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IAVM announces second Vice Chair for 2011 – 2012

John BoltonIAVM is pleased to announce the nomination of their second vice chair for the IAVM Board of Directors. The new holder of this title will become a senior officer of the organization and serve a four-year term.


John Bolton, who is now the second vice chair, will ascend to the chairman position in 2013-14.

Bolton is the general manager of the SMG Tulsa/BOK Center and Tulsa Convention Center and has served in this position since 2007. He has been in the industry since 1986 and has managed five venues in Evansville, Ind. and the RiverPark Center in Owensboro, Kent. prior to moving to Tulsa.

“John has demonstrated unique imagination, creativity and drive, in his professional approach to venue management,” said John Christison, CFE, president and general manager of the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. “He has been a valuable and productive member of our association through a myriad of volunteer positions and assignments and is a great choice for second vice chair. IAVM will benefit significantly from his energy, skill and enthusiasm.”

A member of IAVM since 1994, Bolton has served the industry as a volunteer member in many capacities, including chair of the Professional Development Committee, chair of Board of Governors for IAVM’s Senior Executive Symposium at Cornell University, and served as the local host for the 2010 Arena Management Conference in Tulsa, Okla. Currently he is the director for region six and chair of the Arenas Committee, and serves on the Executive Committee for the Board of Directors of IAVM.

“I am very humbled by the honor of representing an industry I love so much,” said Bolton. “IAVM and its programs and services have played a major role in the success I have enjoyed throughout my career. Having the opportunity to give back in a leadership role like this is truly a dream come true for me.”

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