The Pacific Northwest Ski Area Association announced today the resignation of president Scott Kaden after a 12-year term.
Here’s PNSAA statement:
Scott Kaden announced he is stepping down as president of the Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association (PNSAA) to pursue additional, formal education on a full-time basis. Kaden became the PNSAA’s third president in July 2000, succeeding Doug Campbell who retired after 10 years with the Association. Kaden’s last day will be September 15, 2012.
Under Kaden’s leadership, the PNSAA has enjoyed numerous accomplishments over the past 12 years. Most notably, he improved the financial health of the PNSAA, ensuring the Association has the resources needed to maintain full operations, even in the event of a crisis. He significantly elevated the quality of the educational programs, seminars, and conferences produced by the Association and hosted in conjunction with the National Ski Areas Association, reflected by strong and consistent attendance at each event. Kaden also improved ski industry relationships with key U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service personnel in the Pacific Northwest and in Washington, D.C., particularly in the areas of master development planning, NEPA documentation and compliance, and special use permit administration. His personal successes involved PNSAA special projects, which included the creation of the Association’s first mountain safety video. He also worked directly with PNSAA member ski areas and snow sport suppliers on strategic initiatives.
“Scott has been an extraordinary leader of the Pacific Northwest’s ski industry association,” said Dave Rathbun, Mt. Bachelor, Inc. President and General Manager and chairman of the PNSAA Board of Directors. “His professionalism, attention to detail, and knowledge of the Northwest ski industry are precious assets we will surely miss. We wish Scott the very best as he pursues his new goals.”
“I appreciate the opportunities I have been given at the Association and the guidance and support the PNSAA Board of Directors has shared with me during my time as president,” Kaden commented. “I have great respect for the businesses that constitute the PNSAA membership, and I know I will miss daily interactions with the ski industry.”