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.
Russell Vandenberg, CVE
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 CVE (Certified Venue 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.
Director of Salesgdarnell@seasideconvention.com
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 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 College 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. 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!
Special Events Coordinatorjjackson@seasideconvention.com
Jeff began working for the Seaside Civic & Convention Center in the Operations Department in 2009. In 2019 he was promoted to Special Events Coordinator. Jeff knows every aspect of the day to day operational needs for our clients, he is your direct link to coordinating all of your event details and prides himself on providing excellent customer service. If you can relax and enjoy all of what Seaside has to offer then he has met his goal. If there is anything Jeff can do to make your event that much better please don’t hesitate to ask.
Jennifer joined the Seaside Civic & Convention Center staff as the Office Assistant in the fall of 2018. Prior to joining the city, she worked in Special Education for almost 13 years for the Seaside School District as well as in the tourism industry. She has a background in both office administration and tourism. She prides herself in providing excellent customer service, takes great pride in her work and is willing to go above and beyond to meet the needs of customers.
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 Techfkaim@seasideconvention.com
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 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 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 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.
Matt is responsible for operations, HVAC, set-ups, maintenance, audiovisual and housekeeping. Matt has over nine years in the fire service and believes in always putting the customer first. He prides himself in providing excellent customer service to meet the needs of our clients.