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Commissioners to consider TDVA appointment

Douglas Commissioners will consider the appointment of the Lakeside Inn and Casino’s innovation and marketing director to the Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority Board of Commissioners.

Todd Majoris could become the fifth TDVA board member when county commissioners meet Thursday.

Assembly Bill 616, which created the TDVA to oversee the distribution of Tahoe Township room tax dollars, states the board should be comprised of a representative from each of the four greatest revenue-producing South Shore casinos and one county commissioner. Changes at the Horizon Casino Resort have halted the casino’s participation in the TDVA. The vacancy was created when Sandy Hoy, former director of marketing, recently left the Horizon and the TDVA board.

“(Lake Tahoe Gaming) Alliance representatives have discussed this matter with Mr. Howard Reinhardt, the Horizon’s new vice president and general manager,” Pat Dennehy, senior vice president and general manager of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and president of the board of directors of the Gaming Alliance, wrote in a Jan. 14 letter to the TDVA board. “As there are presently a number of other new staff members and ongoing changes at the Horizon, Howard has indicated that his nomination, for at least an interim period, will be Mr. Todd Majoris.”

Steve Teshara, executive director of the TDVA, said the Horizon is required to nominate a board member, but that board member does not necessarily have to be from the Horizon.

Dennehy’s letter said Majoris is familiar with the TDVA structure and its plans to market tourism when it begins to receive county room tax funding this summer.

Majoris, a graduate of Sierra Nevada College at Incline Village, has been at the Lakeside since July 1990 and on South Shore since 1986.

Majoris has served on the Tahoe Douglas Chamber of Commerce board of directors for four years and is the current vice president.

He also serves on the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority’s marketing committee and has helped plan the TDVA’s strategic marketing plan.

The TDVA board – which currently consists of Harveys representative Kevin Servatius, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe representative Skip Sayre, Caesars Tahoe representative Mel Thomas and Douglas Commissioner Don Miner – nominated Majoris at its January meeting.

Should county commissioners approve the appointment, Majoris will begin his TDVA tenure at the authority’s Feb. 10 meeting.

Who: Douglas County Commissioners

When: 1 p.m., Thursday (legislative informational hearing at 8 a.m. in Room 3138 of the Nevada Legislative Building in Carson City)

Where: Valley Administration Building, 1616 8th St., Minden

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