That Festival Feeling

When:  Sep 18, 2019 from 5:45 PM to 8:30 PM (PT)
Associated with  Seattle Chapter

Join us at the newly renovated Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport for an evening of dinner, drinks as we actively discuss what it takes to pull off the most successful (and legal) outdoor event. Ask questions about permitting, tenting and all things outdoors to our panel of experts.

ILEA Seattle welcomes representatives from Washington Festival & Events Association, City of Seattle Festival Permitting Department, CORT Rental and King County Health Department will be offering their advice and information on any questions you may have about outdoor events in Seattle.

Be the first to see the Radisson Hotel’s newly renovated Hotel and enjoy a sample of their catering menu from Chef Chris Bangert's seasonal menu. The Radisson completed renovations this August, and showcases a modern Scandinavian style, bringing a whole new look and feel for this global hotel brand.

Meet Our Panel:

Bruce Skinner
Executive Director
Washington Festivals and Events Association

Bruce Skinner is a highly regarded consultant to business and the special events industry, with vast experience, currently serving as the Executive Director of the Washington Festivals and Events Association. 
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 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 of the highly successful PF Chang’s Arizona Rock n Roll Marathon in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Rock n Roll Marathons and Half Marathons in Seattle and San Antonio. The 2004 PF Chang’s Race was the largest first time event in history, with over 29,000 participants.

Known as the "Bowl Director of the 80's," Skinner was instrumental in the Fiesta Bowl's successful bid to crack the New Year's Day bowl-game lineup, moving the game to January 1st in 1982.  In 1985, the bowl signed a landmark agreement with Sunkist Growers to serve as title sponsor. The title sponsorship agreement served as a model which many other bowls later followed.

He also served as the Chief Revenue Officer for the 2016 College Football National Championship Game that was held in Phoenix in January of 2016.

Skinner has sold sponsorship in a small market (Port Angeles) for 29 years, serving as the Executive Director of the Olympic Medical Center Foundation, which stages six events annually.

Chris Skilton MS RS
Senior Investigator, Operations
Food & Facilities Program
Public Health, Seattle & King County


BS Biology, with minors in Chemistry, Botany, and Zoology
MS Environmental Health
Several peer reviewed scientific publications

Professional: 27 years of Public Health experience in Environmental Health, including wastewater treatment, hazardous waste management, communicable disease epidemiology, and food safety.

Currently Senior Investigator, Operations; training and mentoring field staff involved in food service and water recreation facility compliance audits or educational outreach.

Public Health liaison to the City of Seattle Emergency Operations Center.

The good stuff: chess, gardening, dogs, magic, genealogy, and storytelling.
Together with my life partner and soul mate since 1970!

Technical advisory Committee, Seattle Central College
Certified barbecue judge
Ham radio operator

Phil Heidt
Area Manager
CORT Party Rental

When Phil was 6 years old, he started working for his parents at their tool rental store in Lynnwood, WA. In 1996, he purchased the business from his parents and began to transform the business from a tool rental store to focus 100% on party rental. Today, CORT Party Rental is the largest rental company in the Pacific Northwest and offers a wide variety of sophisticated tenting solutions to support events throughout the region.

Meet Our Featured Sponsors:
Alexander Party Rental
Family owned and operated, Alexander Party Rentals has provided the Greater Puget Sound area with quality and affordable event rental equipment since 1991. Recently in our second generation of ownership, we are proud to be one of the fastest growing companies in the industry, sporting some of the youngest equipment and newest products.

We offer a huge range of equipment from engineered tents and staging down to basic table settings and linens. We work with all manner of organizations and individuals to plan events large and small, from the annual corporate party to an intimate backyard wedding. We pride ourselves on our award winning customer service and are happy to apply our expertise and knowledge to all aspects of an event - not just to our equipment!

Your Event Deserves Great Photography I am a certified professional photographer with experience across hundreds of business and education events. My photography captures the details, smiles and breadth you create.

Be one of the first to see the newly renovated Radisson Hotel's newly renovated Hotel. The Radisson completed renovations this August, and showcases a modern Scandinavian style, bringing a whole new look and feel for this global hotel brand.

Register here. We look forward to seeing you!


Radisson Hotel SeaTac Airport
18118 International Blvd
Seattle, WA 98188