2018 SPEAKER LINE-UP

Event Schedule

Kevin White, CSEP, Chief Strategist, XPL

Wednesday, March 14th, 9 AM (Part 1)

Thursday, March 15th, 9 AM

Kevin White has been a storyteller his entire life.  That love of capturing attention and engaging people is what brought him to a decades-long career in experiential design.

In 2011 he founded XPL, a boundary-pushing agency that delivers bold, powerful live events that transform audiences around the world. 

Kevin’s commitment to his industry is demonstrated by his willingness to give back.  He was selected by his peers to serve as international president of the International Live Events Association (ILEA).  He currently teaches event students through the Event Leadership Institute and has been a professor at New York University.

While he resides in Massachusetts with his family, Kevin has never really left his native New York City.  He has a penchant for travel, is incredibly loud and loves to witness great stories.  He also has the distinct privilege of being uniquely related to the only word in English that rhymes with orange.


Susan Den, Director of Finance, On the Boards 

Wednesday, March 14th, 1:15 PM (Part 4)

Susan is an accounting and human resources professional specializing in the fields of entertainment, the arts and special events.  She is equally adept in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors and has developed a successful manage-up philosophy that distinguishes her work in the marketplace.  Susan has most recently held CFO roles for Seattle's cherished ON The Board Theater and One Reel, and provides specialty consulting to regional festival producers, foundations and private clients.

Mike Prebezac, Event Management Services

Wednesday, March 14th, 4:00 PM

Michael V Prebezac has been in the event rental & service contracting business, in the Seattle area, since 1974, both owning and managing companies that specialized in equipment & services for Tradeshows, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events. These events have included Bumbershoot, Northwest Folklife Festival, Seafair, Everett International Air Fair, as well as many community festivals, state & county fairs, and hundreds of corporate and special events. The company was sold in 1999.

Michael started Event Management Services as an event consulting business in 2002, and has developed it into a full production and event management company.

Michael is currently Technical Production Director for The University District Street Fair, Fremont Fair, Kirkland Uncorked, Fremont Oktoberfest, and the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, and provides contract services for a dozen cultural festivals, at the Seattle Center, as well as other events around the Seattle Area.


Robin H. Kelly, CFEE, Executive Director, FISH (Friends of the Issaquah Fish Hatchery)

Wednesday, March 14th, 4:00 PM

Robin Kelley joined the efforts of FISH with their mission to educate, and raise awareness about the environment and habitat, to assure the salmon keep coming home to the local lakes, streams and our downtown hatcher.  Outreach is executed through tours, school visitations and special events.

Robin served in her past role as Director of Festivals and Community Engagement for 25 years, where she successfully engaged a diverse group of community partners, municipalities and volunteers with the award winning annual celebration the Issaquah's Salmon Days Festival, which annually attracts over 150,000 visitors to Issaquah as well as other smaller events all produced by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

In addition, Robin has consulted/contracted with various organizations, including Mountains to Sounds Greenway 365; Swedish Hospital Grand Opening event and Issaquah Highlands Day; One Reel/Bumbershoot; and the Downtown Issaquah Association Fantastic Fly in.  Kelley is the current chair of the Issaquah Sister City Commission and is on the Board of the Washington Festivals & Events Association.


Sarah Rose, Marketing Manager

Thursday, March 15th, 10:15 AM

Sarah oversees marketing for Eventions, the events and catering department on the Microsoft campus.  Her career started in the food industry, working for Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in national sales.  To balance out all the eating, she also spent time in the outdoor industry as a Global Marketing Manager for K2 Sports.  She left K2 Sports to travel around the world for a year and a half with her husband Eric, experiencing culture, eating everything they came across, and always finding a spot for a crossword puzzle. She’s now develops and implements promotions, develops branding, creates content for the website and social media, and helps with anything else that comes her way.  Whether it’s reading food blogs, cooking in her kitchen, or growing her food, she’s happiest with a fork in hand!  

Beth Knox, President/CEO-Special Olympic Games 2018

Thursday, March 15th, 10:15 AM

Beth has produced large-scale, special events for 30 years. She is currently producing the USA Games for Special Olympics, bringing 3000 athletes with intellectual disabilities to Seattle in the summer of 2018. The USA Games will showcase athlete abilities in 14 sports, bring awareness to health education, and promote a community-wide initiative of welcome and inclusion.

