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Nevada Commission on Tourism selects three candidates to fill director position

Mar 02, 2009

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT) selected three candidates Monday to fill the vacant director’s position and will send the names in a letter to the governor, who makes the final choice.

Commissioners made the selection after interviewing five finalists for the position. Their most recent employment experience and tourism-oriented highlights, as represented in their resumes, are listed below.

Selected were:

Pasquale Barone, former managing director for global sales, Eos Airlines in Purchase, N.Y., December 2006 to May 2008; president of PLJC Consulting, Chicago, which created sales and marketing plans for tour operators; national manager for international leisure sales, United Airlines, Chicago, October 1977 to October 2005. Davenport University, Michigan, domestic and international marketing; fluent in Spanish and conversational French. Residence: Danbury, Conn.

Dann H. Lewis, project manager  for the Transportation and Tourism Research Initiative with the Maine Department of Transportation, February 2007 to February 2008; acting commissioner, Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, January to August 2003; director of tourism, July 1995 to February 2007. Also, director of tourism, deputy commissioner of commerce, I Love NY Campaign, New York State Department of Commerce, 1978-1980; deputy director of tourism and international marketing director, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, 1867-1972. Bachelor of Arts, Dartmouth College; Residence: Brunswick, Maine.

Tom Jensen, Realtor, Windermere Real Estate, South Whidbey Island, Washington, 2005-present; president and co-founder, International tourism Councils, 2001-2004, developing strategic marketing services for international tourism destinations, including Argentina, Vietnam and Peru. Also, director of marketing, Heavenly Ski Resort, 1993-2004, executive director, Ski Lake Tahoe and Sierra Ski Marketing Council, 1988-1993. University of Washington, history major. Residence: Freeland, Wash.

Not selected were:

Charles Pullen, regional account supervisor, Northern California and Nevada, Zimmerman Advertising, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., May 2007 to present; account executive, Reno-Tahoe Visitor in-room tourist book, Reno, October 2006 to May 2007; advertising sales manager, RLIFE Magazine, Reno, July 2006 to April 2007. Also, account executive for DRGM Advertising, Reno, 2000-2006; systems training manager, Silver Legacy Resort Hotel Casino, 1995-2000, and assistant hotel manager, Caesars Palace, 1990-1993. Bachelor of Arts, public relations and business administration, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas. Residence: Reno.

Tamara L. Hollingsworth, general manager, Tahoe Beach & Ski Club, Vacation Resorts International, South Lake Tahoe; 1998-present. Property manager for vacation ownership/resort destination property; general manager for 8,400-member homeowners association; assistant resort manager for Olympic Village Inn, Squaw Valley, 1990-1998. Bachelor of Science in business administration, Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village. Residence: Carson City.

State law provides that in selecting an NCOT director, the 11-member commission shall select three candidates from a pool of applicants and send their names to the governor, who makes the choice. The NCOT director position has been vacant since Tim Maland resigned in September.

The commission voted unanimously among members present, 9-0, to name Barone and Lewis, but disagreed on the third candidate, with five votes for Jensen and four for Pullen. Commissioners decided to rank Lewis and Barone as the top two candidates in the letter to the governor. They selected Jensen after their legal counsel advised that they must send three chosen from the pool of nearly 70 candidates who were vetted since the application deadline last fall.