Sonora, CA — The head of the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau will be stepping down. Executive Director Nanci Sikes has announced her plans to retire effective October 31. Sikes submitted her resignation letter to the Board of Directors today.
In the letter Sikes states, “This was probably the most difficult letter I have ever written and I want you to know that I will truly miss working with each of you in what seems like an almost daily basis. I will also miss our dedicated staff, who over the years have become my second ‘family’.”
Sikes has been the Executive Director for the past 26 years. She says tourism has a huge economic impact on the county with visitors spending nearly $200 million dollars each year.
Sikes says, “It has been my privilege to serve as Executive Director. I’m so grateful for the support and ability to lead this team that is so important to Tuolumne County. I will always be their strongest advocate.”
While heading up the bureau, Sikes’ responsibilities have included the Tuolumne County Film Commission, the county’s exhibit at the California State Fair, and producing the “Wild West Film Fest”.
Sikes has lead the bureau through some of its toughest challenges including the Rim Fire and government sequester. In fact, she started at the bureau during the Stanislaus Complex Fire in August 1987. Sikes is a 5th generation Tuolumne County resident. She has no plans to leave the area, except as she says, “I now plan to take trips for fun and not for work.”
Sikes notes in her letter that her retirement date will coincide with her last CalTravel Board of Directors Meeting, completing her two year elected term with the statewide organization.