Board Of Tourism Development
Governor's Office of Economic Development
63N-7-102 UCA
12 times per year
4 years
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Varela, Vicki


Bloedorn, Barbara
801-538-1369


Eskelson, Kaitlin
801-538-1401


Amended 2010 General Session
(1) (a) The board shall consist of 13 members appointed by the governor to four-year terms of office with the consent of the Senate.
(b) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection (1)(a), the governor shall, at the time of appointment or reappointment, adjust the length of terms to ensure that the terms of board members are staggered so that approximately half of the board is appointed every two years.
(2) The members may not serve more than two full consecutive terms unless the governor determines that an additional term is in the best interest of the state.
(3) Not more than seven members of the board may be of the same political party.
(4) (a) The members shall be representative of:
(i) all areas of the state with six being appointed from separate geographical areas as provided in Subsection (4)(b); and
(ii) a diverse mix of business ownership or executive management of tourism related industries.
(b) The geographical representatives shall be appointed as follows:
(i) one member from Salt Lake, Tooele, or Morgan County;
(ii) one member from Davis, Weber, Box Elder, Cache, or Rich County;
(iii) one member from Utah, Summit, Juab, or Wasatch County;
(iv) one member from Carbon, Emery, Grand, Duchesne, Daggett, or Uintah County;
(v) one member from San Juan, Piute, Wayne, Garfield, or Kane County; and
(vi) one member from Washington, Iron, Beaver, Sanpete, Sevier, or Millard County.
(c) The tourism industry representatives of ownership or executive management shall be appointed as follows:
(i) one member from ownership or executive management of the lodging industry, as recommended by the lodging industry for the governor's consideration;
(ii) one member from ownership or executive management of the restaurant industry, as recommended by the restaurant industry for the governor's consideration;
(iii) one member from ownership or executive management of the ski industry, as recommended by the ski industry for the governor's consideration; and
(iv) one member from ownership or executive management of the motor vehicle rental industry, as recommended by the motor vehicle rental industry for the governor's consideration.
(d) One member shall be appointed at large from ownership or executive management of business, finance, economic policy, or the academic media marketing community.
(e) One member shall be appointed from the Utah Tourism Industry Coalition as recommended by the coalition for the governor's consideration.
(f) One member shall be appointed to represent the state's counties as recommended by the Utah Association of Counties for the governor's consideration.
(g) (i) The governor may choose to disregard a recommendation made for a board member under Subsections (4)(c), (e), and (f).
(ii) The governor shall request additional recommendations if recommendations are disregarded under Subsection (4)(g)(i).
(5) When a vacancy occurs in the membership for any reason, the replacement shall be appointed for the unexpired term from the same geographic area or industry representation as the member whose office was vacated.
(6) Seven members of the board constitute a quorum for conducting board business and
exercising board powers.
(7) The governor shall select one of the board members as chair and one of the board members as vice chair, each for a four-year term as recommended by the board for the governor's consideration.
(8) A member may not receive compensation or benefits for the member's service, but may receive per diem and travel expenses in accordance with:
(a) Section 63A-3-106;
(b) Section 63A-3-107; and
(c) rules made by the Division of Finance pursuant to Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107.
(9) The board shall meet monthly or as often as the board determines to be necessary at various locations throughout the state.
(10) Members who may have a potential conflict of interest in consideration of fund allocation decisions shall identify the potential conflict prior to voting on the issue.
(11) (a) The board shall determine attendance requirements for maintaining a designated board seat.
(b) If a board member fails to attend according to the requirements established pursuant to Subsection (11)(a), the board member shall be replaced upon written certification from the board chair or vice chair to the governor.
(c) A replacement appointed by the governor under Subsection (11)(b) shall serve for the remainder of the board member's unexpired term.
(12) The board's office shall be in Salt Lake City.

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Positions
Board member Type Qualification Original Appointment Current Appointment Expiration
Buttschardt, Kym Member (U) Davis, Weber, Box Elder, Cache and Rich Counties. 7/1/2013 07/01/2017 6/30/2021
Gizler, Elaine C. Member (D) Carbon, Emery, Grand, Duchesne, Daggett and Uintah Counties 7/26/2017 07/26/2017 6/30/2021
Holland, John Member (U) San Juan, Piute, Wayne, Garfield, and Kane Counties 5/15/2008 07/01/2015 6/30/2019
Merrill, Brian I. Member (R) Academic Media Marketing Committee 10/1/2014 07/01/2015 6/30/2019
Miller, Gregory S. Member (R) Salt Lake, Tooele, and Morgan Counties 7/1/2015 07/01/2015 6/30/2019
Overton, Glen A. Member (R) Restaurant Industry 7/1/2015 07/01/2015 6/30/2019
Rafferty, Nathan Vice-chair (D) Ski Industry 9/16/2009 07/01/2017 6/30/2021
Renstrom, Zachary D. Member (R) Utah Association of Counties 2/23/2017 07/01/2017 6/30/2021
Starks, Ryan Member (R) Utah, Summit, Juab, and Wasatch Counties. 7/26/2017 07/26/2017 6/30/2021
Syrett, Lance C. Chair (R) Lodging Industry 7/1/2015 07/01/2015 6/30/2019
Taylor, Michael Member (R) Motor Vehicle Rental Industry 2/16/2011 07/01/2017 6/30/2021
Toliver, Sara V. Member (D) Utah Tourism Industry Coalition 7/1/2015 07/01/2015 6/30/2019
Wittwer, Shayne R. Member (U) Washington, Iron, Beaver, Sanpete, Sevier, and Millard Counties 7/13/2016 07/13/2016 6/30/2019