During this year's annual IAVM (International Association of Venue Managers) conference, Berry Center assistant director, Brent Buchanan, was honored with the CVE (Certified Venue Executive) destination. His hard work earned him a spot among a distinguished group of 14 other honorees from across the nation, joining the ranks of the 300+ CVEs around the globe. The following are Brent's own words about the dedication it took and what it means to him:

I first learned about the CVE 20 years ago while working at Reed Arena in College Station. At the time it was called CFE (Certified Facilities Executive) and was then as it is now a recognized distinction awarded by IAVM.

I made it a personal career goal back in 1999 to achieve this designation and have spent many years working my way toward meeting the difficult requirements. Since joining Berry Center in 2008, I have continued the pursuit, and last year I finally met all of the requirements to apply. I began the CVE application process in November of 2018.

While at VenueConnect, the annual IAVM conference, that was held in Chicago this year, I completed the final phase: the oral interview. I am so excited to achieve this career goal and wanted to thank Beth Wade, CVE for all of the support I have received while here at Berry Center.

The CVE designation demonstrates that a venue executive: is a skilled manager, is committed to the industry, and is 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.

The 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 interview that tests general knowledge of the public venue management profession.

14 venue management professionals were awarded a CVE this year. The CVE designation is an indication of demonstrated skill in leadership, activity in community affairs and expertise in management of public venues. The elite group of 312 now includes the following newly awarded CVEs to its honor roll:

· Brent Buchanan, CVE, Berry Center (Houston, TX)

· Lynn Cannon, CVE, Grossinger Motors Arena (Bloomington, IL)

· Brendon Ellmer, CVE, Perth Concert Hall/WA Venues & Events (Perth, Western Australia)

· Bobby Goldwater, CVE, Georgetown University/The Goldwater Group (Bethesda, MD)

· Eric Granger, CVE, KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, KY)

· Kristie Haney, CVE, Resch Center (Green Bay, WI)

· Michael Junod, CVE, University Center, Mercer University (Macon, GA)

· Laura Lenhart, CVE, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (Milwaukee, WI)

· Timothy Long, CVE, Hawkridge Entertainment Services (Dural, New South Wales)

· Brett C. Mitchell, CVE, Overland Park Convention Center (Overland Park, KS)

· Lynda Reinhart, CVE, Stephen C. O’Connell Center (Gainesville, FL)

· Wendy Riggs, CVE, Walton Arts Center/Walmart AMP (Fayetteville, AR)

· Marty D. Smith, CVE, Weber County Culture, Parks, and Recreation (Ogden, UT)

· Philip Verrastro, CVE, The Classic Center (Athens, GA)”


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