Park City Ski and Snowboard executive director resigns, interim replacement announced
Park City Ski and Snowboard is going through a change in leadership.
John Kanarowski, who has been the organization’s executive director since last summer, announced his resignation on April 29. Christie Hind, a PCSS board member and longtime California litigator, will fill the position on an interim basis.
“I was in the faster-pace, innovation-focused technology industry before, and I realized I missed that environment and energy,” said Kanarowski, who came from a job as general manager of Periscope Holdings, which sells software. “So, I’ve decided to go back to that world.”
Kanarowski said he enjoyed leading PCSS for the past winter, and added he was proud of what he and the club accomplished during that time, including a strong athletic season and the initiation of an expansion to the Utah Olympic Park to accommodate club training.
He said he was also proud of the club’s effort to implement SafeSport standards, a training and screening process aimed at eradicating abuse in sports.
Hind comes to the position as a longtime parent and a board member of eight months. Recently she was the director of the Summit County Children’s Justice Center from September to March. She said that position wasn’t a good fit, though she maintains good relations with that organization.
The longer arc of her career covers work as a litigator and a legal representatives for nonprofit boards.
She described her professional experience as “a combination of litigation and regulatory compliance.”
She has worked for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, a multinational law firm that represents clients in energy, hospitality, finance, construction and real estate. She has also worked for Cypress LLP, which Hind described as a boutique law firm in Los Angeles that specializes in representing entrepreneurs. Hind is still associated with Cypress, though she said her work with the firm is on a contract basis. She said she will give “100 percent” of her attention to her new role.
Hind, her husband, and her three children moved to Park City in 2016. One of her children started competing in aerials, and Hind started getting involved with PCSS.
She joined the board last fall and said she had no plans to sign on as interim executive director until she was asked.
“I did it at the request of the board and was happy to do that,” she said. “They felt like having someone who was 100 percent up to speed on some issues and the general direction, the governance of the organization, having someone with familiarity with all that was a good thing. They also felt I had a skillset that was really helpful for some of the things that are going on at the club right now: Integrating the cultures of our various divisions.”
The club was centralized into one organization from seven others in 2017, and now has close to 800 athletes and more than 100 coaches. The unified club’s first executive director, Jesse Hunt, accepted a role as the alpine director for U.S. Ski and Snowboard last spring prior to Kanarowski’s tenure.
Hind said she will have four major duties as interim executive director, chief of which is managing the UOP mountain project expansion and helping with the ongoing capital campaign for the project. The club has currently raised $1.3 million of $3 million needed for the work. Her other duties include integrating club culture, strategic planning and developing and streamlining club policy.
“But I also think, at least for the time that I’m at the helm, we want to encourage programs that are not benchmarking just against podiums, but that encourage the lifelong love of sport and physical literacy,” she said. “What I mean by that is, I believe this club is a place where kids graduate having learned about fitness, nutrition and wellness, but where they benefit from learning character, grit, determination, time management and where they make lifelong friends.”
The board has not disclosed the timeline for finding a full-time executive director.
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