“Surviving COVID-19” Free Virtual Seminar

Presented by the WFEA King County Chapter 

Thursday, September 17, 2020, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

David Doxtater,

The Workshop

Phil Megenhardt,

Boldhat Productions

Carol Riley,

The Event Company

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Washington Festivals and Events Association


Thursday, September 17th, 2020

11:00 AM– 11:15 AM

Welcome and Introductions

David Doxtater, WFEA Board of Directors, The Workshop

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

The Show Must Will Go On

The producer of the Fremont Fair, Kirkland Uncorked, and several other events takes a deep dive into what event organizers should be considering and possibly including in their events once the crisis is behind us.

Phil Megenhardt, Boldhat Productions

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Golden Nuggets of Hope

Even when your event cancels, there are still positives to look for, especially when planning for events in 2021. Carol Riley will share successes that events have experienced.

Carol Riley, The Event Company, Olympia Harbor Days Consulting Coordinator

12:45 PM – 1:00 PM

Open Forum

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

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


David Doxtater, The Workshop

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.

Phil Megenhardt, President & Creative Director, Boldhat Productions

Phil is a creative event director with vast experience in event production and a passion for community building, brand activations, and flawless event execution.

Phil founded Bold Hat Productions in 1997 on the roots of over 20 years of sales, marketing, and business development experience.

As President and Creative Director of Bold Hat, Phil has created several signature Puget Sound area events, including nationally recognized Fremont Oktoberfest and Kirkland Uncorked, in addition to many corporate and municipal celebrations.

Carol Riley, Executive Director - Olympia Harbor Days Festival and Tugboat Races, Owner of The Event Company, LLC

Carol works on the Olympia Harbor Days Festival and Tugboat Races (OHD), a 3 day event that attracts over 55K to the waterfront of Olympia. She started with the festival in 2016.

The well known, and well loved, Olympia festival covers 7 blocks, has 3 stages, 2 food areas, 3 docks hosting 30 to 40 tugboats and historic ships, multiple demonstration locations, and 200 arts & crafts, commercial and non-profit booth spaces and of course host the World’s Largest Vintage Tugboat Races annually. OHD is a non-profit event presented free to the community by the Olympia Kiwanis Club. Carol works on the festival alone, with volunteer help from members of the club.

Carol is no stranger to organizing events. She was owner of Reunions Unlimited, a professional reunion planning company, and organized over 750 events in 20 years – 1995 - 2015. She started her working career in the fashion industry in NYC as a fashion buyer for Macy’s and merchandiser in women’s apparel in the late 70’s and 80’s. She then worked with professional art groups in PA as a grant writer, and later developed the Olympia Hands On Children’s Museum gift shop. Carol lives in Olympia, is a strong community volunteer and rows with the Olympia Area Rowing Masters Crew Team.

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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