John’s professional life has not been without its challenges, however, as an employee of a seasonal business, working in the ski industry could be taxing on a number of levels. Many people shared their skepticism of his choice of career, questioning when he would get a “real job”. Alongside the stress of raising a family, year after year, he had to find summer employment for the five months that the ski resorts were closed. Luckily, he found another passion, which filled those off-season months, in building and remodeling mountain homes, becoming a journeyman carpenter and later, a licensed General Contractor in California.
After a 41-year career in the ski industry, John has retired and is enjoying spending time with his wife, kids and grandchildren. He continues to pursue his passions of skiing, hiking and biking and has recently picked up golf as a new hobby. In his younger years, John tackled more high-adventure sports, heli-skiing in the Wasatch mountains in Utah and running the Colorado River on a private raft trip.
Joining John on his life’s journey is his steadfast wife Kerry. He attributes his success to her dedication, support, and the sacrifices that she made to be the best wife and mother while still maintaining an impressive career as teacher, principal, and finally, superintendent of the Summit School District before she also retired.