Seattle Kraken and Oak View Group Expand Team at Climate Pledge Arena

by Kevin Nesgoda

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.

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As we enter the next phase of development in bringing Seattle’s world-class arena to life, each of these new hires’ strong backgrounds will be invaluable in helping make that vision a reality,” said Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group. “I am very pleased to officially welcome each of them to the team.



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Christine Spiller

Senior Director of Event Services

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.

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“Joining this team of talented and dedicated industry leaders is an absolute honor,” said Spiller. “I’m excited to play a part in Climate Pledge Arena’s evolution and help bring this project to life. Most importantly, I can’t wait for the day our guests and the city of Seattle can experience what we will have created for them.



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David Curry

Vice President of Technology

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.

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I feel honored to join the Climate Pledge Arena team and be involved in the construction and operation of such an incredible sports and entertainment venue,” said Curry. “I grew up watching the Sonics and Pearl Jam under this iconic roof, and I am thrilled to be part of what I know will be an amazing and important entertainment destination. This, when combined with my involvement in the construction of Safeco Field, feels like I hit the hometown lottery twice.



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Nick Vaerewyck

Vice President of Programming

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.

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It’s an incredible honor to join such a talented team at Climate Pledge Arena,” said Vaerewyck. “It has been inspiring to see the excitement the city has for the new building and the Seattle Kraken as the vision takes shape. Seattle has such a great history and tremendous support for its sports, music, and entertainment and I’m excited to play a role with everyone here.



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Randy Foster

Director of Event Production

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.

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I couldn’t be prouder to be part of the team that’s bringing NHL hockey back to Seattle and expanding and renovating what will be the crown jewel of arenas in North America, the Climate Pledge Arena,” said Foster. “The team assembled here in Seattle is the finest in the world in sports and entertainment, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.



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Damon Murray

Director of Engineering

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.

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It’s an honor to join the outstanding team at Climate Pledge Arena,” said Murray. “I’m delighted to leverage my years of experience in the venue industry to help further shape what will be the first net zero carbon certified arena in the world.

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.

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