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Christine Pileckas Named to IAVM 30 Under 30 Class

(Wichita, Kan.) – Christine Pileckas, SMG Director of Sales & Marketing for INTRUST Bank Arena, has been named to the 2016 30|UNDER|30 class by the International Association of Venue Managers Foundation (IAVMF). In its second year, this program focuses on identifying and developing the top talent in the venue management industry, 30 years of age and under, through increased access and exposure to industry networking and thought leadership.

Pileckas was honored for her wide list of accomplishments at INTRUST Bank Arena. Christine has served as a member of Young Professionals of Wichita for the past 5 years and was named “Volunteer of the Year” in 2015 for the organization’s Pulse action team committee. In 2014, Pileckas was named a Venues Today Generation Next award winner, an award that recognizes leaders 35 or younger who make a difference in the live entertainment industry. Additionally, Pileckas played a vital role in successfully selling more than 75,000 tickets to Garth Brooks at INTRUST Bank Arena in December 2015 and the planning and execution of hosting his six sold out concerts in just four days.

“We are very proud of Christine for being recognized as a leader of her generation within the venue management industry,” said SMG General Manager, A.J. Boleski.  “Christine’s passion for our facility and the industry as a whole is evident in her everyday results and has been instrumental in our venue’s success to date.”

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. The 30|UNDER|30 Class of 2016 will convene for the first time at VenueConnect, IAVM’s annual conference and trade show, July 23-26, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They will also be provided opportunities for continued education for professional growth in the venue industry to help them become better, more productive employees.

Representing public assembly venues from around the globe, IAVM’s 5,400 active members include managers and senior executives from auditoriums, arenas, convention centers, exhibit halls, stadiums, performing arts centers, university complexes, racetracks, and amphitheaters.


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