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WFEA - Thurston County Chapter

  • February 27, 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Rivers Edge, Tumwater, WA


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WFEA - Thurston County Chapter

Presents Festivals & Events

Best Practices Seminar

February 27, 2020

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Rivers Edge, Tumwater


(Includes Buffet Lunch)

Whether you’re an event in a small market, or someone battling the big guys in the city, this seminar is for you. Although producing events in a small town can be similar to staging them in a large city, there are still differences.

This seminar, presented by the WFEA-Thurston County Chapter, will take a deep look on how events in a small market or small events in a big market can go to the next level.


Thursday, February 27th, 2020

10:00 am - 10:15 AM

Welcome and Introductions

10:15 AM – 11:45 am


Looking at Companies as Partners Instead of "Sponsors"

Melissa Jurcan, CSEP – Director of Marketing + Experience, Compass Group

It can never be stressed enough that event organizers need to look through the eyes of sponsors, and that we need to look first at achieving their goals. Many event organizers still enter meetings wanting strictly to fund their events, overlooking this all important step.

12:00 Pm – 2:15 PM

Disaster Management:

Collaborate Disaster Response for Festivals and Events

Robert Mitchell, Director of Community Disaster Medicine

In light of the active violence at events in Gilroy, California and Las Vegas, we’ll take a look at how we embrace the disaster planning process. Join us as we outline the who, what, why, when, where and how building blocks to create a plan. You can’t always prevent a disaster, but you prepare for them.

2:30 – 4:00 PM

Bonus Session:

How Can the WFEA - Thurston County Chapter Benefit You?

Discussion/brainstorm on the benefits of working together:

  • Networking and knowledge exchange
  • Master list of festivals and events for cross marketing of each other’s events
  • Master list to leverage resources and share information about suppliers/vendors of equipment
  • Group buying power
  • Education and training of best practices and lessons learned, which could feature an annual workshop/seminar
  • Other:

Be part of an organization that is affiliated with WFEA and developed by local festival and event producers to build on collaboration and the benefits of working together.

WFEA Thurston County Chapter Steering Committee:

George Sharp, Thurston Economic Development Council

Carol Riley, Olympia Harbor Days

Chuck Denney, Tumwater Parks and Recreation

Jeff Stewart, LeMay Collections

Dan Nicholson, D Zines Creative Solutions & Graphic Designs

Jeanette Sieler, City of Lacey Parks & Recreation


Bruce Skinner, Executive Director
Washington Festivals & Events Association
Mailing Address
1015 Georgiana Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Membership Rates

We offer 3 different membership rate levels. For students, individuals and organizations - each based on annual budget.

$95 / $125 / $195

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