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SSWSC Foundation

The SSWSC Foundation was established in 2000 to enhance and provide for the long-term sustainability of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. The SSWSC Foundation seeks to grow and manage endowment funds that will provide long-term sustainability and opportunity for all Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club children/athletes, coaches and staff. 

The SSWSC Foundation currently has assets of just over $2.5 million. The Foundation’s assets, investments, and its annual gains are essential to enhance SSWSC programs and to advance the mission by:

  • Attracting and retaining highly qualified coaches, mentors and staff.
  • Providing scholarship funds for qualified families.
  • Facilitating strategic capital improvements in facilities.
  • Ensuring and maintaining safe transportation.
  • Planning future allocations for increased participation.
  • Making annual allocations to support SSWSC operations (5% minimum).

Your participation in achieving the SSWSC Foundation’s fundraising goal of $10 million will dramatically improve the overall experience for all those we serve - the youth, their coaches and our community.

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SSWSC Foundation Board of Directors

John Adams

John Adams has over 30 years experience in the mining business. He is the son of Robert W Adams, one of the founders of the US uranium industry. John has been active in real estate development, banking, and cattle production. He formerly owned 40% of the Denver Broncos National Football League Franchise. He resides on his families’ cattle ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Jon Albro, Member of Development Committee

Jon Albro, Member of Development Committee

David Baldinger, Jr., Member of Development Committee

David Baldinger, Jr., Member of Development Committee

Raised in Steamboat, David is a graduate of Dartmouth College with degrees in English and Environmental Studies. He is a Real Estate Broker and Co-Owner of Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty.  As a Million Dollar Guild Member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, he has been a top performer in the sales of major developments, including residential, condominium and commercial ventures for over 20 years. He also holds a Certificate from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. David’s many successes include being instrumental in the sell-out of the exclusive Catamount Ranch and Club. As a former alpine ski racer and coach of future Olympic stars, David is a passionate supporter of all disciplines and has been a member of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club for over 40 years. Since 2005, Dave has been a Founding Board Member and is current Co-Chair of the Ski Base Area Urban Renewal Authority (URAAC). He served on the Steamboat Pilot & Today Editorial Board, is a past President and Board Member of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, served eight years on the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission, and is a Board Member on the Yampa Valley Construction Trades Association. David is proud to have been honored with the Navigator Award as Steamboat’s 2007 Business Leader of the Year.

Paul M Berge, Member of Executive Committee, Member of Investment Committee, Member of Development Committee

Paul is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking. He was associated with the M&I Bank of Madison and Southern Wisconsin for 42 years, becoming President in 1976 and retiring as Chairman & CEO in 2003. Paul has been active in numerous professional and civic organizations as an officer and board member, including being the past President of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Foundation. Paul is also a former Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation Ambassador and a past Certified Official for the United States Ski Association. Paul is a resident of Madison, Wisconsin and has a daughter Maren who resides in Steamboat Springs, and a son Robert who resides in New Hampshire.

Stacy J. Childs, M. D., F.A.C.S., Member of Development Committee

Stacy J. Childs, M. D., F.A.C.S., Member of Development Committee

Dr. Childs grew up in Abilene, Texas, went to college at Tulane University and medical school at L.S.U., both in New Orleans. He did his internship and residencies in Birmingham, Alabama, and practiced urology there for seventeen years. He and his wife moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1995, where he practiced urology for nine years. His love of the mountains and skiing brought him to Steamboat Springs in May of 2004.

Dr. Childs was active in clinical research for twenty-eight years and started three research companies, one of which went public. His early interests in infection and inflammation of the urinary tract led him to the faculty of The University of Colorado in Denver where he was appointed Clinical Professor of Surgery in the division of Urology in 1999—a position which he currently holds.

He is a consulting editor to the journal Urology, and is former editor-in-chief of Issues in Urology and the urology section of Medscape, among others. He has authored three medical texts, six chapters in medical books, and published over seventy-five articles in peer-reviewed medical journals. Dr. Childs began writing fiction in 2006. He has two published medical thrillers, Block 10 and The Boys of the Dixie Pig, both published by Crossroad Press.

