PRESIDENT / OWNER
Gunther Jochl, a native of Austria, is beginning his 40th year at the helm of Sugar Mountain Resort. Mr. Jochl, who believes in a “hands-on” approach to managing, has actively been involved in all aspects of the ski industry. His constant pursuit of perfection is a result of his intense love and passion for the sport of skiing and the outdoors. It is the foundation of the company’s culture. Mr. Jochl is an excellent skier and competes regularly in Sugar Mountain ski events.
VICE-PRESIDENT / DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND MERCHANDISING
Kim Jochl, a former nine-year member of the United States Alpine Ski Team (1984-1993), brings unique experiences and diverse knowledge to Sugar. She came to Sugar Mountain Resort in the spring of 1993 as the special events director. In 2001 Kim filled the vacant director of marketing position. In the spring of 2005 Mrs. Jochl took over the management of the Sports Shop and in 2014 she was appointed vice president. Mrs. Jochl is also Sugar’s media contact. email@example.com. Press information can be found at www.skisugar.com/press-releases.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Andrew Jochl, born and raised in the High Country, grew up on Sugar Mountain wishing he could skip school in order to go to work with his dad or tinker with his homemade snow machine. He spent many summers and Christmas breaks learning the ins and outs of the Sugar Mountain operation. Andrew spent one year working at Doppelmayr located in Wolfurt, Austria and nine years as a design and test engineer at Kassbohrer in Laupheim, Germany. He enjoys racing in local ski events and cruising the slopes on his snowboard. In the fall of 2015 Andrew became Sugar Mountain Resort’s Director of Operations. firstname.lastname@example.org
SKI AREA & RESORT MANAGER
Erich Schmidinger grew up in western Massachusetts where he learned to ski in the Berkshire Hills. After ski racing nationally and internationally Mr. Schmidinger took a position in 1995 at Sugar Mountain Resort as the ski club director. In 1998 he filled the much-needed position as night manager. Erich continues to supervise, manage and execute the ski area’s complex operations. Wherever he is needed, you’ll find him. Erich was instrumental in the Resort’s 2015 lift expansion project including the installation of the Summit Express, a high-speed, detachable, six passenger Doppelmayr chairlift. email@example.com
Steve Salmieri came to Sugar Mountain Resort in 1997 as a seasonal night lift operator. His reliability, diligence and conscientiousness moved him quickly to lift operations manager in 2000. In 2006 Steve’s responsibilities grew, placing him in the mountain manager’s position. Steve is responsible for lift maintenance and inspection, personnel training, and overall management and execution of mountain operations. He was instrumental in the 2015 lift expansion project including the installation of the Summit Express, a high-speed, detachable, six passenger Doppelmayr chairlift. firstname.lastname@example.org
SKI/SNOWBOARD SCHOOL DIRECTOR
Len Bauer’s teaching experience has ranged from New England to the Southeast and spans 36 years. Even though this is his 25th year as ski/snowboard school director at Sugar, he has been teaching at Sugar for 31 years and has served the ski/snowboard school as a supervisor and as race coach. Mr. Bauer is a fully-certified level 3 PSIA instructor.
DIRECTOR OF GROUP SALES
Melanie Jochl spent the 2015-16 winter season as a Sugar Mountain Resort customer service and administrative intern. She grew up in southern Germany, Burgrieden to be exact. Melli speaks Spanish, German and English fluently, and is an avid skier. She has planned many school trips while being a teacher in Germany and intends to make group outings to Sugar Mountain Resort fun and wonderfully memorable. email@example.com
SKI AND SNOWBOARD PATROL DIRECTOR
Tommy Taylor began working at Sugar Mountain Resort in 1986 as a lifeguard. Years later in 1998 he returned to Sugar to work as a ski school instructor, a rental technician and a ski patroller. In 2004 Mr. Taylor became the assistant ski patrol director. In 2008 he became the director of Sugar’s ski and snowboard patrol. Tommy brings an outstanding work ethic to the position. He is trained in outdoor emergency care and is an emergency medical technician /B.
TUBING, ICE SKATING, EQUIPMENT RENTAL AND REPAIR MANAGER
Donnie Peters begins his 27th season at Sugar Mountain Resort. Beginning in 1990 Mr. Peters managed Sugar’s equipment rental and repair department. In 2007 the added responsibilities of the tubing and ice skating venues fell under his leadership. Donnie currently oversees the operation of all three departments. He brings valuable experience, a “get it done” mentality and an accommodating, friendly personality.
RETAIL MERCHANDISE MANAGER
Amber Guffey grew up just down the mountain in Conover, North Carolina. She has been working in retail for fifteen years and begins her fourth year at Sugar Mountain Resort. Mrs. Guffey strives for excellence in every detail and is sure to make each customer as happy and satisfied as possible. She’ll help keep your toes and finger-tips toasty warm during any winter day. Amber loves dogs and volunteers at the Watauga Humane Society whenever she can. firstname.lastname@example.org
TICKETING MANAGER, NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Kevin Lawrence began working at Sugar Mountain Resort in 1992 as an auditor and in the group sales department. He begins his 18th year as Sugar Mountain Resort’s computer and network administrator as well as auditor and cashier supervisor. Mr. Lawrence’s responsibilities include managing ticket sales, supervising auditors & cashiers, graphic & website design, PC hardware maintenance, network installation and maintenance and everything in between. email@example.com
EXECUTIVE & FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR
Holly Green began her career at Sugar in 1991 as a Sugar Bear ski school instructor. She is now in her 18th year as Sugar’s financial administrator and ninth year as the administrative manager. Holly’s duties include office management, accounts payable, payroll, domestic banking, financial reporting as well as administering the company’s insurance and 401K program.