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The Center For Wooden Boats Announces Expanded Roles for Key Staff

January 12, 2012

The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) is pleased to announce two staff promotions, effective in January 2012.   Eldon Tam has been promoted to the post of Deputy Director, and Andrew Washburn, while continuing in the role as CWB’s Cama Beach Manager, is stepping up to become Historical Projects Manager for the entire museum.

“We have seen tremendous growth over the last several years in our programs and multiple campuses.  I couldn’t be more excited about this new leadership as we step into the opportunities that lie ahead,” said CWB’s Executive Director Betsy Davis. “Eldon and Andrew have shown incredible dedication to CWB’s mission, to the experience of each and every visitor, to the needs of our volunteers and donors, and to the development of our staff.”

Tam, who has served as Operations Manager at the Seattle Museum since 2005 has been promoted to Deputy Director where he will oversee the operations of CWB’s growing operations in Lake Union Park and coordinate planning for CWB’s new Education Center in the Park.   Tam will also continue to direct CWB’s annual Lake Union Wooden Boats Festival over 4th of July weekend with upwards of 35,000 attendees.

Washburn’s new role as CWB’s Cama Beach and Historical Projects Manager reinforces CWB’s commitment to preserving and telling the stories of this region’s history.  Washburn, a 2007 Masters graduate of San Francisco State University School of Museology/Museum Studies, will continue to lead the development of CWB’s programs at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island – the last of Puget Sound’s fishing resorts that once lined the region’s shores.  In his new role as Historic Projects Manager Andrew will lead historical research and exhibit planning, and oversee CWB’s collection of historic watercraft.

“Eldon and Andrew have the passion, persistence, patience and leadership skills needed to succeed in their new roles,” said Dick Wagner, Founding Director of The Center for Wooden Boats. “I’m confident they will keep CWB on course.”

About The Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats, founded in 1976, provides a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along to future generations. CWB, with locations on Lake Union in Seattle and at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, engages visitors in whole body learning by putting the historic boats, oars and paddles, sails and tools in the hands of people who visit.

Note to editors: For more information about what is happening at CWB visit our website, and check in at our blog; Bearings, at .  For additional assistance, and information about radio and television recording at CWB, journalists should contact Dan Leach at 206-382-2628

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