Rockford, Illinois News

RAVE director stepping down after six years

ROCKFORD – The man who oversees operations of the city’s largest entertainment venues is stepping down after six years.

Rockford Area Venues and Entertainment Authority (RAVE) Executive Director Troy Flynn has accepted a position as vice president of a New Jersey company and will be relocating this summer.

As the head of RAVE, Flynn, 44, is responsible for operations of the BMO Harris Bank Center, Coronado Performing Arts Center and Davis Park. His last day is Monday, July 27.

With BMO and Coronado staffs furloughed, Flynn, like many others like him across the country, has considerably less to do since the coronavirus outbreak shuttered concerts, sporting events and attractions. For Flynn, that’s translated into more than 50 dates, including the remainder of the Rockford IceHogs’ season and just abut everything else booked through remainder of the year.

But, although things are grim now, Flynn said he is confident events will return and that RAVE will see much better times.

“BMO Harris Bank Center, Coronado and IceHogs are in good shape and will make it through the storm,” he told WIFR. “(I have) every confidence in the leadership of the RAVE board, and it will be stronger on the other end.”

The board will assume Flynn’s responsibilities until his replacement is hired.