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KRS Faculty Member Recently Awarded Certified Venue Professional Title

BOWLING GREEN, Ky— Dr. Brad Stinnett, Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport at Western Kentucky University, was recently awarded the Certified Venue Professional (CVP) designation by the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM).  The CVP program, launched in 2015 by IAVM, recognizes the competence of middle to senior public assembly venue managers and signifies three important things about an individual: he or she is a capable professional, is committed to the industry, and is pledged to continued professional growth and development.

Stinnett, an active member of IAVM, serves as Vice-Chair of the Young Professionals Committee, assists with the coordination of the UpStart program, and is a regular attendee of VenueConnect. “I value our relationship with IAVM and look forward seeking innovative ways to involve our students in the association’s national and regional events,” stated Stinnett. “Helping to develop competent and marketable students is a top priority of my colleagues and me in KRS.”

Part of IAVM’s inaugural class of CVP’s, Stinnett was honored at a recognition ceremony during the association’s recent annual conference in Minneapolis. “Obtaining CVP designation was not only a personal goal, but a professional one as well, and taking part in the CVP process will allow me to mentor and guide students in our graduate program, particularly the Facility & Event Management concentration, who seek to gain this reputable industry credential,” he noted.

WKU’s School of KRS has been a partner with IAVM since 2011 and utilizes the partnership to provide a wide based professional network and educational resources for students enrolled in the 100% online Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Administration with a concentration in Facility and Event Management


For more information, please contact Dr. Brad Stinnett at 270-745-4329 or


            About IAVM:  Representing public assembly venues from around the globe, IAVM's active members include managers and senior executives from auditorium, arenas, convention centers, exhibit halls, stadiums, performing arts centers, university complexes, and amphitheaters.  Member venues represent huge expenditures of public and private funds. They attract millions of patrons to an astonishing variety of events from football to basketball, baseball to hockey, from rock concerts to conventions, conferences to ballets.  IAVM counts more than 500 Allied companies among its members. These companies provide products and services used by managers.

            About Western Kentucky University’s School of KRS: The vision of the School of Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport is to offer premier academic programs and to be acknowledged for innovative teaching, research, and creative & professional service activities related to improving wellness and overall quality of life in a global society.  The School of KRS’s mission is to provide high quality educational experiences and engagement opportunities for future professionals seeking knowledge in disciplines related to human movement, leisure services, and sport management.

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