Summit County Business Briefs: Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz named Mountain Desert Region Entrepreneur of the Year |

Summit County Business Briefs: Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz named Mountain Desert Region Entrepreneur of the Year

Vail Resorts CEO and Chairman Rob Katz

Rob Katz named Mountain Desert Region Entrepreneur of the Year

Vail Resorts Chairman & CEO Rob Katz received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Award in the Transformational category, Mountain Desert Region. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award program, which recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Contributing factors leading to the company’s selection for this prestigious award include:

• Invested $110-$115 million across the company, including the most significant capital project in the industry, combining Park City and Canyons resorts in Park City, Utah, into the single largest resort in the U.S.

• The creation of the Epic Pass, which launched in March 2008.

• Pledged $30 million to finding housing solutions for resort employees living in the mountains across the resorts and proactively set a companywide minimum wage that is above federal and state requirements.

• Launched EpicMix Time, which is the sixth version of EpicMix. EpicMix Time uses crowd-sourced data on chairlift wait times to help guests find the most convenient access, disperse them around the mountain and provide them with more time for skiing and riding.

• Launched Epic Discovery, an initiative to encourage “learning through play,” promoting environmental education and forest stewardship through fun, active experiences in concert with The Nature Conservancy.

As a Mountain Desert region award winner, Katz is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016.

Applications open for 2016-2017 Leadership Summit

Applications are now open for this Colorado Mountain College’s Leadership Summit, a program intended to educate community and business leaders by providing experiences that will increase awareness, develop leadership skills and motivate participants to be actively engaged in Summit County.

The September-through-May curriculum guides a selected group of diverse community professionals through a highly interactive series of cutting edge sessions on critical regional issues and leadership development. Sessions include leadership training and communication style workshops, leadership book reviews, site visits, panel discussions with local leaders and interactive topical challenges presented by local key decision makers.

Applicants for the program must live or work in Summit County. Employed participants must have the support and commitment of their business or organization. Individuals representing a broad community spectrum will be accepted as members of Leadership Summit, Class of 2016. Applicants must have the ability to attend all sessions, barring extreme emergencies. Applications will be accepted through Monday, August 22, 2016. The program begins on Thursday, September 22.

Download the application at or contact Ronda Westhoff, Program Administrator, at or 970-989-1320 for further information.

Develop your business model

The Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center will host a workshop on using the Business Model Canvas tool to develop business strategies.This workshop will cover the building blocks used in the Canvas and allow business owners, senior management and key employees to visually view and innovate their business. The workshop will be held at the Small Business Development Center in Dillon on Thursday, July 7 at 8:30 p.m.

— Compiled by Elise Reuter

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