President and CEO, International Association of Venue Managers (Courtesy IAVM)
From teenage hot dog vendor to IAVM’s leader, via MetLife Stadium, American Airlines Center and other venues.


I thought I’d grow up to be
An airline pilot. 

First job in the industry
Hot dog vendor in the stands of the University of Utah stadium.

Favorite part of the job
Serving diverse individuals who work in the events and entertainment industries in strengthening their knowledge and skill sets.   

Least favorite part of the job
Dealing with people and organizations that don’t understand that collaboration breeds success on a grander level. 

If I weren’t doing this, I’d be …
Working for a venue like the many I have worked for in the past.  

Mentors
My mother and father. They instilled in me a sense of strength, compassion, service and my core values.  

Free-time pursuits
Spend time with my wife, Cheryl; our nine grandchildren and their parents; and our three dogs, Zack, Zoie and Lucky. I also volunteer.   

Favorite book/movie/theater show
“The Book of Mormon”; “The Last Starfighter”; “The Phantom of the Opera.” 

Surprising fact about me
I was Mr. Bratt in our high school musical, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” 

Best advice received
We are creatures of our thinking. We can talk ourselves into defeat, or we can talk ourselves into victory. Choose your own journey.  

Favorite live event attended
1979 NCAA Final Four at the University of Utah as a staff member.   

Best memory on the job
The euphoria I felt when opening the American Airlines Center in 2001. We received our (temporary certificate of occupancy) just two hours prior to opening the doors with the Eagles concert.