In the 1980s, Dan Eernissee helped the University of Washington Huskies earn trips to two Rose Bowls, two Aloha Bowls, and one infamous Orange Bowl.
Since then, his career has changed with just about every decade of his life; from a church pastor, to real estate development, to municipal administration when he landed a job in the City of Shoreline’s economic development department eight years ago. Finally, Eernissee landed in Everett as the city’s director of economic development.
Eernissee’s office reflects each decade of his career hearkening back to his UW days, as well as his artistic and easygoing personality.
- A Conversation Piece
Eernissee rescued a more than 100-year-old table from the city’s surplus warehouse and topped it with a 5-foot aerial photo of the City of Everett. He said the table is a conversation starter, as well as an ideal spot for collaboration.
This Mr. Incredible Funko Pop! figure, which sits on his desk, perfectly encapsulates Eernissee’s love of all things Disney (he owns a Walt Disney World timeshare), while also showing pride for the Everett-based toy maker, which is located just down the street.
Rolling with the Punches
“Bozo is a metaphor of the life of a real estate developer/economic development director,” Eernisseee said of his unusual office mate. “Someone or something punches you in the nose daily with a ‘no,’ but we pop right back up with a smile and a new solution.”
Tried and True
“In 1985, I bought an original 128K Mac computer and a spiral notebook from the UW Bookstore. While my computers are quickly outdated, I still use the identical UW notebook which I now buy by the case,” the former UW football center said of his go-to office supply.