Board of Directors
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.
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.
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 Ford Wyoming Center. Since taking the wheel at the Ford Wyoming 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.
Ken Thoren 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 has served on the Visit Casper board since 2018. Before joining, he has been actively involved in the Casper community for many years- we know we're lucky to have him! Ken’s pro 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.
Sabrina Kemper is the Community Development Director for the City of Mills and has been serving on the Visit Casper board since 2021. Her roots may be in Ohio; however, she has called Casper home for the last five years, and the Oil City is lucky to have her. Sabrina is passionate about building opportunities, amenities and places that can be shared with the community of Mills and beyond. She loves that no matter the season there is always something to do in Central Wyoming - whether that's hiking on Casper Mountain in the fall or soaking in the beauty of the North Platte River on a summer evening in Mills.
Mike began working outdoors at a young age. While he loved books, after college he broke out as a hand on a production rig in the Salt Creek Oil Field. After a few years on the job, Mike went back to grad school for Economics (which was a lot more painful than working rigs). A long apprenticeship in economic development eventually led him to the North Side of Chicago. For 12 years he ran a non-profit business and industrial council connecting businesses with the 17th Police District, and an Education to Careers program with local high schools. However, after almost two decades in the city, the mountains called him back to Midwest, Wyoming. Mike currently performs insurance inspections and census interviews. He also is an active Board Member on the Natrona County Travel and Tourism Council. When he is not working hard or knocking over piles of books, you can find Mike catching a sunset walk after dinner, listening for the coyote's song.
Cole Montgomery is the newest Visit Casper board member who is thrilled to bring new, fresh ideas to an already beaming group of members. He was raised in Casper and works as a financial advisor at Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc. In school, he was a three-sport standout, playing basketball, football, and soccer. During his college career, he chose to take the path of football at Chadron State where he started many games as a Safety, while also graduating with a degree in Business Finance. In his free time, he enjoys hiking the Bridle Trail and enjoying the outdoor experiences that are brought to David Street Station. Cole is excited to bring his skills and knowledge to the tourism industry to help enhance the quality of life for residents, while working with community leaders to further the economic development of Casper.
Board Meeting Minutes (PDF)
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