Washington Pavilion’s latest Smoke & Mirrors

While the Pavilion continues to remain silent about where their Development Director disappeared to (Maybe they could set up a Science Center exhibit, find the Development Director. Is she behind the curtain? Is she hiding under a desk?) You would expect to at least hear an announcement of someone replacing her? Right?

Nope. Instead their big announcement is adding another (co)President. Ironically, they could have ten co-presidents, and the same person would still be running the joint, VP of Operations, Jon Loos. Rumor has it, Jon Loos knows exactly what happened to the Development Director, and let’s just say, Jon likes job security, he has been there since day one, he runs the joint, and no matter how many retired CEO’s of former communication companies you bring on board, Loos still is in charge. Just ask former Presidents Hoffman & Wood, but good luck tracking them down.

This is just Smoke & Mirrors from the Pavilion to distract away from their real problems, a Board of Directors that consists of ‘Specials’ that want to keep us ‘Have-Nots’ out, a policy that I will never see changing (The first Director, Steve Hoffman, actually tried in his first few years to get away from that culture, but he was hamstrung by the Board, then eventually quit). A public arts institution that has no Development Director, and isn’t apparently looking for one, but they have two presidents!

I enjoyed the nice little story written about it;

“This is really all about the Pavilion. It’s not about Scott or I at all,” Toll, 65, said. “The thing we’re saying is the two of us are not additive. We’re exponential.”

Oh, how cute. I think I am going to puke.

The amazing part is that not one single public official questions what the heck is going on in the place. I could blog about it until I am blue in the face, and I have, but unless the very people responsible for handing over the subsidy to the WP asks questions and demands answers, we might as well just prepare ourselves for more press conferences on the Great Hall stage announcing more leaders without a peep from minions about what really goes on in the Big Purple Building.


#1 Daizi46 on 07.31.13 at 5:52 pm

So, with all the turnover of employees there….let’s have TWO leaders…who have never worked together and supposedly will make decisions together. I see CLUSTER…but hey…as long as money continues to flow (somehow) into it…don’t ask…they won’t tell…

#2 Poly43 on 07.31.13 at 6:48 pm

Isn’t Lodgenet a Phoenix rising from the ashes? I wonder why?

#3 Joan on 07.31.13 at 7:38 pm

Isn’t this going to take more money, in order to pay co-mangers? Or will they split the salary that one was earning? Kind of sounds to me like one was too lazy to do the job by himself.

#4 scott on 07.31.13 at 8:25 pm

Maybe the Pavillion can make some money renting porn like lodgenet.

#5 john on 07.31.13 at 10:06 pm

Scott one mans art is another’s porn. Porn on the imax screen is going to be sooooo cool.

#6 Testor15 on 07.31.13 at 10:46 pm

I find it real interesting they bring in a new leader who helped take down Lodgement, to run or ‘lead’ the Pavilion.

#7 Tony on 07.31.13 at 11:08 pm

According to the Argus the two presidents are splitting the one salary.

#8 Detroit Lewis on 08.01.13 at 10:34 am

Tony is correct, they are splitting the salary, which tells me, something I have known for awhile, that the President position is mostly ceremonial. The Board and Loos run the joint, have since the beginning. Another tidbit to point out is that they have also had the same CFO since inception, Hathaway. The City of SF Auditor’s office actually chastised them in their last audit about how the financials of the Pavilion are only reviewed by one person, Hathaway. Hathaway and Loos will do anything for job security. Anything.

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