Joshua Dirks, Co-Founder and CEO, Project Bionic Tuesday, March 14th
Joshua Dirk’s presentation on Surviving and Winning in the Social Era was the talk of last year’s WFEA Conference. By overwhelming popular demand, Joshua brings his insights and strategies to this year’s all-day workshop. Learn with the Northwest’s leading edge social media thinker.
Melissa A. Jurcan, CSEP, Principal, Agency M Sunday March 12th, 9:00am, Monday March 13th, 1:30pm
Melissa specializes in sales, marketing, publicity and event production in the sports entertainment, hospitality, tourism and non-profit sectors.
For over 20 years she has been a part of several major events, including Super Bowl 2006 and 2008, 2001 MLB All Star Game, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and BCS National Championship Game, international soccer, major concerts and more. Additionally, Melissa has worked several festivals, trade/consumer shows, corporate, non-profit fundraisers and special occasions.
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 a part of the opening team), Global Spectrum (one of the nationals 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 ILEA LIVE conference committee and more. IN 2008 she earned the Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP) designation, the hallmark of professional achievement in the special events industry. She was awarded the ISES Spirit of Excellence J. Robert Graves Pioneer Award in 2007 for her efforts in expanding the growth of the organization.
She is also a member of Washington Festivals & Events (WFEA). Melissa serves on two boards: Northwest Meetings & Events Magazine and the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). She is a regular contributor to industry publications and participates in several speaking engagements throughout the year.
Robin H. Kelly, CFEE, Executive Director, FISH (Friends of the Issaquah Fish Hatchery) Monday March 13th, 1:30pm
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.
Chief Dennis Benn, City of Westport Fire Department Monday March 14th, 4:30pm
Dennis has been the Fire Chief of the Westport Fire Department for the past 11 years, as well as their Emergency Manager. He is a Planning Section Chief on Type 3 Emergency Management Team for Region 3. He is the former Chair Person of Grays Harbor's Local Emergency Planning Committee.
Stephanie Allestad, Grays Harbor Fire District #8 Community Liaison, Monday, March 14th, 4:30pm
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.
George Sharp, Program Coordinator, Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Thurston Economic Development Council Monday, March 13th, 3:00pm
George has worked with communities and economic development organizations at the local, regional, and state level to enhance business growth and promote economic sustainability for over twenty-five years. George’s career has included stints as: marketing manager for Department of Commerce International Trade and Economic Development Division, Washington state tourism development manager, Bellingham Chamber of Commerce membership and marketing director, Pullman Chamber of Commerce executive director, Pullman Chamber of Commerce Visitor and Convention director, director of the National Lentil Festival, and owner of the Cougar Land Motel, Cougar Cafe, and Balloons Etc.
Victoria Jones, Race Director, North Olympic Discovery Marathon Monday, March 13th, 3:00pm
Born and raised in Vermont, Victoria was introduced to the West Coast in 1998 for college. She earned a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington before returning to the East Coast in 2002. She continued her education, earning a B.S. in Education and MBA.
Victoria made an early career of education and coaching, focusing primarily on coaching girls' lacrosse after a successful collegiate lacrosse career of her own. She was the head varsity coach for Champlain Valley Union High School in Vermont for three years, leading the Crusaders to the state championship in her first year. She then turned her attention to business and started a forensic psychiatry consulting practice with her husband, Joshua, in update New York.
Victoria and her family returned to the West Coast in 2010 settling down in Port Angeles, Washington. Victoria has a love for the outdoors including running and triathlons. She has completed over 15 marathons and 3 Ironman Triathlons. In 2014 she became the Co-Race Director of the North Olympia Discovery Marathon working along side the founders, Michelle and Larry Little. In 2016, she became the Race Director of the Marathon that will celebrate the 15th anniversary in June, 2017.
