The International Assn. of Assembly Managers (IAAM) is partnering with concert promoters House of Blues and Live Nation to organize local chapter meetings in a number of U.S. cities.

The International Assn. of Assembly Managers (IAAM) is partnering with concert promoters House of Blues and Live Nation to organize local chapter meetings in a number of U.S. cities.

The meetings are geared to provide educational and networking opportunities for venue managers and their employees.

"Our partnership with House Of Blues and Live Nation will provide opportunities for our members and non-members alike to attend and participate in meetings detailing public assembly management," says IAAM president Larry Perkins, GM of the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.

"Networking with other members, community officials, and service providers such as police, security contractors, fire, medical and others is a key component of the chapter meetings, as well as mentoring college students," Perkins tells Billboard.biz. "Moreover, often, the communities in which our facility members are located are not aware of the IAAM and the network of people, resources and services that our members have at their disposal."

The first chapter meeting to be held under the new partnership is set for Nov. 6 at the House of Blues in New Orleans, sponsored by HOB and Live Nation. "This will be our first industry meeting (in New Orleans) since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina hit this region," says Perkins. "We have a great program planned and I'm looking forward to helping our members recapture the spirit of beloved city and return to full operation."

Subsequent meetings will be held in other House of Blues or Live Nation-owned venues to be announced as further details become available.

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