Anniversaries are a big deal. This very association is steadily counting down toward its 100th year of existence. Within IAVM there are select programs that also are embarking on anniversaries, the latest of which is the Venue Management School (VMS) at Oglebay as it turns 30 this June.

We celebrate the past, present and future of VMS in the upcoming May/June issue of Facility Manager. This special package came together through the efforts of several people who have been, and continue to be a part of, the public assembly venue’s premier school for professional education. The roots of VMS truly were humble, as you will read from former IAVM president and CEO Dexter King, who was instrumental in the launch of the school in June 1987. We also look at VMS spinoffs for further education in the Graduate Institute and the Senior Executive Symposium. As you read the comments from many who have prospered from their VMS involvement, we hope you will be sparked to share your own personal experience by sending me an email to We would love to make this a year-long celebration and share the experiences of others in future issues this year.

In addition, May/June concludes the second of a two-part series on the Exhibitions and Meetings Safety and Security Initiative (EMSSI). As this initiative also counts down toward coming into full fruition for those in the convention center world, we invite you to learn more from a roundtable interview conducted at IAVM Headquarters with those most involved in the birth and evolution of the initiative.

Freelance contributor Kelly Pedone also spoke with several involved with an approaching Energy Management Program that should excite IAVM members with the built-in savings they can experience for their venues. Who is not about savings these days, particularly in a line budget item that is huge for most venues?

Are you interested in writing a column about the venue sector you work in? If so, we want to hear from you! Contact with your column idea, and we will work together to make it happen in the magazine.

All this and much more is coming up when the May/June magazine arrives to your office in a few days. As always, thank you for your support and never hesitate to share your story ideas with me.


R.V. Baugus

Facility Manager Senior Editor