Jayme Powers is the Executive Producer and Chief Operating Officer for Special Olympics USA Games which are coming to Seattle in July 2018. Prior to joining the Games team, Jayme was the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Field Station: Dinosaurs, an outdoor, educational, family attraction and exhibition in New Jersey. Field Station: Dinosaurs, the most recognized dinosaur brand in the country, welcomed 350,000 visitors in three seasons and was awarded Best Regional Theme Park by Time Out/NY and named second Best Dinosaur Park in the world by Fox News.
Jayme was the Director for Discovery Times Square where she led the daily operations of the museum and managed over 150 employees in guest services, human resources, security, and building maintenance. The 4th largest museum in New York City, Discovery Times Square produced and presented large-scale block-buster exhibitions including Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, Titanic the Artifact Exhibit, DaVinci's Workshop, and Harry Potter.
Jayme was the Communications Director for the Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, NJ where she led the marketing, sales, public relations, audience services and front of house efforts. Jayme increases revenue by 48%, attendance by 37% and secured national press features on NPR's All Things Considered and ABC News Radio, and in The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The Washington Post, Variety, and American Theatre Magazine. As Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Philadelphia's Arden Theatre Co, Jayme increased attendance by 25% and landed seven of the top ten best-selling shows in the company's 18-year history. Jayme was also the Director of Marketing and Programming at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Prior to work in performing arts and exhibitions, Jayme spent ten years in the newspaper industry. She belong to IAAPA and is a graduate from the University of Washington.
Ken MacCulley, Owner, AVR Productions Monday, March 13th, 10:30pm
Ken is the owner of AVR, an event production company that has provided sound, lighting, stage and backline to the Pacific Northwest for over 25 years. He believes in providing consistent and professional full service event support with qualified and responsible production management, technicians, and stage laborers. Recently the company provided lights for a video featuring local AC/DC tribute "Soul Stripper". www.avrproductions.com
Sylvia Allen, President, Allen Consulting Sunday, March 12, 1pm; Monday, March 13th, 9:00am
Sylvia Allen, President of Allen Consulting located in Holmdel, NJ has run her business for 37 years. Her marketing and public relations firm has produced more than 5,000 events during that time and raised millions of dollars of sponsorships for her clients each year. She was on the faculty at New York University for 20 years and has taught seminars on sponsorship, public relations and sales around the world.
Considered one of the world's PR and sponsorship experts, she is the author of HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL AT SPONSORSHIP SALES and A WOMAN"S GUIDE TO SALES SUCCESS. Allen has received numerous awards and honors, including being named to the International Festivals & Events Association Hall of Fame; honored as one of the Top 50 Women in Business in New Jersey; named Garden State Woman of the Year; received the Governor's award for her work with the Freehold Center Partnership; names by AARP as one of the top 50 over 50 and was recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year Award for her work with Sylvia's Children, a 501 (c)3 organization she founded 14 years ago to help orphans in Uganda. (These are just the highlights!)
Since 2003, when she started Sylvia's Children, she has raised over $1,000,000, developed the school from four buildings to 26, built a chicken farm and pig farm, plus 6,000 sq. ft. medical clinic and four bed hospital. In that period of time over 1500 children (of which 25% are orphans) have been given an opportunity to come out of poverty and attend high school and college.
Alex Schirer, Director of Field Marketing for KIND-West Tuesday March 14th, 11:00am
Alex Schirer is the Director of Field Marketing for KIND and has been negotiating successful sponsorships and meaningful partnerships for over 12 years. He oversees the marketing activity in the Western Division, managing teams in 11 different markets that operate nearly 7 days a week and participate in hundreds of events each year. His career began with collegiate marketing as a Student Brand Manager for Redbulll. He has since worked for standout brands in their respected industries including Glaceau (Vitaminwater), The National Outdoor Leadership School, and KIND. He has been with KIND since the launch of their Field organization, 8 years ago, and is as comfortable working with a $250k budget as he is with $250. "I believe that creativity and passion can create a successful working relationship with nearly any two partners." Alex is a graduate of the University of Utah with a focus on Leadership Development, and has called the Northwest home since 2007.