Dr. Childs has been listed in Americas Top Doctors since the fifth edition of the organization and has been listed in Best Doctors in America every year since 2007.

In addition to practicing urology for nearly four decades, Dr. Childs enjoys ski racing, road biking, hiking, fly fishing, and rifle and hand gun target shooting. He was a torch carrier for the Salt Lake City Olympics, after which he ran two marathons in four weeks, the last one in New York. He is a prostate cancer survivor.

Debbie Dacus, Member of Development Committee

Debbie Dacus, Member of Development Committee

Scott Engelman

Scott Engelman is the Principal of SEAdvisors LLC, a hospitality advisement company specializing in operational and strategic consulting for hotel and restaurant entities. Additionally, the company provides business development strategy for companies wishing to penetrate or fortify their positions in the hospitality industry. Scott Engelman received his Executive MBA (2011) and BSBA(1991) in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Denver. He also studied Tourism Management at The University of Hawaii. Scott moved to Steamboat in June of 2010 and lives in the South Valley with his wife, Liz, Barret and Owen. He is an avid “Alpine” skier, golfer and trailblazer.

John Hayden, Chairman, President and Chairman of Development Committee, Member of Executive Committee, Member of Development Committee

John Hayden, Chairman, President and Chairman of Development Committee, Member of Executive Committee, Member of Development Committee

John Hayden retired from the Midland Company (NASDAQ “MLAN”) in October, 2010 after nearly 30 years of service, the last 13 as the company’s President & CEO.  He held the same positions in the Company’s wholly-owned specialty property/casualty insurance company, American Modern Insurance Group. Midland achieved unprecedented success under Mr. Hayden’s leadership. The company’s market capitalization grew from $180 million to $1.35 billion, a compound annual rate of 22%. The company’s revenues expanded from $375 million to $1.2 billion, its assets grew from $760 million to $1.7 billion and its pretax profits grew from $35 million to $120 million.

He and his wife of 31 years, Carrie, have three adult children, John, Kate and Abbey, a daughter-in-law, Becky, and a granddaughter, Annabelle.

Carrie Hayden, Foundation Board Member

Carrie Hayden, Foundation Board Member

John Hillenbrand

John served as President, CEO and later Chairman of Nambé, based in Santa Fe. Ten years ago, in search of the best place in the Rockies to raise children, John and his wife Amy chose Steamboat Springs. He is currently General Manager of Marabou, a 1,717 acre shared ranch community on the Elk River, 5 miles from downtown Steamboat. John and Amy’s four daughters have all benefited as members of the SSWSC.

Ed MacArthur, Vice President and Treasurer, Member of Executive Committee, Member of Investment Committee

Ed graduated from CSU in 1979 and came to Steamboat Springs with his wife June. Since those early years, Native Excavating has grown into one of the biggest construction companies in Steamboat. Native Excavating, has donated equipment, time and money to projects like the Alpine slide, the Winter Sports Club’s weight room, the water ramps east of Steamboat and the new Nordic jump facility at Howelsen Hill.

Brian Olson, Vice President and Member of Executive Committee

Brian Olson, Vice President and Member of Executive Committee

Raised in Wisconsin, Brian Olson is a former ski racer who followed his ski dreams and a ski scholarship to Steamboat. He believes in the values of training, challenge and competition at an early age and lists “working as a team and coping with disappointments and enjoying triumphs” as what he most appreciated about his own experience as a competitor. He and his wife Lisa are strong supporters of SSWSC and dedicate a portion of Olson Development earnings and Lisa’s broker commissions to the club.

Chris Puckett, Vice President, Member of Executive Committee and Development Comittee, Chairman of Investment Committee

Chris was born in Boulder, CO, and raised in Crested Butte, CO. He attended Burke Mountain Academy and was a three time World Junior Team member placing 4th overall in 1988. He was on the US Ski Team from 1987-2001. His accomplishments include being a member of the 1992 US Olympic Team competing in Albertville, France, member of the 1993 and 1996 World Championship Team in GS and 4x US National Champion (3 Overall, 1 DH).

