November 09, 2011 Features & Images » Feature Story

Kevin Rea 

Candidate profile


Hockey Card:

Occupation: Security and Loss Prevention/Operations Distribution Manager at Whistler Blackcomb

Further place travelled : Cozumel, Mexico

Describe yourself using five words or less: Accountable, detail-oriented, hard-working, considerate, respectful.

Profile questions:

What do you see as the top election issues? Financial sustainability for all taxpayers, residents and the resort as a whole. Pay parking. Asphalt plant. Amenity hub and Phase 1 property tax classification. Economic growth.

How would you address the budget shortfall? A full financial review and implementation of zero-based budgeting is required. We need to implement an immediate wage and hiring freeze and conduct a review of cost increases over the past six years. We need to review all financial cost controls such as purchasing/contract tendering and financial performance reporting. A review of all existing service contracts including transit is required. Lastly, a review of existing long-term debt and all future liabilities must be carried out to determine what we are now faced with.

What do you think is the RMOW's role in boosting tourism? Support strategic and event-based marketing initiatives driven by Tourism Whistler, Chamber of Commerce and Whistler Blackcomb. Ensure barriers to generating business are not created by local government or other agencies.

What would you do to enhance the environment for business? The first step is to eliminate pay parking in Lots 1-5. I firmly believe this will increase business in the village. Secondly, conduct a business process review to ensure efficient delivery of service to those working with the various departments with the RMOW.

Give an example of a difficult situation you have overcome: I cannot provide a detailed response to this question due to the sensitive and confidential nature of many situations that I have dealt with over time. I can say that I have dealt with many work-related issues involving business partners, staff and members of the public. Personal, legal and serious matters are often within the nature of the business I manage.

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