|Scagnelli Named Director of Parks and Recreation Department|
|Written by Press release|
|Monday, 01 August 2011 10:28|
The Town of Beech Mountain has promoted Daniel Scagnelli to oversee its parks and recreation department. Scagnelli took over as director of parks and recreation on June 29. He was elevated from fitness and wellness coordinator after a long interview process that included several candidates.
Scagnelli distinguished himself in his previous role by creating the Beech Mountain Adventure Trail Park - a system of hiking and mountain biking trails that's put Beech Mountain at the forefront of outdoor adventure in the High Country of North Carolina.
Town manager Randy Feierabend said Scagnelli's educational background, management skills and his work history at the parks and recreation department prompted the promotion.
"Daniel exhibits a leadership quality we were looking for and has the training and education in the field," said Feierabend. "I look forward to the ideas and leadership he brings to the recreation department."
Scagnelli, 27, grew up in nearby Wilkesboro and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Elon University in 2006. He is currently in the final stages of earning a master's degree in exercise science from Appalachian State University.
In his new role, Scagnelli will oversee a staff of six full-time employees, two part-time employees and another half dozen seasonal positions. He will be in charge of operations and management of the 24,000-sqaure-foot Buckeye Recreation Center, which opened in 2006, as well as the town's six public parks, two public lakes and its popular youth sledding hill.
"I'm very excited. We have a lot of potential here and a lot of great things under way," Scagnelli said. "I look forward to growing and refining the services and programs we offer."
Scagnelli joined the Beech Mountain Parks & Recreation Department in 2008 after holding a sales job in Charlotte. He has worked long hours to improve the fitness offerings in the department, and has also embraced the importance of reaching out to tourists who visit Beech.
"The main industry for our community is the tourism industry and I feel our department can serve as a catalyst for tourism development," he said.
For info on the department, call (828) 387-3003, or go to: www.BeechRecreation.org.
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