Chris joined the SSWSC Alpine staff as an Ability Coach in 2002 then became Alpine Director and Head Ability Coach in 2005. In 2007, Chris joined a financial services firm here in Steamboat Springs. He continues to coach at the U12 level. Chris and his wife Wendy have two sons, Cole and Cooper, in the Alpine programs at SSWSC. Chris joined the Foundation Board in 2011 to help the organization that he helped coach for five years and that his kids be a part of for many years to come.

Melinda Sherman, Member of Executive Committee

Melinda Sherman received her law degree from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law in 1992, was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1992 and the Colorado bar in 1993. Melinda has practiced law in Steamboat Springs for almost 20 years, focusing in the areas of real property, business, banking, special district, zoning, municipal, home owner associations, estate planning, and water law.  She currently serves as a board member on the Board of Directors of the Tread of Pioneers Museum, the Routt County Humane Society, Impact 100 Steering Committee, and The Foundation, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.  Melinda is married to general contractor and carpenter, Jon Sherman, who coaches both skiing and mountain biking for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.  She has two children, both of whom participate in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Paul Slivon, Member of Development Committee

Ron Simon, Member of Development Committee

Ron Simon, Member of Development Committee

Ron is a nationally renowned trial lawyer who has prosecuted thousands of food poisoning cases for victims across the United States.  His work has resulted in numerous upgrades to food safety procedures in Fortune 500 companies and in legislation designed to protect consumers from dangerous food-borne pathogens. 

Ron and his clients have been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX and virtually all other major television networks and print media.  He regularly publishes articles about food safety and litigation which are read by viewers in over 180 countries.  Through litigation, media commentary, and his food poisoning publications, Ron relentlessly challenges food companies to do a better job in making our food safe.

Ron was raised in Baytown, Texas.  He attended the University of Texas in Austin, where he received his bachelor’s degree in the Civil Engineering Honors Program in 1990, and his law degree in 1993.  He has been married to his college sweetheart, Sarah, for 23 years.  They have three children – Jessica, Ashley, and Jordan. 

The Simons moved to Steamboat Springs from Houston, Texas in 2012, and now enjoy fly fishing, snow skiing, horseback riding, golf, and mountain biking as a regular part of their daily routine.  Jordan is also in the alpine program in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Jeff Temple, Member of Executive Committee, Member of Development Committee

Jeff Temple, Member of Executive Committee, Member of Development Committee

Jeff is a director of the SSWSC Foundation. Jeff is also a principal at Momentum Development, LLC, which develops multi-family housing projects in the front range of Colorado. As Managing Partner for Elk River Partners, Jeff planned and built Marabou in Steamboat. Jeff’s father founded the Steamboat Ski Area in 1959. Jeff co-founded Spyder Skiwear in 1977 and ran the company from 1977 -1993. Jeff started skiing in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, was a four time member of the NCAA Championship C.U. Ski Team, and was named All American in 1976. Jeff lives with his wife Kim, and has two sons, Parker and Brandon.

Pam Vanatta, Member of Executive Committee

In January of 2000, Pam purchased Prudential Trimontane Real Estate with another top agent, Cameron Boyd, to create the now formidable real estate firm of Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty. The company has grown tremendously since 2000, and is home to 60 full-time agents and is the number one real estate office in North West Colorado. In 2010, Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty (formerly Prudential Steamboat Realty) was chosen by Steamboat locals as the “Best Real Estate Agency” in the Best of the Boat poll.  For the past 15 years, Pam has been in the top 1% of Prudential agents nationwide.

For Pam, living in Steamboat is sheer heaven. She acknowledges every day how lucky she and her associates are to be able to enjoy such beauty in such a close-knit community. Pam married Steamboat native Lonny Vanatta in 1996, a former U.S. Ski Team member and world champion ski racer. Pam’s work might be focused on premier real estate, but her involvement in the Steamboat community is exemplary.

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