As VenueConnect approaches, Facility Manager has you covered with a wide range of stories guaranteed to meet your educational and informational needs.

Get to know Doug Booher, CFE, IAVM’s incoming chairman, as he speaks about his plans for his upcoming year guiding the Association. While you are at it, get to know about how Doug was introduced to the industry and what makes it so special to him.

Before he leaves as chairman, Mark Mettes, CFE, reviews the passage of the One Member, One Vote and how it will impact ALL IAVM members and opens up an inclusive and full group now eligible to vote on Association matters.

Safety and security always take priority and Russ Simons shares the latest from the WannaCry ransomware attack that shook the world just a few weeks ago. Be sure to follow Russ’s tips on how to make your systems safer from such cyber attacks.

The Overland Park (KS) Convention Center served as a venue to test the new EMSSI portal. Hear first-hand about the experience and why it is important for all venues to be a part of this critical safety and security initiative for convention centers once it is rolled out.

Of course, we prepare you for Nashville and VenueConnect 2017, from August 7-10. Be sure to plan to attend this year’s conference, where, for the first time, all venue sectors will conduct their meetings in one city during the Association’s premier annual event.

You will also read about the IAVM Foundation as it celebrates its 35th anniversary. Plan to stop by the Foundation booth on the trade show floor to send those good wishes and join the celebration for the Foundation.

There is much, much more that you will enjoy reading when the July/August issue arrives.

As always, it is an honor and a privilege to serve as your Facility Manager editor. Thank you for this and please do not hesitate to send me story ideas or even your own story submissions for us to consider.

R.V. Baugus

Facility Manager Senior Editor