Press Release


For Immediate Release

October 13, 2006
Contact: Kim Cook 
(972) 906-7441

Don Jewell, CFE and Tom Liegler, CFE Honored at IAAM’s 25th Convention Center Conference

Coppell, TX—The International Association of Assembly Managers, Inc. honored Don Jewell, CFE and Tom Liegler, CFE for their contributions at the 25th Anniversary International Convention Center Conference (ICCC) in Denver, CO.

Don Jewell came up with the idea to have a specialty meeting designed for convention center professionals more than twenty five years ago. He served as the president of the IAAM in 1965-66, received the Charles A. McElravy Award in 1973, and was among the first group of facility managers to get his CFE in 1976. He also was the second Convention Center manager to be inducted by the Convention Industry Council into the Hall of Leaders in 1997.

Tom Liegler, CFE, has been a credit to the industry for a long time. He received his Certified Facilities Executive designation in 1977. The first ICCC was held at his Anaheim Convention Center twenty-five years ago. Working at Comiskey Park, Tom started on the bottom rung of the ladder. He subsequently was general manager of the Anaheim Convention Center and Arena and Anaheim Stadium while overseeing the city owned golf courses. He then opened the brand new convention center in San Diego as its first general manager. When Tom left San Diego it was to become interim general manager of the Ontario Convention Center. He now is serving as a consultant to Ontario’s City Manager on the new arena project while providing oversight at the convention center. During his career he also consulted on numerous projects, including the New Orleans Superdome.

Mr. Jewell and Mr. Liegler were honored for creating and contributing to the long term success of the International Convention Center Conference during its 25th anniversary celebration.

The International Association of Assembly Managers is the world's largest professional association dedicated to issues relevant to the management of public assembly facilities. Members of the association manage public assembly facilities such as amphitheaters, arenas, auditoriums, convention centers/exhibit halls, performing arts venues, stadiums and university complexes; or provide products, services or attractions to support the industry. IAAM has more than 3,200 members worldwide. More information is available at