MLT Staff

Mammoth Lakes Tourism has an open door policy. Stop at any time to meet with staff members. Our address is 2520 Main Street, next door to the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center. You can also reach us at 760-934-2712 or by emailing the general office email [email protected]

John Urdi, Executive Director, ext. 1259

John moved to Mammoth Lakes in 2010 to lead Mammoth Lakes Tourism in its early years. His degree from Northeastern University and 31-plus years of experience in hospitality and tourism, including positions with American Skiing Company, Colorado Ski Country USA and resorts across the country, prepared John to lead the Mammoth Lakes Tourism team. He is passionate about tapping into all of the opportunities to grow the Mammoth Lakes tourism industry and bringing visitors to town during historically slower seasons. Locally, John is involved as a board member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation and the TOT compliance task force. He is also the chairman of the Visit California snow committee and a board member for the US Travel Association and California Travel Association. Winter sports have always been a draw for John, so he is grateful that Mammoth Lakes offers him and his children Bryn and Jace the chance to ski together and be on the mountain upwards of 100 days a year.


Michael Vanderhurst, Director of Sales and International Marketing, ext. 1211

Michael Vanderhurst has 20 years experience in sales. Michael is Mammoth Lakes Tourism’s “Road Warrior,” traveling to international markets worldwide to raise awareness and enthusiasm for the Destination. Michael sits on the Mono County Tourism and Film Commission, The High Sierra Visitors Council, and is the point of contact for Brand USA and Visit California International.


Lara Kaylor, Director of Communications and PR, ext. 1303

Lara Kaylor has more than 10 years of experience as a journalist, which gives her a unique, behind-the-scenes perspective on PR. Lara is responsible for Mammoth Lakes Tourism’s domestic media relations, including Visit California Domestic. Lara sits on the Outdoor Writers Association of California’s Board of Directors.


Caroline Casey, Director of Special Events, ext. 1210


Meghan Miranda, Content Marketing Manager, 1310

Meghan has been working in the travel industry since 2013, developing and executing content marketing plans for a number of travel brands, including Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, AAA Travel, Southwest Airlines and U.S. Airways (now American Airlines). As part of the Mammoth Lakes Tourism team, Meghan manages VisitMammoth.com and content creation and activation. With user experience at the forefront of the marketing plan, Meghan is passionate about bringing the magic of Mammoth Lakes to life for both outdoor lovers and visitors who are new to experiencing the outdoors.
 


Josh Wray, Digital Marketing Manager, 1222

Before joining Mammoth Lakes Tourism, Josh Wray managed the social media platforms for VisitMammoth. He started as a freelance channel manager for Instagram, growing that audience from zero to 1000 engaged followers in the first month. Josh did such an exceptional job leveraging the inspirational aspects of the No Small Adventure campaign and the VisitMammoth brand that we asked him to manage our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Josh excelled on these platforms as well, elevating audience engagement and increasing numbers of followers. Josh also has a heart for building, serving and supporting communities, not just online communities, but our own, real-life, local community. It is Josh’s greatest wish to collaborate with local businesses and community members to inspire people to visit Mammoth Lakes.


Emily Bryant, Office Manager, 1220

Emily Bryant comes to Mammoth Lakes Tourism with 26 years of experience in the Sierra Nevada and 16 years of customer service experience. Born in Yosemite National Park, Emily started working for the Yosemite concessionaire at 14, holding a variety of front-line customer service position throughout the park. Upon graduating high school, she ventured out of the mountains for the Capitol of our great state, Sacramento, where she attended California State University, Sacramento obtaining a bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Hotel Administration. During college, she worked as a receptionist for John Lambeth who introduced her to the world of Business Improvement Districts and assessments. After graduation from College, she joined the Civitas team as a project manager, working on various assessment districts across the state. But the mountains were still calling, and in 2010 she returned to Yosemite to manage her family’s vacation rental and return to the hospitality world, holding a variety of management positions at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. In 2013, Emily accepted the position of Front Desk Manager at The Village Lodge for Mammoth Resorts, where she worked for almost 5 years before accepting the office manager position with Mammoth Lakes Tourism last April.