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Our Team

Jared Garrison, Executive Director

Jared Garrison was born and raised in Marion and a graduate of Oklahoma City University, where he graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Musical Theater.  Jared has worked professionally both on and off stage and most recently, lived in New York City.  Jared worked for many years in the event industry and was one of New York’s premier event planners at a very high end company, planning numerous events for New York Socialites and Celebrities. Life brought Jared back to Marion where he has settled in as Executive Director of The Pavilion.  As Executive Director, he is responsible for all aspects of the operation of The Pavilion.  Jared serves on the Board of Directors for the Williamson County Tourism Bureau and is on the Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as well as serving on many committees for the Marion Chamber.  Jared’s passion for musical theater keeps him very active in the Southern Illinois Theater Community.  Most recently he was the Emcee in Cabaret and is currently in rehearsals for Avenue Q.  In addition to performing, he is the President of Kre8ive Fine Arts Academy, an arts related 501 (c)(3) for children ages 6 through 18.  In his free time, Jared enjoys gardening, reading, spending time with friends, hammock camping, spending time with his dog, Mr. Parker and running (he recently ran his first half marathon – – The Star Wars – The Dark Side Half Marathon at Disney World).  

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Jeff Keasler-Bird, Administrative Assistant

Jeff is the newest member of The Pavilion family, joining us to help coordinate the scheduling of events, and daily office duties at the facility.  Jeff grew up in Indianapolis, IN and moved to Southern Illinois in 2008 to be closer to family.  He attended Southeastern Illinois College where he studied Theater Arts.  He has been an active member in the Southern Illinois region’s community theater scene, where he has worked both on and off stage in many different capacities from stage management to acting.  He has worked with a number of the area’s community theater groups, including the creation of his own organization (13Theatrics), and has always had a passion for the arts and entertainment industry.  He currently sits on the council for the Jackson County Stage Company.  Jeff is excited join the Pavilion team and bring his production management knowledge to the event hosting side of things.


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David Wade, Logistics Liaison

David Wade is a native of Herrin and is a graduate of Herrin High School. David joined The Pavilion staff in October 2013 and brings many years experience and excellent customer service to Southern Illinois’ premier event center.  As one of two maintenance staff at The Pavilion, David works to keep our facility safe, secure, warm and inviting and is responsible for over-seeing and properly executing every event setup.  Prior to joining our staff, David was employed for 26 years at Maytag.  David has one daughter, Jessica and son-in-law, Brock.  In his spare time, David looks forward to spending time with his grandchildren, Cohen, Grier and Adalynn and also enjoys hunting and fishing. 

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Charles Jarvis, Venue Coordinator 

Charles Jarvis is a native of Herrin, IL and is the most recent addition to our staff.  Charles has 20 plus years working in the maintenance field and is excited to be working at The Pavilion where he can practice his trade all-the-while making a difference in other people’s lives.  As one of two maintenance staff at The Pavilion, Charles works to keep our facility safe, secure, warm and inviting and is responsible for properly executing every event setup.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors.  He is an avid fisherman (when the fish are biting) and loves to golf.  To relax, Charles loves to oil paint snow-scapes and spend time with his wife, Peggy.

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