“Surviving COVID-19” Free Virtual Seminar

Presented by the WFEA North Puget Sound Chapter 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Cindy Verge,

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Meredith McIlmoyle,

Anacortes Arts Festival

Eric Corning,

Seattle Seafair

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020


2:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Cindy Verge, WFEA Board of Directors, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival


2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Event Survival During the Coronavirus

Communications, budget reforecasting and other changes are all necessary during COVID-19. Learn how to deal with that as events begin planning for 2021.

Meredith McIlmoyle, Anacortes Arts Festival


3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

The Art of Changing Directions

The current crisis has led some organizations to take on the challenge of engaging and potentially expanding their audiences in noteworthy and exciting ways. During the current pandemic crisis, events must identify ways to move forward in serving their communities, driving impact and engaging individuals.

Eric Corning, Seattle Seafair


3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Open Forum

Feel free to discuss your current event situation or ask any question of our panelists.

Led by Bruce Skinner, Executive Director, Washington Festivals and Events Association


SPEAKER BIOS


Cindy Verge, WFEA Board of Directors, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

In 1999 Cindy Verge joined the events industry as the sponsorship coordinator for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival and became hooked!


She moved on to become the festival’s executive director in 2003 and has served in that capacity since. Cindy serves on the state Washington Tourism Authority Board, is on the BTM advisory board at Skagit Valley College, and is a member of the WFEA Board of Directors.


Her background is in writing. She has a BA in Communications from the UW. In addition, she is a Certified Festival Event Executive from the International Festivals and Events Association.


Meredith McIlmoyle, Anacortes Arts Festival

Meredith McIlmoyle, Executive Director of the Anacortes Arts Festival, has an extensive background in event management and was the publisher of Event Solutions magazine for eight years.


Prior to moving to Washington State, she lived in Arizona and worked in the rental, entertainment, festival production and national event markets.


Eric Corning, President & CEO, Seafair

With over 25 years experience, Eric Corning has produced high-profile, public events for Seattle and the greater Puget Sound Region.


Eric first joined Seafair as a summer intern in 1993 and quickly became a force in the events community. He has produced over 20 Seafair Festivals including the Seafair Summer 4th Fireworks Show, the Seafair Torchlight Parade, and Seafair Weekend featuring the US Navy Blue Angels


 He was also a leader producing the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games and the 2014 Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Victory Parade.


A graduate of the University of Washington, Eric his wife Kelli live in Shoreline, WA.


Bruce Skinner, Executive Director, WFEA

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.

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Port Angeles, WA 98362
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