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(Tulsa, Okla.) July 25, 2018 – The awards continue to pile up for the SMG-managed BOK Center during its 10th anniversary celebrations this year. BOK Center was awarded the prestigious 2018 Venue Excellence Award by the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) and presented with the award today at the 93rd annual VenueConnect conference held in Toronto during the Venue Industry Awards luncheon. BOK Center previously won this award for the first time in 2011.

The Venue Excellence Award recognizes five venues of any type that demonstrate excellence and innovation within the last calendar year in operation and management of public assembly venues. IAVM takes pride in its members and member venues that excel in providing their communities with a safe and enjoyable space for all types of events and educational opportunities. The criteria for the award includes: service to the community, team building/professional development, safety and security and operational excellence. The criteria used to evaluate the venues are at the core of IAVM’s mission and are key components to the success and vitality of the venue industry. A committee of industry leaders chose the finalists for each venue type and winners were approved by the IAVM Board of Directors.

“The Venue Excellence Award puts BOK Center in an elite national group,” said Jeff Nickler BOK Center General Manager. “It is further recognition of the superior work of our team and the standards we uphold and adhere to. I’m proud of the entire staff for this well deserved achievement.”

The four other 2018 Venue Excellence Award winners include: Intrust Bank Arena (Wichita, KS), Dr. Phillips Center fro the Performing Arts (Orlando, FL), Minneapolis Convention Center (Minneapolis, MN) and Shaw Conference Centre (Edmonton, AB).

About IAVM:
Founded in 1924, the International Association of Venue Managers, having significant influence in a global industry, is the acknowledged organization providing superlative leadership, cutting-edge innovation, advanced education, supportive advocacy, opportunities for networking and connection to other venue professionals around the world. Committed to international membership growth and development, the IAVM is the preeminent source for all public assembly related research, information, services, and life-safety issues worldwide. IAVM provides unprecedented member value and is endowed with unlimited opportunities to partner and embrace industry affiliations.