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Mike D. Kobluk

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Background Information

Employment History

McDonald's

Certified Facilities

CFE

Home

Director of Entertainment Facilities

The City of Spokane incorporated

Director of Performing and Visual Arts

Spokane's World's Fair, Expo 74

President

International Association of Assembly Managers , Inc.

Administrator

Gonzaga University

Director of Spokane Opera House

Folk Era Records

Entertainment Manager

Brand X Internet LLC

Affiliations

Original Member
Chad Mitchell Trio

Trustee
Fox Theater

Founding Member of the Chad Mitchell Trio As Well As Manager
Spokane Opera House & Convention Center

Education

Web References (49 Total References)


Marina City Online - History - Famous Marina City residents

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In June 1967, they took over the lease of Mike Kobluk (see below), an original member of Chad Mitchell Trio.

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Photo by Mike Kobluk
(Above) This photograph by Mike Kobluk shows John Denver playing a guitar inside a Marina City apartment in June 1967.
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Mike Kobluk
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Mike Kobluk
Kobluk (left in photo) was an original member of Chad Mitchell Trio, a popular folk music group in the 1960s known for social commentary.
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Born in 1937 in British Columbia, Mike moved to Chicago in 1963. He and his wife, Clare (right in photo), lived in unit 4707 in the west tower at Marina City from 1963 to 1967.
Kobluk says when they moved in, theirs was the only completed unit on the floor.
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Kobluk continued to perform with the trio until 1968. He currently lives in Spokane.


If Mike Kobluk hadn’t ...

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If Mike Kobluk hadn’t been president of the International Association of Venue Managers in 1990-91, his second in command, Kevin Twohig, might never have discovered his lifestyle career in arena management. “My history starts with Mike Kobluk,” said Twohig, CEO, Spokane (Wash.) Public Facilities District and 2011 recipient of the IAVM’s most prestigious award, The Charles A. McElravy Award.

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Quite appropriately, Kobluk will present the award to Twohig on July 25 in Phoenix during IAVM’s VenueConnect. The short story is that Kobluk’s duties as IAVM president (back then it was IAAM), kept him on the road a lot, leaving Twohig to make the decisions at the venues back home.
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The answer was to make it about leadership. And it all started when Kobluk was IAAM president and Twohig was the only one home in Spokane to handle the HR issues and the politics that had always been Kobluk’s perview. “Mike was really the one who let me figure out that I would really enjoy the business and would be challenged by it and that it really was a profession,” Twohig said. Twohig sees his calling as clearly event driven. “Saturday night we had a football game and I was checking in with the people in the building, our people, the team owners, and everyone here.
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The answer was to make it about leadership. And it all started when Kobluk was IAAM president and Twohig was the only one home in Spokane to handle the HR issues and the politics that had always been Kobluk’s perview. “Mike was really the one who let me figure out that I would really enjoy the business and would be challenged by it and that it really was a profession,” Twohig said. Twohig sees his calling as clearly event driven. “Saturday night we had a football game and I was checking in with the people in the building, our people, the team owners, and everyone here.
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Truth be told, Second Wind was about the only concert sound and light company in the Northwest at the time, which is why Twohig founded the firm. After the fair, Kobluk was hired to run the city-owned Spokane Opera House.
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Kobluk needed an operations manager.
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When the new $50 million, 12,000-seat Spokane Arena was built, Kobluk stayed with the existing venues and Twohig took over just the arena.
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Ten years ago, Kobluk retired and Twohig was tapped to manage all city-owned venues. A major lesson he’s taken to heart from his number one mentor, Kobluk, is to “hire the best people I can, give them the best training I can and provide any mentoring I can, but probably the most important thing to do is get out of their way and let them do it on their own.
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Ten years ago, Kobluk retired and Twohig was tapped to manage all city-owned venues. A major lesson he’s taken to heart from his number one mentor, Kobluk, is to “hire the best people I can, give them the best training I can and provide any mentoring I can, but probably the most important thing to do is get out of their way and let them do it on their own.
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I pulled rank on Mike and I was able to get her to come work for me,” Mayne remembered. “It was a smart decision. She anticipated my needs; she kept me on track; she made me think about things that should be on my radar; and she was always helpful finding a solution.” When Mayne left to run the American Airlines Center in Dallas, he tried to lure her to relocate with him, but he knew she wouldn’t be able to uproot her family and start over in Texas. Instead she went back to working with Ryan and O’Donnell, taking over more and more of the booking calendar. “It was funny how Michael (O’Donnell) and I kept the calendar full,” she remembers. “He would work on the shows he knew, and I would work with a lot of the acts.


Folk Era Records

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Mike Kobluk and Joe Frazier left the music industry, while Chad Mitchell himself released a number of solo albums before retiring from music, and Mitchell Trio alumi John Denver went on to his own superstar career.

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Fortunately for their many fans, Mike, Joe, Chad, and John Denver all reunited in 1987 for several concerts, which were recorded and are now available on Folk Era.
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Chad is currently at home in Spokane, Washington, living only a few blocks away from friend and fellow Trio member, Mike Kobluk.
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Mike Kobluk - Director of Spokane Opera House and Stadium Born in British Columbia, Mike developed his fondness for singing in high school. However it wasn't until he met Chad Mitchell at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, that the spark turned to flames. Though he had never seriously considered a musical career due to his love for math and writing, he was soon singing at venues across Spokane.
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Mike was the last remaining original member when the Trio disbanded in 1968. Since 1974, Mike has lived and worked in Spokane as Director of the city's Opera House, Stadium, Coliseum, and Convention Center. Going over the Trio's repertoire after 20 years, Mike commented that "You begin to hear things that you didn't hear when you were living the material...a lot of things that are really special."


Mike D. Kobluk, CFE ...

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Mike D. Kobluk, CFE


Trail Historical Society - Displays & Programs

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Mike Kobluk, a founding member of the trio, was a Trail native.

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