Ocean Shores hires a new marketing manager

For the third time this year, the Ocean Shores City Council will have to fill a vacant seat at the table.

Diane Solem has given up her seat on the Ocean Shores City Council in order to take a job with the city as its new sales and marketing manager, charged with expanding business for the city and the Convention Center.

Solem, who was appointed in April to fill the seat of the late Robert Crumpacker, will start her new job Oct. 1, and it will pay $55,000 a year.

Before moving to Ocean Shores, she retired as vice president of Vertical Marketing Network, which she said on her application is one of the top 50 marketing companies in the country. She also spent 11 years at another national agency, Gage Marketing, where she worked on accounts for Baskin Robbins and Lipton.

Her work at Vertical Marketing included nine years as head of the account for Warner Bros. theatrical home entertainment division. As part of her council application letter submitted earlier in the year, Solem said she would “love to work hand-in-hand with the hotels and businesses on a research and outreach initiative in conjunction with the city’s tourism goals.”

Solem also has been a past chair of the KOSW radio board for the city.

“I look forward to continue working with the city and I’m exited about the new possibilities this will bring,” Solem said. “I have enjoyed working on the Council immensely.”