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CEFMA Mission Statement

The Collegiate Event and Facility Management Association (CEFMA) is dedicated to providing educational programs, best practices, professional development and networking opportunities to enhance event and facility management. This group will be dedicated to the needs of collegiate level event and facility management professionals at all levels and the challenges that exist within the scope of their responsibilities.

CEFMA, in conjunction with NACDA, seeks to promote the growth, leadership, integrity and success of administrators and professional staff involved in collegiate athletics.

CEFMA Historical Timeline

  • June 10, 2007 – Steve Adams and Brett Hickman from Wake Forest meet with Bob Vecchione and Pat Manak from NACDA in Orlando to discuss the formation of a event managers association 
  • December 21, 2007 – Initial NACEM Board Members are announced
    • Steve Adams (Wake Forest), Bridget Belgiovine (Wellesley), Mike Bujol (New Orleans), Donyale Canada (Mid-American Conference), Brett Hickman (Wake Forest), Michael Kelly (Atlantic Coast Conference), Tim O’Connell (Dayton), Lisa Sweany (Grand Valley State), John David Wicker (Washington State) and Andrea Williams (Big Ten Conference) 
  • February 11-12, 2008 – Initial NACEM Board Meeting in Dallas with NACDA Representatives 
  • February 12, 2008 – First set of Officers are approved:
    • Steve Adams, Wake Forest University (President)
    • Bridget Belgiovine, Wellesley College (1st Vice President)
    • Andrea Williams, Big Ten Conference (2nd Vice President)
    • Mike Bujol, University of New Orleans (3rd Vice President) 
  • March 3, 2008 – Association name is officially changed from NACEM to the Collegiate Event and Facility Management Association (CEFMA) 
  • March 3, 2008 – Membership Dues Structure is approved:
    • $150 for Group Institutional Membership (capped at 5 members)
    • $50 Additional group members
    • $50 for Individual or Conference Members
    • $25 Students 
  • March 3, 2008 – Mission Statement is approved:
    • The Collegiate Event and Facility Management Association (CEFMA) is dedicated to providing educational programs, professional development, networking opportunities and best practices to enhance event and facility management.  CEFMA, in conjunction with NACDA, seeks to promote the growth, leadership, integrity and success of administrators and professional staff involved in collegiate athletics. 
  • March 3, 2008 – Jeanne Boyd from the NCAA is added to the Board of Directors 
     
  • March 6, 2008 – CEFMA logo is finalized by Rickabaugh Graphics 
  • May 5, 2008 – National Press Release announcing the formation of CEFMA 
  • June 9, 2008 – CEFMA Board Meeting in conjunction with NACDA’s Annual Convention in Dallas, TX 
  • June 9, 2008 – Convention Planning, Membership and Sponsorship sub-committees are formed 
  • June 20, 2008 – Inaugural Convention dates are confirmed -- June 17-18, 2009 in Orlando, FL 
  • June 20, 2008 – Inaugural Convention registration rates confirmed -- $200 for members and $300 for non-members 
  • July 6, 2008 – Jenna Mape begins her term as CEFMA’s intern 
  • July 21-27, 2008 – strip ad in SportsBusiness Journal announcing the formation of CEFMA 
  • July 22, 2008 – membership information sent to all college and university AD’s with welcome message from President Steve Adams 
  • August 20, 2008 – Pat Williams (Orlando Magic) verbally agrees to give keynote address at Inaugural Convention 
  • August 20, 2008 – membership stands at 72 paid members 
  • September 29, 2008 – Officers and Board of Directors agree to meet in New Orleans on April 7-8, 2009 to finalize plans for the Inaugural Convention 
  • October 9, 2008 – membership reaches 166 paid members 
  • October 10, 2008 – Convention Planning Committee finalizes plans for a Disney Behind the Scenes Tour that will take place during the Inaugural Convention 
  • October 31, 2008 – membership reaches 207 paid members 
  • November 6, 2008 – list serve is created 
  • January 1, 2009 – Bridget Belgiovine resigns from Board of Directors and is replaced with Barb Bolich from MIT.  
