On May 15, SAVMI recognized the 2018 Award winners.
Loveland Ski Area’s John Sheldon was awarded the Tim Crouse Memorial Award (Mechanic of the Year). John is the vehicle maintenance assistant manager and is certified in Cummins, CAT, Yamaha, Yanmar and Honda. He is also a certified welder and has his repair and operation certification in heavy equipment. In his nomination, John Barker noted “John has an astonishing ability of learning new skills and technology...which helps him meet or exceed the stringent timelines sometime associated with projects at the ski area.” John is also credited with implementing a preventative maintenance program for Loveland’s smaller machines including snowmobiles and summer on-mountain access vehicles. As a result, equipment and machines that should have been junk years ago have continued to run and are as reliable as they were when they were new.
Magdalene “Mags” Amirsakis with Beaver Creek Resort was the recipient of this year's Vehicle Support Award. With almost 20 years experience in the ski industry, Mags came from New Hampshire to work at Vail Resorts. She started as a purchaser and then worked with inventory control for the procurement department. Wanting to stay in the mountains after their headquarters moved, Mags became the parts person for Vail Mountain and was there for a number of years. Always wanting to come to Beaver Creek she seized the opportunity five years ago and became their vehicle parts lead. Juan Pena told the SAVMI Board “Although our visitors may never really see what she does, they unknowingly test the result of her hard work daily.” The corduroy on the hill is there because Mags ensures the parts are in stock to keep the cats running day after day. Pena went on to say “Not only does she get parts as fast as she can when a cat is down on the hill, she goes out of her way to find parts for our lift, snowmaking and transportation departments or anyone else seeking timely and professional results.” “This is the value of a great parts person!”
The SAVMI Safety Award recognizes those committed to a safe work environment. For the second year in a row, the recipient was Breckenridge Ski Resort.
The SAVMI Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed to former board member, Dick Kinkade, Taos Ski Valley. Although he was unable to present the award in person, good friend and fellow award recipient George Pena, shared his thoughts through a letter that was read to the crowd. “Years ago, my friend realized that we were all lacking in some ways the skills and knowledge needed to perform our day-to-day job duties and to complete all our assigned tasks with professional results. In those days, snowcat maintenance was new and somewhat a mystery. This dedicated industry veteran was one of the few who understood this issue and worked with SAVMI to address these challenges. He made it his goal to unite factory technicians and ski area technicians. He envisioned the two coming together and working as one to share the skills needed to repair these new machines. Additionally, this individual started working with other vendors to provide the highest quality parts to repair all ski area vehicle maintenance equipment at a fair price. To achieve this, he began serving on the SAVMI Board in the early days, and was President twice – once from 1994-1995 and then again from 1997-1999. And although he took a little time off from the Board, his work was not complete and his passion brought him back to serve again from 2008-2016.” It takes a very driven and dedicated person to make sure that SAVMI continues to provide the very best education and professional training in the ski industry and it is an honor for us to recognize Dick’s efforts and contribution.
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