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National Park’s Chief of Facility Management receives regional recognition

GATLINBURG, TN - Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that Facility Management Division Chief Alan Sumeriski was recently recognized as the ‘Facility Manager of the Year’ for the National Park Service’s South Atlantic Gulf Region.

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Alan Sumeriski, GSMNP Facility Management Division Chief; image submitted

“Alan consistently provides excellence in leadership for the management of one of the most complex park maintenance operations in the National Park Service allowing us to serve over 11 million visitors on our roadways, trails, campgrounds, and picnic areas each year,” said Superintendent Cassius Cash. “He is most deserving of this honor and I’m proud to serve with him in the Smokies.”

Sumeriski has led the park’s highly skilled Facility Management workforce since 2007, providing leadership for over 150 permanent and seasonal staff who care for 384 miles of roads, 146 bridges, 152 historic cemeteries, 27 water and sewer systems, 10 campgrounds, 11 picnic areas, 848 miles of trails, and over 100 historic structures and landscapes. He has also overseen major projects such as the completion of the Foothills Parkway’s “Missing Link” in 2018, construction of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Collections Preservation Center, $100 million worth of infrastructure improvements through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds in 2009, and will be leading projects such as the rehabilitation of Park Headquarters and safety improvements to the Foothills Parkway Spur in 2020.

Sumeriski was also selected as the 2010 Park Employee of the Year. He and wife Kim live in Sevierville, TN where they raised their two daughters Kasey and Alicia.

Published December 12, 2019

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