Windham Names Chip Seamans General Manager
SAM Magazine-Windham, N.Y., Aug. 4, 2011-Windham Mountain has named David "Chip" Seamans general manager and chief operating officer, effective Sept. 1. Seamans replaces president and general manager Tim Woods, who is assuming ownership of Woods Valley, a ski area in central New York that was created by his late father.
Woods will continue to work with Seamans and the Windham management team as president of Windham Mountain and senior advisor to Windham Mountain Partners through April 2012.
Seamans brings 24 years of ski industry experience to Windham Mountain. He began his career as a professional ski patroller at Sunday River, Maine, in 1987. He moved to ski patrol director in 1990, vice president of mountain operations in 1992, and resort managing director in 1998. Seamans joined Willis of New Hampshire from 2003 to 2006 before returning to resort operations as GM and COO at Kirkwood, California, where he has been until now.
"Chip's background makes him an ideal choice," said Randy MacDonald, who leads the Windham Mountain ownership group. "During the time he led Sunday River, it was one of the three largest ski areas in the Northeast and engaged in innovative operations and marketing programs that continue to touch the industry to this day. At Kirkwood, he addressed the unique needs of an upscale destination resort and vastly improved economic performance to the company."
"I wasn't really looking for a move until I met the team at Windham Mountain and saw what's going on here," said Seamans. "The staff and ownership group are wonderful people, and the plans for the future are really exciting. My family and I are also thrilled to be able to return East, where we'll be closer to extended family and dear friends."