Though the change won't be official until June, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has named Tiger Shaw the organization's next CEO.
Bill Marolt, who has been at the helm of the USSA for 18 years, plans to step down shortly after the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Starting Oct. 1, Shaw will serve as the Chief Operating Officer under Marolt, gaining several months experience before taking the reins in full.
"I'm totally thrilled to be chosen for the opportunity to lead the organization into the future," Shaw said. "It's amazing for me to be able to take over a strong organization and train under a guy who has been so successful."
Marolt said that, after the application and search process, Shaw really stood out among his peers.
"This whole idea of transition and looking for new leadership started some time ago," he said. "It's all been part of an organizational plan. The idea was that we'd put in place a successor and I'd work with a successor for my final year. Ultimately, in going through that process, Tiger was the individual that came to the top and was selected."
Marolt noted Shaw's background both as an athlete and as a businessman.
"He brings a skiing background and a business background at the same time," he said. "He'll hit the ground running and do a great job."
Shaw, who graduated from Dartmouth College and competed in two Olympics as an alpine skier (once under alpine coach Bill Marolt), has previously served as the senior director of Global Rescue LLC.
"I fit a lot of the requirements of the job, which are really diverse," Shaw said. "It's a large, vibrant business that needs to raise money. At the same time, it's an athletic organization that needs to know how to field the best teams in the world."
The "Best in the World" mantra is something that Marolt has spent much of his 18 years preaching and cultivating, beginning at the youth levels.
"When we came in and we set a goal of being 'Best in the World,' that's what USSA is all about," he said. "And providing an environment for kids to learn the sport at the club level is central to that theme."
Shaw said he'll keep working to make sure the USSA is active at the youth level.
"I'm absolutely focused on getting and keeping kids in the sports," he said. "It all circles around to the clubs and the parents. And it's so important to keep the image and brand of the USSA strong. We have to make sure that the more (athletes) we get in, the better we are. There's no sport in the world where that isn't true."
Shaw, along with his wife and three children, is excited to make the move from New Hampshire to Park City, a place where he's already spent some significant time both training and helping in other capacities.
"I've been coming (to Park City) for 25 years and I just love the place," he said. "It's one of the world's greatest playgrounds."
As for what he hopes to accomplish in the next few months before stepping down, Marolt said he wants to leave the USSA in an even better position than it was in after the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
"Those times when our athletes performed at a world-class level were important to me," he said. "Twenty-one medals in 2010 was one of those special moments. These 18 years have been quite a ride. I've had a terrific experience here."