Jillian Briggs, Sponsorship Manager, Bold Hat Productions Tuesday March 14th, 9:30am
Jillian joined Bold Hat Productions in the winter of 2014 as the Sponsorship Manager assisting in the execution of the annual festivals. Jillian is responsible for outreach, negotiation, and relationship manager for all large partnerships, contractors, and sponsorships. She manages over 250 partner relationships annually supporting each one with committed attention, diligent contract execution, and creative activation strategies. In her free time, you can find Jillian hiking to the top of the mountains with her husband Austin, attending festivals and cooking up a storm in her kitchen.
John Thorburn, Marketing Director, Bold Hat Productions Tuesday, March 14th, 9:30am
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.
Bruce Skinner, President/Author, Skinner & Associates Monday March 12th, 10:15am
Bruce served as President/CEO of the Fiesta Bowl and sold the first title sponsorship of a bowl game to Sunkist Growers. He was President/CEO of the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) and is on of the founders of the P.F. Chang's Arizona Rock 'n Roll Marathon and Half Marathon, and the Seattle Rock 'n Roll Marathon, which is a part of the SEAFIAR celebration in June.
Skinner is President/CEO of Bruce Skinner & Associates and author of "the Complete Guide to Selling Event Sponsorship" published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. of New York. He was recently appointed to be the Chief Revenue Officer of the Arizona Organizing Committee for the 201y6 College Football National Champion game of which their goals were successfully reached.
Brenton Webster, CEO, Fastbar Monday March 12th, 10:15am
Brenton Webster is the co-founder of Fastbar Technologies. He is an entrepreneur, seasoned architect and technical strategist with a broad range of technology and business experience. Brenton is a graduate of the University of Technology in Sydney Australia, and form architect for Microsoft and Open Solutions.
Mike Brennan, Economic Development Specialist, Project Manager, Washington Workforce Training & Education Coordination Board, Monday, March 12th, 4:30pm
Mike Brennan is the economic development and Make it in Washington Grant specialist for the Washington State Workforce Board. He has over 30 years' experience in private secotr business and private not-for-profits, and eleven years with the state's Workforce Board.
His professional background is wide ranging from teaching elementary school; operating a SCUBA/Snorkel dive charter business on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands; serving as president/CEO of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry; and chairing the Mt. Baker School District Board. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Degree in American Studies, and West Chester State College with a Pennsylvania State Certification in Elementary Education. Mike is also certified as a Marano Fellow by the Aspen Institute. He works across the state supporting the coordination of the workforce and economic development systems at the regional level. He has also been inducted into the Washington Festivals and Events Association's Hall of Fame.
Stephen Dilts, Owner, Pyramid Staging Monday, March 13th, 10:30am
Stephen is CEO/Partner of Pyramid Staging and Events for the past seven years. Pyramid is a multi-faceted audio visual, production staging and labor Company located in the Pacific Northwest with clients such as the Seattle Seahawks. Prior to starting his own company, he founded a division of Rhino Stage and Event Solutions - Rhino Northwest, and was the director of operations with clients such as Boeing and Microsoft.
Mr.. Dilts received his MBA from Pacific Lutheran University and a BA in Communication from Washington State University.
Star Moser, Electrical Service Manager, Hollywood Lights Monday, March 13th, 10:30am
Star Moser started his career in 1971 when he left high school for the bright lights and glamour of Rock & Roll. That led him into a career in the trade show industry, first working on Expo 74 in Spokane, Washington World's Fair. He continued working in the Tradeshow Convention services until he joined Hollywood Lights in Portland. When the company made the decision to open a branch office in Seattle, Star followed and since 1996 has managed the Electrical Service Division while he earned his Washington State Electrical Administrator's License and his O1 Journeyman's certification. Star has worked in every aspect of the company and served in many roles including Electrical Services Manager, Seattle Branch Manager and Executive Vice President.
