A Joint Communication from the Executive Director and Board of Trustees


A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 May 22, 2013

Dear Sugar Bowl Ski Team Foundation Community,                                  

After ten exciting and gratifying years, I have recently notified the Board of Trustees that I will be resigning from my position as Executive Director of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team Foundation. My current role has brought me great satisfaction, but as I look ahead at my personal and professional journey, I am eager to stretch myself in new ways. I have decided that even without knowing which mountain I will climb next, I need to start the journey - discovering my next challenge. The Foundation Board of Trustees and I have agreed that I will serve as Executive Director through June, and then stay on in an advisory capacity through December. I want to be here to celebrate the opening of the new Sugar Bowl Academy campus in December and help ensure a smooth transition to new leadership. On a personal note, I hope to stay in the area with my family and we all look forward to continuing relationships on the Sugar Bowl Ski Team and at Sugar Bowl Academy for many more years to come.

I am proud of the grit, grace and courage our Ski Team and Academy athletes develop through our programs. The journey begins with our mighty mites braving the brutal and beautiful storms of Donner Summit; watching them happily charging off to conquer Disney will be one of my fondest memories. Of course I will also remember the national and state champions, the U.S. Ski Team members who call Sugar Bowl home, and the incredible college acceptances of recent years. But more than the results, I am pleased that all of our members will face life's challenge with a bit more gumption because of their SBSTF experience.

I leave with supreme confidence regarding the future success of the organization. I have worked closely with Tracy Keller, Head of Sugar Bowl Academy, over the last several years and have the utmost confidence in her ability to lead our organization to new heights. The power of our community through strong leadership, our dedicated Board, our truly amazing staff, and your never ending volunteerism and support will ensure that our mission is accomplished.

I want to thank Tricia Hellman Gibbs for giving me the opportunity way back in 2003 to lead the young Sugar Bowl Ski Team Foundation to what it is today. It has been a joy and honor to carry on the mission developed and driven by our founder - she will always be an inspiration to me and the Foundation as a whole. It is with the deepest appreciation that I remember our staff - from our youngest coaches to our most experienced teachers and administrators - who always performed their jobs with passion and with the best interests of our kids and mission in mind. And finally, I thank the parents who realize the impact our programs will have on their children - knowing well that the challenges found in our programs won't always be easy, but having faith that the effort will pay off in the long run.

The tests for our student-athletes will continue, and the Foundation will always be there to encourage members to embrace them. As I seek new adventure for myself, I am grateful for the trust this community has instilled in me and I will cherish the challenges we overcame together.   I will always be proud to call myself a member of the Sugar Bowl community.

Sincerely, 

Bill Hudson

Executive Director

A MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD CHAIR

May 22, 2013

Dear Members of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy Community, 
 

It is with tremendous gratitude, mixed with sadness, that I announce our acceptance of Bill Hudson's resignation from his position as Executive Director of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team Foundation. We are indebted to Bill for his leadership in building the Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Sugar Bowl Academy into the remarkable programs that they are today. Bill has thoughtfully chosen to leave at a time when our programs are in strong shape and our leadership "bench" and staff team have never been stronger.

Bill has been Executive Director of the Foundation since 2003. Under his leadership and tireless effort, the Sugar Bowl Ski Team (SBST) has grown from a small ski program with 40 members operating out of the basement of the Schulhaus to 450 strong and operating out of Village Hall, our dedicated team headquarters and family center. The SBST is now a nationally recognized ski team that has produced multiple US Ski Team members, NCAA collegiate competitors, national champions in virtually all age groups, and numerous nationally ranked athletes. Sugar Bowl Academy (SBA) has grown from our founder Tricia Hellman Gibbs' vision into one of the world's top ski academies, boasting world-class academic and athletic programs as evidenced by our student-athletes competing at the highest levels of intercollegiate and international ski racing and gaining admission to the country's most selective colleges and universities.

In all of this success and growth, Bill has played a central role as leader and ambassador for our program in the larger community, including our important relations with Sugar Bowl Corporation, U.S. Ski Team, Far West Division of USSA, local Tahoe/Truckee community, and many other key constituencies. Perhaps the most enduring legacy of Bill's leadership will be his positive spirit and amazing work ethic. It's clear that these attributes mark our programs today and may best be evidenced by the beaming smiles and hoots and hollers of the hundreds of happy ski teamers doing what they love to do.

I'm pleased to let you know that the Foundation's Board of Trustees has a leadership transition plan already in place. After careful consideration, we are delighted to announce that Tracy Keller, currently Sugar Bowl Academy's Head of School, has accepted the Board of Trustees' offer to expand her duties and become the new Head of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy. Tracyhas proven herself a remarkable leader at the helm of the Academy and we have absolute confidence in her ability to take on this new leadership role. A transition team, led by Al Adams, current Foundation Trustee and former Head of School of Lick-Wilmerding High School, will assist in the leadership transition.

Supporting Tracy in her new role will be our outstanding team of teachers, coaches and staff members. Augmenting this already exceptional team, Tracy will hire a Director of Skiing who will oversee the Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Sugar Bowl Academy athletic programs. Bill will continue as Executive Director through June 30 and then serve in an advisory role through December 31, 2013.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy family, I want to thank Bill for his leadership and contributions to our program over the past ten years. Our spirits are lifted knowing that Bill seeks exciting new challenges and that he, his wife, Kathrin, and their children - Sophia, Bodie and McCoy - will continue to be active members of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy family for many years to come.

We appreciate your support and will keep you informed about the transition over the summer and into the fall. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.
  

Sincerely,

 John Hommeyer

Chair, Board of Trustees