North Lake Tahoe tourism organization launches search for new leader |

North Lake Tahoe tourism organization launches search for new leader

Matthew Renda

TAHOE CITY, Calif. – A local travel association has enlisted the help of an executive recruiting firm in the quest to locate a new leader.

SearchWide, a Minnesota firm which specializes in tourism and travel industry-related executive recruiting, will generate a list of candidates to assume the role of executive director of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, after Steve Teshara vacated the post in late April following a seven-year stint.

“SearchWide is assisting us in finding the best possible candidates to move the NLTRA forward in achieving world-class destination resort status,” said NLTRA Board President Alex Mourelatos, who added that local and national candidates will be considered.

“This position is extremely important in terms of the number of relationships the executive director will be expected to foster and maintain,” he said.

The individual must be a competent manager of resources, a steward of public dollars, an eloquent spokesperson for the business community on the North Shore and a liaison between that community and the numerous local, county, state and federal agencies that operate in the basin, Mourelatos said.

NLTRA generates funds by assessing transient occupancy tax on hospitality facilities, including hotels, motels and vacations rentals. Those funds are then directed to regional marketing campaigns and capital projects pertaining to improvement of the core tourist infrastructure such as bike paths, or improvements to business corridors in communities on the North Shore, Mourelatos said.

The time frame for the hire of the executive director, while tentative, dictates that a candidate list be finalized by late November, with interviews to occur in December, and the announcement of the new leader to follow in January, Mourelatos said.

NLTRA board of directors have identified a subcommittee to review the potential hire, which will provide the board with a recommendation to be approved or denied, Mourelatos said.

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