During the 2012 International Association of Venue Managers Performing Arts Managers Conference in New York City, Mount Allen introduced the concept of non-higher-education performing arts venue participation in research and education networks. Since that introduction, he has worked to integrate advanced networking technology into the arts industry. Presently, Mount is the Director of Operations for the San Francisco Jazz Organization. He opened the SFJAZZ Center in 2013, which is now a first adopter of research and education network technology in a non-academic arts environment. Prior to joining SFJAZZ, Mount was on the opening team of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, the world’s first venue specifically designed for jazz. Before this appointment, Mount was on the opening team for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the nation’s sixth largest performing arts center. In recognition of the value of higher education, between the openings of SFJAZZ and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Mount worked at Lehigh University as a Director Scheduling, where he achieved a Bachelor’s degree in organization management, and a Master’s degree in educational leadership with a focus on higher education public assembly venue management. He also holds the professional designation of Certified Facilities Executive (CFE). Keynote, CENIC 2015