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Venue and Culinary Tours

Monday, May 2, 2022 | 12:45 pm – 6:30 pm

You want to punch your ticket to his year’s Venue & Culinary Tour that will take you to some very exciting spots around town! Join us for a personalized tour to The Shrine Auditorium, SoFi Stadium Complex & City National Grove of Anaheim!

Venues: Shrine Auditorium, SoFi Stadium Complex & City National Grove of Anaheim

Bus Pickup: Transit Plaza next to Hall D

Event Chair: Chuck Salem, Unique Venues

Tickets: Required for entry.

F&B: Each venue will be providing a light F&B offering to all.

Venue and Culinary Tours Chair

Chuck Salem, Unique Venues

Chuck Salem is co-owner and CEO of AMARC Inc., the umbrella corporation for various solutions to assist non-traditional event venues in growing revenue.  Solutions include Unique Venues, North America’s premieronline resource for peoplesearching for new places to meet, gather and celebrate, Intern Housing Hub which is dedicated to helping university campuses grow their summer housing revenue through, a portal for students searching for affordable on-campus housing for their summer internships, Event Guru Software, a solution to help event venues manage conference and event business from proposal to invoicing and Registration Guru Software that assists venues with managing all events that require a reserved seat, participant registration or ticketing.   

Chuck joined the AMARC Inc. team 2000 as Vice President for Marketing and Sales of Unique Venues. Chuck was promoted to President of Unique Venues in 2007.  In 2018, Chuck along withNeal Burghardt, purchased AMARC, Inc. 

Prior to working at Unique Venues, Chuck served as the Assistant Vice President for Conference and Auxiliary Services at the University of Pittsburgh’s Johnstown campus.  There, Chuck led the effort to develop and grow the award-winning Conference Center at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. It is here, that his passion for exemplary marketing, sales and customer service standards was born.  Chuck also supervised and managed all external contracts including dining and catering services, laundry and all vending contracts. 

Chuck is a highly sought-after consultant, speaker and educator for professional developmentin thehospitality industry. Areas of expertise include building sustainable marketing and sales plans, developing a culture of customer service, branding and storytelling, and maximizing event and conference operations.   


Shrine Auditorium

The historic Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall is located in downtown Los Angeles next to USC. The Shrine has hosted many prestigious events such as the Academy Awards, the Grammy’s, the SAG Awards, People’s Choice Awards, BET Awards and more.

The venue comprises the single largest proscenium style stage with freestanding balcony in North America, with some 6,300 seats and an adjoining 54,000 square foot Expo Hall.

The space is available for a variety of events such as televised arts and entertainment productions, theater productions, operas, movie screenings, meetings, conferences, trade shows and conventions.

City National Grove of Anaheim

The City National Grove of Anaheim offers events from 50 to 7,000 people. Whether you’re looking for a fun & casual atmosphere, or an elegant flair, the Grove is the perfect fit.

Each space at the Grove has its own distinctive style. Among the possibilities: The outdoor Palm Terrace - where the personalized marquee, towering palm trees, and our iconic water tower are all surrounded by sophisticated lighting; In the “one-of-a kind” City National Bank Crystal Lounge, guests can relax and mingle in this dazzling vintage eclectic hideaway; The Gallery, our elegant lobby, is the perfect place for your guests to greet each another amongst the art deco décor - and, The Show Room is ideal for not just entertainment, but receptions, lunches, and dinners.  The venue is so well-designed that it enhances any event theme and offers flexibility in all types of configurations & styles.

SoFi Stadium

SoFi Stadium, the new home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, is located at Hollywood Park, a 298-acre sports and entertainment destination being developed by Los Angeles Rams Owner/ Chairman E. Stanley Kroenke in Inglewood, California.

The 3.1 million square-foot SoFi Stadium is the largest stadium in the NFL, as well as the first indoor-outdoor stadium. SoFi Stadium has already hosted Super Bowl LVI in 2022 and secured the College Football National Championship Game in 2023 and the Opening & Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games in 2028.

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