envision tahoe

September 7, 2022

725 Granlibakken Rd, Tahoe City

keynote Speaker

Elmy Bermejo
Small Business Administration - Regional Administrator

As Region IX Administrator, Elmy Bermejo oversees SBA programs, offices, and operations in the SBA’s Pacific region, serving Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, and Nevada.

Ms. Bermejo has a passion for building and strengthening relationships while assisting people and organizations to attain their goals. She has been a senior government official with more than 25 years of experience at the executive level and has established a successful record of collaboration with public and private stakeholders on a range of issues including workforce development, disaster relief, and small business. Ms. Bermejo recently served as the Northern California Director for External Affairs for Governor Gavin Newsom; before that, she served as a Senior Advisor and Outreach Director for Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis of California, the first woman ever elected to this position. Ms. Bermejo also served in President Barack Obama’s administration at the U.S. Department of Labor as the Regional Representative to the Secretary and as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. She serves on the San Francisco Commission on the Environment, The Women’s Foundation of CA, and as an Advisory member of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) and the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Public Good. 

keynote Speaker

Sheba Person-Whitley
Regional Director U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration

As director of EDA’s Seattle Regional Office, Person-Whitley manages a team of professionals spread throughout the American West focused on working with local, state, and Tribal governments, as well as other organizations, on applying economic development practices to regional needs by developing plans and projects for federal collaboration and investment. An alumnus of North Carolina State University and Southern New Hampshire University, she lives in the Seattle area with her husband and two children.

Before joining EDA, Sheba was the Executive Director of the Economic Development Board of Sonoma County, where she led efforts to meet the needs of small businesses during fires and COVID-19 and provided small business support to entrepreneurs of many backgrounds and cultures. Through this work, Sheba gained a unique perspective on how to support others through economic development work and encourage new leaders to come forward.

Lake Tahoe may be made up of many communities, but we are one lake and one regional economy, so what affects some of us, affects all of us. The annual Tahoe Economic Summit is an opportunity to catalyze change and take action for the benefit of our regional economy, while supporting our community, quality of life and environment.

The theme for 2022 is “Envision Tahoe.” Due to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, plus the recent Caldor Fire, it is more critical than ever to look at economic diversification and recovery. Government leaders, local residents, business owners, young professionals, start-up companies, developers, investors, and entrepreneurs are all encouraged to attend to help us build a resiliency strategy that will benefit Lake Tahoe and all our communities.

Sponsorship Levels

Thank you for considering a sponsorship of the 5th Annual Tahoe Economic Summit. The theme is “Envision Tahoe” and keynotes, panels and the program will focus on this theme. Topics include Economic Resiliency, Housing, Workforce Development and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Expected attendance is 200 (in-person and limited virtual) including regional and statewide government officials, business owners, entrepreneurs, community leaders, students and business professionals. 

Freel Peak

$ 7,500
  • Noted as the Keynote Speaker Sponsor with an introduction announcement
  • Full page ad in online Summit program
  • 2 Three minute video promotions during event
  • A Newsletter article featuring your organizations involvement in the community
  • 5 Social Media posts
  • 4 QR Code features with opportunities for engagement, participation, and attendee prizes
  • Premier recognition on conference website and all promotional materials
  • Full screen logo feature in slide deck starting 10 minutes prior to keynote for virtual keynote-only attendees
  • Company/Organization VIP table in center of room
  • 8 Full Summit Registrations
  • 2 Full Summit registrations dedicated as a scholarship/entrepreneur sponsored attendee

Mount Rose

$ 5,000
  • Noted as Lunch Sponsor
  • Logo promotion on video screens during event
  • A half page ad in online Summit program
  • 1 three minute video promotion during even
  • A Newsletter article featuring your organization's involvement in the communit
  • 4 Social Media posts
  • 3 QR Code features with opportunities for engagement, participation, and attendee prizes
  • Recognition on conference website and all promotional materials
  • Full screen logo feature in slide deck starting 10 minutes prior to keynote for virtual keynote-only attendees
  • Company/Organization VIP table in front of room
  • 6 Full Summit Registrations
  • 1 Full Summit Registration dedicated as a scholarship/start up sponsored attendee

Castle Peak

$ 2,500
  • Noted as Happy Hour Sponsor
  • Logo promotion on video screens during event
  • 1 one minute video promotion during event
  • Logo feature in a newsletter with a link directing readers to your organization
  • 3 social media posts
  • 2 QR Code features with opportunities for engagement, participation, and attendee prizes
  • A quarter page ad in the Summit program
  • Half-screen logo feature in slide deck starting 10 minutes prior to keynote for virtual keynote-only attendee
  • Recognition on conference web site and promotional materials
  • Company/Organization VIP luncheon table near front of room
  • 5 Full Summit Registrations

Mount Tallac

$ 1,000
  • Recognition on conference website and promotional materials
  • Grouped logo feature on in slide deck starting 10 minutes prior to keynote for virtual keynote-only attendees
  • 3 Full Summit Registrations
  • 2 Social Media posts

Monument Peak

$ 500
  • Recognition on conference web site
  • Grouped logo feature in slide deck starting 10 minutes prior to keynote for virtual keynote-only attendee
  • 2 Full Summit Registrations
  • 1 Social Media posts

Great discussions, great participation, and some great calls to action.

