VenuesNow All-Stars List Announced – Iowa State Center Director Honored

Ames, IA (9/11/2019)- VenuesNow has announced its inaugural All-Stars list honoring the most accomplished, innovative, and influential leaders in the entertainment and sports facilities industry. Tammy Koolbeck, Executive Director of the Iowa State Center, managed by VenuWorks was selected to join this elite group along with Chicago Cubs owner, Tom Ricketts, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Stephanie McMahon with World Wrestling Entertainment.
The honorees were celebrated on September 9 at a reception in New York City. The All-Stars announcement coincides with a special issue of VenuesNow featuring write-ups about all 50 honorees.

The 50 All-Stars were selected by the VenuesNow editorial team, which researched candidates, vigorously debated their merits, and consulted key members of the industry for feedback. Factors included documented excellence, innovation, financial success, commitment to diversity, leadership in their field, and more.

“These are exciting times for the venues industry, which is experiencing profound innovation, creativity, and positive disruption,” said Ray Waddell, president, Media & Conferences, for Oak View Group, parent company for VenuesNow. “Attempting to narrow down the many high achievers and innovators in an industry populated by bold, visionary leaders and paradigm-changing facilities was a very challenging endeavor. We believe that the editorial team at VenuesNow did indeed build a list that accurately reflects the evolution and leadership of this dynamic sector. We salute the executives, venues and other stakeholders making up the first group of VenuesNow All-Stars, along with the facilities industry at large, for charting the course for the venue industry.”

A third of the 2019 All-Stars honorees are women, reflecting an increasingly inclusive venues industry. In addition to 40 individual All-Stars, the list also recognizes excellence in categories including facilities, mixed-use development, festival, trend and renovation.
2019 VenuesNow All-Stars:

· Chris Allphin, Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment
· Kurt Amundsen, Populous
· Dori Armor, The Anthem
· Tom Cantone, Mohegan Gaming & Ent.
· Derek Cunz, Mortenson Sports + Ent. Grp
· Kim Damron, Paciolan
· Kevin Demoff, L.A. Rams
· Chris Del Conte, University of Texas
· Brad Gessner, LA Convention Center; AEG Convention Centers
· Nicole Feld, Feld Entertainment
· Don Garber, Major League Soccer
· Peter Guber, Mandalay Ent.; Golden State Warriors; LAFC; Team Liquid
· Mary Haskett, Blink Identity
· Bob Jordan, Venue Road
· Donna Julian, Hornets Sports & Entertainment
· David Kells, Bridgestone Arena/Nashville Predators
· Tammy Koolbeck, Iowa State Center; VenuWorks
· Reece Kurtenbach, Daktronics
· Kate Lieberman, Live Nation
· Cathy Lanier, National Football League
· Stephanie McMahon, World Wrestling Entertainment
· David Manica, Manica Architecture
· Bob Newman, AEG Facilities
· Nicola Palmer, Verizon Wireless
· Carl Mittleman, Aramark
· Darren Pfeffer, MSG Live
· Tom Ricketts, Chicago Cubs
· Tim Romani, CAA Icon
· Tom See, Live Nation
· Peter Shapiro, Dayglo Ventures
· Adam Silver, National Basketball Association
· Russ Simons, Venue Solutions Group
· Jared Smith, Ticketmaster
· Brenda Tinnen, Sprint Center
· Paul Tollett, Goldenvoice; Coachella
· Paul Turner, AT&T Stadium
· Allan Vella, Fox Theatre
· Pete Vlastelica, Activision Blizzard Esports; Overwatch League
· Alison Weber, Levy
· Robyn Williams, Portland’5 Centers for the Arts
· Arena: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
· Club: The Rooftop at Pier 17, New York City
· Convention Center: Music City Center, Nashville
· Festival: Bonnaroo
· Mixed-Use Development: The Battery, Atlanta
· New Venue: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee
· PAC/Theater: Walter Kerr Theatre, New York City
· Renovation: The Met Philadelphia
· Stadium: Mercedes- Benz Stadium, Atlanta
· Trend: All-Cashless Concessions

About the Iowa State Center
The Iowa State Center (managed by VenuWorks) is a multi-building conference and performing arts complex. The Center’s Stephens Auditorium, a 2,600-seat hall, hosts a dazzling array of international performances of music, theater and dance, as well as world-class orchestras, popular Broadway musicals, and explosive country and rock concerts. Fisher Theater seats 450 in an intimate setting, perfect for drama, dance and ISU theater productions. The Scheman Building, with 25 meeting rooms, two large lobbies and the 456-seat Benton Auditorium is a great meeting space for conferences, seminars and social events.

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