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Dexter King to Retire as IAVM President and CEO in 2011


Coppell, TX – Dexter King will retire as president and CEO of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) next Fall after being involved with the organization for 35 years. King will formally step down September 4 after assisting with the transition to a new president and CEO.

The board of IAVM said it would meet at a later date to map out a succession plan. “The association has benefited greatly from Dexter’s leadership and his ability to build rapport and create consensus among his peers,” said IAVM Chairman John Siehl.

King was an active member of IAAM since he became a member in 1976. He served on the board of directors from 1987 through 1995 and was board president in 1993 and 1994. He took part in launching landmark projects such as the Public Assembly Facility Management School and the Arena Management Conference. In 2001, King became executive director of the association, which was formerly the International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM).

He is a recipient of the IAVM’s Charles A. McElravy Award and an honorary life member of the Venue Management Association.

King also spent 32 years managing  venues. He was regional general manager for SMG of Alaska and executive director of arenas at Boise State University and Oral Roberts University.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that I have had during my time with IAVM. But I believe that there is a time and season for change and it is nearing the time for a new president and CEO to take the helm,” said King.

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