Steamboat Parks and Rec Director John Overstreet fills new positions, reorganizes diverse department |

Steamboat Parks and Rec Director John Overstreet fills new positions, reorganizes diverse department

Emily Hines

— Director of Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department John Overstreet has found two well-qualified candidates living and working in Steamboat Springs to fill new management positions he has created to reorganize his city department.

Former Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Senior Financial Analyst Kyrill Kretzschmar will begin work as the city’s new recreation and enterprise manager Monday. And Emily Hines, who has a background in helping large companies leverage their involvement in special events, starts Dec. 1 as the new marketing and special events coordinator at Parks and Recreation.

Hines, a graduate of Steamboat Springs High School and the University of Oregon, most recently worked as an event specialist with the American Cancer Society working with volunteers to organize Relay For Life fundraising events throughout Northwest Colorado, including the annual event in Steamboat.

She said the opportunity that excites her most about her new job is the goal of evaluating all of the programs at Parks and Recreation, from competitive skiing facilities to rodeo and hockey to attract more people and more companies to engage them.

“It’s taking all of the different things together from recreation leagues to facilities and trying to come up with a way to bundle them and put them together into more of a portfolio that might be enticing” to locals and people from outside the Yampa Valley, she said.

Overstreet told the Steamboat Today in September that he also wants the new marketing and special events coordinator to work closely with other event organizers in Steamboat, including those at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, to enhance the city’s programs and those of other organizations.

After graduating from Oregon with an undergraduate in business administration and the award for being the outstanding student in the sports business track, she moved to Connecticut where she worked for Team Epic serving corporate clients including AT&T, FedEx, Mars, Samsung, Madison Square Garden and the NCAA.

“A big event I worked for many years was AT&T’s Final Four (basketball) collegiate sponsorship with the NCAA,” Hines said. “Epic was AT&T’s agency of choice, and our role was to facilitate negotiations for the partnership and after that, going through all of the (Final Four’s) different assets and then coming up with unique ways of using those assets.”

In many cases, that involved putting together programs for AT&T’s corporate clients. But the work also involved putting together the Bracket Town experience for basketball fans together with Turner Sports. That indoor event allowed fans to meet legendary college coaches and stars from another era.

Overstreet said one of his goals for his new recreation and enterprise manager is to streamline his department to make interactions between different offices less cumbersome.

Kretzschmar, who moved to Steamboat with his wife, Sherri Sweers, in 2003, was an elite Nordic ski racer in his native Germany where he earned a banking degree. After accepting a scholarship to ski for Denver University and helping his team win the 2000 NCAA Skiing Championship, he earned his master’s degree in Information Technology at DU and coached two more NCAA championship teams.

Upon moving to Steamboat, he began a five-year tenure as assistant manager of the Steamboat Ski Touring Center. He went to work for the Ski Corp. in 2007 and played a role in a number of major projects, including the new Four Points Lodge, the Steamboat Bike Park and the Haymaker Nordic Center.

“As a ski industry veteran, Kyrill is familiar with all aspects of ski area operations, especially from a financial point of view and has laid out the initial financial planning and modeling work on many projects for the ski area,” Overstreet wrote in an email.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1

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