BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Garden City Visitors Bureau is dedicated to promoting growth while also preserving the qualities that make Garden City a one-of-a-kind place to live, work, and visit. These unique features include our creative spirit, entrepreneurial drive, and love of the outdoors.
Mary Jo Nyblad
Idaho native and 28 year GC resident. BA from Whitman College and MBA from Idaho State University. Worked for Boise Cascade for 36 years in various capacities retiring as Vice President of Commodity Sales and Division Transportation. I am a past board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters, past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, and currently on the board of trustees for the Idaho PEO chapter house in Caldwell.
Kristen has over 25 years of experience in hospitality management, with specific focus in Sales, Marketing, Revenue Management and Operations. Prior to becoming a Partner with Johnson Brothers Hospitality in 2004, she worked for several national hotel companies and held the positions of Director of Sales & Marketing, Regional Director of Sales and Marketing and General Manager.
Currently, JBH Hospitality owns and manages over 600 hotel rooms in the Treasure Valley, and employs over 400 amazing staff members. The company’s business is Hospitality, but JBH’s partners are equally focused on improving the communities in which they operate.
Kristen resides in Boise with her husband, Mark.
Garden City Visitors Bureau President Pam Beaumont is retired from a 39-year career in corporate marketing and management consulting. She is a 14-year member of the Garden City Council, serving as Council President for the last five years. She is also the long-time Chair of the Garden City Urban Renewal Agency.
Bre Hovley is a Co-Owner and General Manager of Barbarian Brewing. Her roles include sales, marketing, distribution, taproom management, logistics planning and bartending. Barbarian Brewing is a small 5 bbl brewery that opened in Garden City in October of 2015. In the past four years Bre has loved helping Barbarian more than double the original taproom and production facility in Garden City and open a vibrant taproom in Downtown Boise. Bre has a Business Degree from Boise State University, and has spent more than 10 years in the food and beverage industry here in the Boise area. When not doing the work she loves, Bre enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, surfing and walking her Siberian Husky, Conan, around the greenbelt and in the foothills.
As a frequent international traveler due to his work as the COO of global generic pharmaceutical company, Mr. Sullivan started in the wine business by being exposed to various wines and wine styles throughout the world. From there, using his background as a biochemist that also grew up working on a farm he fell in love with the process of winemaking. Telaya Wine Co was created by Mr. Sullivan and his wife with the production of an experimental 2008 blend. This business has evolved to a boutique winery focused on making hand crafted premium wines from best fruit from Idaho and Washington. From 50 cases in 2008 to 1600 cases in 2013 and a projected 6000 cases in 2019 the winery continues to grow and expand. The focus of the business is the Telaya Experience© and this includes an intense focus on the customer experience as well as providing the highest quality product available. In 2016 Telaya was named Idaho’s Winery of the Year by Great Northwest Wine Press. In addition, Telaya purchased land in Garden City and built a new 12,000 sq ft production and tasting room facility.
John Evans, Mayor
ex officio Board member
John Evans has been the mayor of Garden City since 2005. He grew up and was educated in the Midwest. A Vietnam veteran, John and his wife, Judy, were married in 1969 and have three children, twelve grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. John and Judy moved their family to Idaho in 1975 and to Garden City in 1988.
EX OFFICIO BOARD MEMBER
Dawn serves as Marketing Company Executive Support for U-Haul Company of Idaho for 17 years. She is an Idaho Native and has been in the Treasure Valley area for 19 years. Dawn is an Advocate for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACSCAN), served ACSCAN as ACT Lead, Fundraising Chair and Lobbyist at the Federal/State levels since 2008. Dawn is also a member of the Human Resources Association of the Treasure Valley (HRATV), ensuring her organization is kept up to date on the ever changing issues and laws related to business. She is also a proud sponsor of the Idaho Human Rights Education Center.
Free time is focused on family and community. Dawn’s professed loves are family, friends, DOGS, traveling the globe, coffee and ever exploring ways to engage with members of the community.