JWU Faculty Member Receives Venue Management Award

Story by JWU Media Relations , on Jul 19, 2023 12:00 PM


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – July 19, 2023 – Johnson & Wales University Associate Professor Lee Esckilsen, CVE, chair of the Sports Entertainment & Event Management (SEEM) program in the College of Hospitality Management, received the 2023 Education & Service Award from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM). Esckilsen has been a member of IAVM for 35 years and is a Certified Venue Executive (CVE).

This prestigious award recognizes member involvement through community outreach, educational opportunities, mentorship, and internships that demonstrate excellence within the industry, as well as giving back to the community. This award is open to university staff, professional members, faculty, allied companies and individuals, as well as retired IAVM members.

The IAVM represents public assembly venues from around the globe. Active members include managers and senior executives from auditoriums, arenas, convention centers, exhibit halls, stadiums, performing arts centers, university complexes, and amphitheaters.

Esckilsen has managed more than 1,000 entertainment and sports events throughout his venue management career. He was also the first General Manager of the UK Storm hockey franchise.

Esckilsen is in his 21st year at Johnson & Wales University, where he conducts research and teaches venue management, operations management, event management, safety/security/and risk management, ticketing/access management, ancillary services, and revenue management.

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