Hill named MCTA director

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Marilynn Hill

The Moffat County Tourism Association board announced Marilynn Hill will be its new director.

The MCTA board voted by anonymous pa­­per ballot, 4-3, Tuesday for Hill, 46, formerly of Parker.

MCTA chairwoman Annie MacGregor said she is pleased to have Hill as the association’s new director.

“One of the greatest qualities of Marilynn is that in her interview process, she was able to portray her vision for how Moffat County should best be marketed,” MacGregor said. “I believe that she fits in perfectly with what the board sees as their vision for marketing Moffat County.”

MacGregor also was im­­pressed by Hill’s knowledge of the county and association.

“She was really prepared and already aware of our current situations, programs and campaigns that we were already working on,” MacGregor said.

MCTA’s director search lasted nearly three months.

Twenty-eight people applied for the position, a number MCTA narrowed to the five finalists who were interviewed at the Moffat County Courthouse on Thursday.

From the five candidates, Hill and Craig resident Melody Villard were chosen as the two finalists.

The MCTA director’s position was last held by Michelle Balleck, current Craig Daily Press online content producer, who resigned from the MCTA position in November 2009.

Hill said she is excited to start working with MCTA.

“I’m really excited to come to the community,” she said. “I think we’re going to have a great time and make some wonderful things happen.”

Hill said she has a lot to offer the association.

“I hope to bring a little bit of perspective from the marketing background that I have to be able to go out to the overall marketplace and get our name out to not only rest of the state, but the rest of the world,” Hill said.

Hill most recently worked for Fours Winds Trading Co., which distributes video, books and music for vacation destinations.

She left the company in September 2009, just short of a year after she started.

Since 2008, Hill also has run her own social media consulting and project management software company called Sustainable Media Resources, LLC.

She has an undergraduate degree in international business and economics and a master’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University. She also served on the Park County Land Use Board.

Hill hopes to officially start March 22.

“She has the experience and the background to lead this organization,” MacGregor said. “She is a hands-on participant. She has really been responsible for development and implementation of different of advertising campaigns throughout her career.”

The director position is charged with the development of tourism within Moffat County through advertising, sponsorships and working with the media.

Hill also will be working with the Moffat County Commission, its partners and the community.

“She will develop creative ideas and work with the board to implement those into new campaigns to bring more tourists to our county,” MacGregor said.

Hill, a fourth generation Coloradan, said she is proud of her native Colorado roots and is looking forward to living in Moffat County.

“It’s the landscape. It’s the people,” Hill said. “There is a mystic feel to it, and I think other people should really have an opportunity to experience that.”

Brian Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or briansmith@craigdailypress.com.

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