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Steve Peters, CFE, Honored by IAVM with the Prestigious Charles A. McElravy Award

Steve Peters, CFE, Honored by IAVM with the Prestigious Charles A. McElravy Award

IAVM Headquarters, Dallas, TX – The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) is pleased to announce Steve Peters, CFE, founder and president of VenuWorks, as the recipient of the 2015 Charles A. McElravy Award. The McElravy Award, named in honor of one of IAVM’s founding organizers, Charles A. McElravy, was initiated in 1963 and is granted for extraordinary contributions to the Association and the professional venue management industry it serves.IMG_6131

A graduate of the MFA program in Arts Administration at the University of Iowa, Peters began his career in 1976 in Dubuque, Iowa as manager of the Five Flags Center.

In 1982, Peters moved on to the Iowa State Center in Ames, Iowa, a four-building complex at Iowa State University. While at ISU, he began the successful presentation of concerts in the 55,000-seat Cyclone Stadium and served as director of the acclaimed Ames International Orchestra Festival.

In 1990, Peters was named the National Director of Operations for Ogden Entertainment, Inc., serving as opening director of the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota for Ogden before being named an Ogden vice president in 1995.

In the fall of 1996, Peters left Ogden to form VenuWorks (originally called Compass Facility Management), a company he created to better serve the unique management and operational challenges of mid-market facilities. Today VenuWorks provides management services to over fifty theatres, arenas, conference centers, stadiums and outdoor amphitheaters in twelve states. Peters was a forerunner of bringing private management to publicly owned venues in secondary and tertiary markets, which was a new approach in the 90’s.

Peters has been a committed member of IAVM since 1977, serving as president of the Board of Directors from 2007-2008, and as vice president of District 3 from 1987-1988. He was a member of the first board of regents for IAVM’s Venue Management School, where he served as an instructor for six years. He has earned the distinction of Certified Facilities Executive (CFE), the highest professional certification available in the public assembly facility industry.

Kim Bedier, CFE, chair of the IAVM Board remarked that, “Steve Peters’ long legacy of leadership with IAVM includes the Mission, Membership, and Governance Initiative. Author Dau Voire said, ‘Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters’. The conversations commenced by Steve continue to guide IAVM to a strong and healthy future. Steve Peters is a true gentleman and it has been my honor to serve for and with him.”

“It is because of leaders like Steve that IAVM is such a great organization,” shared Vicki Hawarden, CMP, president and CEO, IAVM. “He has given tirelessly of his time and his expertise throughout the years to help develop and grow those around him, and I know there are many who look up to him as a mentor. He is well deserving of this honor based on his contributions, his leadership style and his love for the industry.”

Upon being notified of receiving the award, Peters offered the following comments:

“I am honored to have been chosen to receive the 2015 McElravy Award. The IAVM has been like a big second family to me, a source of professional development and personal friendships for nearly forty years. I am humbled to find myself among the small group of extraordinary leaders who have previously received this award, an award named for one of the real pioneers of our industry. I am eternally grateful.”
The award will be presented during IAVM’s annual conference and trade show, VenueConnect, August 1-4, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland.

About IAVM
Representing public assembly venues from around the globe, IAVM’s active members include managers and senior executives from auditoriums, arenas, convention centers, exhibit halls, stadiums, performing arts centers, university complexes, racetracks, and amphitheaters. IAVM’s mission is to educate, advocate for, and inspire public assembly venue professionals, worldwide. More information about IAVM is available at www.IAVM.org or via @IAVMWHQ on Twitter.

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