Andy Wirth Elected Chairman of Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Corporation

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  • Andy Wirth Elected Chairman of Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Corporation
  • Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Corporation Additionally Announces New Executive Officers Kimberlee Tolkien, Vice Chair & Secretary and Andy Chapman, Treasurer 

[Reno-Tahoe] January 12, 2016 - The Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Corporation (RASC) announced today that Andy Wirth was elected Chairman and President of RASC. Mr. Wirth is the President & CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, the parent company of Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows Resorts and also serves as the Chairman of the Reno Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees. RASC is responsible for promoting air service into Reno-Tahoe International Airport and continually identifying new prospects for additional flights. The board is comprised of regional hotel-casino properties and tourism entities including North Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe and Reno. 

“I am honored to serve in this role for the Regional Air Service Corporation. I believe that the landscape of, and future for our region, including the greater Reno-Sparks area and all of Lake Tahoe, is replete with opportunity,” said Wirth. “Air service into our region is and will continue to be one of the central elements of our growing and thriving economy.” 

Wirth has been central to the development of airports and air service for major resorts and communities from Colorado to Quebec. He most recently played a central role in establishing air service to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport with JetBlue service from JFK Airport, as well as the recently announced Alaska Airlines service from John Wayne Airport and other locations. 

The Regional Air Service Corporation also announced the election of two other officers of the board of directors who are experienced and seasoned professionals from the tourism and hospitality sector: Ms. Kimberlee Tolkien, Assistant General Manager of Atlantis Casino Resort Spa will serve as Vice Chair/Secretary, and Mr. Andy Chapman, President & CEO of Incline Village/Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau will remain as Treasurer. 

The Regional Air Service Corporation was formed in an effort to bring together public and private organizations and businesses to contribute marketing dollars and expertise to position the Reno-Sparks-Lake Tahoe-Northern Nevada region as one destination, to focus on identifying national and international markets, to increase quality air service to and from the Reno/Tahoe International Airport and to target common tourism and business industry concerns for cooperative action. 

RASC continues to be at the forefront of air service, recently working with Alaska Airlines on the promotion of direct flights to/from Boise, Idaho and Orange County, Calif., and also working with Southwest Airlines on service to/from Oakland, Calif. 

About Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Committee
The Regional Air Service Committee (RASC) was formed in June 2001 to assist the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RTIA) in providing additional incentives to maintain and grow air service and to promote the Reno Tahoe area as a year-round travel destination. In 2014, the Regional Air Service Committee voted to incorporate as a Nevada nonprofit corporation in order to legally fulfill the responsibilities of assisting the airport in maintaining and growing air service while promoting the Reno Tahoe area. RASC was officially incorporated February 2015 as the Regional Air Service Corporation (RASC).