  • January 15, 2009 – Contemporary Services Corporation agrees to become first sponsor 
  • January 20, 2009 – Tim O’Connell is appointed new 3rd Vice President 
  • January 29, 2009 – Steve Adams presents an update on CEFMA at NACDA’s Mid-Winter Meetings 
  • January 29, 2009 – Officers and Board of Directors agree to add an off-campus facility personnel option to the membership structure.  The cost for a group membership (up to 5 members) would be $170 and each additional member would be $70 
  • February 24, 2009 – membership reaches 406 paid members 
  • April 14-15 – Officers and Board of Directors meet in New Orleans and participate in a Habitat for Humanity project 
  • May 27, 2009 – membership reaches 446 paid members 
  • June 17-18, 2009 – Inaugural Convention takes place at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida.  A total of 93 individuals attended the Convention. 
  • July 5, 2009 – Alise Maynard begins her term as CEFMA’s intern 
  • July 9, 2009 – Barb Bolich resigns from the Board of Directors 
  • July 27, 2009 – membership tops out at 462 paid members for the year 
  • July 30, 2009 – Mike Bujol resigns from the Board of Directors 
  • September 24, 2009 – Dawn Stewart is appointed to the Board of Directors 
  • September 24, 2009 – Andrea Williams and Tim O’Connell switch Officer positions 
  • October 5, 2009 – Suzy Mason is appointed to the Board of Directors 
  • October 28, 2009 – membership reaches 259 paid members 
  • January 15, 2010 – membership reaches 321 paid members 
  • February 1, 2010 – Steve Adams presents an update on CEFMA at NACDA’s Mid-Winter Meetings 
  • April 19-20, 2010 – Officers and Board of Directors meet in Chicago 
  • May 28, 2010 – membership reaches 452 paid members 
  • June 20, 2010 – Dawn Stewart is selected as 3rd Vice President 
  • June 21-22, 2010 – 2nd Annual Convention takes place at the Marriott Hotel in Anaheim, California.  A total of 109 individuals attended the Convention which included a keynote address from the NCAA’s Greg Shaheen and a tour of the Home Depot Center. 
  • June 23, 2010 – Tim O’Connell becomes Association’s 2nd President 
  • July 13, 2010 – Mike Eller begins his term as CEFMA’s intern 
  • October 24-25, 2010 – Tim O’Connell, Steve Adams and Lisa Sweany travel to Dallas to meet with representatives of IAAM regarding potential future professional development opportunities for the membership. 
  • November 9, 2010 – membership reaches 329 paid members for the 2010-11 academic year. 
  • January 2011 – John David Wicker presents at the STMA conference in Austin on behalf of CEFMA. 
  • January 17, 2011 – membership reaches 391 paid members for the 2010-11 academic year. 
  • January 31, 2011 – Tim O’Connell presents an update on CEFMA at NACDA’s Mid-Winter Meetings 
  • February 8, 2011 – Katie Newman is introduced to the Officers and Board of Directors as the new NACDA Staff liaison to CEFMA beginning in July 2011. 
  • February 8, 2011 – Brendan Fouracre from Louisiana State University and Michael Snyder from Oberlin College are elected to the Board of Directors.  Their terms will begin in July 2011 and terminate after the CEFMA Convention in 2015. 
  • March 8, 2011 – membership reaches 416 paid members for the 2010-11 academic year. 
  • April 18-19, 2011 – Officers and Board of Directors meet in Chicago. 
  • June 15-16, 2011 – 3rd Annual Convention takes place at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida.  A total of 134 individuals attended the Convention which included a keynote address from Khalil Johnson and a tour of the athletics facilities at the University of Central Florida. 
