LTVA elects new officers |

LTVA elects new officers

Jim Rafferty will lead the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority Board of Directors into the next century.

Rafferty, the senior vice president of corporate marketing for Harveys Resort & Casino, was elected chairman of the board on Monday. Debra Howard, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker McKinney & Associates, was elected vice chairwoman, and Bill Chernock, director of marketing for Travel Systems Ltd., was elected treasurer.

Rafferty thanked the board for their vote of support. He said that he looked forward to working with the LTVA staff “when the wrecking ball swings” for the Park Avenue Redevelopment Project in spring 2000. The process will transform the area into a “quality resort.

“I look forward to helping to make that happen.”

“All the economic indicators show that the smart money is on Tahoe. Our future is bright,” said outgoing Chairman Mike Weber, the managing director of Camp Richardson Resort.

Weber, who became chairman in 1997, stepped down because his term with on the South Lake Tahoe Lodging Association Board of Directors is up in December at which time his term as that organization’s representative on the LTVA board will also expire.

Rafferty represents the Lake Tahoe Gaming Alliance on the board, Howard the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and Chernock represents the Tahoe-Douglas Chamber of Commerce.

Board member Don Miner, who represents Douglas County, commended Weber for the successes of the LTVA during his tenure as chairman.

“We’ll see you on the flip flop,” Miner said, referring to the rotating cycles of representation on the LTVA board as well as other boards.

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