Congratulations to our Senior Associate Director, Jimmy Earl!

Senior Associate Director of the Frank Erwin Center, Jimmy Earl, Certified Facilities Executive (CFE) was named the 2016 recipient of the Charles A. McElravy Award from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM).

The award is named in honor of one of the founding organizers of IAVM for his extraordinary contributions to the Association and the profession of public assembly facility management over a number of years. This meritorious service award is granted annually to a Professional, Honorary, or Retired member of IAVM who, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, has made the greatest lifetime achievement to the welfare of the Association or profession.

“Receiving this award is very special to me,” said Earl upon receiving news of this accolade. “To be recognized by peers is the highest honor one can achieve, however, it takes an incredible amount of support from many to accomplish this. I wish to acknowledge all who have helped along the way; family, mentors, staff, colleagues, friends and countless others that have been so generous with their time, wisdom and knowledge. I am humbled and grateful beyond measure to receive this award.”

“The recipients of the Charles A. McElravy Award are true icons in the industry and I have been fortunate enough to work with two former winners, Tom Parkinson, former director of Assembly Hall at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (now State Farm Center) and Dean Justice, former director of the Erwin Center,” said Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director of the Frank Erwin Center, John Graham. “Jimmy has worked very hard for IAVM for many years and he is extremely deserving of this recognition. I am thrilled that he has become part of this prestigious group.”

Earl, who has held the position of Senior Associate Director of the Frank Erwin Center since 1990, has been an active member of IAVM since 1987. During his membership, he has served on various committees as well as the Board of Directors, serving as President in 2004-2005.

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