Her career started with Seafair, Seattle’s largest summer festival, followed by multiple roles at Seattle’s premier arts, music and cultural non-profit organization, One Reel, before taking on the CEO role at the Boise River Festival. She later returned to Seattle, first back at One Reel, and then to Seafair where she served as President & CEO of the region-wide festival for ten years, along with its affiliated Foundation, managing scholarship and youth educational programs.

Under Beth’s leadership at Seafair, she helped bring the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon to Seattle in 2009 while successfully navigating the Great Recession, resurrected the City’s Fourth of July fireworks show in 2013, produced the spectacular 2014 Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Victory Parade, and most recently, the Seattle Sounder’s 2016 MLS Championship Cup March and Rally.

Beth was named a Puget Sound Business Journal Woman of Influence and Seattle Reign FC Legend, and serves on the boards of Seattle Police Foundation, Seattle Sports Commission and Seattle Rotary. Beth lives in Issaquah, Washington with her husband, Jim, and is mom to twin college students, Jared & Lucas.

Trevor C Lane, Assistant Professor, Community & Economic Development Director, Washington State University

Thursday, March 15th, 2:45 PM

Trevor C Lane is a member of the Washington Events and Festival Association (WEFA).  He is also an assistant professor and the director of community and economic development with WSU Ferry County Extension.  With almost 13 years of higher education experience, Professor Lane also has more than 15 years' experience planning events, as well as working in the music and festival industry.  Professor Lane's research and instruction focuses on agritourism, small business, and entrepreneurialism, as well as working with public or elected officials to develop public policy and other special projects.  Professor Lane bridges agriculture or business with technology and progressive knowledge advancement.  Recent work with agritourism at a local level in Washington has resulted in an agritourism video that won a State award from the Washington Extension and Specialists Association (WEASA) and a Regional award from the National Association of Country Agricultural Agents (NACAA).  Professor Lane has presented nationally on several occasions and most recently at the National Association of County Agricultural Agents where best-practices with story-telling and production of the agritourism video was shared with other Extension professionals across the nation.  Agritourism workshops cover the history, rules or regulations, marketing, promotions, business planning, and fundamentals or best-practices to support agritourism operators. 

David Williams, Executive Director, Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum

Thursday, March 15th, 4:00 PM

David Williams began volunteering at the Hydroplane Museum in 1992 and became full time executive director in 1996. He bought his first race boat, 145 CI hydroplane in 1977 and has been deeply involved in all aspects of the sport ever since, running inboards, outboards and unlimiteds. He has driven 18 different unlimited hydroplanes from seven different decades. He is one of only a handful of drivers that have driven boats powered with Allisons, Merlins, Griffons, and Lycoming Turbines. He has also written and published several books on the subject of unlimited hydroplane racing.vestigation and termination services.

Bruce Skinner, Executive Director, Washington Festivals & Events Association

Friday, March 16th, 9:30 AM

Bruce Skinner was one of a handful of people who started selling festival and event sponsorship in the mid-80’s, and is a highly regarded consultant to business and the special events industry with vast experience. He currently is the Executive Director of the Washington Festivals and Events Association, after serving as the Chief Revenue Officer for the College Football National Championship Game held in Phoenix in January of 2016.

He is the author of the book, The Complete Guide to Selling Event Sponsorship, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., of New York, and is the founder or co-founder of five Rock n Roll marathons in Seattle, Portland, Phoenix, San Antonio and Nice, France.

He served as the executive director of the Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona, (1980-1990) and President of the International Festivals and Events Association (1990-2001). He also has served as the Executive Director of the Olympic Medical Center Foundation in Port Angeles – Sequim.


Lisa Elder, Showcase Management Group

My lifetime passion in non-profit and volunteer service began at age 13 with a board position to a county wide youth leadership program. I would later attend the University of Maryland and I proudly served my country in the US Army’s Military Intelligence Division. I continue to focus my passion in non-profit and volunteer engagement. I have worked with Volunteers of America in the financial management of disabled clients in both King and Snohomish Counties, served as Chairman of the board for United Ways Volunteer Advisory Board, the Evergreen State Fair, numerous service clubs, including the food bank and American Legion. I have a fondness for fairs and festivals with 18 years of executive board experience in managing all aspects of festival operations. I specialize in Ethics and Accountability with yearly training in national and state non-profit governance laws, best practices, and trends.



