The mountain resort industry lost a great friend earlier this year—Dick Williams. In 1962, Dick and his partner, Rufus Barringer, founded Barringer and Williams (B&W)—providing the first-ever stable and committed insurance alternative for the U.S. ski resort industry. In 1975, B&W merged with Kendall Insurance, which has since morphed into today’s MountainGuard. In the late ‘70s, Dick was one of the prime movers in initiating legislation to offset the loss of the Assumption of Risk Doctrine (after the Sunday vs. Stratton verdict), as well as the formation of the Association of Ski Defense Attorneys (ASDA). Dick was a huge supporter and promoter of the NSAA and made countless contributions to the ski industry.