Congratulations to all of the 2017 SAVMI Award Winners!
Lifetime Achievement Award
The SAVMI Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed to former SAVMI Board member, Terry Fix, Kassbohrer All Terrain Vehicles, Inc. (retired.) A mid-westerner, Terry moved out to Colorado in the summer of 1998 with the lure of hunting, fishing and the great outdoors. Although he had no idea of the demands of the ski business or what exactly was to be expected, Terry was hired to head-up their Colorado office. Kassbohrer's CEO, John Gilbert, believed that Terry's agricultural equipment background combined with his tremendous work ethic would be a perfect fit for the position...and he was right! Terry's relentless pursuit of excellence from himself and his office formed a great team in Colorado and provided years of service and commitment to all of those who had the pleasure of working for and with him. Terry always provided his best efforts to his customers, but the most valued part of his job he said was the friendships he made along the way. "I don’t think any of us knew what the next 19 years would bring to the ski business in the Rocky Mountains," said Dennis McGiboney, Kassbohrer's Vice President, Sales and Marketing, "but that didn't seem to phase Terry." His incredible work ethic, compassion for the product and his never ending commitment to his customers made Terry one of the top producers for Kassbohrer." McGiboney went on to say "From the PistenBully team we can’t say enough of what Terry brought to our company and those attributes will live on for years to come." Terry was vacationing with his family in Mexico and was disappointed he was unable to accept his award in person. In a video taped message to the group he said "It's been a privilege working with all of you and being on the Board." Adding "This whole organization has come a long way in the last 15-16 years. We've got some real proven technicians out there. You guys have done a fantastic job. I know it has reduced our workload tremendously in the shop." Due to recent health issues, Terry felt it was time for him to step back and ended by saying "This is an absolute honor....I'm gonna miss you all." He then appropriately raised his beer and gave the crowd a wink.
Seth McLain from Beaver Creek Resort was awarded the Tim Crouse Memorial Award (aka Mechanic of the Year) by his supervisor, Juan Pena. In his nomination letter Pena wrote "When you walk into the Beaver Creek shop this first person you will see is Seth. He will greet you, ask you how your day is going and will make you feel welcome. Then he'll get back to working on whatever task he has on hand at the time. Seth is always busy. He will work until he has completed all of his (snowmobile) work orders and then he will go over and help out with either trucks or snowcats without any hesitation. He continues to learn and is not afraid to tackle any new challenges." Seth is credited with doing an excellent job of managing BC's snowmobile program - from getting them ready for the season, to installing each with GPS units, to keeping them running and safe for the operators who use them on the mountain. Additionally, he has received recognition from other departments for continually helping them out with things such as repairs to snow shoes for the Nordic Center to providing a safe means of transporaation for Saddle Ridge. Pena went on to say "Seth has a great work ethic and an extremely positive attitude. You can count on him to always bring humor into the shop....He can make a hard day of work FUN! I believe every shop should have a Seth."
Vehicle Support Award
Prinoth's Alex Wood was the recipient of this year's Vehicle Support Award. Alex first started working in the ski industry at Andes Tower Hills Ski Area - a small ski area in his home state of Minnesota. He then worked three years with Kassbohrer and joined the Prinoth team in 2011. Impressively, Alex also attended college full-time while working full-time and it was not uncommon for him to put in a 16 hour day at a ski area followed by a full-day of classes. Even with all of the long work hours and even longer homework hours, Alex always kept a very positive attitude and always seemed to have fun at work with his fellow employees and customers. Scott Stephens, Prinoth's Rocky Mountain Service Manager said "I nominated Alex because of his dedication to our team and to our customers. He shows a true passion to continue to grow as a technician and to stay involved in the ski industry." " Alex's single greatest contribution to the to the industry is his willingness to go the extra mile to make sure our customers are taken care of." Wood commented "It meant a lot to me just to be nominated....let alone being selected to win. It really is an honor. Thank you." And it seems as if Alex's hard work has paid off. After he earning his bachelor's degree in mechanic engineering from Colorado Mesa University, Alex acquired a new position within Prinoth as a field engineer.
Breckenridge Ski Resort received the Safety Award. As of April 1, their vehicle maintenance shop had gone 539 consecutive days without a reportable incident.
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