COPPELL, Texas, April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), the world's largest professional association dedicated to issues relevant to the management of public assembly venues, announced a global partnership with Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Daily Life Services. IAVM global partners contribute and support IAVM's mission to educate, advocate for and inspire public assembly venue professionals. Sodexo's participation as global partner is a demonstration of their commitment to the venue industry.
Twenty percent of the Sodexo's contribution has been awarded to the IAVM Foundation, which will assist in the Foundation's mission to increase the positive impact and vitality of the venue management industry by funding research, education and resource development.
"I am very excited to welcome Sodexo as a global partner of IAVM. They have been awarded and recognized many times over for their outstanding service, their ethics, and their diversity and we are pleased to partner with a company of their caliber," said Vicki Hawarden, CMP, President and Chief Executive Officer, IAVM. "Sodexo realized that IAVM had much to offer them in terms of sharing their story with our industry, and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial collaboration."
The global partnership strongly aligns with Sodexo's strategic aim to expand its presence in the venue industry, offering a wide range of services to improve venue operations, provide solutions and enhance the guest experience. Sodexo will have a strong presence at VenueConnect, the Venue Management School, the Senior Executive Symposium, the Arena Management Conference and the International Convention Center Conference.
"As a premier provider to sports, conference, cultural and other public venues around the world, leisure is an important and growing part of Sodexo's portfolio," said Michael Norris, Chief Operating Officer and Market President, Sodexo. "We look forward to sharing expertise and providing support to IAVM, as well as partnering with operators to help enhance their guests' experiences."
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. IAVM has more than 3,800 members worldwide. More information is available at www.IAVM.org.
Sodexo in North America
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com), leading Quality of Daily Life Solutions company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On-site Service Solutions for Venues and Facilities in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Motivation Solutions such as Esteem Pass. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (www.SodexoFoundation.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $17 million in grants to end childhood hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at www.sodexoUSA.com/blog.
Contact: Kayla McKinley
SOURCE International Association of Venue Managers