Andrea Smalls of Georgia International Convention Center earns CVE designation

Andrea Smalls
Andrea Smalls

ATLANTA, Ga.  – Eight venue industry professionals received their certified venue executive (CVE) designation from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) in July.

Among the group was Andrea Smalls, director of event operations at the Georgia International Convention Center. Smalls has worked at the convention center since 1993.

CVE applicants are rated on their experience and accomplishments in public venue management and must successfully complete a comprehensive written essay, written examination, and oral examination testing general knowledge of the public venue management profession.

According to a news release, the CVE designation demonstrates that a venue executive is a skilled manager, committed to the industry, and has pledged to continued professional growth and development. Managers who earn the CVE designation are recognized, by those inside and outside the industry, as experts in their profession.

IAVM’s board chair, Eric D. Hart, says, “Since 1976, this prestigious program has served as a distinction for those in venue management. I would like to offer my most sincere congratulations to each of these individuals. There is no doubt that their hard work and leadership are to be admired within the industry.”

“With over 29 years in the industry, the Georgia International Convention Center is extremely lucky to have such a dedicated, highly trained, and well-regarded individual in a leadership role,” says Mercedes Miller, executive director.

Other professionals in the U.S. South to receive CVE designation include:

– Ernest Philip (Phil) Ashurst, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Lafayette, La.)

– Stacey Church, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (Dallas, Texas)

– Steve Mackenzie, Ungerboeck (O’Fallon, Mo.)

– Christopher G. Post, Amarillo Civic Center Complex (Amarillo, Texas)

The IAVM currently has more than 6,700 members worldwide. Founded in 1924 as the Auditorium Managers Association, IAVM is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to issues relevant to the management of public assembly venues. Association members include venue managers from amphitheaters, arenas, auditoriums, convention centers and exhibit halls, performing arts centers, stadiums, and university complexes.

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