Craig Cooke, President/Owner, Pacific Rim Talent Monday, March 13th, 10:30am
Craig Cooke is the Presdient/Owner of Pacific Rim Talent, a Seattle Entertainment agency.
In the early 80's , Craig hosted a popular rock music cable TV show called "Rock You" which was the lead into his business. Honesty and fair pricing have been a Pacific Rim Talent trademark since it's inception in 1980.
Pacific Rim Talent offers a unique variety of bands and entertainers to enhance your "Live Experience". Craig offers quality entertainment for Nightclubs, Casinos, Fairs, Festivals, Corporate parties, School assemblies/dancers, Colleges, and Concert Series. In addition to book entertainment Pacific Rim is active in helping organize several festivals by securing sponsors, vendors and media. If you are in the business for putting smiles on faces, they can help!
Over the past 20 years, Craig has been a director in the Taste of Edmonds for the chamber, leading them into major sponsorship, talent, and commercial vendors with attendance between 85,000 and 150,000 annually.
When he is not involved with events, Craig is supporting his favorite team - the University of Washington's Huskies.
Jeff Stokes, President, Stokes Auction Group Monday, March 13th, 1:30pm
Jeff Stokes, Founder and President of Stokes Auction Group, has helped hundreds of charities achieve their fundraising goals. He has mastered the art of Fund-A-Need, a direct donation portion of the auction, helping organizations to generate untold amounts of financial support. Charitable events around the country have benefited from Jeff's entertaining style on the microphone. For more than a decade, he has helped raise money at Celebrity Fight Night which benefits Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Disease Research and for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's many galas around the country. Organizations of all sizes, from Boys & Girls Clubs to medical research centers, from private and public schools to civic organizations, have joined forces with Jeff to "create an environment conducive to giving" Jeff began in the auction business at the age of 15 after graduating from the Western College of Auctioneering, where he continues to teach. He began working in the family business performing estate sales, farm sales, liquidations, and real estate sales. At an early age, Jeff claimed the title of Washington State Champion Auctioneer at age 16. His talents continued to garner him number of awards including the national titles of World Champion Livestock Auctioneer -1987, World Champion Automobile Auctioneer-1993, and Men's International Champion-2003. He is only individual in is profession to have earned all three national recognitions. Achieving these titles is a reflection of his passion for the art auctioneering.
Audrey Fan, Event & Entertainment Producer, ARF Productions, LLC Festivals Inc. Monday March 13th 4:30pm
Audrey's career spans over 20 years in the hospitality industry as sales and marketing director and event/meeting planner. Sales and Marketing highlights include: opening Paramount Hotel Seattle, Grand Hyatt Seattle and Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA. She has also worked at Seattle's Convention & Visitors Bureau as National Account Director. Some of her clients as a planner have been: Super Bowl bound teams (Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears), American Society of Plastic Surgeons, National Broadway Tour of Mama Mia and Fox Sports USGA Gold Championship. As an industry advocate, she has served on numerous boards such as NW Meetings +Events Magazine, and President of MP Washington State Chapter in 2000-2001.
Amanda Korb - Chief Officer, BLUE INK Monday, March 14th, 4:30pm
An expert in the field of branding and graphic design with more than 20 years in the industry, Amanda Korb is Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer of BLUE INK, a Seattle-based, full-service creative house offering branding, design, and large format digital printing services.
With an impressive portfolio illustrating a wide range of experience from boutique in-house design to giant corporate marketing campaigns, Amanda founded BLUE INK under the principle that innovative concepts, cutting-edge design and flawless execution as the building blocks to successful campaigns. Amanda and her team work tirelessly to provide a unique creativity to her clients sot their events can shine!
Before starting her own company, Amanda held various leadership roles with companies including Compass Group at Microsoft and Milesbrand, where she led branding and design initiatives that have reached thousands of consumers. Her artwork can be seen on walls, windows, magazines, websites and events nationwide.
