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Executive Profile

As director of Tacoma Venues & Events for the City of Tacoma, Kim Bedier is responsible for venues including the Tacoma Dome, one of the largest wood domed structures in the world with seating for up to 23,000 and the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, which offers over 119,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. The recently renovated Cheney Stadium (home of the Tacoma Rainiers), the historic Pantages and Rialto Theaters, and the Theater on the Square round out the portfolio.

Bedier recently joined the City of Tacoma from the Comcast Arena at Everett, Washington where as general manager she opened the facility in 2003. She held previous venue leadership positions at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto and at the Crystal Centre in Grande Prairie, Canada, with a stop at the Olympic Medals Plaza at the Salt Lake Olympic Games.

Bedier received a bachelor's degree in Recreation and Physical Education from Acadia University in Wolfville, Canada. Her first job after graduation took her to Igloolik in the Eastern Canadian Arctic where she managed the construction of a recreation complex.

Bedier earned the Certified Facilities Executive (CFE) designation from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) in 2000. She is second chair elect on the Board of Directors of IAVM, and a former chair of the Board of Regents of the Venue Management School at Oglebay. Bedier is on the Board of Directors of the Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, and on the Board of Enduris Washington (Government Insurance Experts). She is also on the Board of Directors of the Seattle Sports Commission, and formerly held executive positions on the boards of the Rotary Club of Everett, Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County, Downtown Everett Association and Snohomish County Tourism Board.

Bedier was named one of five inaugural “Women of Influence” in the venue management industry by trade publication Venues Today in 2007. In 2011, she received the Ray Ward Award for recognition of her contributions to education in the Venue Management School at Oglebay.

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Recreation and Physical Education from Acadia University
  • Graduate of Venue Management School at Oglebay
  • Certified Facilities Executive

 

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • International Association of Venue Managers, Second Chair Elect
  • Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Director
  • Seattle Sports Commission Board of Directors

Kim Bedier

Kim Bedier

Tacoma Venues & Events Director