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(Tulsa, Okla.) June 14, 2017 –Three SMG Tulsa team members have been selected to the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) Foundation’s 30 Under 30 Class of 2017 to be recognized at VenueConnect, IAVM’s Annual Conference & Trade Show in Nashville, TN from August 7-10, 2017.

BOK Center garnered one honoree: Eric Schleicher, Senior Marketing Manager. Danielle Wright, Sales Manager, and Sarah Kate Rogers, Event Coordinator, at Cox Business Center, part of the SMG Tulsa team were also selected for the 30 Under 30 program.

As part of the Build an Amazing Future campaign focused on students, young professionals and mid-level venue management, the 30 Under 30 program is designed to engage the best and brightest young professionals in the venue management industry by recognizing emerging leaders and their talents, which help accelerate the industry and carry it into the future.

“We (Board of Trustees) are extremely proud to announce the third class of your IAVM Foundation 30 | UNDER | 30. This group truly represents the talent, passion and drive we all have for the industry. These 30 deserving individuals will come together at VenueConnect 2017 to represent the Foundation at the Legacy Project, UpSTART Emerging Leaders Program and at the Foundation Lounge on the trade show floor. We encourage everyone to come by and meet the next 30 | UNDER | 30 class,” said Bob Hunter, Board of Trustee Chair.

In its third year, the 30 Under 30 program focuses on identifying and developing the talent of venue industry professionals, 30 years of age and under, through increased access and exposure to industry networking and thought leadership. Honorees were awarded based on their professionalism, creativity and industry insight. The program provides year-round continued education for professional growth in the venue industry and helps program participants become better, more productive employees.

The 30 Under 30 Class receives one full, complimentary registration to VenueConnect along with a travel stipend to be used on travel accommodations to the conference. Honorees will be recognized formally at the Venue Industry Awards luncheon on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

“Eric, Danielle and Sarah Kate are incredibly deserving of this recognition they have received from IAVM. We are lucky to have such dedicated and talented people as part of our team,” said SMG Tulsa General Manager Jeff Nickler. “Being a part of this 30 Under 30 class will help them grow and thrive in the industry even more than they already do.”