IAVM boss Mayne to hang up boots next year


IAVM’s Brad Mayne will retire in 2024 Image: IAVM

The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) (US) has announced the retirement of Brad Mayne, Certified Venue Executive (CVE), President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective July 31st, 2024.

‘IAVM’ stated that Mayne took the helm of IAVM in 2016, and under his leadership has led membership to a historic high. He also led IAVM and the venue management industry successfully through the COVID-19 pandemic, tirelessly advocating for State and Federal assistance to keep venues open.

Texas (US)-based the International Association of Venue Managers, having significant influence in a global industry, is the acknowledged organization providing superlative leadership, cutting-edge innovation, advanced education, supportive advocacy, opportunities for networking and connection to other venue professionals around the world. Committed to international membership growth and development, the IAVM is the pre-eminent source for all public assembly-related research, information, services, and life-safety issues worldwide.

The IAVM provides unprecedented member value and is endowed with unlimited opportunities to partner and embrace industry affiliations.

‘IAVM’ quoted Kerry Painter, CVE, CEM, CMP, Chair of the IAVM Board of Directors, as stating, “Brad has made tremendous strides in not only advancing the membership of IAVM, but also in revitalizing the events we offer and the success of our Foundation. The Board of Directors are grateful to Brad for his ongoing dedication to the success and growth of our industry, as well as to the members of IAVM. The IAVM has been extremely lucky to have had his guidance and leadership, especially during the past few years through the pandemic. Brad was absolutely the right person at the right time leading the charge of the association and the industry.”

Mayne was a member of the IAVM for over 30 years, prior to being appointed as the President and CEO, and was the 2009 recipient of the Charles A. McElravy Award and the Foundation Legacy Award winner in 2011. He previously served as the President and CEO of both the 82,500-capacity MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, New Jersey) and the 20,000-capacity American Airlines Center (Dallas, Texas).

Said Mayne, “The IAVM has been a tremendous part of my professional career. As both a member and serving as the President and CEO, my mission has always been to enhance venue professional careers by generating hope through proper resources. I look forward to continuing working with the IAVM leadership and our numerous volunteers during the next 11 months.”

Following a detailed plan of succession for leadership, a Board CEO Selection Committee will be established in the coming months to begin paving the way to identify the new CEO and President.

Mayne will officially step down at the conclusion of IAVM’s VenueConnect Conference and Trade Show, which will be held from July 28th-31st, 2024 in Portland, Oregon.

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