Kevin Molesworth, CSEP, Principal, Brass Tacks Events

Wednesday, March 14th, 9 AM (Part 2)

Kevin Molesworth, CSEP began his career in New York City working in live theatre, film and television.  Building on his foundation as an award-winning theatrical director and producer, he went on to become one of the most sought after event designers in New York. Kevin moved to Austin, TX in 2007 and soon after founded Brass Tacks Events, an event production and design firm. In 2016, Brass Tacks Events opened an additional office in Philadelphia.  Kevin has won five International Esprit Awards, is an eight-time Texas Star Award winner and was named one of the "25 Young Event Professionals To Watch" by Special Events Magazine.  Kevin relocated to Oregon in late 2016 and is the current President of the Portland Chapter of the International Live Events Association (ILEA).  Previously, he served on the ILEA Austin Board of Directors as President where he lead the chapter to new heights in membership growth, earning the distinction of being the largest ILEA chapter in the entire world as well as earning ten Spirit of Excellence Awards including Chapter of the Year three years in a row.  For his dedication and commitment to the association, he was named the ILEA International Volunteer of the Year in 2015.  Over the past several years, he has been fortunate enough to travel all across the US, Canada and even to Dubai as a speaker on topics ranging from creativity and marketing to networking and ethics.  Kevin considers himself fortunate to have had the great privilege to produce events for Walt Disney Productions, Target, Make-A-Wish, Major League Soccer and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to name a few. Kevin graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Oswego and holds Bachelors' degrees in Theatre, English and Education.  

 

Melissa A. Jurcan, CSEP, Principal, Compass Group USA

Wednesday, March 14th, 9 AM (Part 2)

Thursday. March 15th, 2:45 PM

For over 20 years she has been a part of several major events, including the opening of both the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals Stadiums, Super Bowl 2006 and 2008, 2001 MLB All Star Game, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and BCS National Championship Game, international soccer, major concerts and more.

Melissa has created and/or consulted on sponsorship and marketing campaigns for various companies, including: Microsoft, Seattle-Chinatown International District, Seafair (Seattle’s Summer Celebration), the University of Phoenix Stadium & Qwest Field & Event Center (NFL/Multipurpose event venues of which she was part of the opening team), Global Spectrum (one of the nation's leading facility management firms), Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Seattle Mariners), Village Theatre, and several Seattle-area restaurant/event venues, amongst others.

For the past 12 years, Melissa has been a member of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) and served in several leadership capacities, including: International Board of Governors, AZ chapter founder & president, western regional vice president, and most recently, president of the Seattle chapter. In 2008 she earned the Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP) designation, the hallmark of professional achievement in the special events industry.  She is a proud member of the Washington Festival & Events Association (WFEA) and the Northwest Meetings + Events Magazine editorial board.

Melissa believes that “life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated”, and thus a career in the event industry was inevitable. When she is not planning events for companies she is involved with, she can be found roping her friends and family into celebrating any holiday she can think of (or make up). She is also an avid travel and adventure seeker and a voracious scrabble player. 

Craig Cooke, President/Owner, Pacific Rim Talent

Wednesday, March 14th, 4:00 PM

Craig Cooke is President of Pacific Rim Talent, Inc. A booking agency representing popular bands and artists throughout the Northwest. Craig has been in the entertainment business since 1974. Mr. Cooke serves on the board of directors for the Washington Stare Festivals and Events association and also manages 3 festivals-A TASTE OF EDMONDS, THE EVERETT SAUSAGEFEST, and THE EDMONDS WATERFRONT FESTIVAL.  In the early 80’s Craig hosted a rock music TV show called ROCKIN YOU for the Viacom network. You can see clips of this show at the EMP Museum at the Seattle Center. Craig currently resides in Edmonds, Washington.

Sandra Williams,Fulfillment Manager, Seattle Seafair

Wednesday, March 14th, 4:00 PM

Sandra joined the Seafair team in May 2017, working with Sponsorship Fulfillment and Exhibitor Management. Prior to this venture, she produced the community events in Edmonds, WA with the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, and worked as a private contractor producing events such as TEDx Bellevue College and corporate events.

Previously, Sandra worked internationally producing a private hospitality village in Athens, Greece during the Olympic Games, and managed a house-building program in Ensenada, Mexico.


