Gary Suiter Hired as MVOA Interim Executive Director
by Gus Jarvis
Feb 01, 2007 | 334 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Mountain Village Owners Association appointed Gary Suiter, former Town Manager of Snowmass, as Interim Executive Director at their Jan. 16 meeting. Suiter, who had initially been hired as a consultant to review the MVOA organizational structure and process, will fill the position until the end of April, replacing longtime General Manager Kathy Mahoney, who has worked for MVOA since 1993.

“I hope to solidify the structure and process, and empower and provide clear objectives to the staff, consistent with the MVOA board’s request,” said Suiter. “I intend to clarify the board’s mission statement, evaluate what is working and not working in the current structure, and implement a communications plan to the constituency in regards to MVOA’s operational and financial objectives.”

According to Suiter, as Interim Executive Director his job is to study MVOA’s operations and help them decide whether to hire a new director at the end of April or not.

“It is a strong possibility that MVOA is moving toward more autonomy,” he said. “The business model in Mountain Village is evolving to provide more checks and balances. It is a distinct possibility and it could happen in six to eight weeks that I will have a recommendation on hiring a full time director.”

Andrew Karow Elected to MVOA

Andrew Karow, president of the Alpine Bank in Telluride, was elected to the MVOA Class A Residential Seat at the Jan. 16 MVOA meeting.

Three qualified candidates ran for the residential seat including, Jenny Delves and Richard Child, who withdrew from the running prior to the meeting. Karow, who has lived in the area since March 2006 and is currently building a house in Mountain Village, said that being elected to the position fits into his idea of being a contributing member of the community.

“Part of my philosophy and Alpine Bank’s philosophy is giving back to the community,” Karow said. “Part of my service to the community is being on boards to make sure we serve the community.”

Karow comes from Vail, where he worked as Alpine Bank’s president for 10 years and was also a Planning and Zoning Commissioner for the Town of Avon.

“I am ready to look at any issue facing the MVOA with an open mind and the owners’ interests in mind,” he said. “Part of the benefit I bring to the MVOA is the fact that I am a newcomer with no preconceived notions regarding the issues. I have faced similar issues before and I feel I can bring some insight.”
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