The venue industry’s future success will be a direct result of the retention and development of our young professionals.


Six or seven years ago, we approached IAVM about developing a 30|UNDER|30 program. We felt that with the support of the IAVM Foundation, SearchWide Global, Ungerboeck and plenty of volunteers, we had the opportunity to build for the future. The program is designed to engage the best and brightest young professionals and expose them to the industry at a level they could not achieve from the 4-walls of their venue.


The program selection process is not easy. Those that earn the right to be recognized, truly earn the right. It’s inspiring and gratifying to see how creative and passionate these young professionals are. It is fascinating to watch them as they develop into the future leaders of the venue industry.


Now, headed into its fifth year, SearchWide Global is still thrilled to sponsor such a remarkable program. We encourage industry leaders to nominate a diverse slate of applicants with great leadership potential. Anyone can be recognized but this program recognizes the very best young professionals under 30. We ask that current leaders from any venue type, shape or size, take the time to recognize those that have made you look good over-and-over again. Not only does the program bring incredible value to our industry, but it brings unlimited opportunity to shape the future.


The IAVM Foundations 30|UNDER|30 program is simply investing in the future. How have you invested? Who have you nominated?


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Mark Gnatovic
Executive Vice President
SearchWide Global


SearchWide Global is a full service executive search firm primarily for companies in Destination Organizations / Hotels & Resorts / Venue Management / Experiential Marketing, Tradeshow & Exhibition / Industry Associations / Sports & Entertainment. Specializing in C-Level and Director level executive searches for companies ranging in size from Fortune 500 corporations to mid-sized public and private companies and associations. Founded in 1999, SearchWide Global headquartered in St. Paul, MN, USA and operates worldwide.