• Tahoe Chamber’s staff brings a unique set of skills and areas of expertise to the organization for the benefit of our membership. Get to know the staff below and reach out if you have any questions pertaining to your membership or the community!


    CEO - Craig Schmidt

    Craig A. Schmidt is an accomplished chamber professional with 22 years of experience in business, workforce and tourism development. He comes to South Lake Tahoe from his previous post as Executive Director of Chamber of Commerce in Mammoth Lakes, California. His program of work at the Mammoth Lakes Chamber runs parallel to that of the Tahoe Chamber, in that each have adopted the Western Association of Chamber Executives recommended strategies that are relevant to the business community. Craig is excited to work with the Tahoe Chamber board, staff, members, and other leaders on the business and community initiatives important to the South Shore.

    You can reach Craig at 775.588.1728 ext. 301 or by email.


    Director of Operations- Emily Abernathy, B.A.

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    Emily was born and raised in Northern California and her degree in Recreation Administration prepared her well for life in the mountains and her career with the chamber. Emily strives to enhance each and every event to provide the utmost value to the membership and welcomes member’s ideas and feedback.  

    You can reach Emily at 775.588.1728 ext. 303 or by email.


    Membership Services Director - Justin Sinner, B.A.

    Justin SinnerJustin has enjoyed all that Lake Tahoe has to offer since his family moved to Northern California in the early 1990s. An avid snow skier and backpacker, you can find Justin on the mountain during his free time. Justin graduated with a degree in Communications and enjoys meeting chamber members while learning about the unique attributes and story of each business.

    You can reach Justin at 775.588.1728 ext. 305 or by email.


     Accounting Manager - Eric Szandzik

    Eric moved to South Lake Tahoe in 2012 after being drawn to its snow covered mountains.  His Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management produced a broad foundation for delivering many various services to the community: office management for Coldwell Banker, account manager for financial advisors, and government accounting for the State of Nevada.

    You can reach Eric at 775.588.1728 ext. 304 or by email.

     Communications and Marketing Coordinator - Brittani Curtis, B.A.

    Brittani is a local communication and marketing professional. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a B.A. in Communication Studies and a minor in Journalism. After graduation, she was drawn to the South Shore because if its unique beauty andBrittani's Headshot outdoor recreation. Her experience includes an internship with the Reno Aces Baseball Club and a Group Sales Coordinator position with Zephyr Cove Resort. Brittani strives to serve the South Shore community through her communication and marketing expertise.

    You can reach Brittani at 775.588.1728 ext. 312 or by email.  


    Digital Coordinator - Mary Waters

    A Silicon Valley native, Mary brings her technological skills and experience working across multiple industries to coordinate and advance the Tahoe Chamber’s digital endeavors. Having worked in marketing and e-Learning for non-profits as well as some of high tech’s leading companies, she has a keen interest in tracking the ever-changing trends and developments in the digital space and is excited to utilize these innovations to help support the South Shore business community. Lake Tahoe has always held a special place in Mary’s heart, as it was the favored location for family vacations throughout her life. She has been proud to call South Tahoe home since 2012 and in her spare time enjoys volunteering at the Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School.  

    You can reach Mary at 775.588.1728 ext. 313 or by email.

    Executive Assistant - Vanessa Lopez

    Vanessa is a 2007 graduate of South Tahoe High School. Her college credentials include an AA in Visual and Performing Arts & Graphic Design from San Diego City College and a Certificate of Photography from Lake Tahoe Community College. She has held a variety of administrative and other positions in both South Lake Tahoe and San Diego. She has also traveled extensively to a variety of countries around the world over the past few years.

    You can reach Vanessa at 775.588.1728 ext. 300 or by email.


    Accounting Assistant - Katharine McComb

    Katharine was born and raised in Southern California, where she graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in Economics and a minor in Environmental Studies.  Having a professional background in accounting, she found that she could marry her passions of finance and environmental stewardship at her current position at the Tahoe Chamber, furthering the economic interests of local business while respecting South Lake’s stunning and vital natural environment.  Her activities include snowmobiling and snowboarding in winter, and she is an enthusiastic paddle boarder and hiker in balmier months.

    You can reach Katharine at 775.588.1728 ext. 307 or by email.