September 30: 10:00 - 12:00

Tahoe’s Economic Picture​

An economic picture of Tahoe's regional economy pre and post COVID-19. A review of this economic impact analysis and forecast and what it means for Tahoe's communities now and in the future.

October 14: 10:00 - 12:00

Tahoe’s Economic Recovery

How can you Recession Proof/COVID-19 Proof your business and community? How to take advantage of remote workers. How to pivot your business in the post COVID-19 economy.

October 28: 10:00 - 12:00

Tahoe’s Economic Resiliency

What's in the best interest for Tahoe in the long-term? How can we transform our economy sustainably and equitably? What can we learn from other communities that have transitioned successfully?

Tahoe's Economic Picture
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Christopher Thornberg
Dr. Christopher Thornberg is the Founding Partner of Beacon Economics, LLC, an independent research and consulting firm. He is also Director of the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development and an Adjunct Professor at the School.



Jesse Walker

TPC Board Member/Moderator


Carl Ribaudo

SMG Consulting

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Adam Fowler

Beacon Economics

Tahoe's Economic Recovery
Keynote Speaker

Manny Lamarre
Manny Lamarre is a Senior Program Associate at WestEd working on initiatives that strengthen the improvement of workforce and education that leads to economic mobility for youth and adults. He serves as an expert in areas such as career pathways, work-based learning and apprenticeships, industry partnerships, and federal policies. Manny was the Founding Executive Director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation.



Frank Gerdeman

TPC Board Member/Moderator

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Jamie Orr

Co-Founder, CoWork Tahoe

Tahoe's Economic Resiliency
Keynote Speaker

Bruce Katz
Bruce Katz is the Founding Director of the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Previously he served as inaugural Centennial Scholar at Brookings Institution. He is a Visiting Professor in Practice at London School of Economics, and previously served as chief of staff to the secretary of Housing and Urban Development and staff director of the Senate Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs.



Devin Middlebrook

TPC Board Member/Moderator

Will Frohlich

Will Frohlich

Mayor Victor Idaho


Colin Robertson

Administrator, NV Division of Outdoor Recreation

Joelle Shearin

Joelle Shearin

General Manager, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

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Jesse Walker

Senior Economist
Wells Barnett & Associates

Jesse is focused on economic issues to assist in building sustainable communities. Jesse is also a Tahoe Prosperity Center Board member and native of South Lake Tahoe.

Carl Ribaudo

Chief Strategist, SMG Consulting

Carl is a strategic thinker, thought leader and innovator in the tourism industry. As the president of and chief strategist for SMG Consulting Carl has developed and implemented a wide range of services designed to improve the competitiveness of destinations.

Adam Fowler

Director of Research
Beacon economics

Adam leads the firm’s Sustainable Growth and Development practice area and its Housing, Land Use, and Real Estate Advisory. He is also Director of Research at the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development.

Frank Gerdeman


Frank has been involved with formal adult education for over 18 years. He’s also served as the State Director of Adult Education and Deputy Division Director with the Vermont Agency of Education. Frank is also a Tahoe Prosperity Center Board Member.

Jamie Orr

Co-Founder, CoWork Tahoe

Dr. Jamie Orr is the co-founder of Cowork Tahoe. She received a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UC Davis after a bachelor’s degree from CalPoly, San Luis Obispo and has spent the past decade doing everything from conducting research to teaching kids amazing science to growing companies. She moved from Silicon Valley to Lake Tahoe to pursue a better quality of life for her family and loves spending time with her two young daughters, husband, and golden retrievers on the mountain trails.

Devin Middlebrook

Senior Sustainable Communities Program Coordinator, TRPA

Devin’s work revolves around land use planning, transportation, renewable energy, outdoor recreation, and community engagement. Devin is also an elected council member in the City of South Lake Tahoe and a Tahoe Prosperity Center Board Member.

Will Frohlich

Mayor of victor idaho

Will Frohlich is the Mayor of Victor, Idaho and is in Market Management for Expedia Group. He worked in the outdoor/tourism industry prior to his current roles as Mayor and with Expedia working remotely

Colin Robertson

Nevada Division of Outdoor Recreation

The Nevada Division of Outdoor Recreation (NDOR) is a new division of state government within the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.NDOR works to ensure all Nevadans can live healthy and active lives enriched by outdoor recreation.

Joelle Shearin

General Manager
Hard Rock hotel and casino lake tahoe

Joelle has been GM since February 2019. Prior to coming to the Tahoe Basin, she spent six years in the St. Louis area in casino executive rolls. Joelle is a certified public accountant and holds a B.A. in Accounting & Finance as well as a M.B.A. from the University of Findlay, Ohio.

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