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BUSINESS NEWS Journal photo by Lloyd Mullen Seahawks announcer Randy Rowland speaks during a North Mason County Chamber luncheon Jan. 22, Rowland is the brother of Chamber President Stephanie Rowland, Seahawks announcer promotes listening By LLOYD MULLEN lloyd@masoncounty.com Seahawks stadium announcer Randy Rowland ended last week's chamber lunch by touching on an underlying, essential part of communication, "Communication is not being the mouth," he said. "It's being the eyes -- looking at the person you're talking to and being a heart. Speaking as vulnerably and clearly as you can," he said. Rowland said he likes to put himself in the shoes of whomever he is speaking to, whether it's a football game or encouraging people in the job market. "I love talking to people in different stages of life," he said. The room at the Mary E. Theler Community center was filled with about 80 business leaders, students, and members of the county Jan. 22. All came to see Rowland talk about the fun, chal- lenges and complexities of working in the enter- tainment industry. After the buffet lihes dwindled and guests cleaned their plates, Rowland started to explain the importance of communication. 'rou absolutely have to be in the moment," he said. "My dad used to tell us stories of the past. I love my past, but I'm not that fond of it. I'm look- ing for tomorrow." Rowland said he never auditioned for his job as the Seahawks' announcer. While at a game in 1989, the head of the press department came in and told him that the voice announcer was sick. "I said, 'OK, but I thought I was retired from this,' "he recalled. After that game, he started working as the interim announcer. President of the North Mason County Cham- ber Stephanie Rowland, his sister, invited him to the luncheon. "I've been wanting to bring Randy to our chamber for a long time. He's a very interesting person with a varied career path. I thought our members would find him of interest and it hap- pened that the Seahawks got into the playoffs. It was just extremely lucky timing," she said. Stephanie Rowland said her brother is a su- Business Briefs North Mason Chamber to hold Gala The North Mason Chamber of Commerce will have its annual Gala at Alderbrook Resort & Spa on Feb. 8. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with music from Wilson & Kerr. At 7 p.m., dinner will start with the annual award presentations and Sweet Things Dessert Auction hosted by Jaime Parada and Charles Wilder. Tickets are $60 per peron through Friday, Jan. 31. After Jan. 31, tickets are $70. Rooms are available at a discounted rate by men- tioning "North Mason Chamber Gala." For more information or to RSVP, call Adena Clark at 275-4267 Library schedules business workshop From noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 10, the Shelton Timber- land Library will have a business resources workshop. The workshop will focus on topics that include starting a business, business expansion, market re- search, demographics and competition analyses. Managing Librarian Patty Ayala Ross will host the event. Lunch will be served by the Friends of the Shelton Timberland / William G. Reed Library. Donations are welcome. For more information, go to sheltonchamber.org. Compiled by reporter Lloyd Mul!en premely excellent communicator. She wanted him to share tips on understanding who your au- dience is and being a better listener than speaker. A perk, she said, was that Rowland is a local. "He lives in Tacoma. We grew up around Treasure Island. He's a hometown boy," she said. Though she has been nervous about past speakers, Stephanie Rowland said she had com- plete confidence in her brother. "I was completely in my comfort zone. I knew he was a talent," she said. "Sometimes you might be bringing a speaker you've never heard before and there is this trepidation. I could relax with Randy. There's a confidence level there that was nice to have: It was time to sit back and think, how do I communicate? Do I understand who my customers are?" The North Mason County Chamber meets at the Theler Community Center in Belfair for their monthly luncheon every fourth Thursday of the month. For more information, go to northmasonchamber.com Green alley Rental It's 72 degrees in Green Valley, AZI It is a valley and it is green! Easy in and out from Tucson airport. Fully furnished vacation homes. All you need is your toothbrush. Short or long-term rentals. Negotiable rates from $1,200 (or so) Call (520) 648-5308 or 1031 Mason County Journal - Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 - Page A-17