John Siehl, CVE

Bronze Most Valuable Member

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Bachelor Degree in Business/Psychology from the University of Dayton
Master’s of Science in Education/Counseling – University of Dayton

I entered the public assembly industry in 1965 at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio as an usher. As the years progressed, I joined the management team in the Ice Skating Arena and the main arena. In 1978 I was named the Assistant General Manager, followed by General Manager in 1982. I left Hara in 1989 after 24 years of service. In June of 1990 I joined the staff at the Ervin J Nutter Center as the General Manager. I served as the Executive Director of the Ervin J Nutter Center, Dayton, the major sports and entertainment arena on the campus of Wright State University until August, 2010. In September, 2010, I joined VenuWorks currently serving as Vice President and COO. The Nutter Center is consistently ranked in the top ten in the nation for facilities of its size. I joined IAAM in 1978 have held the Certified Facility Executive (CFE) since 1995. Within the IAAM, I am a past Chair of the Board of Education, and the Life Safety Council Chair. I have also served as Chair of the Board of Governors, on the Universities and Arenas Committees and Venue Safety & Security (AVSS) Co-Chair and faculty, as well as faculty at the Public Assembly Facility Management School at Oglebay, WV. I am served as the Chairman of the Board of IAVM in 2010. At Wright State, I received the President’s Award for Excellence in Human Relations in 2001; also in 2001 I received the Dayton Business Journal’s Corporate Caring Award, as well as the Fairborn Chamber President’s Award and the Beavercreek Civic Award in 2008. I was also inducted into the Dayton Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008. I also serve on many local Boards (Campfire, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Greene County Foundation) and Committees. I am two time Past President of the Chamber of Commerce of Fairborn and Past President of the CVB. I have been an active volunteer bereavement counselor for Hospice of Dayton for 22 years, working primarily with a summer children’s camp (Pathways) and on the Hospice Speaker’s Bureau.
My wife died in 1992 and I am blessed with 2 children, and 3 grandchildren.