SEVT “Conference Like No Other” Opens at Township Auditorium

18 Nov

From left Dennis Scanlon with eTix, Tammy Koolbeck with VenuWorks and SEVT lifetime achievement award winner Mike McGee pose for a photo at SEVT in Columbia, S.C.

REPORTING FROM COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Sport, Entertainment and Venues Tomorrow officially kicked off this evening with a reception at the newly renovated Township Auditorium.

The Sport, Entertainment and Venues Tomorrow conference is hosted in conjunction with the University of South Carolina’s Department of Sport & Entertainment Management and Venues Today magazine.

Panels at the three-day conference begin Thursday morning with an opening keynote address from Russ Simons, senior principal at Populous. Over two days, the conference will tackle a number of important issues in the live entertainment industry. On Friday at 9 a.m., Venues Today Publisher and Editor-In-Chief, Linda Deckard, will lead the panel “Success Stories: Women of Influence Reveal Their Secrets.” The panel features 2010 Venues Today Women of Influence Award Winners Tammy Koolbeck of VenuWorks, Liza Cartmell of Aramark and Christy Castillo-Butcher from Staples Center and the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live.

This is the third year Venues Today has co-produced SEVT and it continues to grow in numbers and relevance. “It is a conference like no other, with the mix of students, professors and professionals,” said Deckard. “On the ride in from the airport last night, I talked to the newest intern for Bob Skoney at Nashville Municipal Auditorium who is just embarking on her career, and today have caught up with such industry veterans as Bob Scanlon, eTix; Donna Dowless, XOXO Media, and Mich Sauers, Global Spectrum, all of whom commented on the chance to interact with tomorrow’s venue managers.”

“We have lots to learn from each other and a future to fashion and this is a great place to start,” she declared. “It’s a place to give back, of course, but it’s also a place to learn so much that is new and trendy. The next two days should prove most enlightening.”

To learn more about SEVT, visit — Dave Brooks



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