IAVM and Facility Manager magazine wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! We look forward to providing you the best in industry coverage once again in 2018, so what better place to start than in the upcoming January/February issue and features guaranteed to capture your reading eye.


All venues plan for hosting the “big event,” whatever event that might be. In this issue, we specifically look at the career of Alamodome General Manager Nick Langella, CFE, as he and his talented team prepare to host the NCAA Men’s Final Four Basketball Championship in 2018. Langella and industry veterans at the Alamodome, Steve Zito, CFE, and Darius Dunn, CFE, share their special insights on how to attract and pull off a successful big event, regardless of the size of your venue or your community.


We are a relational industry, so we kick off the 2018 calendar by looking at two families where parents and children are engaged in public assembly venue management. We look forward to continuing this series in the months ahead to look at the dynamics of parents and kids who are all part of this special profession.


The world-famous Apollo Theater in New York was home to some special safety and security training by IAVM Director of Education Mark Herrera. Venue leader Joe Levy takes us inside the training that took place at his venue and why it is important for other performing arts centers to follow in such training.


We have all of our sector columns ready for your reading enjoyment, as well as our special Ask The Facility Doctors and In The Quirks column.


On a closing note at the holiday season, I personally invite you to visit the website http://www.honoringtanyabaugus.com. This is a site that was created for my beautiful wife, Tanya. Many of you knew Tanya and her story as she passed away on January 30, 2015, at the young age of 48 during a day surgery procedure. She was my wife of almost 25 years and the love of my life. We were not able to have children, so Tanya was even more special to me. I finished writing a book about Tanya and our marriage entitled “Saint, Servant, Soulmate: The Loving Legacy of Tanya Baugus.” Copies will be delivered next week. I invite you to click on the link to purchase your own copy. I did not write the book to make a nickel. Proceeds go to the Tanya Baugus Memorial Scholarship established by her employer, Coaches Outreach, to enable high school coaching couples to afford to attend summer marriage retreats. Tanya could have been in our business, as she was the event coordinator for Coaches Outreach and was masterful at her work. The book honors my angel’s memory and legacy, as it takes you through our time together as a couple and Tanya as a person.


Have a safe holiday and we look forward to hearing from you in the days and weeks ahead!


R.V. Baugus

Senior Editor