BLUE INK's clients include: Compass Group at Microsoft, Microsoft Dining Services, Eurest, Seafair, Madrona Ridge Residential and the Lynnwood Convention Center.
Amanda is a graduate of the Art Institute of Seattle with an Associated of Applied Arts in Graphic Design, a member of AIGA, Washington Festivals and Events Association and the Seattle Chamber of Commerce.
You may review a current portfolio on display at http://www.blueinkcreates.com.
Delaney Berreth Monday March 12th, 3:00pm
Delaney Berreth is a public relations and marketing professional in Seattle, Washington. Currently she coordinates PR and marketing efforts for events, programs and initiatives at the Pacific Science Center. Previously, she oversaw media relations and marketing for Seafair. She is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America Puget Sound Chapter, serving as a chair of its annual professional development event, Jumpstart, and as the professional liaison to US's Public Relations Student Society of America chapter through PRSA's Student Outreach Committee. An alumna from the University of Washington, she continues to be involved with the Communications department as a member of its Alumni Board.
Jennifer Dzubay, Commander, Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Control Board Monday, March 12th, 10:15am
Jennifer oversees the statewide regulatory program of alcohol and marijuana manufacturers and producers. Commander Dzubay received a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration from Central Washington University. Prior to her current position, Jennifer was Captain of the State of Washington Liquor Board for over 7 years.
Trevor C Lane, Assistant Professor, Community & Economic Development Director, WSU Ferry County Extension Office, Tuesday, March 14th, 9:30am
Trevor C Lane is 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 and working in the 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. The work in these areas has resulted in the creation of the Farmer's Nerd Academy where 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 award-winning video from the Washington Extension and Specialists Association (WEASA). The production on the agritourism video was done in collaboration with county commissioners, the local gold mine, 4-h youth, and various small business or agricultural producers in the area. Professor Lane has presented nationally and most recently at the National Association of County Agricultural Agents where best-practices with production of agritourism video was shared with other Extension professionals across the nation.
Jon Stone, Partner, CEA Partners Monday March 13th, 1:30pm
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.
Susan Den, Director of Finance, On the Boards Tuesday, March 14th, 11:00am
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.
Margo Myers, ACC, CHIC, Margo Myers Communications Monday, March 13th, 3:00pm
Executive and Media Training Coach Margo Myers helps high visibility clients master their public presence. Knowing their message, and being clear and consistent in their communication helps public-facing executives and spokespeople communicate with ease and confidence.
Margo works with CEO's, senior leaders, executive directors and media spokespeople who need to put their best face forward when presenting to an audience - whether it's internal or external, or preparing for media interviews.
Margo brings 20+ years of experience as a TV news anchor and reporter, appearing before thousands of people on camera every day. Now she brings her expertise to help clients avoid media missteps, communicate clearly, and promote a confident public presence. Her zone of genius includes communication and presentation skills, executive presence, and media training.
Margo is the founder and principal at Margo Myers Communications, www.margomyers.com. She holds her coaching certification from the Hudson Institute in Santa Barbara, California. She also has her Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential from the International Coach.
Nicole Sanchez, Monday, March 13, 3:00pm
Award-winning journalist Nicole Sanchez has been a Host and Reporter for CityStream on the Seattle Channel since 2010. She also produces medical stories for national syndication for Ivanhoe Broadcast News. Nicole also enjoys producing, anchoring and report for London-based WebsEdge for their newscasts at conferences around the world. Nicole has also reported for KOMO 4 News, Q13 Fox News, Arise News, Pierce County News and she was an Anchor/Reporter for IMA-TV CBS. She has also worked for The Outdoor Channel as an Account Executive.
Through the years, Nicole has earned EMMY nominations, several NATOA and Communicator Awards, as well as a Hometown and Telly Award. Her work has also been recognized several times by the Society of Professional Journalists. She serves on the Board for the NW Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.