Senior Manager Profiles

John Rice

John Rice

General Manager

Favorite trail at Sierra-at-Tahoe?

"Preacher’s Passion Trees on a powder day."

Favorite on-mountain event?

"Alpenglow off Pyramid Peak from the top of Grandview Express."

Something interesting about you?

"I sang the national anthem at two Anaheim Angel games."

Quote to Live By?

"If it is to be, it is up to me!"

Sean Sweeney

Sean Sweeney

Director of Skier Services

Something Unique About Me:

"I love rocks!"

Latest Obsession:

"Synergy Kombucha Drink - Gingerberry; I just love them!"

Quote to Live By:

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog!"

Melinda Stearns

Melinda Stearns

Director of Human Resources

Favorite Event at Sierra-at-Tahoe:

"Crazy Employee Parties!"

Something unique about you:

"I'll teach anyone to polka, or icefish... and I'm not Canadian."

Quote to Live By:

"We rise by lifting others."


Drew Bray

Drew Bray

Director of Mountain Operations

Latest Obsession?

"My paddle board. Handmade and lots of fun!"

Ski or Snowboard?

"Telemark. No more to say on that matter..."

Quote to Live By:

"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." - John Muir

Scott Sutterfield

Scott Sutterfield

Director of Profit Centers

Favorite trail at Sierra-at-Tahoe:

"Groomed Clipper"

Favorite on-mountian experience:

"Chilling in West Bowl."

Latest Obsession:

"I love to travel!"

Jim Feeney

Jim Feeney

Director of Finance

Favorite Trail at Sierra-at-Tahoe:

"Preacher's Passion"

Favorite on-mountain experience?

"Blue Bird powder days with my beautiful wife and kids"

Quote to Live By:

"Be Pono" (Righteous)


Paul Beran

Paul Beran

Director of Mountain Operations

Ski or Snowboard?

"Yes."

Latest Obsession:

"Stand-up Paddleboarding."

Quote to Live By:

"Don't eat yellow snow."

Scott Justice

Scott Justice

Director of Food & Beverage

Favorite Trail at Sierra-at-Tahoe:

"West bowl trees on a powder day or Clipper on a groomer type of day!"

Tahoe's Best Kept Secret:

"Tahoe during the shoulder seasons is by far the most peaceful and special place on Earth."

Quote to Live By:

"Anything worth doing at all, is worth doing well."

Steven Hemphill

Steven Hemphill

Director of Marketing & Sales

Favorite trail at Sierra-at-Tahoe:

"North Bowl. One of the best zones in Tahoe."

Favorite on-mountian experience:

"Powder days and high fives with friends."

Favorite Quote:

"If french fry when you're supposed to pizza, you're gonna have a bad time."


Longest Serving Employees

Mark Reeves - 15 years
Rental Department Manager

Kevin "Smudge" Schmidlin - 10 years
Lift Maintenance Manager and Mountain Utilities

Rob Buts - 15 years 
Lift Maintenance Supervisor

Paul Beran - 13 years
Director of Mountain Operations

Dennis Cambron - 11 years
Food & Beverage Supervisor

Tom Walker - 12 years
Building Services



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