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A little about your Utah for 2019 Bid Team...
Our Process Advisors:
Bobbi Armbruster Dave Gallaher Bruce Farr Mike Willmoth Patty Wells
Ben Hatcher - Bid Chair
Taught to read by his oldest sister who read him Star Trek novels, Ben is an avowed fan of both Science Fiction and Fantasy. His first convention was the only visit of Doctor Who to South Carolina in the mid-eighties. Later on, he attended and supported Gen Con, Origins, and the Star Wars 30th Anniversary Convention in Los Angeles, followed by two separate LTUE's and Westercon 67. Ben is also a long term online player of White Wolf's World of Darkness role-playing games, and online GM.
He stays current with computer hardware, time permitting, and still has written permission from BBC to build his very own TARDIS computer. Ben is also a retired medieval weapon smith and armorer who swears his most popular selling item was the Klingon Bat'leth. Currently he works on his fan fiction writing as well doing research for an original novel.
Dave Doering - Bid Treasurer/Advisor
Dave Doering is a life-long fan, even though he didn't discover fandom until he attended Brigham Young University. There he founded the student SF/F journal The Leading Edge, one of the oldest such continuously published in the country. He also founded Life, the Universe, and Everything, the annual writer/creator con held in Provo with over 1600 attending. He was chair of Costume Con 23 and Westercon 67 as well as served on staff for Conduit, Norwescon, and Sasquan.
Kevin Rice - Webmaster/Wolfsinger
Godfather to the Ireland giggle factory, Wolfsinger’s main goals include keeping Kate’s websites from imploding when she screws them up in the name of learning, and eating steak dinners for life. Working on his Bachelors in IT, he has an AA in computer science and multiple certifications. He has worked in the tech industry for over 25 years, and currently is a software engineer at ProShip.
Wolfsinger has enjoyed being a part of furry fandom since his teens. He has attended Midwest Furfest, Anthrocon, Gencon, Rainfurrest, Steamposium, and Fursquared. One of his goals is to get Westercon to Wisconsin so he doesn't have to help with Dave Doering and Kate Hatcher's conventions when they are all in Utah.
Kate Hatcher - Bid Vice Chair
Kate Hatcher (Isn't brought in last minute yay!) is a writer, disability advocate, RPG fan, customer service guru, voracious reader, world-builder and stay-at-home mother of an autistic giggle factory named Ireland. She majored in music theory and history at college and carries experience with lifestyle differences.
Her first RPG character in the ’80s kicked a bad guy where it counts. After rolling 4 (D-6) and re-rolling successes, the table group groaned, protected their characters’ anatomies and pushed her to run online tabletop games. She met her husband Ben as her vampire erased his character’s memory and they stuck like fan-glue for the last fourteen years. Kate is often pulled into conventions last minute to help, which earned her the nickname of ‘Igor’. Certified to run the floor of a hospital, she volunteered with Westercon 67, LTUE (Life, the Universe and Everything), Salt Lake Comic Con and is currently helping Westercon 70 and Worldcon 76.
Charles Galway - Westercon Bid Committee
Charles delved into fandom in the 1970’s with Utah’s first Star Trek and Science Fiction conventions. He became involved with the next three cons (Intervention) and attended his first Westercons in 1978 & 1979. His first Worldcon was Iguanacon in 1978 in Phoenix. He has volunteered at 25 local CONduits, the joint CONduit & Westercon in 2014, and was an assistant chair for Costumecon 23 in Ogden, Utah.
Charles worked in an engineering research lab in his spare time while getting a bio-degree and an MA in Education. He participates and works at ‘Make Salt Lake’ (a makerspace workshop) and enjoys helping bellydance shows with lighting, performing and assistant event tech. He was involved with the local Society for Creative Anachronism shire and Barony Loch Salaan.
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