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IAVM Seeks New President After Vickie Hawarden Departs

Hil Anderson
, Senior Editor
February 2, 2016
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IAVM Seeks New President After Vickie Hawarden Departs

By Hil Anderson, Senior Editor

Coppell, TX – The International Association of Event Managers (IAVM) is seeking a new President and CEO.

Vickie Hawarden left IAVM in January to become a partner with Association Resource Consultants, LLC, a Dallas firm specializing in assisting associations with sales and operations. Steve Flamm, CFO for IAVM, was named Interim President until a permanent replacement is found.

 “We are hopeful the process will be completed within the next 16 weeks or so with the intent of introducing our new CEO at VenueConnect in Minneapolis this July,” Board Chair Karen Totaro told Trade Show Executive. “It is an exciting time for IAVM as we prepare to roll out some major initiatives this summer with the new branding of IAVM and the potential of a new contemporary conference strategy that will take IAVM well into the future.”

Flamm said in a February 2 blog posting that the future of IAVM’s programing was bullish. “Our primary area of focus will be to make our existing programs the best they can be,” he said. He added that two of IAVM’s 2016 events – the Academy for Venue Safety & Security in February and the Performing Arts Managers Conference in March – were expected to generate record revenues.

Hawarden spent four years as CEO of IAVM. She had previously been a Vice President of Meeting Professionals International. Hawarden’s contract ran through the end of 2016; however the board reportedly declined her request for an extension, so she departed for a new opportunity at Association Resource Consultants.

“I am excited to begin this new, entrepreneurial chapter of my career,” Hawarden said. “I have more than 25 years of experience with all aspects of association management, and I look forward to putting that knowledge to good use on behalf of our clients.”

Reach Karen Totaro at (609) 449-2012 or; Steve Flamm at (972) 538-1034 or; Vickie Hawarden at (972) 369-5966 or

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