Barb Silin of Overland Park Convention Center achieves Certified Venue Professional from International Association of Venue Managers

Overland Park Kansas Best Small Convention Center in North America

Overland Park, Kan. (Sept. 28, 2023)— The Overland Park Convention
Center is proud to announce that Sales Manager, Barb Silin, has achieved
the distinguished designation of Certified Venue Professional (CVP) from
the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM). This notable
recognition is in addition to her credentials as a Certified Meeting
Professional (CMP) and Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA).

The CVP designation, awarded by IAVM to venue industry professionals,
underscores Silin’s extensive experience and accomplishments in public
venue management. It is earned through the successful completion of a
rigorous written examination assessing a comprehensive knowledge of the
public venue management profession.

Possessing the CVP designation signifies three crucial attributes about
an individual: professionalism, a steadfast commitment to the industry,
and an unwavering dedication to ongoing professional advancement. Venue
professionals who attain this designation are acknowledged, both within
and beyond the industry, for their proficiency in their field.

“The CVP program was created by IAVM in 2015 to recognize the
competence of mid-level to senior level managers of public assembly
venues as well as assist in creating a professional development road
map,” IAVM’s Board Chair, Adina Erwin, CVE, said. “I would like to
offer my most sincere congratulations to our newest CVPs. There is no
doubt that their hard work and commitment are to be applauded within the

Among the select group of venue management professionals honored with a
CVP in 2023, Barb Silin has been an integral part of the Overland Park
Convention Center since it opened in 2002.

“With over 23 years in the industry, our organization is extremely
lucky to have such a dedicated, highly trained and well-regarded
individual in our ranks,” Overland Park Convention Center’s General
Manager, Brett C. Mitchel, CVE, said. “The CVP designation is an
indication of demonstrated skill in professional growth, activity in
community affairs and development of knowledge within the management of
public venues.”

While the convention team is small in size, Silin’s achievements
contribute to a roster of notable employee accomplishments, including 6
Certified Meeting Professionals, 1 Sustainable Event Professional, 6
team members with Specialty Rigging Accreditation, 4 Certified Custodial
Supervisors, 1 Certified Venue Executive, and 1 recipient of the Connect
Association’s 40 Under 40 award.

 To learn more about the Overland Park Convention Center and its
achievements, please visit [2]. To learn
more about IAVM and the CVP certification, visit


About Overland Park Convention Center
The award-winning Overland Park Convention Center opened in November of
2002 on a 26-acre site in the heart of Overland Park, the largest
suburban city in the Kansas City metropolitan and the second largest
city in Kansas.  Adorned with over sixty original works of are and
equipped with state-of-the-art communications systems, the 245,000
square floor complex features a 60,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall that
connects to the 25,000 sq. ft. Edwin C. Eilert Ballroom and 15,000 sq.
ft. of meeting room space. Natural light radiates throughout the
unusually spacious (44,000 sq. ft.) pre-function and registration areas.
Among the convention centers many awards, the most recent include: 2023
Best Small Convention Center in North America, EXHIBITOR Magazine;
2023-2020 Top 25 Convention Centers in North America, EXHIBITOR
Magazine; 2021 Best Customer Service & On-Site Support in North America,
EXHIBITOR Magazine; 2021 -2020 Best Small Convention Center in North
America, EXHIBITOR Magazine; 2019 Best Convention Centers in North
America, Business View Magazine; 2023 – 2002 Best Meeting & Conference
Facility, Ingram’s Magazine; 2023 – 2018 Prime Site Award,
Facilities & Destinations Magazine

About International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)
The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) currently has
over 7,200 members worldwide. Founded in 1924 as the Auditorium Managers
Association, IAVM is the world’s largest professional association
dedicated to issues relevant to the management of public assembly
venues. Association members include venue managers from amphitheaters,
arenas, auditoriums, convention centers/exhibit halls, performing arts
centers, stadiums and university complexes. The International
Association of Venue Managers, having significant influence in a global
industry, is the acknowledged organization providing superlative
leadership, cutting-edge innovation, advanced education, supportive
advocacy, opportunities for networking and connection between venue
professionals around the world. Committed to international membership
growth and development, IAVM is the preeminent source for all public
assembly venue related research, information, services, and life-safety
issues worldwide.

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