Meet the Idaho Travel Council
The Idaho Travel Council is an eight-member council appointed by the Governor. The Council meets throughout the state in January, March, May, August and October. The public is encouraged to attend these meetings to stay informed about the Idaho Commerce Tourism Development team’s marketing program.
If you are interested in learning more about serving on the Idaho Travel Council, please discuss your interest with current Council members. Applications for serving on the Council can be obtained from the Office of the Governor. This website will also allow you to view board information, term expirations and vacancies. Click on the photos below to see each council members’ bio.
In January 2020, Governor Brad Little appointed Kayoko Magnus to the Idaho Travel Council (ITC) for a three-year term representing Region 1.
Kayoko Magnus has been with Hagadone Hospitality for 24 years where she is now the Associate Director of Sales for the Coeur d’Alene Resort.
A veteran of the hospitality industry, Magnus began her career cleaning cabins at Hills Resort in Priest Lake, Idaho and gained experience through restaurant, guest services and sales positions. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing from the University of Idaho and is a member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) Southern California.
Outside of the office, Kayoko volunteers for several non-profit organizations including the Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Club of Kootenai County, and United Way, where she assisted in making pre-K literacy kits for families in need. A true northern Idahoan, she loves hiking, biking, camping, snow sports and spending time on the lake.
Region II – Vice-Chair
In February 2019, Governor Brad Little appointed Arthur McIntosh to the Idaho Travel Council (ITC) for a three-year term representing Region 2.
McIntosh, a lifelong Idaho resident, has an extensive background in agriculture as a wheat and organic farmer with a current focus on the marketing and operations of Lindsay Creek Vineyards in Lewiston. Recognizing the growth in culinary tourism, he sees this vineyard and wine tasting room overlooking the Clearwater River Valley, and others in the area, as key attractors for visitors to Idaho. McIntosh has a Certificate in Enology from Washington State University and is active in the tourism community, supporting the marketing efforts of Visit Lewis Clark Valley, North Central Idaho Travel Association and the Idaho Wine Commission.
McIntosh is a member of the Clearwater Economic Development Association’s Economic and Community Development Council and serves on the Lewis-Clark Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee.
He is a board member for Winter Spirit, an Advisory Board Member of the Agriculture Economics and Rural Sociology Department at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Idaho and the Nez Perce County Chairman of the Idaho Grain Producers Association. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Idaho Agriculture program.
Patrick Morandi was appointed to the Idaho Travel Council in January 2019 and has been actively involved in the family entertainment industry for 27 years.
Currently an owner and the CEO of Roaring Springs Water Park and Wahooz Family Fun Zone & Pinz in Meridian, his career began as an office manager at Mt. Rose ski area at Lake Tahoe.
He then served nine years as general manager at Wild Island Family Adventure Park in Sparks, Nevada, before accepting the General Manager position at Roaring Springs Waterpark and Wahooz and working his way to CEO. Morandi has served on several boards and commissions, including the Meridian Interchange Task Force, Meridian Transportation Commission and Meridian Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Pat is also a member of the World Waterpark Association, Family Entertainment Center Committee of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions and Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America.
Shawn Barigar resides in Twin Falls and has been actively involved in the Magic Valley tourism industry for nearly 20 years.
Currently the Economic Development Director for the City of Twin Falls, he was President of the Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce for 18 years and served on the Twin Falls City Council for more than 14 years with four years as Mayor.
Mr. Barigar has served on a variety of boards and councils, including the Idaho Chamber Alliance, Southern Idaho Tourism, Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization and the Idaho Travel Council.
As Director of Sales and Marketing for TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Pocatello, Nelson supervises the sales staff and works on strategic marketing campaigns and initiatives while building industry and community relationships. She has extensive experience in the hospitality industry, working previously as a tour guide, travel agent, hotel catering sales manager, director of sales and marketing, and assistant general manager. A former military spouse, her frequent travels awakened her curiosity to discover the nature, beauty, and culture of the communities she lived in and visited.
Region VI – Chair
Ms. Allen lives in the community of Warm River and is the third-generation owner of Three Rivers Ranch, a world-class fly fishing destination and lodge, as well as four retail fly-fishing shops that also offer outfitting and guide services.
As mayor of Warm River and a lifelong Idaho resident, she understands the balance between meeting the needs and concerns of a small community and promoting tourism in Idaho. Ms. Allen’s years working at the family lodge have given her great insight into hospitality, guest service, and how to succeed in a tourism-focused industry. Ms. Allen is a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Henrys Fork Foundation, Teton Regional Land Trust, Idaho Nature Conservancy and the Ashton Chamber of Commerce.
She has served as a board member for both the Teton Regional Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy and holds outfitters licenses in Idaho, Montana and Oregon, as well as an Idaho real estate license.
Bio coming soon.
Governor Brad Little has appointed Earl Sullivan to the Idaho Travel Council (ITC). He will serve as the at-large representative for a three-year term.
Mr. Sullivan is the owner and head winemaker for Telaya Wine Co. in Garden City, Idaho’s only riverfront winery, and the owner/principal at E2S Consulting. Mr. Sullivan worked on postgraduate studies in molecular biology at the University of Kentucky before beginning his career in international logistics for the oil and gas industry.
He later worked in upper management positions for several energy and healthcare-related companies before applying his biology and chemistry training to winemaking. Since opening Telaya Wine Co. in 2011, his family-owned winery has garnered multiple awards including Winery of the Year and top red wine in Idaho two of the last three years in the Idaho Wine Competition. With a focus on hospitality, the winery is a destination for both locals and visitors.
In addition to his responsibilities at Telaya and E2S, Mr. Sullivan is the Chairman of the Idaho Grape Growers and Wine Producers Commission and serves on the Board of Directors for the Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau, Garden City Visitors Bureau, and several private companies.
Mr. Sullivan lives in Hidden Springs, ID, with his wife, Carrie, and two teenage sons. The entire family works at the winery, with Carrie and Earl sharing winemaking and operational activities while modeling the values of hard work, perseverance integrity and accountability to their boys. The family enjoys exploring Idaho’s diverse activities through hiking, camping, skiing and sampling all of the culinary opportunities the state has to offer.