New Development and Retention Manager

Tina TaylorAffectionately nick-named “The General”, Tina Taylor has been in charge of training West Coast’s event staff and keeping all of their schedules straight as our Operations Manager. Tina started with West Coast Entertainment in 2001 as a mock casino dealer and worked her way through the company; helping out in the warehouse, guiding Segway tours around the city, and eventually stepping into the Operations Manager role,

Tina’s true passion has always been teaching because she loves helping people develop and achieve their true potential.  Effective March 1st, in recognition of Tina’s interests and abilities, West Coast Entertainment has created a new department of Development and Retention to maximize her passions and strengths.

As the Development and Retention Manager, Tina will focus her attention and energy on promoting the development and wellbeing of the West Coast family. She will identify ways employees may benefit from additional training and those who are ready to take on more responsibility. Her new position will also provide greater time to attend more events as a resource to employees, provide additional assistance where needed, and ensure West Coast Entertainment standards and best practices are upheld.

Tina will continue to help in the operations area during the transition into her new role.  Please join us in congratulating Tina on this exciting new opportunity!

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Halloween Fun in the Admiral District

Ally, David, and Lena know who to call when you need an incredible event.

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On Friday, October 28th, 2016 we partnered with other businesses in the Admiral District to love on families in West Seattle. #admiraldistricthalloween

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Super Bowl Party Planning 101

The basic fundamentals of a party are essentially the same whether you are hosting a cocktail party or Super Bowl party.  West Coast has learned a few important party tips over the last 38 years of event planning. With the big game getting closer, we want to help you plan the perfect Super Bowl Party.

Expect the Unexpected

You never know what can happen at your event. Here are some important “behind-the-scene” items to remember.

Ice: Every perfect Super Bowl party has a variety of beverages: Soda, beer, water, & cocktails (if you want to be fancy). Remember, ice melts fast. Make sure you have enough to keep beverages and food at the proper temperature.

Trash cans: What party doesn’t get messy? Especially ones with a lot of cheering, jumping around, eating and drinking. Having more than one trash can is essential. You want to be able to relax with your guests and enjoy the game instead of missing the big play because you were emptying the garbage.

Cups with sharpies: Have guests write their name on their cup. Not only does this help your guests keep track of their cup, but it also reduces your cost and saves you from doing more dishes at the end of night.

Seating: Even if you are just there for the food and commercials, seating is everything. You want to make sure there are enough comfy chairs and that your guests can see the TV.

Consider Your Guests:

Food: There can never be too much food at a Super Bowl party! Hearty, finger foods are a must have. Chicken wings, chips and salsa, ribs, and more! Check out some famous Super Bowl recipes!

Kids: Think about if children will be there. Not all children like to watch football, so make sure there are activities to keep them occupied so your other guests can stay focused on the game!

Entertain your guests: Halftime games are a fun way to break the ice and keep your guests having a good time. Bean bag toss, trivia, bingo, prizes and more!

Now, Start Planning.

The Super Bowl is just around the corner! If you are tired of hosting the same old Super Bowl party this year, let the amazing and dedicated team at West Coast Entertainment handle the details. Give us a call to learn how you can host the Super Bowl Party everyone is still talking about after the Big Game is finished. Contact us at: 206.938.0569, info@wcent.com, or www.wcent.com.

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West Coast Serves Children and Families

At West Coast Entertainment, we believe it’s important to give back to our community. Recently our staff dressed up to help with the Admiral District Halloween Event on October 30th.

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Left to Right: Roula Bland, Lena Lee, David Chambers, Debbie Blagovich

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Director of Operations, Greg Magdsick, makes popcorn in his “Static Cling” Costume.

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Senior Event Planner and “Ghostbuster”, Roula Bland, hands out candy to the kids.

 

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Admiral District Halloween Event

Bring the kids and stop by for some candy and popcorn.

 

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West Coast Happenings

As with any great technology, we have had a few hiccups and have not posted in a while. Let’s do a Quick Recap to get you all up to speed. Heidi Kimsey has had her baby, David Chambers is the General manager and Roula Bland is now our Senior event planner. Greg Magdsick has joined the West Coast family as the Director of Operations.

Keep your eyes peeled for many new things in 2015 as we have purchased a bunch of new toys and are excited to play.

