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KAANAPALI - Honua Kai Condominium ...
KAANAPALI - Honua Kai Condominium Association Inc. announced the appointment of veteran hotelier and Association Manager Rick Tanner as its new general manager.
With over 20 years of hospitality and resort operations management experience, Tanner was most recently general manager at the 359-suite Whaler on Kaanapali Beach for more than five years.
Prior to working on Maui, he served as executive director of the Northwest Georgia Convention Center.
career in destination resorts with the Ritz-Carlton Aspen, Colorado.
currently serves Maui County as chair of the Board of Variances and Appeals and the State of Hawaii as a foster resource family.
Dalton Trade Center
Rick TannerExecutive DirectorPhone: (706) 272-7676 or (800) 824-7469 Direct: (706) 281-1288
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Rick Tanner, former executive director of the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center, qualified to run for chairman of the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners as a Republican on Friday, the final day of qualifying, but not without some controversy.Tanner
was out of town and local GOP officials accepted his
qualification form based on an affidavit from people on his
behalf.They said the qualification is subject to verification by the state party.Tanner resigned as trade center executive director in March.
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But since Rick Tanner has made his support public, he says he's gotten threatening letters and phone calls.
Well, for Whitfield County and the City of Dalton, It is a politically turbulent topic -- Tanner
tells me liquor by the drink hasn't been on the ballot in the last three years -- and the last two times -- It was shot down.Now, a city version AND a county version will hit the ballots this November -- and Tanner
support has sparked a pretty threatening response.Rick Tanner has served as the director of the Northwest Trade and Convention Center for the last three years.He
supports allowing people to buy liquor on Sundays at 12:30 in the afternoon, until midnight, at restaurants and hotels.Tanner
believes it will help the trade center become self sufficient -- and bring more money into the county.But there are those who don't like his
says, "I'm getting anonymous phone calls and letters from people that are very upset about my position and the position of the trade center with regard to Sunday sales."Tanner
says, this is just one of four anonymous letters he
received.The letter and envelope has no signature or return address.Tanner
says, it's not as bad as the half dozen phone calls -- telling him to "watch his
says, "You kind of go back and forth.
has filed a police report -- he
is not pushing to press charges.But, he
WILL say his
opinion on the rule hasn't changed ... Tanner Sunday Liquor sales effects their ability to persuade developers to attach a hotel to the Trade Center
says, "I feel like it's my job to do everything in my power to ensure that we see that pass for the benefit of everybody in the community."
That was followed by the resignation ...
That was followed by the resignation of Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center director Rick Tanner.
job at the trade center, but he
did so at the insistence of center's supervisory board, which appeared ready to fire him.If there was a specific transgression that earned the board's ire, everyone is remaining quiet about it.
Whatever the reason, it was a shocking fall from grace for Tanner
, who came here four years ago and initially enjoyed the solid backing of most board members.Whatever the final straw was, Tanner's relationship with his
bosses had obviously eroded in recent months.Board members who at one time seemed to support him without question were increasingly barraging him with questions.And that's just at the public meetings.Imagine the private conversations!Tanner
share of critics and deservedly so.Anyone who insists on mucking around in local politics is going to get burned.Sometimes it's best to just shut up and do your job.On the other hand, Tanner
was not afraid to to take the public body shots when it came to making a controversial move.While board members stayed safely in the background, Tanner
was bold in his
advocacy on issues like expanded alcohol sales and the need for a hotel to be built next to the trade center.
...Tanner could have learned something from the Chamber's Woodward, who in his nearly nine years on the job was a textbook example of a cautious, connected politically attuned mover and shaker.