Show Me Center Director Receives International Award


Photo of Show Me Center Director David Ross.

David Ross recently received the Charles A. McElravy Award from the International Association of Assembly Managers.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb.1, 2010ᾰThe International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM) Board of Directors has announced that David Ross, director of the Show Me Center at Southeast Missouri State University, is the recipient of the Charles A. McElravy Award.  Ross will be honored at the IAAM Annual Conference & Trade Show in Houston, Texas, July 26.

“When Chairman Lindgren called to inform me of the Board of Directors decision, I was speechless.  I am truly humbled to receive this prestigious award,” Ross said.

The McElravy Award was initiated in 1963 and is granted at the discretion of the Board of Directors for extraordinary contributions to the Association and the profession of public assembly facility management.

“As the chair of the History & Awards Recognition Committee, I have had the opportunity to read the accomplishments and contributions that past recipients of this award have made to IAAM.  To be included in their company is a tremendous honor that fills me with great pride,” Ross said.

“David’s continued service to IAAM throughout these many years has been exemplary. His commitment to IAAM’s safety and security initiatives, his work on the global expansion of our association and his passion for the preservation of our history has and will continue to leave an indelible mark on IAAM and this industry of public venues. David epitomizes the valued characteristics of honor, honesty, commitment and high moral standards that are the basic foundation for which this award was created. We are honored to bestow him this award,” said IAAM Chairman Shura Lindgren-Garnett.

Richard Fritz, director of Stabler Arena at LeHigh University in Pennsylvania, says Ross is “always there to serve.  He deserves this award.”

Ross has been a member of the association since 1985.  He served as president of IAAM from 2005-2006 and has been on the Board of Directors as a director-at-large for universities, the Board of Regents, Board of Trustees, Board of Governors, Bylaws Committee, Nominating Committee and International Steering Committee.  Ross is currently the chair of the History & Awards Recognition Committee. He also successfully negotiated the affiliation agreement between IAAM and the Venue Management Association which expanded its global membership within Australasia.

“I remember starting out in the facility management business and I was encouraged to ‘get involved’ because it would help me meet more people and I could learn from others along the way.  It was extremely good advice,” Ross said.  “I hope in some way my efforts and contributions to other members in this industry will be able to measure up to half the benefit I received from my involvement with IAAM.”

IAAM President and Chief Executive Office, Dexter King said, “David is the ideal candidate to receive this award. He is an individual who is a proponent for the industry and continues to be involved through committee leadership and support of IAAM’s rich history.”