Paolo Tosolini, Tosolini Productions

Thursday, March 15th, 10:00 AM

Thursday, March 15th, 1:30 PM

Paolo Tosolini is the founder of Tosolini Productions, a Seattle based digital agency specialized in business storytelling through emerging technologies, including interactive touch displays, 3D Virtual Tours and Virtual and Augmented Reality.

http://tosolini.com

Chris Tolstoy, Director of Events

Thursday, March 15th, 10:15 AM

Chris has over a decade of experience when it comes to leading hospitality teams ranging from managing restaurants/caf├ęs, directing F&B operations for a senior housing company, to his current role as Director of Operations for the Event and Conference planning team at Microsoft.  While currently working for Compass group at Microsoft, Chris oversees a team of over 80 employees that plan and produce events and meetings on the Microsoft campus.  He’s committed to keeping up with the ever-changing demands of the tech industry, by continuously collaborating with a team of individuals who are passionate about providing unparalleled service to their clients, in addition to pushing the envelope when it comes to event innovations.  


Mary Ellen Reihsen, Business Attorney, DBS Law, PLLC

Thursday, March 15th, 2:45 PM

Mary Ellen Reihsen is a business attorney focusing on the legal needs of companies in the wedding and events industry.

Mary Ellen worked for five years in a large national law firm doing corporate and employment law work, but always knew she wanted to get back to her roots in the events world. While working her way through law school, Mary Ellen was a high-end caterer, where she personally experienced many of the legal nuances that apply to time sensitive and emotionally charged world of weddings and events.

Mary Ellen works with hundreds of businesses, of every variety, in the weddings and events industry providing services in the areas of: formation and corporate documents; all manner of client contracts; employment law issues; compliance; mergers & acquisitions; creative tech start-up consulting; hospitality law consultations; legal guidance on disaster planning and preparedness; guidance on working with various tribal laws in Washington State; and online privacy legal consulting. Mary Ellen is an active participant in MPI, WNUSA, and NACE. Mary Ellen is also a longtime member, and the 2017 President-elect, of ILEA’s Seattle Chapter. Mary Ellen speaks, both locally and nationally, on a variety of legal topics impacting the weddings and events industry: agreements for every occasion; employment law issues; changing laws impacting online activities and sales {this is a big one}; cannabis and events; etc. Mary Ellen has offices in Seattle and Minneapolis, but represents clients across the country.


Michael McMorrow, Event Producer/Entertainment Manager, Seafair

Thursday, March 15th, 4:00 PM

Michael McMorrow is a producer of some of the Northwest's most prestigious civic and music events, composer and recording artist. His contributions to the Pacific Northwest run deep, from producing long running large scale civic events to music productions featuring up-and-coming artists and world renown superstars. His work captures both a rich tapestry and unique perspective of the Northwest cultural landscape. As a respected musician and Seattle native, he has blended those perspectives to build projects that bring the Northwest's diverse and richly textured communities together.


Michael’s recent credits include Executive Producer and Music Director for the historic 50th Anniversary of the Beatles at McCaw Hall Opera House in Seattle, Creative Consultant on HBO’s Emmy Award winning eight-part documentary series, “Sonic Highways” directed by Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, Event Producer for SEAFAIR’s 2016, 2017, 2018 Alaska Airlines Torchlight Parade, Event Producer - 2016 and 2017, 2018 SEAFAIR Summer 4th of July Celebration on Lake Union at Gasworks Park for Seattle. Michael also continues to program and produce entertainment across all SEAFAIR events during the 10 week summer festival now in it’s 69th year. 2 million people attend Seafair events annually. In 2017, McMorrow was appointed as the Entertainment Advisor and Consultant to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Special Olympics will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018.

Michael continues to pursue outlets to apply his experience in the Northwest community, and overall community building projects in Seattle. He continues to write, record and perform on various projects. 

