Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Visa OKd for new marketing chief

Name of preferred candidate not released


By REBECCA MEANY
Express Staff Writer

The preferred candidate to take over the Sun Valley Marketing Alliance's president and chief marketing officer position cleared a hurdle this week and may be introduced to the community as early as next week.

Alliance Board President Jake Peters told the Sun Valley City Council Thursday he had received word the night before that a U.S. work visa had been approved for the candidate. The name of the candidate and her country of origin have not been disclosed.

"We think this person is world-class," Peters said.

He told the council the alliance hopes to bring the person to the valley next week. The candidate may be able to start work by next month.

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Candice Pate has been serving as interim leader of the alliance's marketing efforts since last fall.

Sun Valley Mayor Wayne Willich thanked Pate for her efforts.

"I appreciate everything you've done," he said.

Pate said her next venture likely will be in the valley.

"I'm talking to a number of folks and looking forward to digging into another exciting opportunity in the area," she said in an interview.

Pate expressed great confidence in the potential new hire.

"I think she's a superstar and is going to do great things for our area," she told the council. "It's exciting."

Rebecca Meany: rmeany@mtexpress.com




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