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A religion major who hung with NBA stars, a park manager who fashions park features at his desk out of paperclips, and a marketing wizard who wants to bring the sex back to skiing. These are a few of SAM's 15 future leaders--the next hot commodities in the ski industry. These are the individuals who are not only here to stay, but have already made an impact. They've turned ski areas around, created innovative marketing solutions and revamped resorts.

We're not saying these are the only people under 30 (or thereabouts; in the interest of full disclosure, a few of the following are 30 or 31) who will be around for the long term. Once we got people thinking about future leaders, we generated leads on at least 15 others. But this collection showcases the diversity of talent already percolating to the top at resorts across the continent.

Explore the hall of fame of past honorees, some of whom you might recognize as current leaders in the industry!

Subscribers can read their full profiles in the SAM Digital Archives.

MelissaAltmann melissa altman
Lodging Director, Tamarack Resort, Ida.
Age: 30
Dan Blood dan blood
Assistant General Manager, Devil's Head, Wisc.
Age: 27
John Bradley john paul bradley
General Manager, Sipapu, N.M.
Boyd Jesse boyd
General Manager, Jack Frost/Big Boulder, Pa.
Cattell kirstin cattell
Communications Manager, Sierra-At-Tahoe, Calif.
IsabelleFalardeau color isabelle falardeau
Park Designer/Welder, Aspen/Snowmass, Colo.
Elia elia hamilton
Mountain Manager, Mount Snow, Vt.
NHerrin047 nick herrin
Asst. Ski/ Snowboard School Director, Telluride, Colo.
Age: 28
Kohn allison kohn
Groomer, Beaver Creek, Colo.
Julian Lamarache julian lamarche
Park Manager, Keystone, Colo.
Brad Larsen brad larsen
Marketing Director, Snowshoe, W.V.
Age: 29
Mueller ethan mueller
Director of Operations, Crested Butte, Colo.
LauraSchaffer laura schaffer
Director of Public Relations, Snowbird, Utah
Scheid Brian Scheid
Owner, High Peaks Chairlift Painting
Marilyn Marilyne Tremblay
Adjointe, Opération (assistant to the operations manager), Le Massif, Que.