Visit Truckee-Tahoe welcomes 2 new board members

Staff Report
The two new board members are Charles Haber and Kerrie Racicot-Baitx.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Visit Truckee-Tahoe has two new board members who have over four decades of tourism industry experience, the agency announced on Wednesday.

Charles Haber and Kerrie Racicot-Baitx are the two new members who will join Chair Jim Winterberger, Secretary Shelly Braden, and Dave Polivy on the five-member board.

The organization oversees a Destination Promotion and Management Plan as funded by the 1.25% lodging tourism fee known as the Truckee Tourism Business Improvement District. 

Haber, general manager of the 109 room Tahoe-Truckee Hampton Inn & Suites, brings 30 years of flagship, loyalty-brand hotel experience including Hilton, Sheraton and Crowne Plaza. Haber has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to leadership, previously serving on the American Red Cross Board in Guam and in officer board roles for two California tourism authority boards who also manage funding from tourism business improvement districts. 

“With a highly diverse and experienced background in economic challenges of the past three decades, Charles brings seasoned experience to the VTT Board,” said VTT Board Chair Jim Winterberger, President/Partner of Tahoe Getaways.

As one of the larger employers for Truckee, Haber believes it is paramount that the business community keeps wages up given rising prices and that we all work unwaveringly towards creating affordable workforce housing in addition to efficient, climate-friendly public transportation. Haber trains his staff to be sustainably-minded Truckee ambassadors. 

Racicot-Baitx has co-owned for 10-years Tahoe Truckee Vacation Properties, a local, family-owned property management company with six employees. Racicot-Baitx and her team manage 160 Truckee and North Lake Tahoe properties, ranging from vacation rentals to ski leases. Kerrie also works with Landing Locals, having recently referred several homes for conversion to long-term housing, and reports that the majority of Tahoe Truckee Vacation Properties’ long-term rental inventory is rented to the local workforce.

In addition to eyes and ears on short-term rental rules and regulations, Racicot-Baitx also has an environmental engineering degree specializing in sustainability. 

“As a longtime Truckee local, Kerrie is keenly aware of the importance of balancing her hometown’s tourism economy with a healthy community, a vital perspective for VTT leadership,” said Shelly Braden, board secretary and senior sales executive for Vacasa.

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Source: Visit Truckee-Tahoe

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