Just 6 ½ months before their lavish new museum is set to open next to the Tacoma Dome, officials for LeMay–America’s Car Museum have essentially fired the man recently brought to town to run the museum’s day-to-day operations.
Steve Geis, selected in June as LeMay’s chief operating officer, was dismissed from that role last week after Chief Executive Officer David Madeira determined Geis wasn’t a good fit for the job, a member of the museum’s board of directors said today.
The museum board’s Executive Committee agreed with the decision, board member Karl Anderson added.
“He’s a really nice guy,” Anderson said of Geis. “But his experience really was more in visitors’ management. That’s important, but it’s not the kind of COO experience we need.”
Tacoma developer and former City Councilman Paul Miller, who also sits on the museum’s board, will work as acting operations chief until a permanent hire is made, museum officials said.
Geis, who directed operations at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida before coming to Tacoma, did not readily respond to a voice message seeking comment today.
LeMay museum spokesman Scot Keller said today that Geis remains an employee of Delaware North — the Buffalo, N.Y-based hospitality management firm LeMay contracted with in February to help run its museum operations. Read more »