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One East Main Street
Mesa, Arizona 85201

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Mesa Arts Center is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) Venue Excellence Award in the Performing Arts Center category. These prestigious awards are presented annually to recognize and honor each of the four venue types that are members of the IAVM: convention centers, stadiums, arenas, and performing arts centers.  The award is given to the nominated organization that best demonstrates excellence in four areas: Service to the Community, Team Building & Professional Development, Safety & Security and Operations.


“This honor belongs to the entire Mesa community, which has been so supportive and engaged with the Mesa Arts Center and its programs,” Mayor Scott Smith said. “We took center stage hosting CNN in February for a Republican Presidential Debate and the immediate response from those on site was that our facility and its staff are second to none.”


There were three finalists in the Performing Arts Center category: the Mesa Arts Center, the Sydney Opera House and the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (formerly Tampa Bay PAC).


“We are so excited to have been selected for this prestigious international award, particularly given the extraordinary caliber of the other two finalists in our category,” commented Mesa Arts Center Executive Director, Cindy Ornstein. “The staff works hard to ensure that the Mesa Arts Center provides diverse, high-quality entertainment and education opportunities delivered with great customer service, and the recognition that we are achieving our goals is very gratifying!”


The International Association of Venue Managers is the world's largest professional association dedicated to issues relevant to the management of public assembly venues. Members of the association manage public assembly venues such as amphitheaters, arenas, auditoriums, convention centers/exhibit halls, performing arts venues, stadiums and university complexes; or provide products, services or attractions to support the industry.


“These awards were created to recognize outstanding venues. The venues that have been chosen this year have demonstrated exceptional leadership, innovation, and unsurpassed commitment of the highest standards within our industry. They are most deserving of this recognition,” said IAVM Chairman of the Board, John Siehl, CFE.


Winners were announced at the Venue Industry Awards Luncheon, July 23 during VenueConnect 2012.  The Greater Phoenix region fared extremely well in the awards this year, as the winner in the stadium category was the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.

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