Steven L. Peters is the founder and president of VenuWorks. He holds both a BA and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa. He began his career in 1976 in Dubuque, Iowa as manager of the Five Flags Center. He managed the Iowa State Center on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, IA and the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN before being named a vice president of Ogden Entertainment, an international venue services company based in New York City. In the fall of 1996, Steve 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. Mr. Peters was a forerunner of bringing private management to publically owned venues in secondary and tertiary markets, which was a new approach in the 90’s.

Most recently, Mr. Peters has taken VenuWorks into producing theatrical productions. VenuWorks co-produced the Tony winning Broadway revival of YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU staring James Earl Jones. He is also a partner in Touring Theatre Associations, producing top quality musical theatre for tours throughout America. Steve is a Past President of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), and has earned the distinction of Certified Facilities Executive (CFE).In August of 2015, he was recognized with IAVM’s Charles A. McElravey Award for lifetime achievement.

With five adult children, and five grandchildren, Steve and his wife Randi are active supporters of many community organizations, including United Way of Story County, The Ames Chamber of Commerce, Youth and Shelter Services, League of Women Voters, and Bethesda Lutheran Church. Steve was also one of the founders of the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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