EXPERIENCE

Here’s a list of employment, activities, interests, and unique events that have shaped my life and perspective.  These are listed in an order that’s mostly chronological with random info thrown in here and there.

Self-employed

(dba “Durango Native”) founded 2019 www.DurangoNative.com

This venture is a result of my local history series “Durango Native Stories.”  I also provide film, television, and commercial location scouting and management.  This summer’s clients include Great Outdoors Colorado, Lexus, DELL, Centura Health, and the Discovery Channel.

Bittrex, Inc

– (Seattle, WA – worked remotely) 2017-2019, Lead Technical Writer

Bittrex, Inc. is a global leader in cryptocurrency trading and the blockchain platform and is compliant with all U.S. regulations and AML/KYC policies. To keep my job I was given the choice of moving to Washington, DC or Seattle, WA, I chose to stay home

Sirdar, LLC

(Durango, CO) 1995 – 2017, President / Owner

Focused primarily on the ski & snowboard industry, I developed and produced numerous national proposals and programs for major event sponsors (NBC Sports, ESPN, Kellogg’s, Nike, Sports Illustrated, etc.) at more than 100 North American ski areas. My work included professional speaking, consultation, training, mobile app development, web design, filmmaking, and event production.

S-K-I Limited

(consortium of eight ski resorts) 1993-95

Vice President & Marketing Director

Purgatory Ski Resort

(Durango, CO) 1989-93

Vice President – Marketing & Sales

Utah Winter Games & Olympic Organizing Committee

(Park City/SLC, UT) 1985-89

Executive Committee Member and Executive Director

United States Ski Team and Ski Association

(Park City, UT) 1980-85

National Competition Director, Board Member, Coach

University of Colorado;

(School of Business (Boulder, CO) Bachelor of Science

Graduated 1977. Varsity Ski Coach 1978-1980

Durango High School

– Class of 1973

I was elected class president because I promised to organize a class camping trip to Lake Powell (and we did!).

MORE . . .

Durango Connect 2013 

Organized a 9,000± person, 7-mile human chain to celebrate the linking of the Animas River Trail the full length of town. Watch the film

Author

“Landscapes On Glass” – Foreword by President Bill Clinton

1st Place 2011 Colorado Book Awards
1st Place 2011 Colorado Independent Publishers Association

Developer

– Ski Nation mobile app (www.SkiNation.com)

Designed and developed MVP version (minimum viable product) of universal mobile application on behalf of 70+ North American ski resorts and affiliated industry members.

Feature Writing / Expedition Leader

  • Journal of the National Ski Areas Association – numerous articles and editorials particularly with regard to youth culture, events, employee training, and safety.
  • Times Mirror Publications (various ski and snowboard titles); organized and led adventure travel expeditions to exotic locations including Iran, China, Bulgaria, Japan, and numerous locations in Europe and North America.
  • TransWorld Business – Authored numerous editorial and technical columns on resort management and industry issues.

The Explorers Club

–  Member (founded 1904, NYC)

Recognized as the world’s most prestigious organization of explorers and expedition writers, I was elected to membership 2015. Notable members include Sir Edmund Hillary, President Theodor Roosevelt, Neil Armstrong, Robert Ballard, and my maternal grandfather, Ansel F. Hall (the first Chief Naturalist for the National Park Service).

1984 Olympic Winter Games

(Sarajevo, Yugoslavia); ABC Television,

Expert Commentator and on-site logistics manager for Nordic sports.

International Pro Photographer Showdown

(Whistler, BC)

I founded and served as commissioner of the most prestigious, largest, and longest running action sports photography competition now in its 22nd season as the anchor event of the World Ski & Snowboard Festival.

Producer / Distributor

Collaborated with music companies and multiple artists to develop CD compilation and sampling programs in partnership with ski resorts in North America including Warner Records, Virgin Records, Capitol Records, and Mammoth Records.

United States Ski Team

1976-77 Nordic Combined Team (ski jumping and cross country)

University of Colorado Ski Team

– Scholarship athlete

I was a member of four NCAA championship teams, and individual NCAA champion, and named to the NCAA All-American Team.

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