Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association hires

The Idaho Outfitters andGuides Association has hired John May, a longtime tourism and hospitalityindustry professional in Boise, as its new executive director. May will beginwork for IOGA on Oct. 1.

May replaces Grant Simonds, who served with distinction asthe executive director of IOGA for 28 years, and will continue service for IOGAas its governmental affairs liaison. 

Mayis the former general manager of the Owyhee Hotel, served for six years on the Idaho Travel Council, and held leadershippositions on the Idaho Lodging and Restaurant Association and the TreasureValley Lodging Association, among others. He's also a native Idahoan who lovesto play outdoors.

"It seems like a perfect job for me," says adelighted and excited May. "I'm looking forward to bringing folks to Idahoto enjoy all of the outdoor adventure opportunities that we have out there in ourbeautiful mountains and rivers. I've made a lot of friends and contacts throughmy work on the Idaho Travel Council, and hopefully I'll bring a few new ideasto the table to build on the long-time success of IOGA in the great state ofIdaho."

Jeff Sayer, Director of the Idaho Department of Commerce,said, "We are thrilled with the appointment of John May as executivedirector for IOGA. John was an active and charismatic member of the IdahoTravel Council for six years. His intimate knowledge of our marketing and grantprograms will ensure a smooth transition and even presents new synergies thatwe look forward to cultivating regarding recreation technology and outdoorrecreation marketing.

"After 28 years of great leadership, Grant Simonds isleaving some large shoes to fill," said Steve Burson, owner of Storm CreekOutfitters and president of the IOGA Board of Directors. "John May wasselected from a very strong field of candidates.  John is a long-timeBoise resident, and his personal interests include hunting, fishing, whitewaterrafting and a number of other outdoor activities.

"His professional experience includes over 25 yearsoperational and management experience in the hotel, hospitality and tourismindustry. John’s skills, knowledge and strong ties at the Statehouse andthroughout Idaho will make him a key asset as he helps move IOGA into our next60 years."

IOGA is a nonprofit trade and marketing organization thathas approximately 250 members in all corners of the state, including licensedoutfitting businesses, professional licensed guides and associate members.IOGA-member outfitters lead trips on Idaho's world-class rivers, big-gamehunting trips, steelhead fishing trips, heli-ski and snowcat skiing trips,summer horseback rides and fishing trips, and more. For more information, see

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