Mark McGillis, the director and adviser for Gregory's Toys and Adventures as well as Allied Distributing Co., a Christmas tree and flower company, is Salt Lake County's new Olympic coordinator.
The position was created at the suggestion of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce to help the county capitalize on the 2002 Winter Games, especially in cities where events are not scheduled.McGillis will serve as a liaison between the Salt Lake Organizing Committee and those cities not expected to be directly involved in the Olympics as well as the chamber and the county.
Among his duties will be to work closely with the chamber's international trade council to develop business opportunities with companies located in countries that send athletes to the Winter Games.
He'll also be responsible for creating a cultural and economic exchange program, which will include establishing sister city and county relationships with those same countries.
The Salt Lake County Commission agreed earlier this year to expand an existing international trade contract with the chamber to fund the position, expected to cost $150,000 annually.
McGillis joins a growing list of officials with similar responsibilities. The state, along with Salt Lake City, Park City, Ogden, West Valley City, Provo and the Heber Valley, all have full- or part-time Olympic coordinators.
He is the former president of Pro Advantage, a company that designed and imported inflatable commercial river rafts. McGillis was also the executive vice president of marketing for Marker.