Davies of Grass Valley Chamber and ex-city manager Holler reunite in Mammoth Lakes deal — well almost

“There is always something happening in Mammoth Lakes,” was the proposed events strategy slogan. No kidding!

Keith Davies and his wife, Robin Galvan-Davies, CEO of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, and former Grass Valley City Administrator Dan Holler almost teamed up together again in Mammoth Lakes, where Holler is now town manager.

But the three-year, $450,000 proposed contract with the Davies’ Sierra Nevada Destination Services for event planning was withdrawn when a conflict of interest came to light between Holler and Davies, according to The Sheet, a local weekly newspaper in Mammoth Lakes. The deal had gone before the town council earlier this week.

“As Holler acknowledged Thursday, the Davies’ rent Holler’s home from him,” the Sheet reported. “The Davies and Hollers also socialize together. Holler said that as of Thursday morning, based on various conflicts of interest between he and Keith Davies, that Davies had verbally withdrawn his name from consideration as Special Events Director.”

The article pointed to a report in The Union “that Davies and Holler together loaned NCTV $10,000 in 2013.”

The proposed 18-page contract was listed on the agenda of the Mammoth Lakes Town Council meeting this week. It is here: agenda_item_9. “Staff recommends Council approve the proposed agreement with Sierra Nevada Destination Services to support economic development efforts through the implementation of the Town’s Special Events Strategy with first year funding of $125,000 and authorize the Town Manager to sign the agreement, subject to final legal review,” it began.

“After a mid-meeting recess, Mayor Shields Richardson announced that the agenda item was being pulled, so it never came up for discussion,” the newspaper said.

The report in The Sheet, an article titled “Friends with Benefits,” is here.

“So while $125,000 seems like a big number, $100,000 of it is already dedicated to various events, meaning there’s only $25,000 on the table in the first year which would be discretionary, and $50,000/year thereafter.”

The Sheet concluded: “So what happens from here? Holler said the town will either fly another RFP completely or it can approach the other people/firms which previously expressed interest and either did/did not make a formal proposal last time around.”

In an unsolicited email to this blog on the weekend, Davies wrote: ” As you know I am no longer the Co-CEO with the Chamber as I resigned my position in May to pursue another adventure, which by the way I got, and Robin is now the CEO.”

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Here’s  Peaches & Herb singing “Reunited and it feels so good,” one of my favorite tunes from the ’70s:

About jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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One Response to Davies of Grass Valley Chamber and ex-city manager Holler reunite in Mammoth Lakes deal — well almost

  1. Keith Davies says:

    Jeff, thanks for the accurate reporting on the Mammoth Lakes project. I was very excited about going to Mammoth and producing events for that beautiful community. However, it wasn’t meant to be as they say, and I have been around long enough to know that when the stars don’t line up it is best to move on. This project that Dan asked me to consider was completely on the come, in that, if the events made money I made money, and of course if they were successful that would mean thousands of people would have come to Mammoth to fill the hotels, the restaurants,and shops. And that was the purpose of the Dir. of Special Events position in the first place and it was structured as an incentive based program from the start, no salary involved.
    Oh well, back to retirement……………………..K

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