The Oak View Group and the Seattle Kraken welcome five new executives to their team at Climate Pledge Arena. David Curry has been named vice president of technology, Nick Vaerewyck vice president of programming, Randy Foster as director of event production, Damon Murray as director of engineering, and Christine Spiller as senior director of event services. All new hires will assume their new roles immediately.
Spiller adds to the already experienced group, having most recently served as the senior director of venue operations at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. In Denver, she led the overall guest relations & experience vision as well as directed logistics and event implementation for concerts, the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, and the Colorado Mammoth lacrosse team. As a member of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE), who also owns Arsenal FC in the English Premier League and the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer, Spiller executed hundreds of events between all of KSE’s venues.
Curry, a Seattle native, has logged over 25-years of technology experience, including 13 as the vice president of technology with the Seattle Mariners. Additionally, he led all team back office, audio/visual, and facility technologies for the Mariners at Safeco Field (T-Mobile Park), the Peoria Sports Complex in Arizona, and the Academy in the Dominican Republic.
Vaerewyck takes the role of vice president of programming and will be responsible for strategic content programming of all concerts, family shows, and special events. Additionally, he will facilitate the schedules for both the Kraken and Storm of the WNBA.
Prior to joining the team at Climate Pledge Arena, he most recently oversaw the $180M renovation and reopening of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New York with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment and was recently honored as a 2020 VenuesNow Generation Next recipient.
Foster most recently worked as the director of production for AEG Presents in Seattle where he oversaw 650 shows annually in the four-state region. He has three decades of experience as production manager, tour manager, and promoter rep including tour manager for Marvel Universe Live for Feld Entertainment. As the former director of events of Bridgestone Arena, home of the NHL Nashville Predators, from 2006-2012, he brings additional experience to an already stacked group.
As the newly appointed director of engineering, Murray comes to Climate Pledge Arena from the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and State Farm Arena where he served as chief engineer and managed HVAC, plumbing, painters, maintenance, locksmith, and electrical staff. Prior to his role in Atlanta, he oversaw all event operations, engineering, security, and production for the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, NC. Additionally, he held multiple roles at the Spectrum Center – home of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets.
Located at Seattle Center, Climate Pledge Arena will be the first net-zero certified arena in the world. Home to the NHL’s Seattle Kraken, WNBA’s Seattle Storm, Esports events, and the world’s biggest performers of live music and events, Climate Pledge Arena will open in 2021.