54th Annual Meeting - Speakers

CSCUSA 54th Annual Meeting
June 15, 2016
Denver, CO

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Dave Belin, RRC Associates

Dave Belin has been a senior director at RRC Associates since 2001 and is currently the director of consulting services. He brings strong analytical skills and a common-sense approach to help clients understand the implications of research findings. Dave works closely with RRC’s travel and tourism clients, including DMOs, hotels, attractions and ski resorts. As the primary author of the ski industry’s NSAA Economic Analysis, Dave has an excellent understanding of the financial state of the ski resort business. Dave has been involved in numerous studies of beginner skier and snowboarders, most recently the NSAA Beginner Conversion Study. He has a B.A. in American History from Yale University and a M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. 

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Kate Berg

Kate Berg, Summit County Government

Kate Berg is a senior planner for Summit County Government, working in the county’s Community Development Division. Kate has worked for Summit County since 2001 and serves as the lead planner/project manager overseeing implementation of the county’s long range planning and special project work. Her areas of expertise include master planning, affordable workforce housing program development, sustainability and energy planning, capital improvement project planning, and community outreach. Kate earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont, and Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Colorado Denver. She lives in Frisco, Colorado with her husband and two children.  

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Nancy Clark, Drive Brand Studios

Nancy Clark is owner and president of Drive Brand Studio in North Conway, NH. Nancy started her ski area marketing career at Hunter Mountain in New York as a PR assistant. She then moved to New Hampshire for a 12 year stint as VP of Marketing and Sales at Attitash Bear Peak. While there she was part of the three-person senior management team responsible for the year-round operation of the entire resort. Since creating Drive Brand Studio, Nancy and her talented team of passionate skiers and outdoor enthusiasts have provided branding, marketing strategy and implementation for ski areas and associations throughout the country. Nancy has also been a keynote speaker and workshop leader at national and regional tourism, economic development, and business group conferences.

Nancy will be providing virtual reality experiences throughout the day. Her presentation will be an interactive and informative session on virtual reality and how ski areas can use this still developing technology to reach a new audience. Discover the most recent trends, how virtual reality is affecting tourism and how to launch a virtual reality campaign of your own.

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Zack Giffin

Zack Giffin, Tiny House Nation

Zack Giffin is a well-known advocate of the tiny house movement and host of the popular television show, Tiny House Nation. A home builder and carpenter by trade, Zack has worked his life around outdoor adventures, eventually turning his passion for backcountry skiing into an occupation. A longtime practitioner of simple living, Zack was naturally drawn to the tiny house movement and in 2011 built his own tiny ski chalet on wheels. Zack’s function-based use of space and inventive multi-purpose designs have become a calling card of his work and reputation.

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Mark Hayes, Highland Bike Park

Mark Hayes sold a high-tech business, bought a mountain and built a world class bike park. The owner and CEO of Highland Mountain Bike Park, the only dedicated lift access mountain bike park on the east coast, Mark is fueled by his passion for the sport and energized by his total commitment to making it accessible to everyone. Mark and his highly skilled team are focused on managing Highland’s growth as it continues to evolve and lead the mountain bike industry. In 2014 Mark and his team formed Highland Trails, LLC and began providing premium mountain bike training programs, as well as unsurpassed trail design, construction, and maintenance services to clients worldwide.

Mark will participate in a panel discussion of creating and maintaining successful ski area mountain bike parks, including an in-depth discussion of potential liability issues.

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Bob Holme, Winter Park Resort

Bob Holme is Winter Park Resort’s Director of Mountain Maintenance and the visionary behind Trestle Bike Park.  Bob oversees slope, lift and vehicle maintenance, the resort’s terrain and bike park programs and is also the General Manager of the Colorado Freeride Festival, the nation’s largest freeride mountain bike festival. After graduating from the University of Colorado, Bob has combined his athletic experience as a 2-time Olympian (ski jumping), marketing and finance degrees, 21 years of resort operations experience, and 28 years of snowboarding into a unique set of responsibilities for the resort. Bob will join the panel discussing mountain biking parks at ski areas.

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Lauren Isaac, EasyMile

Lauren Isaac is the Director of Business Initiatives for the North American operation of EasyMile. EasyMile provides electric, driverless shuttles that are designed to cover short distances in multi-use environments. Prior to working at EasyMile, Lauren worked at WSP on various projects involving advanced technologies that can improve mobility in cities. Lauren wrote “Driving Towards Driverless: A Guide for Government Agencies” on how local and regional governments should respond to autonomous vehicles in the short, medium, and long term. In addition, Lauren maintains the blog, “Driving Towards Driverless”, and has presented on this topic at more than 75 industry conferences. She recently did a TEDx Talk, and has been published in Forbes and the Chicago Tribune among other publications.

