The International Association of Assembly Managers Foundation (IAAM) has appointed Jack Bunning to the newly created position of director of the IAAM Foundation.
Bunning comes to the IAAM Foundation after serving as director of marketing, development and public relations for the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza in Dallas, TX. He has served as director of marketing and development for the Turtle Creek Chorale, also in Dallas, and executive director of the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. He holds a B.S. from Clemson University. Bunning has 20 years of successful experience in development and fundraising, which will be his primary focus for the Foundation.
"It was determined by the IAAM Foundation Board of Trustees that the future of the Foundation, which is the only charitable foundation solely focused on education and research to improve the arena, stadium, convention center and performing arts industry throughout the world, hinged on its successful ability to continue to fund grants for the ever increasing demands asked of the Foundation. Jack brings the right mix of experience and excitement to this opportunity. I know that the members of the industry will greatly benefit from his efforts," said Chris Bigelow, the IAAM Foundation Board of Trustees chair for 2005-2006.
Bunning said, "I am thrilled to accept this challenge, both personally and professionally. Throughout its history, the IAAM Foundation has fostered the creation of some terrific programs. I look forward to working with the supporters and members of IAAM to move the Foundation to the next level to further its goals."
In 2005 the IAAM Foundation was one of over 35 organizations requesting educational grants from the Department of Homeland Security.
The IAAM Foundation was one of only 14 grants awarded. This restricted grant will fund the unique preparedness programs for the public assembly industry, whose venues the Department has labeled as potential terrorist targets. The IAAM Foundation was established in 1982 as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and has granted more than $2,450,000 for a variety of educational programs, professional development efforts and research projects for public assembly facility management professionals. The mission Foundation is to fund: (1) educational programs for the public assembly facility management industry, educators, business, government and the general public; development and implementation of educational courses programs that will meet the desires of the public facility industry; (3) development and use of technical managerial information in the profession; (4) research identify trends and issues which influence the industry.