Craig Doan, Food Safety & Food Processing Specialist, Impact Washington

Thursday, March 15th, 4:00 PM

Craig has 30+ years in the food industry and academics specializing in food safety, food processing, and food product innovation.  Craig has developed, launched, and/or reformulated over 200 products for the retail, small business, and food service markets.  He has authored and co-authored multiple professional journal publications, patents, and technical book chapters.  His background includes: Account Executive, Food Safety & Food Processing Specialist; Food Consultant; Senior Manager Product Research & Development for the Kraft Heinz Company; and Food Microbiologist for the State of Idaho, University of Idaho.  Craig is a FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Lead Instructor, a FSPCA Preventive Controls Co-Instructor for Animal Food, a FSPCA Foreign Supplier Verification Lead Instructor, and a Lead Trainer for the Produce Safety Alliance Produce Safety Rule in Washington, Montana, and Idaho.

Jon Stone, Principal, CEA Partners

Wednesday, March 14th, 9 AM (Part 3)

Thursday, March 15th, 8 AM

Friday, March 16th, 9:30 AM

Jon Stone is a Seattle-based arts and cultural leader, festival producer and civic place-making consultant. For decades he has played key roles in the creation and execution of iconic concert, festival and theater experiences as well as educational, awareness building and business development programs for youth and emerging communities. Jon's consulting practice specializes in start-up, new lines of business and organizational turnaround work.

Stephanie Allestad, Grays Harbor Fire District #8 Community Liaison

Monday, March 14th, 4:00 PM

The Chocolate Lady, as she is most often called, started the small community festival Chocolate on the Beach 10 years ago. Her other volunteer job is managing emergency preparedness for her fire department's jurisdiction, and working with Grays Harbor County's Department of Emergency Management. She is currently the county's CERT facilitator and serves on the board of the Washington Festivals and Events Association.

Mark Hendrickson, City of Kent

Wednesday, March 14th, 4:00pm

Cultural Program Coordinator for Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services for 18 years. Mark manages all the special events and festivals for the City of Kent. He also serves as that first point of contact for individuals or groups who wish to produce events in Kent. In his off time, he helps produce a popular car show in Gig Harbor that provides robust scholarships for high school students wishing to pursue studies in the automotive field.

David Doxtater, Executive Producer/Principal Design - The Workshop

Thursday, March 15th, 10:15 AM

David Doxtater founded The Workshop in 1997 with a vision for inspiring people to connect with new ideas, celebrate achievement, and participate in making our world a better place. Following this vision, The Workshop has produced hundreds of events, concerts, galas, festivals and community celebrations that strive to build stronger engaged community.

Concurrent to this work, David has also served as Director of Events at the University of Washington, overseeing hosted experiences for offices of Advancement and the President; and also served Executive Director for the Tacoma Tall Ships Festival. David has been very busy.

Prior to The Workshop, he began his career as a "One Reel Vaudeville" pioneer helping create the Bumbershoot Arts Festival and building it into a world-class multi-million dollar entertainment brand. During this time, he also developed the iconic "Summer Nights at the Pier" concert destination, as well as Seattle's annual 4th of July Fireworks show on Lake Union.

Tim O'Brien, Director of Catering Operations

Thursday, March 15th, 10:15 AM

Tim is the Director of Catering Operations for Eurest Dining at Microsoft, where he is responsible for 180+ employees, a 39 vehicle fleet, holding 25,000 events in over 90 buildings.  Tim is an innovative, decisive and action oriented leader.  He strategic planner, proactive manager and leader of teams including stand-alone and multi-unit operations ranging from three to 41 locations; and up to two hundred employees. He has been with the account for four years.  

John Thorburn, Marketing Director, Bold Hat Productions

Thursday, March 15th, 2:45 PM

John is a 12-year veteran in event marketing, and has led the marketing strategy for Hop Scotch Spring Beer and Scotch Festival, Fremont Fair, Kirkland Uncorked and Fremont Oktoberfest since joining the Bold Hat team in June 2014. He is skilled in social and digital marketing, traditional advertising, and brand management, and he's passionate about emerging technologies, community building and overall marketing trends.

Prior to joining Bold Hat Productions, John was the Vice President, Communications and Marketing at the Northwest Marine Trade Association, which produces the Seattle Boat Show - the third largest boat show in the U.S., and largest on the West Coast. John received his degree from the University of Washington in Communications, and holds a certificate in Advanced Digital Analytics from the University of San Francisco.

