Pfister excited to take on Centennial Hall

Parks & Rec officer to serve as facility's new manager

Posted: Friday, March 04, 2011

A familiar Juneau face will soon be frequenting Centennial Hall as its new manager.

Steven Pfister, currently an administrative officer for Parks and Recreation, will be taking on a larger role within the hospitality and entertainment sector starting March 14.

“I think it’s a good fit for me,” he said. “I’ve been involved in tourism, owned and operated my own restaurant. I did coffee house concerts in my business. I’m just really excited about the challenge.”

He’s also excited about the change of pace.

“It’s a position where you’re really on your feet,” Pfister said. “I’ll be working with the caterers, the users. It’s marketing, there’s a lot of unique things about the job that sparked my interest. I hope I can make a difference in the community.”

Pfister’s goals for the facility primarily focus on improvements.

“I would like to look at what we already do at Centennial Hall and improve (those things),” he said. “That might be customer service, cleanliness. Enhancing services really says it all. I will look at what we’re doing now and how to do it better. I definitely would like to increase revenues for the facility and look locally. I would like to try to get more local businesses to use the facility.”

Pfister became more interested with Centennial Hall as part of his job is budgeting, and that includes the Centennial Hall budget and handling being between managers.

Aside from Parks and Recreation, Pfister also worked with the city for the Community Development department in the same role. Prior to working with the city he owned and operated Valentine’s Coffee House until he closed it to work with TEMSCO Helicopters as a tour manager. He also worked with an electric business for many years and got an economics degree with Portland State University.

“I’m excited,” Pfister said. “I want to make a change. I want to make a difference in the community. I want that to be the heart of the community. I want people to go away with a good experience. Hopefully I can do that. I’m really excited about the challenge. It fits my personality and my background a little bit more.”

Marc Matsil, parks and recreation director, made the announcement Thursday and thanked Derron Peterson for serving as acting manager for the past three months.

• Contact reporter Sarah Day at 523-2279 or at

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