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A new chapter in my life as I am no longer the Director of Tourism for The Dalles, Oregon (The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce). I am in the search for a new opportunity so if you would like to reach me please email me:

Thank You,

Dave Nevins

 Dave Nevins Resume

Qualifications Profile

Dynamic, goal-oriented, and athletic professional with wide-ranging experience in community relations coordination; staff and volunteer training; videography and photography; and blogging. Equipped with outstanding planning skills in organizing and leading big events, activities, and shows. Equipped with communication and interpersonal skills; accustomed to build and maintain harmonious relationships with various individuals. Technically proficient with Web Design (Squarespace), Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, Corel VideoStudio,, and social media sites.

Core competencies

Data Collection ~ Film Development and Documentary ~ Strategic Planning and Execution

Continuous Process Improvement ~ Funding and Sponsorship ~ Cross-functional Coordination

Professional Experience

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, The Dalles, OR

Director of Tourism                                                                                                                             2018-2019

    Involved with the Regional Destination Management Organization as one of five people who represented the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge area in Tourism and made key decisions and oversaw regional funding from Travel Oregon

    Managed the Food, Wine & Art (FWA) and the History & Heritage HH) Committees while working on a new event (FWA) and successfully received a grant to create a on a new Historical Walking Tour brochure (HH)

    Involved as a key ally with the Columbia Gorge Tourism Alliance

    Developed a Tourism Advisory Committee and directed the meetings

    Coordinated a visit by The U.S. National Christmas Tree

    Supervised two other employees while they were engaged on the tourism team (they also were involved with the Chamber of Commerce)

    Made quarterly presentations to City Council/Mayor/City Manager regarding our status, projects, budget, recent events and successes

    Exhibited at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show (Portland, OR)

    Involved with the Travel Oregon Mural project and the Travel Oregon Mural celebration

    Prepared most of the 2019-2020 Community Tourism Marketing Plan (for the City Council/Mayor/City Manager)

    Assisted the Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce with events and participated in select networking functions

No Limits, Tucson, AZ; Sitka, AK; and Boise, ID

Executive Director/Volunteer                                                                                                           2005–2018

    Effectively encourage and motivate individuals with diabetes and other medical conditions by initiating a non-profit diabetes outdoor and adventure group

    Drive efforts in organizing numerous fundraisers with donations for the local diabetes organizations and the community, as well as events, social media, speaking engagements, photography, and films in inspiring individuals with diabetes and other medical conditions

    Assume various roles to strategically perform multiple tasks:

o    Race director for the Sitka Sound Ocean Adventure Swim (10k/5k, Sitka, AK);

o    Director for Banff Mountain Film Festival, Sitka, AK

o    Director for Radical Reels Tour (Banff Mountain Film Festival), Sitka, AK; and

o    Director for the Dive for Diabetes (Skydive) Event, Caldwell, ID

    Develop a large skydiving event in the Pacific Northwest

    Oversee a team comprise of four mountain bikers with type 1 diabetes within 24-hours in Old Pueblo that was featured in the film that I created called “You Only Live Once”

    Offer support in creating “Sugar Free Ocean” which was a film documentary on the organization’s Destination Alaska Sea Kayak Expedition

    Create the Kayak Program through SEARHC: Steps to a Healthier Southeast Alaska for individuals diagnosed with diabetes

    Substantially contributed in acquiring funding for the film project (Sugar Free Ocean) for Banff Film Fest Sitka

    Made it possible to gain the Steve Reifunstuhl Award in the Sitka Health Summit

American Diabetes Association, Tucson, AZ

Market Manager                                                                                                                                 2015–2017

    Cultivated and maintained relationships with corporate community and individuals for mission funding through sponsorship, retail campaigns, event teams, grants, donations, and other partnerships

    Established partnership by closely collaborating with high-level volunteers that provided leadership and resources

    Facilitated and conducted various activities, including the Tour de Cure ride and the Step Out Walk events

    Raised $250K to $500K annually from corporations, teams, and individuals by formulating and implementing fundraising strategies

Race Across America, Boulder, CO

Driver | Film Assistant – Race Across America, Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland                                    2015

    Provided coverage to the Race Across America race leaders by driving Media 1 Team while supporting the lead video journalist

    Took photos and videos for the Race Across America

    Held accountability for the gas, hotel budget, and receipts

    Successfully accomplished two complete cross-country drives across the United States in 19 days

Perimeter Bicycling Association, Tucson, AZ

Director of Indoor El Tour                                                                                                                           2014

    Facilitated an event for El Tour de Tucson that gathered participants from across the world

    Rendered assistance to El Tour de Tucson, Viva Bike Vegas, Cochise County Cycling Classic, and El Tour Adventure Run

    Acted as the staff photographer and calendar of events director

Sitka Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sitka, AK

Director of Visitor Services                                                                                                               2007–2013

    Exemplified leadership skills in supervising 1 employee and 5 to 11 volunteers at 2 visitor centers

    Demonstrated proficiency in hosting numerous media and travel writers with planning and follow-up

    Served as representative for the featuring of photography regarding the beautiful area of Sitka, AK

    Developed and facilitated the Sitka Picture Perfect Photo Contest

    Served as the lead person for the visit by the Russian sailing ship Pallada during the international event


Creative Writing (English 270) - University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK; Online course

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science - Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA; Dean’s Honor List

Associate of Arts - Green River Community College, Auburn, WA; Meritorious Scholarship

Professional Development

Conferences / Workshops

East Gorge Food Trail Workshop, The Dalles, OR

Tourism Summit, The Dalles, OR

Travel Oregon 101, Pendleton, OR

Oregon Tour and Travel Alliance Fall Meeting, Astoria, OR

North American Conference on Diabetes & Exercise, San Diego, CA

Heritage & Cultural Tourism Conferences, Sitka, AK

Horne Lake Leadership Conference, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association (DESA) Conference, West Chester, PA




Insulindependence, North American Conference on Diabetes and Exercise (San Diego, CA), VIP Athlete Expert/Guest

I Challenge Diabetes’ Events (British, Columbia and Alberta, Canada), Volunteer

Nonprofit Diabetes Adventure Group, No Limits, Co-Creator

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Volunteer

Medtronic Global Champions Team, Honorary Member

Radical Reels (Banff Mountain Film Festival), Director

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, Director

Race Across America (Cycling), Crew Member

Medtronic Diabetes, Minimed Ambassador

Type 1 Diabetic Athletes Group, Volunteer

Sitka Mountain Rescue, On Call Volunteer

Beyond Type 1 - Type One Run, Volunteer

Medtronic Global Hero, Participant

Diabetes Sports Project, Volunteer


Publication and Film


Boise Backcountry Adventure (book), Co-author

You Only Live Once (film), Creator

The Jump (film), Creator

Alaskan Waters (film), Creator

Sugar Free Ocean (film), Obtained funding and assisted with the film created for No Limits

Dive for Diabetes (film), Creator (Currently working on). Filmed by Keith Hutchison - Summit Digital Films

Paddling to Samsing Cabin (film), Creator (Currently working on)