Established in 2015 and held annually in Nashville, Tenn., Venue Operations Summit fills a special need for shared knowledge and best practices, recognizing an integral workforce element in sports, entertainment, performing arts and convention facilities. Venue Solutions Group presents this summit and dedicates its purpose to venue operations and engineering professionals.  This year our event will be at the Hilton Downtown Nashville.

Past topics include building automated systems and computerized maintenance management systems, LED lighting opportunities,  planning and opening new and renovated facilities, OSHA/Safety, telescopic seating, access control, how to manage broadcast partners, managing third-party services, women in venue operations and engineering, capital expense planning, budget preparation and presentation, and leadership development. Any professional in this space should attend to gain valuable, actionable information that provides practical value for your facility while incorporating professional development for attendees. You are invited to come prepared to participate and raise the level of information and professionalism for everyone.

To register for the Summit, please click on "Tickets" below or click here.

Note: Final schedule subject to change 

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Russ Simons

Chief Listening Officer
Brentwood, TN

Over the past three decades, Russ Simons has been involved in nearly every facet of the sports and entertainment facility industry, from design and construction to operations, marketing and public relations. At Venue Solutions Group (VSG), Russ directs the firm’s guest experience benchmarking, assessment and facility operations efforts. VSG is a team of former senior facility managers who evaluate building systems and components, facility condition, risk management, guest experience, safety and security and sustainable operations. He has worked with operators at every level from collegiate to every professional league, and his work goes hand-in-hand with architects to design facilities that are safe, efficient, revenue positive and sustainable.  He has worked with such clients as the Orlando Magic, San Diego Padres, the Indiana State Fair, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the historic Keeneland Equestrian Facility.