BREAKING: Steve Gilbert Resigns As Executive Director Of Discover Burien
In a surprise move, Discover Burien Executive Director Steve Gilbert resigned at Wednesday night’s (Jan 26th) Steering Committee Meeting, to “pursue full-time opportunities,” according to Lori Alden, President of the Board.
Gilbert, who was hired Oct. 28, 2009 (read our original coverage here), will leave his position effective Feb. 28th. After that he will begin a full-time sales job at The Haakenson Group, which sells furniture to the government and has offices in Tukwila and Spokane.
“We’re thrilled with the work he’s done in the one-plus year he was in the position,” Lori Alden said Thursday (Jan. 27th). “The entire board is really happy for him.”
“It’s been an absolute privilege to work for such an amazing community,” Gilbert told us over the phone Thursday. “I cannot say enough good things about this town – the people, the opportunities – Burien has the ability and drive to basically do whatever it wants!”
Gilbert also shared some of the problems he faced because the position was part-time: “Being part-time often allowed some things to fall through the cracks – emails, phone calls, etc. – and it was tough to keep up with everything. It was a bit of a challenge.”
“If it wasn’t for a really terrific job offer, I would not have considered leaving Discover Burien,” Gilbert added. “There’s so much more to be done there, and I wish I had the opportunity to stay and do the great things we’ve been building up to. If you look at this organization, it’s got an amazing board of directors full of passionate people, an incredible membership, which grew 28% in 2010, as well as many great volunteers that help out. Debra George (Event Manager), is just absolutely phenomenal, and she brings such an amazing skillset to the table. I’d also like to call out lead volunteer Jane Matz, who I had the privilege of working with from Day One. I want to add that this is a purely economical decision based on the needs of my family.”
It took over six months for the board to find and hire Gilbert, who replaced former director Patti Sader. This was after originally announcing Kim McKoy as director (read our coverage here). McKoy had to step down before assuming the role due to family issues.
“There are lessons to be learned from the previous search that will be useful to the board,” Gilbert said. “They won’t have a problem filling this position.”
If you want to stay in touch with Steve, be sure to “Friend” him on his Facebook Page.
On a personal note, we’ve really enjoyed working with Steve over the last year or so, and despite the fact that his boundless energy and seemingly endless enthusiasm will be sorely missed, we wish him much success in his new position.