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Who are the innovative, inspiring, courageous, and passionate industry leaders making a difference locally and nationally? We want to know. Stay tuned for the 25th annual SAMMY Leadership Award honorees. We will announce them in May. Click here to view 24 years of past SAMMY honorees, 1998-2022.



SAMMY Hall of Famers on Receiving the SAMMY Award....

"While I would like to say, and sometimes believe, awards aren’t all they’re cracked up to be, this one was different. For me, it was a combination of where I was in my career, what was happening in and around me, and the validation that comes with peer-nominated accolades. Awards like this are important because they keep people motivated prior to receiving them and long after they’re lucky enough to get one. Our industry needs more peer validation like this as they can help turn jobs intended to last a few seasons into careers that last decades."

- Steve Wright, SAMMY 2016 Honoree

President / GM, Jay Peak Resort


"It was a wonderful honor to receive the SAMMY award in 2015. Although I had been in the ski industry for many years, Northstar was my first GM role so the peer recognition was especially meaningful to me. Being recognized as someone who could help shape the future of the industry gave me a boost and really motivated me to make a difference. After my time at Northstar, I moved back to Colorado as the COO at Beaver Creek Resort for three years and have been the COO at Vail Mountain for the past four. It has been a wonderful journey."

- Beth Howard, SAMMY 2015 Honoree

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Vail Resorts


“Winning my SAMMY was a defining moment in my career. It validated my direction and opened up conversations with people that have become lifelong friends. The yearly welcoming of new recipients and past winners is always a special time of year.”

- Joe Hession, SAMMY 2011 Honoree

Founder & CEO of Snow Partners 


"The first time I ever picked up a SAM magazine was when I started at Park City back in 1999-2000. The one I picked up featured the SAMMY Award winners. It's been great over the years to see how people are progressing and developing and learning. When I was selected for the honor in 2019, I was blown away that my peers saw me that way. It's one of the more meaningful recognitions in my career."

 - Geoff Buchheister, SAMMY 2019 Honoree

CEO, Aspen Snowmass


Questions? Email Sarah Wojcik at sarahw@saminfo.com



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For a look at our past SAMMY winners, VISIT OUR SAMMY HALL OF FAME.