Darrell Collins is an experienced professional with over 30 years of experience in operations, construction and logistics management. A long-term Seattle resident, Collins career began with C&C Construction, the family business founded in 1969 by his father, Cecil Collins. C&C went on to become one of Seattle’s largest minority-owned construction companies. Darrell served as Vice President, and Project Manager, managing multiple projects and multi-million-dollar budgets.
During his tenure at C&C, Collins became involved in special event management when he was asked to serve as logistics where house manager for the 1990 Goodwill Games. Held in Seattle in the summer of that year, the Goodwill Games were an international sports competition created by Ted Turner in response to the political issues surrounding the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games. Designed to improve dialogue and international relations, over 2,300 athletes from 54 countries competed in a mix of summer and winter events such as baseball, basketball and figure skating.
Still integrally involved with C&C, Collins continued his involvement in international sporting events such as the World University Games, (Buffalo, 1993,) World Cup Soccer, (Chicago, 1994,) and the US Olympic Festival, (Denver, 1995.) Because of his reputation and keen understanding of the operational requirements of multi-venue events, Collins was asked to serve as Program Manager for Logistics Operations for the Centennial Olympic Games, held in Atlanta, Georgia, in the summer of 1996.
When his father retired in 1987, Collins assumed control of C&C Construction and expanded its focus to include operations, finance and conceptual design, and the company became OFC, Inc. OFC, Inc. still specializes in construction management; however, the operational division of the company has continued to expand. OFC now provides program planning and operations management, venue planning and operations, accreditation, access control, security and inventory planning, asset control, warehousing and database management. The OFC Inc. team develops creative and effective solutions to meet client needs in both private and government sectors, and is able to provide personalized services for any sized event, project, conference or function.
OFC, Inc. is certified as a minority-owned business in Washington State and carries an 8(a) certification from the Small Business Administration. Now, OFC, Inc. has graduated from the SBA program.
Bruce worked for an investment banking firm in Solana Beach, rising to First Vice President and Sales Manager due to success selling bond issues to high net worth individuals and loan participations to commercial banks.
Later, Bruce sought opportunities abroad. Seeing value in land ownership. he moved to southern Russia and bought and sold commercial land. By 2010, it was clear that big changes were on the horizon for Sochi and that there was a chance to build an event/destination management company to provide services to companies arriving in advance of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
So, Bruce started Destination Sochi. He wrote and narrated a video channel, a newsletter (Sochi Newsletter) and the content for several websites. Eventually, those efforts paid off and Destination Sochi had contracts for accommodation (long and short term- together with financial management), transportation teams, TV studios, sponsor venues, staffing, interpreters, laundry, entertainment, equipment rental, deliveries, catering and other services. Customers included Volkswagen, Adidas, Avaya, Atos, CBS, Coca-Cola, Deutsche Sports Marketing, the USOC, Audi, TV2 Norway, NRK Norway, DB Schenker, Unusual Rigging, The Big Screen Network, FoxTel Australia and others.
The Destination Sochi staff included 61 accommodation, transportation specialists, interpreters, cleaning crew, laundry teams, drivers and dispatchers. Bruce found and negotiated each contract, provided all solutions and supervised employees. Destination Sochi was recognized as the largest firm of its kind in Sochi.
After Sochi, he was encouraged by customers to operate in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Games. So, he moved his core team to provide the same menu of services as in Sochi. In both countries, there are many operational challenges, with constant scrutiny by tax, banking and other authorities. However, he has the ability to solve those challenges and provide the best service in even the most challenging circumstances.
Bruce returned to the U.S. after completing the Rio project. Since then, he has provided consulting on startup management and events management services. He advised a food byproducts processing company on startup issues and logistics and a startup clothing distributor, among others. Also, he worked with Fasten, a Russian-financed ride-sharing company, based in Boston on special events. Bruce managed all aspects of FastenFest, a music and food festival for 6,200, in Austin, Texas.
Bruce prides himself on his work ethic and dependability.