Suzanne Rosevold named new chamber president |

Suzanne Rosevold named new chamber president

by Linda Hiller, staff writer

After nearly four months without an executive director, the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Authority announced Thursday the selection of Suzanne Rosevold to fill the position.

Rosevold, currently the executive director of the Business Council of Douglas County, replaces Dave Bolick, who resigned in September.

“I thought the competition was so good that I’m truly surprised,” Rosevold said. “Everyone was very qualified. Perhaps they were looking for a certain freshness, and since I haven’t been on the chamber board before and am relatively new to the community and the business world here, maybe they thought that could be my unique contribution to the chamber.”

– Extensive selection process. Advertising the position both locally and on the chamber’s Web site produced 42 applicants, said Debra Lang, chairperson of the search committee.

“Through our internet search, we had applicants from as far away as Puerto Rico,” she said. “We used U.S. Chamber of Commerce criteria to narrow the field down to the top seven candidates and we further narrowed it down to the top three, who were then interviewed by the entire chamber board Wednesday. They were all very good, but the board selected Suzanne unanimously.”

Rosevold, 48, has been the executive director of the Business Council of Douglas County for one year. She said she consulted with members of that 40-member private organization before applying for the chamber job.

“When this position became available, I saw it as a business and professional opportunity,” Rosevold said. “I talked to the council before I applied and the board was incredibly gracious. I know they’ll be looking for my replacement and will meet Monday. I told them I’d help as much as I could.”

“I wish Suzanne all the success in the world,” said Rudy McTee, business council president. “When she came to me and said she was going to go for the job, I told her we hated to lose her, but I’m pleased for her and know she’ll do great for the chamber.”

Lang said the chamber board was impressed with Rosevold’s speaking ability, enthusiasm, knowledge of the community and of the issues facing businesses in the Carson Valley.

“We’re very excited to have a director again and think Suzanne will just be wonderful,” Lang said.

– Still recovering. On Oct. 26, Suzanne and her husband Hans were both injured in a natural gas explosion which destroyed their home at the top of Kingsbury Grade. Hans had minor injuries, but Suzanne suffered a crushed heel bone and a compression fracture of the T-7 vertebrae and is still recovering from those injuries and walking on crutches. She applied for the chamber position before that catastrophic event.

“Suzanne’s start date is officially Jan. 15, but we are working to accommodate her,” Lang said. “She’ll be starting on a part-time basis until she gets a medical release from her doctor. We know that once she’s able to, she’ll hit the ground running and take the chamber where we want it to go.”

The fact that she doesn’t live in the Valley – but is a Douglas County resident – wasn’t a negative factor in her selection, Lang said.

“We did talk about that, but actually, 42 percent of directors don’t live right in their community.” Lang said. “Suzanne’s knowledge of the issues here and her past history with the business council gave us confidence.”

Among the items tentatively on the chamber agenda for 2001 will be continuing the opposition to the “teacher’s initiative tax,” Lang said.

– Business background. Rosevold worked in real estate in the Sacramento area before moving to Lake Tahoe in 1993, where she was vice president of compliance for Bingo Card Minder, a Lake-based company that helped to introduce new technology into the bingo industry.

Rosevold is a native of Walla Walla, Wash., and her husband Hans is a teacher for the Alpine County School District day school in Markleeville, Calif. The Rosevolds have six children and seven grandchildren between them.

Rosevold said her experience on the business council should transfer well to the chamber, since both represent the business community. She wants to foster continued cooperation between various groups in the area.

“In my year here, I’ve observed that there’s much more of a community attitude of working together with these groups, and I think that’s a very good thing,” she said. “As director of the chamber, I hope the board gives me the chance to continue to support the alliance between these organizations.”

– Interested may apply. McTee said anyone interested in applying for executive director of the business council is welcome to call 782-6715.