  • June 17, 2011 – Andrea Williams becomes the Association’s 3rd President 
  • July 5, 2011 – Dana Ingraham begins her term as CEFMA’s intern 
  • July 15, 2011 – Affiliation with IAVM begins 
  • September 26, 2011 – Tim Wise from University of Wisconsin and Mickey Guridy from Liberty University are elected to the Board of Directors, effective immediately. 
  • October 20, 2011 – Officers and Board of Directors approve new Board rotation structure and terms. 
  • December 16, 2011 – membership reaches 367 paid members for the 2011-12 academic year. 
  • January 30, 2012 – Andrea Williams present an update on CEFMA at NACDA’s Mid-Winter Meetings. 
  • February 27, 2012 – membership committee sent direct mailing to all conference commissioners and Division II & III AD’s to promote CEFMA membership. 
  • March 7, 2012 – membership committee begins actively researching and soliciting potential members via email. 
  • March 15, 2012 – Board approves a special Convention promotion for Dallas – purchase two member registrations, get three free.  An email was sent notifying all CEFMA members of this opportunity. 
  • April 9, 2012 – membership reaches 434 paid members for the 2011-12 academic year. 
  • April 16-17, 2012 – Officers and Board of Directors meet in San Diego. 
  • May 22, 2012 – Membership reaches 466 paid members. 
  • June 23-25, 2012 – 4th Annual Convention takes place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.  A total of 163 individuals attended the Convention, which included a keynote address from the Disney Institute, a tour and reception at Cowboys Stadium and tours of Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Dallas. 
  • June 26, 2012 – Lisa Sweany becomes the Association’s 4th President and three new Board members begin their terms; Heather Perry from the Pac-12 Conference, Bill Givens from the US Naval Academy and Nick Britton from Iowa State University. 
  • July 2012 – Education Committee is added to the CEFMA subcommittee structure. 
  • July 2012 – Jessi McCloy begins her term as CEFMA’s intern. 
  • October 15, 2012 – Inaugural quarterly e-newsletter distributed to membership. 
  • October 18, 2012 – CEFMA Board voted to extend the Administrative Services Agreement and relationship with NACDA/DCC through 2017. 
  • October 2012 – CEFMA opts to create a celebratory five-year anniversary logo to be used throughout the 2012-13 year. 
  • December 20, 2012 – membership reaches 502 paid members. 
  • February 20, 2013 – CEFMA launches inaugural Diversity Stipend and Facility/Event Manager of the Year award.  One stipend and one award will be presented in 2013. 
  • March 2013 – Erin Dengler is introduced to the Officers and Board of Directors as the new NACDA Staff liaison to CEFMA beginning in July 2013. 
  • April 15-16, 2013 – Officers and Board of Directors meet in Savannah, GA. 
  • May 20, 2013 – membership reaches 593 paid members. 
  • June 11-13, 2013 – 5th Annual Convention takes place at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, FL.  A total of 167 individuals attended the Convention.  Highlights of the programming included a networking reception at Disney’s Epcot, a keynote presentation by Alex Martins, CEO of the Orlando Magic, a table top exercise on event risk management by CSC, and a tour of the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex. 
  • June 12, 2013 – Mike Penner (Ohio State) was awarded the inaugural Facility & Event Manager of the Year award; Marcus Attles (Radford) was recognized as the inaugural Diversity Stipend recipient. 
  • July 16, 2013 – Dawn Stewart becomes the Association’s 5th President and four new Board members begin their terms; April Messerly (West Virginia), Matt Oberlin (Saginaw Valley State), Mike Penner (Ohio State), David Taylor (LSU). 
  • July 2013 – Kacie Wikierak begins her term as CEFMA’s intern. 
  • November 2013 – Board votes to split the Facility & Event Manager of the Year award into two separate awards for each responsibility.  Will award a Facility Manager of the Year award and an Event Manager of the Year award at the 2014 Convention. 
