Tourism Development Committee

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The Tourism Development Committee (TDC) advises the Council on allocating the lodging excise tax fund for tourism promotion and is comprised of seven voting members. State statute establishes the specific makeup of the committee which consists of one member of the Kirkland City Council (who serves as chair), three representatives from organizations representing businesses required to collect the lodging tax, and three representatives of organizations involved in activities authorized to be funded by lodging tax revenue or local agencies involved in tourism promotion. Appointments are made by the City Council and membership terms are reviewed annually.

The TDC meets from 9 AM to 10 AM on the first Thursday of every month. Meetings are held via Zoom videoconferencing. 

More about Tourism in the City of Kirkland

Beginning in 2002, a one percent excise tax collected on charges for lodging and motel room fees has been deposited in a lodging tax fund and used primarily for the purposes of funding tourism promotion to increase hotel occupancy, provide visitor attractions, and improve the City's overall image. TDC activities are guided by state RCW (RCW 67.28.080). The City's tourism promotion efforts are administered by tourism staff in the City Manager's Office. The program is branded as Explore Kirkland, which has its own website and Facebook page


Next Tourism Development Committee Meeting

The next Regular Business Meeting of the Tourism Development Committee takes place via Zoom 9 AM, Thursday, August 5.  

Time: 9 AM

Location:  Join Zoom Meeting

Agenda - Thursday, August 5 

Agenda(PDF, 215KB)

Meeting Materials

If you have any questions about the meeting, contact Tourism staff at: tourism@kirklandwa.gov


 Past Meeting Archives


Meet the Tourism Development Committee 

Toby Nixon - Chair (term expires 03/31/2022)

Councilmember and TDC Chairperson Toby Nixon headshotToby Nixon, Chair

Toby Nixon has served on the Kirkland City Council since January 2012, and as chair of the Tourism Development Committee since 2013. He grew up in a tourism-dependent area of Northern California and has traveled extensively around the world for his employment in the computer industry. He’s had a lifelong interest in event management, and considered a career in hotel and restaurant management prior to deciding on high tech. He’s also deeply involved in musical performance, and a former boat owner, both important areas for tourism in Kirkland. More information about his background is available here: Kirkland City Council.

 

Jac Cooper - Woodmark Hotel (term expires 03/31/2022)

Jac Cooper headshotJac Cooper

Jac Cooper is the controller at Kirkland’s Woodmark Hotel & Still Spa, a premiere, award-winning hotel and day spa perched right on the shores of Lake Washington at the stunning Carillon Point. Jac graduated from Gonzaga University where he studied accounting and played on the Gonzaga Bulldogs men’s soccer team. (Go Bulldogs!) He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Gonzaga in 1985. Jac worked for a private accounting firm for four years before joining Carillon Properties and the Woodmark Hotel in 1989, near the property’s opening.

Having been a hotelier on Kirkland’s lakefront shores for over three decades gives Jac keen insight into the trends of both business and leisure travelers and vast historical knowledge of Kirkland and how it has evolved over the years as a destination. Jac and his wife live in Redmond where they raised four boys. He loves spending time with his family on their back deck, and enjoys tinkering around his yard cultivating plants and enhancing his landscape through gardening. Jac has found a passion in gardening, and after a lengthy career in numbers now considers himself a gardener who does accounting for a day job. 

 

 

Lori Goldfarb - World Class Corporate Events (term expires 03/31/2022)

Professional headshot Lori GoldfarbLori Goldfarb 

Lori Goldfarb, CMP is a prior resident of Kirkland, Washington (and one parent still resides here). Lori has enjoyed the honor of serving on the Kirkland TDC since 2015. Lori’s professional perspective emanates from her role as President of World Class Corporate Events, Inc.— a site selection, planning and destination management company. With new opportunities present in 2020, Lori has added another layer of expertise, thanks to her role as a real estate broker with CBBain, focused on Kirkland’s beautiful and diverse neighborhoods.

She recognizes that Kirkland's unique combination of waterfront and shopping opportunities, restaurants, art galleries/installations and access to parks and trails draws guests and residents alike, to stay in Kirkland to experience it all. Lori is a past president of the Washington State Chapter of Meeting Professionals International; was chair of the Global RISE Awards Committee for Meeting Professionals International, and most recently received MPI’s Washington State Corbin Ball Industry Leadership Award for her continuing devotion to travel and tourism. 

 

Jeff Lockhart - Kirkland Performance Center (term expires 03/31/2022)

KPC Director Jeff Lockhart headshotJeff Lockhart 

Jeff is the Executive Director of Kirkland Performance Center (KPC) and KPC Studios and is a recognized leader skilled in performing arts and nonprofit organization advancement strategies, and music industry business and education. Lockhart has positioned KPC as the leading venue for the performing arts throughout the Eastside region of Seattle. Prior to KPC Lockhart founded and chaired Creatio (music industry business and recording arts program) at Northwest University (NU) in Kirkland, WA. Jeff founded and currently leads music performance/artist management/event production collective Live Vinyl Productions. A professional drummer he performs in several Seattle area bands.

 

Phil Megenhardt - Bold Hat Productions (term expires 03/31/2022)

Professional headshot of Phil Megenhardt, member of the TDCPhil Megenhardt

Phil Megenhardt is a creative event director with vast experience in event production and a passion for community building, brand activations, and flawless event execution. Phil founded Bold Hat Productions in 1997 on the roots of over 20 years of sales, marketing, and business development experience. As President and Creative Director of Bold Hat, Phil has created several signature Puget Sound area events, including nationally recognized Fremont Oktoberfest and Kirkland Uncorked, in addition to many corporate and municipal celebrations.

 

Skye Branson - Courtyard Seattle Kirkland Marriott (term expires 03/31/2022)

 

 

 

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Per state statute, the Tourism Development Committee has two positions available to candidates representing organizations required to collect lodging tax in the City of Kirkland. 

The TDC is appointed by the Kirkland City Council for the purpose of advising the Council on allocating the lodging excise tax fund for tourism promotion and is comprised of seven voting members. State statute establishes the specific makeup of the committee, which consists of one member of the Kirkland City Council (who serves as chair), three representatives from organizations representing businesses required to collect the lodging tax, and three representatives of organizations involved in activities authorized to be funded by lodging tax revenue or local agencies involved in tourism promotion. Membership terms of the advisory committee are reviewed annually by the City Council. The Committee meets monthly or as needed.

Beginning in 2002, a one percent excise tax has been collected on charges for lodging and motel room fees and goes into the lodging tax fund for the purposes of tourism promotion, acquisition, or operation of tourism related facilities. For further information about the TDC, please contact James Lopez, Deputy City Manager, jlopez@kirklandwa.gov425-587-3212.

The City Council adopted a Code of Conduct(PDF, 64KB) and Code of Ethics(PDF, 730KB) which all appointed Board and Commission members are asked to sign.

Tourism Development Committee applications(PDF, 18KB) must be submitted to Kathi Anderson, City Clerk, 123 5th Ave, Kirkland WA 98033 or kanderson@kirklandwa.gov.

The Tourism Development Committee position is open until filled.