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Kim Bedier CVE

As Director of Venues and Events for the City of Tacoma, Washington, USA Kim Bedier is responsible for the iconic Tacoma Dome, one of the largest wood domed structures in the world with seating for up to 22,000, and the Greater Tacoma Convention Center.  Cheney Stadium (home of Tacoma Rainiers AAA Baseball), the historic Pantages and Rialto Theaters, and Theater on the Square round out the venue portfolio. Kim also leads the City’s Office of Arts and Cultural Vitality, and partners with Travel Tacoma and South Sound Sports.

Bedier joined the City of Tacoma from Comcast Arena (now Angel of the Winds Arena) in Everett, Washington where as General Manager she opened the facility in 2003. Comcast Arena was awarded the inaugural Venue Excellence Award for Arenas from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) in 2010. She previously held venue leadership positions at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto and at the Crystal Centre in Grande Prairie, Canada, with a stop at the Olympic Medals Plaza at the Salt Lake City Olympic Games.

Bedier received a degree in Recreation and Physical Education from Acadia University in Wolfville, Canada. Her first job after graduation took her to Igloolik in the Eastern Canadian Arctic where she managed the construction of a recreation complex under the midnight sun.

Bedier earned the Certified Venue Executive (CVE) designation from IAVM in 2000. She served as Chair of the Board of Directors of IAVM in 2015. During her tenure as a senior leader, she initiated the IAVM Legacy Program which provides the opportunity for members to give back to the community where the annual VenueConnect conference is held.

Bedier is former Chair of the Board of Regents of the Venue Management School at Oglebay. She instructs at VMS and for its Graduate Institute program. Bedier was a guest instructor at the Asia-Pacific (Australia) Venue Management School in 2007, and joined the faculty of the inaugural Asia-Pacific Venue Management Association Graduate (Leadership) Institute in November of 2014.

Bedier is on the Board of Directors of Travel Tacoma/Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is Past Chair of the Board of Enduris Washington (Government Insurance Experts). She is also on the Board of Directors of the South Sound Sports Commission and an active member of the Tacoma Rotary Club.

Bedier was named one of five inaugural “Women of Influence” in the venue management industry by trade publication Venues Today in 2007. In 2011, Bedier received the Ray Ward Award for recognition of her contributions to education at Venue Management School. In 2015 she was declared one of “10 Women Buyers You Should Know” by Amplify. Facilities and Event Management named her one of “Ten Leading Women Venue Executives” in 2016 and an “Entertainment Venue Executive Luminary” in 2017.