  • December 10, 2013 – CEFMA Board voted to increase Convention registration rates by $50 in an attempt to help offset the costs of hosting the Convention.  The member rate will now be $250. 
  • January 22, 2014 – CEFMA hosts inaugural webinar titled “Leadership and Career Advisement.”  Webinar presenters included Colleen Lamond (Missouri), Dawn Stewart (Otterbein), Tim Wise (Miami). 
  • March 11, 2014 – membership reaches 618 paid members. 
  • April 13-15, 2014 – Officers and Board of Directors meet in Cincinnati, OH. 
  • April 2014 – Board unanimously votes to discontinue affiliation with IAVM. 
  • April 30, 2014 – CEFMA hosts webinar on field safety.  The webinar was led by Mark Nicholls (UBU Sports). 
  • June 7-9, 2014 – 6th Annual Convention takes place at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, FL.  A total of 186 individuals attended the Convention.  Agenda highlights included a session by the Disney Institute, a keynote address by Jon Gordon and a tailgate-style networking event. 
  • June 8, 2014 – CEFMA recognizes Andrea Williams (Big Ten) as the Event Manager of the Year; Mitch Silverman (Florida Atlantic) as the Facility Manager of the Year; and Megan Welsch as the Diversity Stipend recipient. 
  • July 25, 2014 – Brendan Fouracre becomes the Association’s 6th President and four new Board members begin their terms; Marcus Attles (UNC Wilmington), Keisha Dunlap (Conference USA), Colleen Lamond (Missouri), Adam Tom (Armstrong State). 
  • July 2014 – Chelcie Abajian begins her term as CEFMA’s intern. 
  • September 2014 – Katie Newman reintroduced to the Officers and Board of Directors as the new NACDA Staff liaison to CEFMA beginning immediately. 
  • December 9, 2014 – CEFMA hosts webinar titled, “Best Practices for Managing Weather Scenarios at Collegiate Events.” Presenters included Randy Buhr (NCAA), Jessica Chrabaszcz (Yale), Andrew Thut (Schneider Electric). 
  • December 16, 2014 – Ohio State University hosts the inaugural CEFMA Regional Conference in Columbus, OH.  There were 111 members and non-members in attendance. 
  • February 2015 – Board votes to re-combine Facility & Event Manager of the Year awards into a single award; adds Customer Service Award & Professional Development stipend. 
  • April 1, 2015 – CEFMA hosts webinar titled, “Getting Your Foot in the Door: Career Advancement for Young Professionals.”  Presenters included Scott Carter (James Madison), Danielle Upham (Connecticut), Megan Welsch (Washington). 
  • April 8, 2015 – membership reaches 680 paid members. 
  • April 12-14, 2015 – Officers and Board of Directors meet in Miami, FL. 
  • April 13, 2015 – Board votes to award two Diversity stipends and two Professional Development stipends for the 2015 Convention. 
  • June 13-15, 2015 – 7th Annual Convention takes place at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, FL.  A total of 196 individuals attended the Convention.  Agenda highlights included a a keynote address by Mike Alden, a table top exercise about drones, hot topic sessions and a behind the scenes tour at the Disney theme parks. 
  • June 14, 2015 – CEFMA recognizes Devon Hendricks (Texas) as the Facility & Event Manager of the Year recipient; Julie Cribbs (LSU) as the Customer Service Award recipient; Stephanie Davis (Miami OH) and Jamie Mitchell (Colgate) as the Diversity Stipend recipients; and Alvin Hines (American Athletic Conf.) and Russell Houser (Wooster) as the Professional Development stipend recipients. 
  • July 6, 2015 – Board votes to partner with Navigate Research to evaluate the Association’s sponsorship structure. 
  • July 16, 2015 – Tim Wise becomes the Association’s 7th President and two new Board members begin their terms; JD Loudabarger (Arizona State), Justin Newell (Kenyon College). 
  • July 2015 – Katy Goetz begins her term as CEFMA’s intern.