The board of directors of the National Ski Areas Association, a nonprofit trade association that represents ski area owners and operators in the United States, has named Pawlak as NSAA’s new president and CEO.
Pawlak, who is vice president and general manager at Mount Snow Resort, will assume the position January 1.
“Finding someone with Kelly’s experience and knowledge of ski area operations as well as an appreciation of the challenges ahead will be a true benefit for the association and ski resort operators,” Tim Silva, general manager at Sun Valley Resort, ID, and chair of NSAA’s board of directors, said in a press release this week.
Pawlak has been Mount Snow’s VP/GM for the past 12 years, and has worked at the resort for more than 30 years in a variety of executive positions including VP of operations, human resources, and marketing and sales.
“I am honored and excited for this tremendous opportunity,” said Pawlak in the release. “At Mount Snow my love of skiing quickly grew into a passion for the ski industry, and now I look forward to putting my experience to work on the national level.”
After rising through the ranks during the past three decades, Erik Barnes has been named to the position of general manager at Mount Snow.
“After 31 years at Mount Snow, Erik is more than familiar with all of the ins and outs of running a resort, and we’re thrilled to have him stepping into this role,” said Jesse Boyd, Senior Vice President at Peak Resorts. “We look forward to having Erik guide our resort and its staff as we continue this exciting period of development and growth.”
Barnes, who originally started at the mountain during the 1986-87 winter season as a ski instructor, has an extensive background in the ski industry with an emphasis on resort and customer service. Since then he has held a variety of roles around the resort, most recently as the director of resort services and director of golf, a position which he has held since 2006. In addition, Barnes is an alpine examiner and alpine educational staff chairperson for the Professional Ski Instructors of America.
“I’m honored to assume this new role at such an exciting time for our resort,” said Barnes. “I have called Mount Snow home for the past 31 years, and look forward to leading this award-winning team during this period of expansion, innovation, and development.”
Barnes will transition into his new role on November 4.