Will the Washington Pavilion’s Board of Directors consider cutting the Director’s pay during the Pandemic?

I’m not sure what Darrin Smith’s salary is as the Director/President of the Pavilion, in fact the public hasn’t heard in years what that pay level is since they moved the annual meeting until sometime in July(?). Moles have told me it is well over of $170K. Now, don’t me wrong, if Covid didn’t exist and the Pavilion was having sold out shows throughout the winter and the endowment was overflowing, it may be justified, but when you are cutting staff like mad and you literally have NO SHOWS going on (the Pavilion’s bread and butter) wouldn’t you consider cutting executive pay at least until they can start booking shows again? For all management?

Money wise, the Pavilion has turned a corner starting with the past presidents and continuing with Smith, but mostly because Smith has gotten out the axe well before the pandemic. Isn’t it ironic when a crisis occurs (even at a non-profit) the first to be thrown to the curb or receive pay cuts are the minions while the execs still roll in the dough. It’s pretty pathetic, but a continuing tradition of the Pavilion that has only been a drain on taxpayer’s entertainment tax fund.

Besides the Events Center (losing close to $3 million now) the Pavilion may be next in line for a bailout, we wouldn’t want Director Smith’s lifestyle interrupted, would we?

It looks as though the cartoonist who ran the VAC (he lasted longer than I thought he would) and the HR director are on the outs, probably not in too big of a hurry to rehire;

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#1 D@ily Spin on 10.23.20 at 9:00 am

The Bazillion is known for Cricket Concerts and Ghosts from when Munson went to school there. An interesting claim to fame and appropriate for Halloween. Then what! Perhaps Smith could turn it into a Mausoleum for criminal developers and corrupt city officials? We need something for afterlife waste of taxpayer dollars.

#2 "Very Stable Genius" on 10.24.20 at 11:04 pm

Like Noem, Smith attended a Daschle political retreat in the Hills, too. Come to think of it, so did Stephanie, then she voted against the HeritageFoundation/Romney/Daschle/Obamacare Act.