstrated exceptional leadership, innovation, perseverance and unwavering commitment of the highest standards to our industry. They are without a doubt most deserving of this recognition,” said IAAM Chairman of the Board, Shura Lindgren-Garnett, CFE. She and Past President Robyn Williams, CFE, created the awards.
Founded in 1924, the International Association of Assembly 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 to other venue professionals around the world. Committed to international membership growth and development, the IAAM is the preeminent source for all public assembly related research, information, services, and life-safety issues worldwide. IAAM provides unprecedented member value and is endowed with unlimited opportunities to partner and embrace industry affiliations.