Mount Snow GM to take helm of National Ski Areas Association

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Mount Snow GM to take helm of National Ski Areas Association

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 4:51pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine So, the NSAA got its Vermonter after all. The board of directors of the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), a nonprofit trade association that represents ski area owners and operators in the US, has named Kelly Pawlak as NSAA’s new president and CEO. Pawlak, who is vice president and general manager at Mount Snow Resort, will assume the position January 1, 2018. Parker Riehle, head of Ski Vermont, was slated to take over the national job but had to decline for personal reasons in September.

“Finding someone with Kelly’s experience and knowledge of ski area operations as well as an appreciation of the challenges ahead will be a true benefit for the association and ski resort operators,” said Tim Silva, general manager at Sun Valley Resort, Idaho, and chair of NSAA’s board of directors.

Pawlak has been Mount Snow’s VP/GM for the past 12 years, and has worked at the resort for more than 30 years in a variety of executive positons, including VP of operations, human resources, and marketing and sales.

Mount Snow operations manager Erik Barnes will take over from Pawlak.

“I am honored and excited for this tremendous opportunity,” said Pawlak. “At Mount Snow my love of skiing quickly grew into a passion for the ski industry, and now I look forward to putting my experience to work on the national level.”

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The National Ski Areas Association represents 303 alpine resorts that account for more than 90 percent of the skier/snowboarder visits nationwide. It also has 370 supplier members who provide equipment, goods, and services to the mountain resort industry. NSAA analyzes and distributes ski industry statistics; produces annual conferences and tradeshows; produces a bimonthly industry publication; and is active in state and federal government affairs. The association also provides educational programs and employee training materials on industry issues including OSHA, ADA, and NEPA regulations and compliance; environmental laws and regulations; state regulatory requirements; aerial tramway safety; and resort operations and guest service. The association's primary objective is to meet the needs of ski area owners and operators nationwide and to foster, stimulate and promote growth in the industry.

Source: National Ski Areas Association 10.11.2017