Hot August Nights Board of Directors Selects Mike Whan as Executive Director Commencing After 2015 Event
RENO, Nev. (May 19, 2015)— When the 29th annual Hot August Nights (HAN) main event culminates this year, current Executive Director Tony Marini will pass the torch to longtime Nevadan Mike Whan. After lengthy and careful consideration of 50 applicants from across the globe, the Hot August Nights board of directors determined Whan’s decades of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors to be an ideal fit to lead the high profile organization.
Whan will depart a position as regional security manager for Charter Communications to accept his new title of Assistant Executive Director—effective May 25, 2015—through the end of this year’s event. He will then take his seat at Hot August Nights’ helm as the organization’s official executive director on August 31, 2015. He will be making his first community appearance as a member of the HAN team at the organization’s Spring Fever Revival event, May 29 and 30, taking place in downtown Reno.
Whan retired as Deputy Chief of Police for the Reno Police Department in 2012, after working his way up the ranks since his career began with them in 1989. One of his professional highlights was working the northern Nevada special events circuit providing traffic control and safety measures to ensure the success of the events. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Reno before graduating from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Va., and the Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston, Mass.
“I’m looking forward to building on the organization’s successes and seeking out opportunities to grow the event,” states Mike Whan. “After working with Tony through the end of August to ensure a smooth transition, and experiencing Hot August Nights from an internal perspective, I’ll be better able to evaluate and formulate plans for future events.”
After months of interviews and deliberation, the board of directors selection committee had no easy task selecting Whan from the tremendous selection of candidates. “Mike simply had all the right answers and cumulative qualifiers; with his strong community ties and diverse experience, he ranked cleanly and clearly as the top candidate,” asserts HAN Board of Directors President Michael Smart. “We are confident that he will be a strong asset to HAN and represent the organization well.”
A family man and longtime resident of Nevada, Whan moved to the area in 1977 from southern California and graduated from Truckee High School before entering the University of Nevada, Reno. A father of three—two boys and a girl—he’s been married to his wife Denise for 28 years. While raising their children and playing an active role in their athletics, Whan spent extensive time serving his community as board member and safety director of the Reno National Little League; board member of the Reno American Little League; coaching youth soccer, baseball, football and basketball; and as a Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce advisory board member. Whan was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce 2004 Leadership Reno-Sparks and the City of Reno’s Leadership Academy. He also served on the Leadership Reno-Sparks Alumni Advisory Board for four years.