James Dark Earns Designation

James Dark, Vice-President & Chief Financial and Operating Officer with the RBC Convention Centre is one of five venue industry professionals to receive their Certified Venue Executive (CVE) designation from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM).

The CVE designation is an indication of demonstrated skill in leadership, activity in community affairs and expertise in management of public venues. “With over 25 years in the industry, our organization is extremely lucky to have such a dedicated, highly trained and well-regarded individual in a leadership role,” says Drew Fisher, President & CEO, RBC Convention Centre. 

CVE applicants are rated on their experience and accomplishments in public venue management and must successfully complete a comprehensive written essay, written examination and oral examination that tests general knowledge of the public venue management profession. The CVE designation demonstrates that a venue executive: is a skilled manager, is committed to the industry, and is pledged to continued professional growth and development. Managers who earn the CVE designation are recognized, by those inside and outside the industry, as experts in their profession.

IAVM’s Board Chair, Adina Erwin, CVE, said, “Since 1976 this prestigious program has served as a distinction for those in venue management. I would like to offer my most sincere congratulations to each of these individuals. There is no doubt that their hard work and leadership are to be admired within the industry.”

The elite group of 322 now includes the following newly awarded CVEs to its honour roll:

  • James Dark, CVE, RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg (Winnipeg, MB, Canada)
  • Sam Dores, CVE, ExtraMile Arena (Boise, ID)
  • John Marquardt, CVE, University of Illinois State Farm Center (Champaign, IL)
  • Carrie Paolone, CVE, Niagara Falls Convention Centre (Niagara Falls, ON, Canada)
  • Ty Sutton, CVE, Victoris Theatre Association dba Dayton Live (Dayton, OH) 

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