Discover Burien’s New Leader Is Hitting The Ground Running
What do you get when you cross a fireball with a firecracker?
You get Discover Burien’s new Executive Director, Steve Gilbert.
What a rare and unique find for the city of Burien.
BTB sat down with Steve for breakfast last week at one of Burien’s busiest breakfast eateries, 909 Coffee & Wine. At warp speed, we covered everything from his family, past positions and his vision for Burien and Discover Burien.
“Burien is an absolutely spectacular community,” Steve said. “It’s like one of those small town mid-American communities where everyone knows each other and everyone has got your back. It’s really really neat to see the energy in Burien.”
He continued his rah-rah head cheerleader role, continuing: “…withÂ a strong business base, access to parks, the water and the airport â€“ Burien’s got it all!”
With pieces already in place from a business and communityÂ standpoint, Steve sees “Burien full-out sprinting” from the recession.
With Steve at the helm, I have no doubt.
In his opinion “Burien is primed to do something great, yet we cannot lose track of where we’ve been.”
Looking forward, Steve sees the very board who hired him as a group of “very enthusiastic individuals who listen to ideas and are all going in a common direction, with a shared vision. When everyone has a singleÂ goal, they become an unstoppable force.”
That unifying vision of direction will be flushed out at the Discover Burien Board retreat on January 13.
I asked him in a nutshell how he would explain to our readers what the Discover Burien Association is; his response:
“Discover Burien is a gathering place for business and community leaders to get together to positively affect change in their own community.”
“Discover Burien presents a real opportunity to people to make a difference to make a difference in the community they live, work and play in,” he concluded. “Participating in Discover Burien is the best investment a business can make.”
Membership to Discover Burien starts at just $25 per year. If you are interested in joining, you can check their website for a membership application, or call the office at 206-433-2882.
What’s next for Steve and Discover Burien?
He plans to bring back the education series held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. The first seminar will be conducted by Devon Rich of the Small Business Development Center on Business Financial Loans on Feb. 24th.Â He will also be introducing an Educational SeriesÂ with a Retail focus.
And really good news â€“ the monthly Discover Burien After Hours for business networking will resume again in January.
When Steve isn’t cheerleading for Burien, he’s living with his family in Issaquah that includes daughter Madison, 11, son Cooper, 8, and his wife Becky, “the love of my life”.
“It isn’t bad. I leave the house at 6:20 in the morning and arrive in Burien at 7 am, ready to hit the ground running.”
We don’t doubt that at all.