Co-chairs: David Doxtater, Workshop Events; Eric Corning, Seafair; Audrey Fan, Audrey Fan Strategies
ASSET PURPOSE STATEMENT
Who We Are
ASSET (A Seattle Special Events Team) is a free, inclusive and diverse advocacy group championing the Seattle events industry. Events are a critical representation of Seattle’s neighborhoods, ethnic cultures, culinary landscape, unique celebrations, philanthropic events, and passion for art, music, wellness, and sport. Collectively, events are an integral part of our region’s creative industry that contributes positively to its economy.
ASSET’s purpose is to serve as a unified voice to local government and provide support for Seattle’s Event Community during times of opportunity or challenge.
ASSET was founded in 1991 in response to a proposed policy change in permit fees by the City of Seattle Special Events Department. Leaders of signature events in Seattle brought together a coalition of event representatives to voice opinions and share input in development of the policy. The result was a collaborative effort that achieved a positive outcome. Nearly 30 years later ASSET continues to work closely with the City of Seattle to serve as a resource in developing policy and identifying unique needs and opportunities.
Serving the Seattle Event Community
Typically meets every quarter unless otherwise needed. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, ASSET quickly convened through video conferences and offered free, weekly video presentations with featured speakers offering guidance and resources to navigate the crisis.
1. Preserve and perpetuate the cultural events, sports, entertainment and celebrations that contribute to Seattle’s vibrancy, national identity and economic impact.
2. Serve as a valued resource to local government on issues and opportunities that impact our region and the events industry.
3. Serve as a convener of people in the events industry to share ideas, offer support, and provide education to help event organizers solve problems.
4. Serves as a champion for all special event producers regardless of size, scope, culture or economics.
Leadership of ASSET
The Executive Committee of ASSET serves as a volunteer in a leadership capacity of the group to provide structure to meetings, recommend guidance in priority focus, and serve as a liaison or industry representative to the City of Seattle on behalf of the group. Typically, a minimum of two members serve as co-chairs. WFEA serves as the administrative organization in a volunteer capacity.
ASSET offers the following benefits to its Seattle Events Community: