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November 2, 2012 at 7:15am

COMMENT OF THE DAY: Peeking over the Olympia Film Society fence

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Yesterday's comment of the day comes from Great Job who is a little upset over a summer hire at the Olympia Film Society, an organization set on mending fences.

Great Job writes,

Well, they did a great job fixing the situation, because in July they hired Thom Mayes. If anyone had taken the time to check the Lincoln Theatre's 990, a nonprofit's tax return that you can find for free at GuideStar.com, you'd see that Thom left the Lincoln Theatre as their executive director, $50,000 in debt. Debt they did not have prior to Thom's appointment to the organization. Since then, he's jumped positions a few times in a few years, and his background in administration, outside of being an artist, consists of telemarketing for the Seattle opera. I'm not sure why arts organizations are so set to fail. There are so many good, strong, solid people out there and yet, they continue to hire people with little relevant experience, shaky job records and those who leave organizations in worse financial positions than they were found. So, great luck OFS--you'll need it!

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Thom Mayes said on Dec. 05, 2013 at 10:37pm

I feel the need to address a couple of incorrect points made in this comment: - I did indeed oversee the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon, but the debt accumulated by the organization was already there when I took the position in Sept 2009. In fact, during my tenure we reduced the debt by more than 50%, and the organization continues to be on a path towards sustainability and financial health to this day. - My background in administration included more than just telemarketing when OFS made the decision to hire me as their first Executive Director. I have worked with multiple organizations as a staff member, board member, performer and volunteer. Also I have a masters degree in Arts Leadership from Seattle University. I hope any future readers of this post will take these points into account, and continue to look for ways to support the growth of OFS. I believe it is a unique and exciting cultural treasure for the South Sound and has potential for making an even larger impact in the community as it evolves to its next stage as an organization.

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