Killington Resort announces new executive team members

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Killington Resort announces new executive team members

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 10:02am -- katie

Continuing its Practice of Promoting From Within, Amy Laramie, Dave Beckwith and Jordan Spear Tapped to Lead Future Growth

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard destination in Eastern North America and part of POWDR, announced the advancement of Amy Laramie as director of communications, events and special projects, Dave Beckwith as director of snow sports and Jordan Spear as director of marketing, sales and reservations.

Amy, Dave and Jordan succeed Director of Sales & Marketing, Rob Megnin, and Director of Special Projects, Tracy Taylor - both recently retired. Amy, Dave and Jordan will lead their teams who are primarily responsible for driving growth in mountain sport participation and visits. They join the executive team in the midst major transformation at Killington and Pico, both of which are set to reimagine the guest experience.

“Killington has the opportunity to continue growing as a year-round destination and we need leaders who understand the organization and industry,” says Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort and Pico Mountain. “We’re thrilled to be able to promote from within as we continue to build a strong, passionate team. Amy, Dave and Jordan will, no doubt, make immediate contributions to Killington and Pico in their new roles. All three are long-time employees, and bring more than 30 years of combined experience at Killington/Pico.”

Amy previously served as the internal communications and guest experience manager and has been key in communicating and implementing the company's guest service strategy internally.  She has also made great strides in driving customer loyalty by establishing ways to quickly react to Killington and Pico guest and employee feedback related to guest service issues. In her new role, Amy will combine internal and external communications efforts and oversee the events department, which delivers unique-to-Killington experiences to our guests. In addition, Amy represents the resort in the greater Rutland community as a member of the Board of Directors for the Killington Pico Areas Association, the Rutland Economic Development Corporation and the Rutland Young Professionals. 

Dave has managed snow sports school and golf operations at the resorts since joining the Killington/Pico team in 2010.  He previously served as the ski school director for another POWDR resort, Boreal Mountain Resort in Truckee, California, and as the snow sports director for the Summit at Snoqualmie in Washington. Dave has also held several roles with the Professional Ski Instructors of America, including clinician and examiner for multiple regions around the country and the Education Advisory Council for the national organization where he collaborated on writing the national standards for snow sports instruction for the United States. Dave’s promotion to the executive team cements Killington and Pico’s commitment to introducing new people to the mountain resort lifestyle.

Jordan has spent the last three years managing the marketing team for Killington/Pico and previously held management roles in ticket and season pass sales and guest services. He brings a well-rounded perspective to his new role having worked in several departments across the resort since joining the team in 2006. His time spent working with Killington’s guests and staff on the front lines, combined with his marketing experience, gives him a unique perspective to carry forward our efforts to attract new and repeat guests to experience the best mountain resort in Eastern North America.

Amy and Jordan both graduated from the Green Mountain College Killington School of Resort Management program in 2009 and are two of over 35 graduates currently working at Killington in various roles. Despite the closure of Green Mountain College this past spring, the resort management program will continue to be offered at Killington in conjunction with Castleton University.

Existing members of the executive team under the leadership of Mike Solimano, president and general manager, include Jeff Temple, director of mountain operations; Judy Geiger, director of human resources; Matt Kinsman, director of finance; Rich McCoy, director of Pico Mountain and summer operations; and Scott Harrison, director of hospitality.

About Killington Resort
Killington Resort is a four-season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. The Beast of the East boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course, the family-friendly Snowshed Adventure Center, 35 miles of mountain biking trails with expansion underway with Gravity Logic, plus 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for over 55 years. Killington is part of the POWDR portfolio. Visit www.killington.com for more information and be social with #beast365.