Coppell, TX – Vicki Hawarden has been named the new president and CEO of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) effective August 15. She will replace Dexter King who, in late 2010, announced his decision to retire in 2011.
Hawarden was most recently vice president of knowledge and events for Meeting Professionals International (MPI). Her background includes executive positions with the International Association of Exhibition Management, the American Association of Blood Banks, and the National Recreation and Park Association. Hawarden’s priorities with IAVM include international growth and the development of an educational program aimed particularly at young industry professionals.
“It is critical that IAVM provide its members with the right education and tools to do their jobs effectively,” Hawarden said. “IAVM has a rich history of doing just that, and one of my priorities is to extend IAVM’s reach deeper into the venue management community.”