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Damazio aims to bring events to Enumclaw

Kristen Damazio moved to Enumclaw four years ago and discovered the job of her dreams.

Trouble was, the position was in capable hands.

That situation eventually changed, however, and Damazio was quick to act. Her goal was achieved March 22 when she stepped into her office as the marketing and events coordinator for the city-ownedEnumclaw Expo Center.

“I’ve been wanting this job for four years,” she said. “It’s a dream come true.”

Damazio’s task is to coordinate events staged at the center and, in the bigger picture, to go out and recruit new events for the grounds.

The city took possession of the former King County Fairgrounds with the idea that the venue be self-sufficient. Money from the city’s general fund is not intended to subsidize Expo Center operations.

“A major focus is bringing in new events,” Damazio emphasized, explaining that part of her job will involve contacting those who put on events elsewhere and pitching the Plateau – “to show them how great Enumclaw is,” she said.

Damazio, a Colorado native, moved to Washington with her husband in 2001, first settling on Whidbey Island. Looking to relocate, they were sold on Enumclaw after visiting friends they had met through equestrian circles.

She has settled into the community, joining Cascade Foothills Chorale and the Allegro Women’s Ensemble.

To her job with the city, Damazio brings 15 years of experience in marketing and event planning. She spent eight years with Toronto-based Foresters Insurance, putting on events throughout the Pacific Northwest and also worked on behalf of the Good Sam Club, staging recreational vehicle rallies attended by thousands.

Damazio has earned degrees in social and behavioral sciences from Oregon’s Linfield College and in communications from Eastern New Mexico University. She is involved in the Professional Convention Management Association and the Meeting Professionals International.

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