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SAM Magazine—Natick, Mass., Oct. 23, 2019—SAM has launched year three of its successful Summit Series. The season-long program, aimed at developing future leaders in the mountain resort industry, creates a public dialogue between respected industry leaders and up-and-coming resort staffers. These important conversations will be shared in the pages of SAM Magazine, online at, and on SAM's podcast, PodSAM.SAM SummitSeries

The program will consist of six professionally facilitated group calls on topics directly related to leadership skills and the management of a snowsports industry business. Facilitator Paul Thallner, founder of organizational development and executive coaching firm High Peaks Group, guides the mentor/mentee calls.

Following the calls, mentees will participate in an assignment relevant to the call topic. The assignments are provided by Dr. Natalie Ooi of Colorado State University's Graduate Certificate in Ski Area Management Program. Each mentee will also be paired with one of the mentors and participate in one-on-one calls during the season to discuss career goals.

The Summit Series aims to fuel a movement that fosters relationships between the current leadership of the industry and those who would succeed them. Supporting this effort to develop new leaders is the Summit Series sponsor, MountainGuard.

The esteemed mentors for the 2019-20 Summit Series are:

Jeff Boliba, VP Global Resorts, Burton

Greg Goddard, General Manager, Gunstock Mountain Resort, N.H.

Brian Heon, VP/GM, Wildcat Mountain, N.H.

Beth Howard, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Vail Mountain, Colo.

Chris MacInnes, President, Crystal Mountain, Mich.

Amy Ohran, President and General Manager, Boreal Mountain and Soda Springs, Calif.

David Perry, Executive Vice President, Alterra Mountain Company

Carolyn Crowley Stimpson, Chief Operating Officer, Wachusett Mountain, Mass.

Brad Wilson, General Manager, Bogus Basin, Idaho

Hiram Towle, General Manager, Mt. Ashland, Ore.

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