Marketing director for chamber resigns

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— The marketing department of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is due to turn over completely in the wake of the announcement this week that marketing director Judy Wiesner has submitted her resignation.

The chamber was already seeking a special events coordinator to work during the summer, and was advertising an opening for a person to work in group sales and also handle public relations work.

Chamber Executive Vice President Sandy Evans-Hall said she will move forward with hiring a special events coordinator because the work is mounting with the sold-out Steamboat marathon coming in June.

However, she said she will hold off on hiring a new group sales/PR person until after Wiesner's replacement is hired.

Evans-Hall said she wants the new marketing director to have the freedom to make the hire and structure their staff they way they feel they need to.

Wiesner said the two other openings in her department precipitated her resignation.

She said she was already weighing other opportunities and realized it wouldn't be fair to the chamber, which "has been so wonderful to me," Wiesner said. "This is the most incredible staff I've ever worked with."

Wiesner said she is considering more than one opportunity, but it would be premature to discuss them. She said she intends to continue living here.

The chamber's expenditure of city of Steamboat Springs funds to promote summer tourism has been a controversial topic during Wiesner's two-and- a-half-year tenure, but she said local politics didn't influence her decision to leave her job.

"It did not affect my decision in any way," Wiesner said. "You know what? It's business and everyone is entitled to their opinion."

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