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RELEASE – Trustee Carol Chaplin Named Airport Board Chair

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(Reno, NV) – The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority named Carol Chaplin its new Chair of the nine-member board that oversees both Reno-Tahoe International (RNO) and Reno-Stead Airports (RTS).

Appointed by the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, Chaplin has been in the hospitality and tourism industry in the Lake Tahoe area for over 35 years.  Since 2008, she has served as the President/CEO of the Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authorities.  Guided by her passion for air service, Carol was chosen for the Regional Air Service Corporation (RASC) Board in 2008 and is co-chair of RASC’s Marketing Committee which is instrumental in bringing new air service to the region.

“As the 66th busiest commercial airport in the nation, RNO is an economic engine that generates $3.1 billion per year for the northern Nevada economy,” said Chaplin.  “I intend to continue our momentum in gaining additional flights to key destinations east along with ensuring progress in the Master Plan process that will continue to set RNO apart in services, facilities and amenities.”

Chaplin is also currently serving on the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Main Street Management working group to provide final design recommendations for the U.S. 50 South Shore Community Revitalization Project.

An airport Trustee since 2017, Chaplin is looking forward to chairing the board of an entity that plays a vital role in the community.

“It’s an honor to work alongside the eight other Trustees and the airport’s professional staff,” said Chaplin.  “I admire their expertise and experience, as well as their passion and commitment to excellence in safety, profitability and service to our region and to our passengers.”

Other Board Officers for fiscal year 2019-20 include Vice-Chair Jessica Sferrazza, Secretary Shaun Carey, Treasurer Lisa Gianoli and members Nat Carasali, Daniel Farahi, Richard Jay, Jenifer Rose, and Art Sperber.

Trustees are appointed to the Board by the City of Reno, City of Sparks, Washoe County and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority.  RNO does not operate on local tax dollars.


The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority receives no state or local funding. All operating revenues are derived from tenant and concession fees. The Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) is the 66th busiest commercial airport in the United States, with 4.2 million passengers per year. For more details, visit