New Board Members Replace Burke And Bavasi At Everett’s Xfinity Arena

Xfinity Arena There’s a changing of the guard on the board of the Everett Public Facilities District. While many people think the City of Everett owns the arena that’s not exactly the case. The Everett Public Facilities District developed and owns Xfinity Arena at Everett. The PFD is a municipal corporation and is managed by a five person board of directors whose members are appointed by the Everett Mayor and confirmed by the Everett City Council. Gigi Burke was appointed to the board in 2009 and Bob Bavasi joined the board in 2013. The Public Facilities District contracts with Global Spectrum to manage the arena. Here’s the update on the two members replacing Bavasi and Burke.

The Everett Public Facilities District, owners of XFINITY Arena at Everett, announced the appointment of two new Board Members, Secretary Mike Dutton and Board Member Ryan Crowther. They join the long-standing current EPFD Board comprised of President Gary Weikel, Treasurer Thomas Gaffney, and Vice President Lanie McMullin.

Mike Dutton received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Washington and is currently a financial advisor with D.A. Davidson & Co with 31 years of advising experience. He also brings his diverse experience with positions on other boards including Everett Community College Foundation, Everett Golf and Country Club, Healing the Children, Snohomish County Red Cross, Imagine Children’s Museum, Snohomish County Sports Commission and Dawson Place.

Board Member Ryan Crowther graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and PR in 2008. He then began work with the Economic Development Council of Snohomish County and later became Marketing Manager of Economic Alliance Snohomish County. He created Puget PR and Public Affairs in 2012, where he works with an array of regional public and private clients.

Crowther’s biggest influence can be seen with the establishment of the Everett Music Initiative, a movement aimed at making Everett a destination for musicians local and abroad. Since its inception, Everett Music Initiative has successfully executed over 75 musical events, welcoming over 20,000 music-goers and $1.5 million in spending to the local economy. In 2014, the inaugural Fisherman’s Village Music Festival was created, bringing fans from as far as Kentucky and Canada to downtown Everett.

XFINITY Arena at Everett was developed and is owned by the Everett Public Facilities District, and is managed by Global Spectrum. The EPFD is a municipal corporation headed by a five member Board of Directors. Board members are appointed by the Mayor of Everett and confirmed by Everett City Council to serve four year terms.

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