Mark Dyce-Ryan, Why for Good

Thursday, March 15th, 4:00PM

Mark Dyce-Ryan is a marketer, a publicist, a strategist, and has a passion for social responsibility and community. He’s developed consumer engagement campaigns for some of the largest brands in the world – from Toyota to Chase, Coca-Cola to Walt Disney Records – and takes pride in his Seattle and Eastside communities, having worked with some of the region’s most recognized names – from KEXP to Delta Dental, Seattle Foundation to Amazon. Mark co-founded 206inc in 2005, growing the agency from two to 45 employees and garnering recognition as one of the top agencies in Washington and the country (named in 2015 one of the Top 100 Event Agencies in the U.S. by Event Marketer). He’s had a lot of fun over the past couple years, winning Seattle’s version of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ (Seattle Dances, a benefit for Plymouth Housing Group), and being crowned Seafair’s King Neptune. A graduate of Washington State University and the Murrow College of Communication, Dyce-Ryan recently launched a new agency, WHY FOR GOOD – focused on working with nonprofits, foundations, philanthropists and companies that are doing good for our community and our planet.

Todd Korb - Owner, BLUE INK

Friday, March 16th, 9:30 AM

Todd Korb is Co-Founder of BLUE INK, a Seattle-based, full-service, creative house offering branding, design, and large format digital printing services. Alongside his wife and business partner, Amanda, they spend their days branding corporate and community events!

It’s all about understanding the vision and the venue, then determining the design element from there. Event brands should not only have a design that stands out, but should also be interactive and fun. That might mean you incorporate custom branded cornhole covers, floor stickers or an entire space transformation with wall wraps. A well thought out branding of your event makes it engaging, interactive and memorable for your attendees.

With these principles in mind, BLUE INK has been proud to work on a variety of events, ranging from corporate events with the Microsoft Eventions team, Oracle, Eurest, Pinterest and Lynnwood Convention Center, to community events like the City of Kent Fun Run and Sports in Schools,

Beyond that, BLUE INK has experience in urban residential realestate, including the Greenhouse apartments in Columbia City and Latitude37 in San Jose, CA.

A 17-year technology vet, Todd’s passion to be creative enjoyed an illustrious career working win technology companies like Adobe, where his passion for creative led him to create BLUE INK.

Review our current portfolio on display at blueinkcreates.com

Ileigh Reynolds & Brock Rylander, Co-Owners, Animate Objects Physical Theater

Friday, March 16th, 9:30 AM

Ileigh and Brock are co-owners and the creative force behind the inspiring work of Animate Objects Physical Theater. Originally founded in Miami and now based in Seattle, Animate Objects has produced award-winning event entertainment nationally and internationally since 2006. They animate events and transport guests to worlds of elegance and wonder through handcrafted entertainment experiences. In addition to producing customized performances and roving characters for events all over the NW, they are active ILEA and Visit Seattle members, regularly showcase their innovative entertainment at the NW event show and recently presented on a panel to promote more LGBTQ awareness in the events industry at TSE 2018 in Nola.

Dale Johnson, Francis L Dean & Associates

Friday, March 16th, 9:30 AM

Dale Johnson, CFEE, CIC have been in the insurance Industry since 1985. I have been working with Festivals, Fairs and Events for 29 years. I am From Fort Wayne, Indiana & I Manage the Indiana Office for F.L.D. I am a Graduate of Purdue University. Married - to wonderful wife (Marcia) for 34 years. I have 2 Children - A Daughter who is a RN here in Fort Wayne and a Son who is a Sales Operations Leader at Amazon Web Services in Seattle.

Marc Abshire, Executive Director, Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce

Friday, March 16th, 9:30 AM

Marc Abshire is the Executive Director of the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Marc grew up in Port Townsend and attended the U.S. Air Force Academy on a nomination from Senator “Scoop” Jackson. After graduation from the Academy, he later received a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Colorado - Boulder.

His U.S. Air Force career included serving four years in Italy with NATO and, prior to that, was the Operations Officer at the Air Force Western Launch Range in California. His last assignment was in the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. as the Speechwriter to Secretary of the Air Force Whit Peters, under the Clinton Administration, and Secretary of the Air Force James Roche, under the Bush Administration.

Marc retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Air Force in 2002, and then spent several years as a corporate marketing and communications executive with a variety of large corporations in Washington, DC. His last position in DC, prior to moving back to the Olympic Peninsula in 2014, was Vice President of Communications for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Bruce Skinner, Executive Director
Washington Festivals & Events Association
Mailing Address
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Port Angeles, WA 98362
360.441.7190 
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