For more information contact:
Durango Area Tourism Office: John Cohen, Executive Director,
111 S. Camino Del Rio – Durango, CO 81303 1-800-GO DURANGO, 1-800-525-8855, www.durango.org
Media contact: Anne Barney, firstname.lastname@example.org, (970)749-0991, (970)247-3500
February 15, 2008--For Immediate Release
Durango, Colo--The Durango Area Tourism Office (DATO) announces the election of seven new or re-elected Board of Directors members with terms starting January 1, 2009.
Three members have been re-elected to the Board. These members include:
Gary Penington, Fort Lewis College/Southwest Video Production - Special Events and Entertainment Attractions
Pat Armstrong, Bear Paw Lodge at Vallecito Lake - Specialty Lodging
Jeff Murray, Durango Harley Davidson - Tourism Related Retail.
New Board members include:
Kirk Komick, Leland House Bed and Breakfast & Rochester Hotel - Hospitality/Lodging Industry
Kris Oyler, Steamworks Brewing Co. - Restaurant Industry
Sven Brunso, Durango Mountain Resort - Winter Recreation Industry
Bob Kunkel, Business Improvement District –City of Durango Representative
Current Board members include:
Susan Lander, Music in the Mountains - Cultural/Heritage/Arts/Museums Attractions
Bob Morris, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad – Summer Recreation Industry
Ron Dent, Durango-La Plata County Airport – Transportation Industry
Shirley Isgar, Blue Lake Ranch – La Plata County Representative
The length of term varies for each board position. One year terms include Special Events and Entertainment Attractions and Winter Recreation Industry. The Restaurant Industry is a two year term. Three year terms include: Hospitality/Lodging Industry, Specialty Lodging and Tourism Related Retail.
The DATO Board consists of eleven members that represent the tourism industry in La Plata County. The Board meets once a month and members are responsible for fairly representing all entities within their sector of the industry, participating in one of two DATO Board committees and attending the annual Board Retreat.
The Durango Area Tourism Office is a not-for-profit organization operating with the mission to promote Durango and La Plata County’s multitude of tourism attractions, events and services. For more information, visit www.durango.org or call (970) 247-3500.