Board of Directors
Tiffany Gamble, Business Advisor at the Hat Six Travel Center, has served as a board member for Visit Casper since 2018. Tiffany might just be the biggest Wyoming Cowboys fan in the state. The only thing that competes with her love of the Pokes is her love of anything purple. Tiffany travels the world, but she says that no matter where she goes, she loves coming home to Casper because she feels safe and welcomed here. The one thing that she would tell a visitor is that Casper is a hidden gem not many people know about. If you can survive a couple of winters, chances are you will make Casper your home.
Kevin Hawley moved to Casper in 2010 and quickly fell in love with the area’s sense of place and community. Kevin is the Executive Director of the Casper Downtown Development Authority, the driving force behind the recent revitalization of downtown Casper and David Street Station. A board member since 2016, Kevin is a champion for all things downtown Casper, though he would probably tell you he just drinks coffee and reads the newspaper. Kevin’s favorite tourism assets in Natrona County are Casper Mountain and Muddy Mountain.
Renee Penton-Jones is the Regional Director of Sales for Ramkota-Regency Hotel Management and has served on the Visit Casper board since 2013. Renee is possibly best known in Casper for her unwavering passion for tourism and volunteerism. Renee is a Casper native but lived in Las Vegas for a period working directly with Harry Sandler and Barbara Streisand. But Casper called her home, and she loves how we get to enjoy the clean air, mountains, lakes and river all in a vibrant cosmopolitan area. Renee’s favorite tourism asset in Natrona County is the North Platte River, Alcova and Pathfinder.
Brad Murphy has been on the Visit Casper board almost as long as he has lived in the Oil City. He moved to Casper in 2016 from Montana to take on the role of General Manager at the Casper Events Center. Since taking the wheel at the Casper Events Center, Brad and his team have booked acts like Elton John, Snoop Dog, Eric Church, The Foo Fighters and REO Speedwagon. With one of the coolest jobs in town, Brad says that what he loves more than anything in Casper are the people. Brad’s favorite tourism assets in Natrona County are the fishing and the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center.
Erik Aune has been on the Visit Casper board since 2016 and is passionate about all things outdoors in central Wyoming. Erik is a co-owner at the North Platte Lodge and the Reef Fly Shop, two of Casper’s premiere fly-fishing outfitters, guest service, retail and rental establishments. What he loves most about Casper comes as no surprise: public lands, the North Platte River and the outdoor opportunities that are not overly developed. Erik’s favorite tourism asset in Natrona County is the unmatched access to our public lands.
Jim Ruble is the General Manager of Sinclair Oil Refinery in Casper and he has been on the Visit Casper board since 2015. His favorite thing about living here is the warm, welcoming people that he gets to share the Casper community with. Jim’s favorite tourism assets are Casper Mountain and Muddy Mountain for skiing, hiking, snowshoeing and off-roading.
Ken Thoren is one of the Visit Casper board’s newest members, joining in 2018, but he has been actively involved in the Casper community for years. Ken is the General Manager at Wyoming Beverage, Teton Distributors in Casper, but you’ll likely find him outside in his free time. He loves to hunt and fish and share the outdoors with his wife and five children. Ken’s tip for visitors to Natrona County: Casper is a friendly community with a lot to do. Explore its beauty and get outdoors. And, by God, be sure to fish.
To Steve Freel, Casper has always been home. Born and raised in the Oil City, Steve is well-known for his long career in law enforcement and most recently, his career in real estate with Re/Max The Group. Steve joined the Visit Casper Board of Directors in 2019. He would encourage visitors to get to know the locals and enjoy the community... but warns that you'll be hooked for life.
Board Meeting Minutes (PDF)
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