Schweitzer Mountain Gets New GM
SAM Magazine--Sandpoint, Idaho, April 22, 2004--Ron Nova, VP of Operations for Schweitzer Mountain parent company Harbor Resorts, is Schweitzer's new GM. He replaces Tom Fortune, Schweitzer's GM for the past 5 years, who is resigning to join a local real-estate company.
Nova has spent most of his career at Stevens Pass, also owned by Harbor Resorts. He has been a vice president of Harbor Resorts since 1997 and, as an up-and-coming leader in the ski industry, is a past SAMMY Award recipient. Most recently, he directed resort operations at Stevens Pass, Schweitzer Mountain Resort and Mission Ridge. Mission Ridge was sold in November 2003; Nova will now focus his efforts primarily on Schweitzer, which has ambitious plans to build a 1,300-unit resort community.
Fortune, another long-time Stevens Pass veteran, is credited with increasing Schweitzer's skier-day visits from 160,000 to 220,000 annually, and directed its first two condo developments. Appropriately, he was a 1999 recipient of a coveted SAMMY Award. He will remain with Schweitzer until Sept. 1 to assist with the management transition and to complete several projects, and will continue to assist on PR efforts in the future.
Fortune will be joining his wife, Jennifer, at Evergreen Realty, which is involved in sales in and around Schweitzer--it managed sales for Schweitzer's first condo development and maintains close ties to the resort. "Having been involved in the planning at Schweitzer Mountain Resort for the past five years, I have a good understanding of the potential for growth and development," Fortune said.