2018 Venue Operations Summit registration is now open

Venue Solutions Group – an industry leader in operational consulting to the public assembly facility industry – has announced that registration is now open for the 2018 Venue Operations Summit.


The Venue Operations Summit (VOS), now in its fourth year, will take place in Nashville, TN, USA, Sunday, April 29 through Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the Nashville Downtown Hilton Hotel.


VOS is the premier industry conference for public assembly facility operations and engineering professionals. This year’s topics include leadership, risk management in housekeeping, vertical transportation maintenance, electrical system management, venue-specific Town Halls, life safety, and much more.


Regardless of venue type, attendees at VOS 2018 can be assured of a program that will provide actionable information to assist them in their facility responsibilities, along with very valuable networking opportunities.


Keynote speakers at this year’s event include industry veteran Richard Andersen, who will focus on how to become a better leader.


VSG’s Managing Partner, Russ Simons, said:

We have created a meaningful opportunity for venue operations and engineering staff, employees who are often overlooked when it comes to professional development. Engineering, maintenance, event setup, security, and housekeeping are all vital components to a successful venue, and they should have the same educational opportunities as the sales, marketing, premium and box office staff.


Established in 2015 and held annually in Nashville, Tennessee, the Venue Operations Summit fills a special need for shared knowledge, best practices, and networking recognising an integral workforce element in sports, entertainment, performing arts and convention facilities.


The Summit, spanning three days, includes general sessions and breakouts, as well as tours of local facilities and an Opening Reception for attendees to get to know each other and network in an informal setting.


Banc of California Stadium, home of LAFC, is a 22,000-seat soccer-specific stadium set to open in 2018. Venue Solutions Group has worked with the team on a variety of pre-opening activities, such as identifying furniture, fixtures & equipment, developing tenders for services, and creating a plan to mitigate vehicle intrusion


About Venue Solutions Group

Venue Solutions Group (VSG) was formed in 2011 by three former senior facility operators who saw a need by public assembly venues that did not have the support of large, contract management firms.


The company’s client base includes major professional sports teams, design and project management firms, universities, municipalities, and other industry consultants. All three VSG Partners were key in the opening of Bridgestone Arena in 1996, with Managing Partner Russ Simons as the arena’s first General Manager.


Local projects for the firm include facility condition assessments for Bridgestone Arena and Nissan Stadium, as well as participating in studies related to the Nashville Fairgrounds, as well as a new event centre in Clarksville.



In 2017, VSG conducted a full facility condition assessment at the home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. Their work reviewed everything from interior finishes to mechanical systems to food service equipment to roofs to vertical transportation, all culminating in a 20-year capital expense matrix



For further information, visit the VSG’s SVB Directory listing by simply clicking here.




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