Local leaders elected to NLTRA Board of Directors

The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association announced six new board members, along with members of a pair of committees.
North Lake Tahoe Resort Association

New board members were announced at Wednesday’s North Lake Tahoe Resort Association board meeting, while members of two new committees with the goal of advising the board on decisions related to use of tourism business improvement district funds were also introduced.


The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association/Chamber of Commerce elected six of the area’s business leaders to join the volunteer board of directors. The new members represent North Shore lodging, food and beverage businesses, Palisades Tahoe ski area, the Resort at Squaw Creek, the Squaw Village Business Association, and an at-large seat. They will each serve a three-year term.

“The NLTRA is focused on fostering economic health, community vitality, and environmental sustainability that benefits local residents, businesses, and visitors, and we’re thrilled to have new business leaders join our board of directors to contribute to these efforts,” said NLTRA CEO Tony Karwowski in a release. “Along with the rest of our board, our new members will have a unique opportunity to make a difference by helping to create a sustainable community, improve opportunities for local businesses, and direct tourism initiatives for the benefit of the greater North Lake Tahoe region.”

New members include:

• North Shore Lodging/Property Management seat: Jill Schott, Tahoe Moon Properties (first term)

• Food & Beverage Businesses At-large seat: Tom Turner, Gar Woods Grill and Pier (returning)

• At-large seat: Dave Wilderotter, Tahoe Dave’s (returning)

• Palisades Tahoe Ski Area: Mike DeGroff (first term)

• Squaw Village Business Association: Dan Tester, Granite Peak Management (returning)

• Resort at Squaw Creek: David Lockard (returning)

The board of directors guides the work of the organization in its responsibilities under the North Lake Tahoe Tourism Business Improvement District. It focuses on destination management and marketing, housing and transportation, and destination stewardship initiatives.

Additionally, the board selected Deirdra Walsh, Northstar California Resort, as chair; Sue Rae Irelan, Placer County, as vice chair; Den Tester, Granite Peak Management, as secretary; and Ray Villaman, Northstar Business Association, as treasurer.


The tourism business improvement district advisory committee was also named and will be responsible for advising the board of directors in implementation of the management district plan as it relates to the total tourism business improvement district budget and how it is allocated and spent.

The committee includes:

• Tom Feiten, Palisades Tahoe

• Jerusha Hall, Northstar California

• Jim Phelan, Tahoe City Marina

• Danny Scott, Restaurant/Northstar/Palisades

• Laurie Munos, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

• Dave Wilderotter, Tahoe Dave’s Skis and Boards

• Johnny Roscher, Za’s

• Katherine Hill, Tahoe Weekly

• John Melrose, Tahoe House


The Zone 1 Advisory Committee was announced as well, and is set up in order to make recommendations on the use and implementation of funds specifically allocated to eastern Placer County lakeside communities. These funds are generated primarily by assessed lakeside lodging businesses. Committee members include:

• Jill Schott, Tahoe Moon Properties

• Haley Packard, Packard Realty

• DJ Ewan, Granlibakken Tahoe

• Alex Mourelatos, Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort

• Connor McCarthy, Homewood Mountain Resort

• Jim Phelan, Tahoe City Marina

• Melissa Siig, Tahoe Art Haus

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