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Lake Tahoe resort manager among tourism chief finalists

The Associated Press

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE “-A state panel Wednesday named a South Lake Tahoe resort manager and five other finalists for the post of Nevada tourism director ” and the candidate that Gov. Jim Gibbons appointed last month wasn’t on the list.

Tamara Hollingsworth, general manager of the Tahoe Beach and Ski Club and property manager for Vacation Resorts International in South Lake Tahoe is on the list.

Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, who chairs the state Tourism Commission, said the panel previously decided that the application submitted by Kirk Montero, Gibbons’ choice, was late and so he wasn’t considered for the $117,000-a-year position.

“The commission decided that it was going to commit to decisions it already had made,” Krolicki said after Wednesday’s meeting, adding that Montero “was never properly on the list. We had that discussion several weeks ago.”

Gibbons announced in late December that Montero had the job, despite a state law that requires an appointee from a list of three finalists chosen by the commission. On Jan. 2 the governor said he accepted the commission decision to exclude Montero, but challenged Krolicki’s statement that Montero’s application was submitted late.

When the Tourism Commission rejected Montero’s appointment earlier this month by voting to continue its search, one panel member, Ryan Sheltra, said Montero, station manager for US Airways at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, “would not have made it into my top 10” list of contenders.

Krolicki said Wednesday that the commission will begin interviewing the six finalists as early as next Wednesday, but it may be some time before the list is narrowed to three. In all, 67 people applied for the position.

Besides Hollingsworth, the five other finalists include Pasquale Barone, managing director of global sales for Eos Airlines in New York; Kim Stoll, corporate director of marketing, advertising and publicity for the Peppermill Resort in Reno; Dann Lewis, former project manager for transportation and tourism initiatives in the Maine Department of Transportation; Tom Jensen, Realtor with Windermere Real Estate in Washington state; and Charles Pullen, regional account supervisior for Zimmerman Advertising in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


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