Michael Yates - Outdoor Product Consultant
Prior to joining Buell Recreation, Michael worked with the US Navy's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department for 12 years, where he started as an intern while obtaining his Recreation Administration degree at San Diego State University. While working with the military, Michael managed numerous facilities, projects and special events ranging from Child and Youth Programs, Athletics Complexes, Outdoor Recreation Areas, and special events which attracted 5,000+ attendees. One of his largest takeaways from these positions has been learning to work with a wide variety of people from various backgrounds to accomplish a goal. Michael’s career took him overseas for 7 years while working in Youth Programs and managing Carney Park in Naples, Italy. He is very thankful for that opportunity to travel immensely, eat well, and visit many unique parks and open spaces throughout Europe and parts of Africa.
Michael arrived in Everett, WA to manage Jim Creek Recreation Area and has enjoyed the sites and opportunities found within that region. He has met some great people through his involvement with his community, overseeing the Bayside Neighborhood P-Patch and enjoys spending time with his wife and dog. Michael enjoys the ability to support a wide variety of projects that bring their own unique needs and resources the most about being the Outdoor Project Consultant for the Puget Sound Region. When working with schools, communities and organizations, some instances require a customer to be led through the process from start to finish. Other clients have a very specific goal in mind, and he views his role to be supportive and make suggestions in order to get them what they envision. Michael says the best part of being in the Playground industry, is that it forces you to also re-think things from a child's perspective.
Contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org.