People on the Move

People on the move is your weekly roundup of hiring and other personnel news throughout the state of Utah.

Salt Lake City— Visit Salt Lake (VSL) today announced the appointment of Kaitlin Eskelson as its new president and CEO, the fourth individual to hold this position in the organization’s 36-year history. Beginning March 16, Eskelson will lead VSL’s efforts to improve and increase Salt Lake’s visitor economy by attracting and providing support to meetings, conventions, events and leisure travelers while being a leader in environmental responsibility.

Eskelson’s career within the visitor economy is extensive and varied, including a seven-year stint with VSL from 2006-2013 as director of tourism sales and marketing. Following her initial time with VSL, Eskelson was the director of partner relations and international strategy for the Utah Office of Tourism from 2013-2017 and, most recently, executive director of the Utah Tourism Industry Association. Early in her career, Eskelson spent time with the Park City Chamber & Visitors Bureau.

In addition to these positions, Eskelson sat on U.S. Travel’s ESTO Development Team and Brand USA’s Executive Marketing Committee and received U.S. Travel’s 2017 “Best Cooperative Marketing Program” award as well as VSL’s 2009 Dianne Nelson Binger Sales Leadership Award. In 2019, she authored the Utah Hospitality & Tourism Management Career Technical Education curriculum placing an emphasis on workforce development within high schools.

Eskelson received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah.

The VSL President & CEO Search Committee was comprised of a wide range of Salt Lake community members representing various interests, including:

Taylor Vriens, Chair – President, Modern Expo & Events and VSL Board Chair
Chris Erickson, Vice Chair – GM, Grand America Hotel and Immediate Past VSL Board Chair
Erin Litvack – Salt Lake County Deputy Mayor
Dan Hayes – GM, Salt Palace Convention Center & Mountain America Expo Center
Nancy Volmer – Director of Communications and Marketing, Salt Lake City International Airport
Carlene Walker – former State Senator and former VSL Board Chair
Christine Redgrave – Zions Bank and VSL Board Chair Elect
Alan Rindlisbacher – EDCUtah and former VSL Board Chair
Ric Tanner – GM, Hotel Monaco
Erik Christiansen – Attorney, Parsons, Behle & Latimer and former VSL Board Chair

The committee was assisted in its search by Mike Gamble and Kellie Henderson of SearchWide Global, a nationally recognized search firm that specializes in C level DMO and Hospitality searches.

Visit Salt Lake is a private, non-profit corporation responsible for the promotion of Salt Lake as a vibrant, modern destination brimming with unexpected dining, lodging, nightlife and entertainment options, a destination well suited for convention and leisure travel alike. In partnership with Salt Lake County, Visit Salt Lake’s mission is to improve the area economy by attracting and providing support to conventions, leisure travelers and visitors while being a leader in environmental responsibility. For more information on all that Salt Lake has to offer, go to<>.

Deer Valley— Industry veteran and former Vail Resorts Executive Vice President Chris Jarnot has accepted a consulting role for Extell Development Company (EDC) focusing on Extell’s new Utah ski resort, Mayflower Mountain Village, located adjacent to Deer Valley Resort.

Jarnot, formerly Chief Operating Officer (COO) – Vail Mountain and Executive Vice President, Mountain Division for Vail Resorts, will work with EDC on the key aspects of Mayflower Mountain Resort. The resort development has completed entitlements for a walkable resort village with seven hotels, multiple chairlifts and more than 2,000 residential units. Mayflower Mountain Resort is located 38 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport across from the Jordanelle Reservoir State Park.

Extell Utah’s development project, nearly 40 years in the making, was envisioned by Extell’s founder and chairman, Gary Barnett, a renowned New York-based developer who began assembling contiguous land parcels in Utah’s Wasatch County in 2014.

Extell Utah will break ground in Spring 2020 on the first major structure and significant component of the Village core, the military’s Morale Welfare and Recreation Facility (MWR). The MWR, also known as the project’s conference hotel, is slated for a 2023 winter opening in conjunction with the country’s Military Installation Development Authority (MIDA). Ski lifts from the Village are slated to be operational for winter 2022-23.

The complete Village build-out will occur over the next two decades with the majority of the infrastructure completed in anticipation of the potential 2030 Olympic Games in Utah.

Extell is a full-service development company driven by an internal team of talented real estate professionals whose combined breadth of experience includes all areas of real estate development. The Extell success story includes developing some of the world’s most elevated residences redefining luxury development throughout New York City and other premier markets across the nation.

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