Furlong is employed by The Greenbrier as vice president of sales and event services. An ethics concern surrounding his appointment was raised questioning whether a conflict was present because of his employment. Hanna said a letter from the ethics commission reported there was no conflict. GCAA board president Lowell Johnson will also review the applicant’s qualifications.

Furlong’s business management degree was Hanna’s main reason had for considering him to the position. Commissioner Mike McClung said he hoped that those in Snowshoe don’t feel disadvantaged with [The Greenbrier’s group sales director] on the board. His opinion was that Furlong will “…probably quite regularly be required to recuse himself.” Commissioner Lowell Rose’s concerns centered around whether Furlong would regularly attend CVB meetings, in addition to the GCAA meetings, which, he said, the former Greenbrier board member did not do. Furlong’s appointment to the GCAA board was approved in a 2-1 vote, with McClung opposing.

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