Tom Tait, who has been Nevada's Tourism Commission executive director for the past nine years, has resigned to take a position in Las Vegas.
Tait will become vice president of business development, government and community affairs for Lake Las Vegas, a $5 billion destination resort and residential project 17 miles east of the Las Vegas Strip.
"Tom's energy, vision, creativity and tourism savvy have been instrumental in propelling Nevada into a world-class destination," said Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt, who chairs the Tourism Commission. "He has opened the world's eyes to Nevada's appealing array of scenic wonders, outdoor recreation, cultural and historic sites, golf and skiing and he is always coming up with new ideas to promote tourism in our intriguing rural communities."
Tait has been with the tourism commission for a total of 12 years. He started as international and domestic marketing director before becoming executive director.
In that position, he directed a staff of 37 including Nevada Magazine and oversaw an annual budget of more than $14 million.
Tait said he enjoyed his years with the commission.
"New horizons beckoned and, from my new position with Lake Las Vegas, I will continue to promote Nevada and play a part in its growth and progress," he said.