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Vail names leadership team for PCMR

Vail Resorts on Friday named the leadership team that will manage Park City Mountain Resort once PCMR and Canyons Resort are folded into one property, drafting a combination of figures from both of the resorts and from other Vail Resorts’ locations as the roster was crafted.

The leadership team includes names familiar to people who closely follow the Park City-area resort industry and others who are newcomers. The announcement was made shortly after the arrival of Bill Rock, the chief operating officer of PCMR. Rock is slated to lead PCMR as it is linked with Canyons Resort into one resort. Vail Resorts said the leadership team will report directly to Rock. The members of the leadership team will assume the duties after the ski season.

The leadership team, with biographical information proved by Vail Resorts, includes:

  • Brian Suhadolc, who will be the senior director of mountain operations. He is now PCMR’s director of mountain operations. He has worked at PCMR since starting on the snowmaking team in 1991. He has been the director of mountain operations since 2011.
  • Jenna Prescott, named the senior director of base operations & village management. She is now the director of mountain operations at Canyons Resort and has worked there for nine years.
  • Tom Pettigrew, who Vail Resorts has named the senior director of skier services. He is PCMR’s director of skier services.
  • Dierdra Walsh, who will be the director of food & beverage. She currently holds the same position at PCMR.
  • Davy Ratchford, named the director of marketing. He is now the director of marketing at Vail Mountain, the Colorado flagship of Vail Resorts.
  • Cathy Wallace, who will be the senior director of human resources. She joined Vail Resorts in October.
  • Beth Lohman, who was named the senior director of finance. She holds the same position at Canyons Resort.
  • Margo Christiansen, who will be the senior manager of communications. She holds the same position at Canyons Resort.

    Blaise Carrig, the president of Vail Resorts mountain division, said in a prepared statement the leadership team draws "from existing talent" at PCMR, Canyons Resort and Vail Resorts.

    "While we are still working through the approval processes for the interconnect lift, we need to have a unified senior leadership team in place to begin the design and planning for the future combined resort and we believe it’s important to provide certainty and transparency to employees at both resorts," Carrig said in the statement.

    Vail Resorts said the shake-up impacts four employees at PCMR and another four who work at Canyons Resort. The eight are guaranteed to hold their positions until the end of the ski season. Vail Resorts said the eight "will be encouraged to consider" other management opportunities at the company. Some of the opportunities are in Park City, Vail Resorts said. Vail Resorts did not identify the eight employees who are impacted.

    Carrig said in the statement " . . . we are committed to offering new opportunities to everyone at the two resorts who are interested in staying with Vail Resorts and continuing to develop new leadership roles."

    Vail Resorts acquired PCMR in September and operates Canyons Resort as part of a long-term agreement with the Talisker corporate family. The Colorado firm intends combine the resorts prior to the 2015-2016 ski season. Details about the link are expected to be made public shortly.

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