Dexter King, CFE, Announces Retirement from International Association of Venue Managers

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Dexter King, CFE, announced his retirement as President and CEO of the International Association of Venue Managers, to take effect September 4, 2011.

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I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that I have had during my time with IAVM. But I believe that there is a time and season for change and it is nearing the time for a new President and CEO to take the helm.

Dexter King, CFE, announced his retirement as President and CEO of the International Association of Venue Managers, to take effect September 4, 2011.

Since joining IAVM in 1976, King has played a key role in the development and the core competencies for the “Public Assembly Facility Management: Principles and Practices” textbook as well as the establishment of the Public Assembly Facility Management School (PAFMS) at Oglebay, the Arena Management Conference (AMC), the Leadership Institute and the University Venue Management Conference (UVMC). King served on the Board of Directors from 1987 through 1995, culminating as President in 1993-1994.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that I have had during my time with IAVM. But I believe that there is a time and season for change and it is nearing the time for a new President and CEO to take the helm,” said King. “I am very proud of the IAVM staff for their commitment and dedication to our member needs and I will forever be thankful for their support and cherish the time I spent with them.”

King announced his retirement to IAVM’s Membership and Board of Directors on October 26. The Board will meet to address the succession process and ensure a smooth leadership change.

“Over the last decade, King has been an incredible asset to IAVM, leading us through both physical and economic threats. The Association has benefited greatly from his leadership and his ability to build rapport and create consensus among his peers. The senior leadership is blessed to have the opportunity to work with King and set the stage for the next decade and our new President and CEO,” said Chairman John Siehl, CFE.

Prior to joining IAVM, King was in venue management for 32 years; holding multiple positions including the Regional General Manager for SMG of Alaska, managing venues in Anchorage and Fairbanks. He was the Executive Director of the Boise State University Pavilion in Boise, Idaho and prior to that served as the Executive Director of the Mabee Center along with four other venues on the Oral Roberts University campus in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

King participates in a number of organizations and associations including the Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management Coalition (TEAM).

King has received many awards for his outstanding contributions to the industry including IAVM’s prestigious Charles A. McElravy Award, the highest honor in the industry; the Francis Deering Award and being named Honorary Lifetime Member of the Venue Management Association and the International Association of Venue Managers.

The International Association of Venue Managers is the world's largest professional association dedicated to issues relevant to the management of public assembly venues. Members of the association manage public assembly venues such as amphitheaters, arenas, auditoriums, convention centers/exhibit halls, performing arts venues, stadiums and university complexes; or provide products, services or attractions to support the industry. IAVM has more than 3,500 members worldwide. More information is available at http://www.iavm.org .

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