Loren Smith is a newcomer to the Kenai Peninsula, but before the opening ceremonies for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) begin, he'll be a very familiar friend to nearly everyone on the Kenai Peninsula.
Smith was selected by the AWG Host Society to be the manager for the '06 Peninsula wide event, and as such will oversee all aspects of the Games. Loren hails from North Pole Alaska and was recently introduced at Kenai and Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meetings and at the last Borough Assembly meeting. "I'm glad to be settling in during the holiday season here during this beautiful time of the year, and I'm really looking forward to living here," said Smith. He added that he wasn't surprised that the Peninsula won the bid for the games even though there was heavy competition from Juneau and Fairbanks, "The people here were so excited about getting games and put together such an enthusiastic effort that captured the heart of the Games, you deserved to host the games," said Smith.
Even though Smith has only been on the job a few days, is said he is impressed with the work that has already been accomplished, "From what I've seen here so far, you have far surpassed every other place I have worked with for the Arctic Winter Games. Your committees are already established, meetings are going on, and the sponsorships are coming in early, and I'm very amazed, but not surprised." Smith has extensive experience with Team Alaska and international sporting events. He was program manager for the North Star Borough Parks & Recreation for 15 years, then became Sports Director for the 1996 Chugiak /Eagle River Arctic Winter Games and was Director of Operations for the 2001 Special Olympic World Winter Games in Anchorage. Most recently he was Assistant Venue Transportation manager for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games. Smith says he just may be looking for his retirement home after the 2006 Arctic Winter Games here on the Kenai Peninsula.
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