We are seeking nominations for the 2017 Hall of Headlines awards by September 29, 2017.

Each December, Venues Today hands out its most prestigious honor, the Hall of Headlines Award.  The award is given to members in five different categories – News, Bookings, Ops & Tech, Marketing and Concessions. The awards are given to individuals who have made a difference in the facilities industry in the last 12 months, and recipients are nominated and elected by Venues Today readers.

Who is eligible?

Anyone in the sports, entertainment and meeting industries who has made a significant contribution to our professional world in 2017.

How to nominate?

Email a description of the person, organization, accomplishments and their contact info to nominations@venuestoday.com, or fax to (714) 378-0040 or call (714) 378-5400 no later than Friday, October 7, 2016. Please include all entries in the email, NO ATTACHMENTS PLEASE!

How are winners determined?

Subscribers and Venues Today staff will vote by fax, phone and on our website for one winner per category.

Previous winners:


News: Allen Johnson, Executive Director of Orlando Venues
Ops & Tech: Don Graham, AGM/VP, Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles & Lee Zeidman, President, Microsoft Theater, Staples Center, LA Live
Bookings: Rich MacKeigan, SMG Regional GM, Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Marketing: Meghan Doyle, Director of Marketing, BOK Center
Concessions: Mark Anderson, General Manager and VP, Premier Food Services, Del Mar (Calif.) Fairgrounds and Race Track



News-Doug Thornton, executive VP of SMG and Steve Tadlock and Michael Krouse, regional VPs of SMG
Bookings-Louis Messina, president, Messina Touring Group, and Lee Zeidman, president, Staples Center, Los Angeles
Ops & Tech-Jim McCue, SVP, SMG and John Bolton, Vice President, SMG
Marketing-Amy Latimer, president, TD Garden, Boston
Concessions-Marco Fabozzi, director of Operations, Levy Restaurants at Barclays Center, Brooklyn


News-Doug Thornton, Executive VP of SMG
Bookings-Ben Farrell, Varnell Enterprises
Marketing-Jen Compton, VP Marketing, TD Garden & Boston Bruins and Jim Delaney, president, Activate Sports & Entertainment
Ops & Tech-Michael Godoy, SMG, VP of Operations
Concessions-Don Riccardi, Ovations GM, The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, Calif.


News – Bruce Ratner & Brett Yormark, Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets, respectively
Bookings – John Bolton & Jeff Nickler, BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla.
Ops & Tech – Steve Goodling & Charlie Beirne, Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau and SMG/Long Beach Arena respectively
Marketing – Peter Luukko & Kevin Lovitt, Comcast-Spectacor & Pointstreak, respectively
Concessions – Tim Ryan, Anaheim Ducks and Honda Center


News – Ed Snider and Peter Luukko, Comcast-Spectacor
Bookings – Alex Hodges, Nederlander Concerts, Los Angeles
Marketing – Sarah Haertl, Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan.
Concessions – Chef Vincent Lai, McCormick Place, Chicago


News – Gregg Caren & Bob McClintock, SMG/McCormick Place, Chicago
Bookings – Finn Taylor, Cirque du Soleil
Marketing – Rich Krezwick, Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.
Concessions – Nick Nicora, Ovations Food Services


News – Jay Roberts, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh
Bookings – Jon Bon Jovi
Marketing – Paul Hooper and Matt Johnson at Rupp Arena in Lexington
Concessions – Norb Bartosik, California State Fair, Sacramento


News – Lee Zeidman, Staples Center Los Angeles and Nokia Theatre, L.A. Live
Bookings – Gregg Perloff with Another Planet Entertainment, Marc Geiger from William Morris Endeavor Entertainment and Brad Parsons, Arena Network
Marketing – Ed Snider and Peter Luukko, Comcast-Spectacor
Concessions – Steve Zahn, Centerplate


News – Kenneth Feld, Feld Entertainment
Bookings – John Bolton, BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla.
Marketing – Jeff Blosser, Oregon Convention Center, Portland
Concessions – David Padilla, Puerto Rico Convention Center, San Juan


News – Wes Westley, SMG
Bookings – Bruce MacTaggart and Brad Parsons, Walking With Dinosaurs
Marketing – Larry Wilson, John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Va.
Concessions – Ken Young, Ovations


News – Peter Sullivan, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
Bookings – Mike Scanlon, Rose Quarter, Portland
Marketing – Terry Barnes, Ticketmaster
Bookings – Ken Young, Ovations


News – Doug Thornton, Louisiana SuperDome, New Orleans
Bookings – Brad Parsons, ArenaNetwork, and Ron VanDeVeen, Meadowlands, East Rutherford, N.J.
Marketing – Dennis Scanlon, Rose Quarter, Portland
Concessions – Peter Luukko, Comcast-Spectacor