The International Association of Venue Managers handed out five Venue Excellence Awards during their 2018 VenueConnect Conference this year.

The winners include the SMG-managed BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the SMG-managed Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, the Minneapolis Convention Center and the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton. The awards were given out at the 93rd annual VenueConnect conference in Toronto.


“The Venue Excellence Award puts BOK Center in an elite national group,” Jeff Nickler, BOK Center’s general manager, said in a news release celebrating the award, adding “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.”