Spokane Public Facilities District
Spokane Arena, Spokane Convention Center, First Interstate Center for the Arts People
Marty Dickinson   Marty Dickinson, Chair (2022 – 2023)
Term: December 2020 – 2024
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At the forefront of Spokane’s business and civic organizations, Marty Dickinson has led successful teams across a wide range of industries. Having more than 27 years of marketing, branding, communications and organizational management experience, she is passionate about leading others through change and helping teams look forward.

With expertise in navigating change, leading through uncertainty, and reading an evolving environment, Marty’s success relies on opening her mind to the possibilities the future holds.

As the Chief Marketing Officer at STCU she is responsible for brand marketing, community relations, government affairs and facilities.

Prior to her role at STCU Marty served as executive vice president of culture enhancement at Umpqua Bank she was responsible for integrating 4,500 associates into the bank’s iconic and progressive culture while also constantly evolving it to align with the bank’s mission and vision. In addition, she led the organization efforts of associates and processes with the bank’s growth strategy and customer experience.

A native of Spokane, Marty is equally passionate about her hometown. Before joining Sterling Bank now Umpqua Bank in 2011, Marty served as the president of the Downtown Spokane Partnership for six years, where she helped attract more than $3 billion in urban reinvestment to enhance Spokane’s downtown district. Her private sector work includes key management and high-level marketing roles in the telecommunications industry at NEXTLINK, XO Communications, Cellular One and AT&T Wireless.

All of Marty’s experiences have shaped her flexible and open-minded management style and demonstrated how organizational changes can bring opportunities for professional growth. She is a frequent public speaker on the topics of branding and marketing, organizational management, motivating teams and managing the work/life balance.

Marty has been featured in the regional and national press. The Inland Catalyst named Marty one of Spokane’s Top 20 Under 40 in 2009. Marty’s American Banker op-ed, “Branding a Turnaround,” was named as one of the top 10 contributed articles in 2013.  Marty has also been named Spokane’s Power 50- most influential people on multiple occasions and as recently as 2017. In 2015 Marty was honored and awarded the highly esteemed YWCA Woman of Achievement award.

A graduate of Washington State University, Marty serves as Chair of Washington State University Board of Regents, Chair of the Public Facilities District Board of Directors, State of Washington Regence/Blue Shield Foundation Board, and Executive Board member of the Association of Washington Businesses.

Paul Read   Paul Read, Vice Chair (2022 – 2023)
Term: October 2021 – 2025
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Paul Read is publisher of the Journal of Business, a business newspaper that serves the greater Spokane-Coeur d’Alene market. Paul has been with the Journal since it was founded in 1986 and has been involved in the coverage of business news in Spokane for about 37 years. Prior to being named publisher in 2012, he held the positions of managing editor, assistant editor, and operations manager.

A Spokane native, Paul is a proud graduate of Eastern Washington University.

He currently serves on the boards of Greater Spokane Incorporated (Chair), the Spokane Public Facilities District, Boy Scouts of America INW Council (Past President), the Association of Washington Business, and the Spokane-Kootenai Real Estate Research Committee (Past Chair), as well as the Eastern Washington University President’s Regional Advisory Council and chairman of the United Way of Spokane County CEO Search Committee.

He is a past chairman of United Way of Spokane County, past president of the national Alliance of Area Business Publishers, past vice-chairman of Visit Spokane, past president of the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, past treasurer of the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce, and past chairman of the Children’s Home Society of Washington, as well as an elder at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church.

Paul is a recipient of the King Cole Liminary Award, by Leadership Spokane, and the Silver Beaver Award for volunteers, by Boy Scouts of America.

Nathaniel Greene, Chair   Nathaniel Greene
Term: September 2019 – 2023
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Mr. Nathaniel Greene is the former president and owner of former Empire Ford automobile dealership in downtown Spokane, which he had owned for 21 years. Mr. Greene is involved in numerous professional, as well as community-based groups and organization. He is Vice Chair on the Board of the Washington Economic Development Funding Authority. He also has been an active participant in the fund-raising activities of Talladega College's Western Region Alumni Association. Nate is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Discovery School and the Executive Director for The Ministry Institute at Gonzaga University.

Ed Bruya   Ed Bruya
Term: October 2021 – 2025
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Ed Bruya is a former litigation attorney who represented health care providers and catastrophic personal injury.  Mr. Bruya has been and is currently involved in numerous professional and community-based organizations.  As a lifelong community member, Ed brings a strong passion and commitment to our city and wants to see Spokane reach its full potential. Mr. Bruya is a University of Washington graduate with an JD/MBA from Gonzaga University.  He is currently managing and developing real estate in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

Harry Sladich   Harry Sladich
Term: January 2022 – 2026
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Sladich serves as Chief Development Officer and owner of GoJoe Patrol, a private security company he create in 2010. Go Joe Patrol employs over 100 full time employees in Spokane County and is franchising the concept Nationwide.

Prior to his full-time involvement in his company, Sladich was Chief Operating Officer for RLH (Red Lion Hotels Corporation) and oversaw the companywide franchise sales, operations, and owner initiatives for more than 1,100 hotels in the United States and in Canada.

Sladich served on two prominent national tourism industry boards, including the U.S. Travel Association and Destination & Travel Foundation Board of Trustees. Additionally, former Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire appointed Sladich to the Motion Picture Competitiveness board and to Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center and PFD Board of Directors where he sat on the Expansion Committee and was Chair of the Marketing Committee.

A long-time veteran of the hospitality industry, Sladich has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Spokane Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) where he played a key role in selling the City of Spokane Washington and its assets to prospective meeting planners, associations, sporting events and individual travelers.

In addition, Sladich has extensive experience in hotel operations & sales overseeing 26 owned and managed hotels for RLHC along with the corporation’s Global Sales team. He has also served in the capacity of Vice President, Regional Operations Manager, VP of Sales, General Manager, and other front-line positions with extensive experience in rooms division, sales and food and beverage. Sladich has worked for hotel developers and operators of multiple franchises nationwide including Sheraton, IHG, Hilton and Choice Hotels.

Sladich has been involved with many non-profits in Spokane as past Chair of the Boys and Girls Club and Board member for the Children’s Miracle Network, Mobius Science Center, GSI, SSYP and the Spokane Club.


SPFD Staff


Founding Board Members

  • Tanya Guenther
  • Carl Lind
  • Jim Ray
  • Dave Robinson
  • Jim Williams

Former Board Members

  • Ed Clark
  • Cal Clausen
  • Judy Cole
  • Shaun Cross
  • Lynn Ericksen
  • Rick LaFleur
  • Trish McFarland
  • Roger Paine
  • Tom Power
  • Rita Santillanes
  • Erik Skaggs
  • John Taffin
  • Sandra Wade
  • Bill Williams, Jr.
  • Walt Worthy
  • Mick McDowell
  • Larry Soehren
  • Travis Tramp


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