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ARTHUR, ARTHUR: GRIFFITHS LEAVES ORCA BAY
Published November 10, 1997
Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment Vice Chair Arthur Griffiths, "the man who built and once owned GM Place and all the that call it home," confirmed Friday that he is leaving the company, according to Mark Hume of the VANCOUVER SUN. Griffiths will move on to "cultivate new business interests" and "head a bid to bring the 2010 Winter Olympics to Vancouver and Whistler." He said he agreed to move after discussions with Orca Bay officials a month ago. Griffiths: "It was mutually agreed. ... This is a delicate situation -- but it works for me." Orca Bay VP/ Communications Kevin Gass "denied Griffiths was asked to leave." Gass: "Basically, Arthur decided, given a number of factors, that he would relocate." Orca Bay President & CEO Stephen Bellringer will move into Griffiths' office (VANCOUVER SUN, 11/8). Griffiths: "I didn't think there was any point in fighting it." In Vancouver, columnist Gary Mason: "[G]riffiths was not an Orca Bay guy. Ever. He was a holdover from the mom and pop operation he ran. When Vancouver was a little more innocent. Griffiths always looked out of place among the suave, young Seattle yuppies that came in to run the show" (VANCOUVER SUN, 11/8).