Lauren’s keynote presentation will focus on autonomous vehicles, starting with a broad overview of the technology before focusing on Colorado and impacts to Colorado’s ski industry, including the Smart 70 Project currently being undertaken by the Colorado Department of Transportation. Lauren will also discuss how autonomous vehicles could change transportation to and from ski areas and how this technology might alter well established business models.

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Philip Jefferys

Philip Jeffreys, Aspen Skiing Company

Philip Jeffreys is a Project Manager focused on the creation of workforce housing for the Aspen Skiing Company. With over a decade of real estate expertise in finance, planning, design, construction and project management, Philip has experience in, and insight into, the distinct, yet interconnected, phases of a successful development. Prior to joining the Aspen Skiing Company, Philip worked for five years as a real estate market analyst and project manager for Design Workshop, a nationally recognized land planning and landscape architecture firm. As a development analyst for Austin Lawrence Partners, Philip researched, helped secure financing and collaborated to deliver a number of projects ranging from 300,000 square foot mixed-used projects in Durham, North Carolina to single-family homes in Aspen. Philip also previously managed over $30M in renewable energy construction for a national solar developer.

Philip received his M.B.A. from Thunderbird, The Global School of Management, and his B.A. in Economics and Art from Middlebury College. He lives in Aspen with his wife and son and enjoys spending time in the beautiful outdoors and giving back to the community. Philip serves on the City of Aspen Open Space and Trails Citizen Board and is a co-founder of WE-cycle, the nation’s first rural bike sharing system.

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Juli Rathki, Executive Wellness Consultant

Juli Rathke is a multi-passionate entrepreneur, the founder of YOGA + Life™ Magazines, a former TV Host, mom of three, and a yoga and fitness teacher for over 20+ years who has spent the past 20 years living life to the fullest in Colorado’s high country. She is now a human condition expert and an unshakable optimist. She serves as a high performance executive consultant, company culture expert, speaker, motivator and retreat leader.

Juli’s session will focus on strategies to promote wellness in the workplace, focusing on the ski industry and perpetual challenges like employee burnout and seasonal employee retention. Her presentation will touch on four key concepts: motivation by humanization, coaching as a way to get ahead of the conversation, wellness programs and cognitive coherence or meditation.

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Sabato Sagaria, Chief Restaurant Officer, Union Square Hospitality Group 

Sabato Sagaria is the Chief Restaurant Officer of Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG), which includes some of New York City's most acclaimed and beloved restaurants. As Chief Restaurant Officer, Sabato works closely with USHG leadership to continuously improve operations and strengthen the restaurant brands. In addition, he oversees USHG's centralized functions of facilities management, public relations, and marketing to elevate restaurant operations and guest experience through a collaborative, streamlined approach.

Sabato’s presentation will focus on Union Square Hospitality Group’s approach to hospitality, its success and how to replicate it elsewhere in the hospitality industry. The talk will also feature an in-depth discussion of USHG's no tipping policy.

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Rod Stambaugh

Rod Stambaugh, Sprout Tiny Homes

Rod Stambaugh is the President of Spout Tiny Homes, Inc., a publicly traded Colorado company with the stock symbol, STHI. Sprout Tiny Homes is a leading designer, manufacturer and developer of tiny homes and attainable live-work communities. Sprout homes are built with structural insulated panels resulting in stronger, greener and straighter homes that are highly energy efficient and feature chemical free interiors to encourage healthy living lifestyles. Using sustainable building materials where possible and pushing the boundaries of design and energy efficiency are key attributes of Sprout homes.

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Eli Stokols, Reporter, Wall Street Journal

Eli Stokols now covers the White House for the Wall Street Journal after two years at POLITICO where he reported on the GOP side of the 2016 election. He was initially assigned to Jeb Bush's campaign before landing in Donald Trump traveling press corps. Before moving to Washington, he spent nearly a decade covering Colorado politics for Denver's KDVR-TV, a Fox affiliate, where he also anchored newscasts, hosted a weekly political affairs show and wrote several long-form pieces for 5280 Magazine and POLITICO Magazine. A southern California native and UC Berkeley graduate, he has lived in all four U.S. time zones - including a first job in Shreveport, LA and a year at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Eli’s presentation will focus on media in the age of President Donald Trump and how his 2016 campaign and victory has changed the media landscape.

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