Senior associate director of the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas Jimmy Earl has won the International Association of Venue Managers 2016 Charles A. McElravy Award.

“Receiving this award is very special to me,” he said in a news release. “To be recognized by peers is the highest honor one can achieve; however, it takes an incredible amount of support from many to accomplish this. I wish to acknowledge all who have helped along the way—family, mentors, staff, colleagues, friends, and countless others who have been so generous with their time, wisdom, and knowledge. I am humbled and grateful beyond measure to receive this award.”

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The McElravy Award, named in honor of one of IAVM’s founding organizers, Charles A. McElravy, was created in 1963 and is granted for extraordinary contributions to the Association and the professional venue management industry it serves. The award will be presented during IAVM’s annual conference and trade show, VenueConnect, July 23-26, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“Jimmy Earl, CFE, is a man with a giant heart and a giant passion for IAVM. He inspires me and so many of us in the industry each and every day,” said Karen Totaro, CFE, general manager of the Atlantic City Convention Center and 2015-2016 IAVM Chair, in a statement. “A huge highlight of my year as Chair for IAVM was having the opportunity to advise Jimmy of the unanimous vote by the Board of Directors to extend the McElravy Award to him. Join me in a toast to one of our most esteemed colleagues, Jimmy Earl, CFE!”