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Meet David

David Chambers joined the West Coast family in July as a Segway tour guide in 2013.  Towards the end of the peak tour season, he transitioned into the role of Office Manager.  In addition to overseeing the Segway department, he provided support to each staff member and help to facilitate various employee processes.  David’s abilities have catapulted him into the role of General Manger. David is also the pastor of Community of Hope Church in West Seattle.  We had a chance to ask David a few questions recently.  Here’s what he had to say:

Tell us a little about yourself?

David ChambersI was born on Eglin AFB, in Florida, to David and Sharon Chambers. Growing up, I lived in various places around the world as my father was stationed at different military bases. When I was 16 years old we moved to Tacoma, WA.  I have managed Burger King Restaurants, run a forklift for K- mart, and served in the United States Air Force. My pastoral experience has taken me to Olympia, WA; Nampa, ID, Lakewood, CO; Colorado Springs, CO, Vancouver, WA; and Seattle, WA. I have served as a Youth Pastor, Adjunct Professor, College Admissions Counselor, and Senior Pastor. I have been married to my wife, Lisa, for 25 years (but it seems like just yesterday). We have three kids – Joshua (24), Timothy (22), and Carolynn (17).

Tell us… 

  • …about places you have lived: Of all the places I have visited and lived, Seattle is my favorite city. Outside of Seattle, I have lived in, or traveled through, 24 states and more than 20 countries across four continents.
  • …what’s on your iPod: David Crowder Band, Chris Tomilin, OC Supertones, Daughtry, U2, Mozart, The Beatles, and much more
  • … the kind of books you like: I enjoy leadership books, Science Fiction (anything Star Wars), and books like the Jason Bourne series by Robert Ludlam.
  • …what you watch on TV: I enjoy Psych, Leverage, Master Chef (Junior too), Biggest Loser, anything Star Trek, Phineas & Ferb
  • …about your favorite team: While I am not a fanatical sports fan, I enjoy watching the Denver Broncos play football. I also enjoy attending baseball games live.
  • … what movies you watch: I’m a huge movie buff. I love everything from the creative idea to filming and editing. I’m a big fan of anything Superhero based, and after 25 years of marriage I also enjoy the occasional “chick flick.”  I am not, however, a fan of the horror genre.
  • … what your hobbies are: I am an information junkie and enjoy technology, cycling, and the outdoors in general.
  • … what you dislike: People who don’t follow through on commitments, chain e-mails/spam, and tomatoes.
  • …an odd facts: I have metal plates in my face from playing soccer for the Air Force.
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Halloween Celebration 2014

West Coast recently celebrated Halloween by participating in the Admiral District’s trick-or-treating event on October 31st.  Costumed Segway tours also took place in the afternoon. Here are some “snapshots” from our activities. Never a dull moment around West Coast.

Best buds and life long pals!

Best buds and life long pals!

 

Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie stopped in to hand out candy.

Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie stopped in to hand out candy.

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Lots of adorable children stopped by for some treats.

Lots of adorable children stopped by for some treats.

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Shouldn’t the Gorilla be chasing the Banana’s

Tour guide David Chambers, left, leads tourists Sassy Smyth, Mandy Irby, and Rose Wilson on a tour of Seattle, Washington while riding Segways on Halloween, Thursday, October 31, 2013. Picture by: David Ryder

Tour guide David Chambers, left, leads tourists Sassy Smyth, Mandy Irby, and Rose Wilson on a tour of Seattle, Washington while riding Segways on Halloween, Thursday, October 31, 2013. Picture by: David Ryder

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2012 a season of recovery and renewal

Thanks to everyone that helped make 2012 a success in so many arenas. We were able to host many events for long time clients that were struggling with the economy and had to sit a year or two out. In December alone, we hosted over 75 events ranging from small home parties to a full blown Gotham city themed event for over 3,500 guests.  We are very excited to share how 2013 brings new toys for our inventory and new partnerships with our suppliers. Over the next few months we will be posting discount coupons so check back with us regularly. Blessings…

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Dealers of death event

Looks like we should have paid on the “PUSH”

Look at what WCE has been up to last Saturday night…. Can you recognize anyone?

It is not worth losing your head over being late…

 

I look just like my driver’s license photo…

 

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