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Executive Director

Edward Vento:

Edward Vento comes most recently from the economic development sector working on microfinance programs for underserved populations, and the employment of new market tax credit programs and opportunity zone funds to increase major capital investment in underdeveloped communities.  Edward has a history in the construction business as a general manager for a subcontractor and has a great love and respect for the trades. Edward’s experience with non-profits and business led him to legislative and cause advocacy work for various candidates, industries, and groups at the local, state and national levels. Edward is a former active duty Marine and holds a Bachelors in Business Management and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He is also a Doctoral Graduate with a DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) from Selinus University in London, England. Edward loves the Truckee Lake Tahoe area and is excited to make a contribution to improving the quality of life and overall work environment for the trades in the area.



Office Manager

Christian Wood

Christian is the newest addition to the CATT team. Christian joins after a long career at Salesforce working as an Executive Assistant. Before Salesforce Christian spent 25 years as a  Teacher and Preschool Owner. Christian is excited to learn about the building trades and offer a fun, creative, and positive attitude to a new to her industry. Christian has a teenage Daughter, two dogs, and a cat to keep her busy at home. In her spare time Christian is a fan of boats, beaches, travel, and live music. If Christian didn't manage the office at CATT she would be a pirate sailing the world.

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Membership Manager

Denise Van Beek: 

Denise comes to CATT with over 20 years of experience in the home building industry and more recently running her own remodeling business. Additionally, Denise has spent her free time volunteering as a Board Member with various non-profits in the Bay Area. She’s excited to bring her talents in sales, project management and event planning to the CATT team as our Event Manager.

Denise and her husband David are raising their 2 teenage daughters who attend school in the TTUSD . She spends her free time enjoying the outdoor activities that Truckee has to offer, traveling with her family and reading a good book.

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Events Manager

Brooke Nielsen: 

Brooke comes to CATT with over 25 years of Event management in the Tahoe basin. Her planning started at Granlibakken, where she planned everything from Weddings to Major conferences. She moved on to work for Palisades Tahoe doing planning on a larger scale, and Special Event Sales. Then decided to go out on her own and start her own Event business. She helped as an independent contractor with our 2022 holiday party and loved our association so much that she could not leave.
Brooke is born and raised in the Tahoe City area. Her hobbies include backpacking, skiing, snowboarding, softball, and boating. Anything outdoors, enjoying the beautiful place we get to call home. Especially if her 4-year-old Golden Maverick can come.
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