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Hot August Nights Board of Directors Select Alan Tom as Incoming Executive Director

Tom to Work With Whan as He Prepares to Pass The Torch This September


RENO-SPARKS, Nev. (July 22, 2020) –– When the 33rd annual Hot August Nights (HAN) main event culminated in 2019, current Executive Director Mike Whan decided that he was ready to spend more time with his family and enjoy HAN from a participants point of view. Whan gave his resignation to the Board of Directors at the annual retreat in November of 2019 with a commitment to stay on through the 2020 event to ensure a seamless transition.

While anticipation grew for HAN, previously scheduled for July 31 to August 9, 2020, concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic led event organizers to the tough decision of postponing this year’s 34th Anniversary event.  “This is not something any of us would have ever expected to happen; this is not how I had planned to pass over the reins of the organization after five years as Executive Director.” Whan goes on to say, “we will be working harder than ever to rebuild what we have lost from this pandemic, and I have full confidence in Alan’s abilities to work together to establish a game plan securing HAN’s future for years to come.” Whan will extend his public service background of 30 plus years as he volunteers to mentor Tom through the 2021 event.

“Tom was the clear choice” asserts HAN Board of Directors President Cindy Mason. “Tom’s experience speaks for itself, with 20 plus years in special events management with extensive knowledge of non-profits and respected connections in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe regions, it is what made him stand out above the other applicants,” said Mason. Tom will accept his new position of the high profiled organization as Executive Director – effective August 3, 2020.

Tom spent 25 years of his career with Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center as Emergency Room Materials Manager/EMT Coordinator/Special Events Coord. before he made the change to REMSA, retiring after 14 years as Special Events Manager in 2019. Toms’ professional highlights include recruiting, training and overseeing of 450 employees providing Emergency Medical Service for 650 organized special events annually. Tom has 35 years of experience as a Community Volunteer holding multiple seats on special event boards to include working closely with HAN as a consultant.

“Amidst the challenging times that are forthcoming, as an EMT, I am qualified to assist in training of the staff and volunteers in multiple medical situations,” stated Alan Tom. “I feel motivated and prepared to work through our current and imminent situation with COVID-19 to ensure the proper safety measures are being taken at all times.”

Alan TomA family man born and raised in Nevada, married to his wife Dana they share four children between them – two sons -Erik and Elijah and two daughters – Breanna and Cynthia. Toms’ love for the community pours through with the plethora of awards and recognitions he has received, ranging from Veterans of Foreign Wars – Certificate of Commendations EMT/Paramedic of the Year State of Nevada and National award for Emergency Medical Technician of the year, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office – Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition award for life saving, to the Senator Harry Reid- Recognition for Paramedic/EMT of the year award and many more.



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