Convention Center Team

The Seaside Civic and Convention Center staff is dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service and care, delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, and individual pride. Our fundamental aspiration is to exceed the expectations of our customers. We look forward to working with you soon.

Administrative Staff

Russell Vandenberg, CFE

General Manager

Russ has been involved in the public assembly facility management industry since 1982. He holds a bachelors degree in management from Saint Mary’s College of California, and was awarded the designation of CFE (Certified Facilities Executive) from the International Association of Venue Managers. Russ oversees the day to day management of the convention center that includes administration, marketing, sales, operations, fiscal responsibility and approval of facility contracts.

Jon Rahl

Assistant General Manager

Jon has been involved with destination marketing since 2000 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism from the University of Utah. Jon joined the City of Seaside as the Director of Tourism Marketing in 2010 after six years with the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau, adding the role of Assistant GM to his duties in 2014. Jon works closely with the GM and handles special projects for the Convention Center.

Gretchen Darnell

Director of Sales

Gretchen joined the team at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center in 1997. She is responsible for managing all aspects of marketing, sales, and scheduling. She is a 4th generation Oregonian, who holds a bachelors degree from Whittier College, and has an extensive background in the hospitality industry. Gretchen is a member of Meeting Professionals International, Oregon Chapter, Greater Oregon Society of Government Meeting Professionals, and the Oregon Society of Association Management.

Tina Eilers

Office Coordinator

Tina joined the Seaside Civic & Convention Center staff as the Office Coordinator in the fall of 2015. Prior to that, she worked with college students for 17 years at Ecola Bible School in Cannon Beach, OR. She has an extensive background in office management and working with people. Tina holds a B.S. degree from Washington State University. Her love for Vanilla Americanos w/Cream is befitting of growing up in the Northwest! Tina is responsible for accounting and coordinating the general details of the office. She would love to have you drop by the office to say hello!

Nate Burke

Special Events Coordinator

Nate joined the staff at the Seaside Convention Center in 2014 as the Special Events Coordinator. He holds a bachelors degree from Portland State University and has an extensive background in meeting and event planning at the University of San Diego and the University of California, San Diego. Nate is your direct link to coordinating all of your event-related details. If you can relax during your event and enjoy all of what Seaside has to offer, then he has accomplished his goal.

Katherine Lacaze

Administrative Assistant

Katherine started working at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center in March 2016. She loves the professional communications field and is happy to assist clients and community members with any information inquiries. Additionally, she helps to create schedules, take care of the office and greet patrons when they visit. Prior to joining the center, she worked as a reporter for several community papers locally and in Virginia for more than four years. She graduated in 2011 with a B.S. in print journalism from Liberty University.

Operation Staff

Andrew Argeris

Operations Supervisor

Andy has worked in the Operations department since 2008 and was promoted to Operations Supervisor in 2010. He is responsible for operations, HVAC, set-ups, maintenance, audio visual and event staffing. Andy is committed to providing outstanding customer service to all of our clients.

Frank Kaim, CTS

Operations / AV Tech

Frank has worked in the Operations department since 2005. He is responsible for audio-visual services, room set-ups, maintenance and HVAC systems. Frank's specialty is providing quality audio, lighting, and video/projection services for both small and large events. Frank is a U.S. Navy veteran and a native of Davenport, Iowa who takes great pride in providing a superior guest experience and exceptional customer service.

Nick McKenzie

Operations

Nick has worked in the Operations department since 2017. He is responsible for operations, HVAC, set-ups, maintenance, audiovisual and housekeeping. Nick has extensive knowledge of all phases of event management and prides himself in making sure all details are carried out to satisfaction.

John Stockenberg

Operations

John has worked in the Operations department since 1998. He is responsible for operations, HVAC, set-ups, maintenance, audiovisual and housekeeping. His attentiveness to customer service and maintaining cleanliness of the facility during events is exceptional.

Ashlan Simila

Operations

Ashlan is responsible for operations, HVAC, set-ups, maintenance, audiovisual and housekeeping. Ashlan is very knowledgeable in all aspects of event management and enjoys assisting clients in making sure all last minute requests are handled to exact specifications. He prides himself in providing superior customer service to ensure client satisfaction.

Jeff Jackson

Operations

Jeff has worked in the Operations department since 2009. He is responsible for operations, HVAC, set-ups, maintenance, audiovisual and housekeeping. Jeff excels in customer service and is very proud of his work.