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Robert Siegel ’79: CEO, Bomber Skis
Bode Miller, KT Bren and I are the active owners of Bomber Ski, together with Travis Cloud, another GMVS alumnus. KT and I are running the company as co-CEOs for now, and Bode plays a very active role in the company, including the design of Bomber skis. (Never before has there been an individual with such a combined level of knowledge of both ski racing and the engineering and physics of skis.)
Steve Putnam ’81: US Pro Tour, ski lift designer, Snowbird Ski Team Coach
After graduating from Middlebury, I studied Natural Resource Planning at the University of Vermont while working and racing on the US Pro Tour. I moved to Utah to pursue civil engineering. I worked for a research group that looked at snow dynamics and developed remote sensing techniques and equipment for avalanche warning systems for state departments of transportation. Now I work for Skytrac Lifts (partially owned by another GMVS alumnus, Carl Skylling) which engineers, designs, fabricates and installs ski lifts. I specifically do the civil engineering work which encompasses surveying of the lift alignment, and the design and layout of the lift alignment along with calculation of loads on towers and foundations. I also work for Alpentech, a company that specializes in Mountain Resort Planning.
Jill Sickels Matlock ’82: Coach, Extreme Skiing Competitor, PSIA Ski Instructor, Owner of International Mountain Adventures, Board Member of Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation
I coached for several years after college at GMVS; CVA; Crested Butte Ski Club; and Crested Butte Mountain Resort. I took up Extreme Skiing (Big Mountain Skiing) and won four US Extreme Skiing Championships in Crested Butte, earned five top-five finishes in the World Extreme Skiing Championships in Valdez, Alaska, and earned other podium finishes in New Zealand, France and Argentina. I was a sponsored athlete with The North Face and named by POWDER magazine as one of the top 50 skiers in North America. In my quest to make the PSIA National Alpine Team, I received Colorado Ski Country USA’s Instructor of the Year Award and was also named as one of SKI magazine’s Top 100 Instructors. My husband and I have a ski travel business called International Mountain Adventures and take people skiing all over the world. I am also the VP of the Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation, whose mission is to help fund and promote skiing for all the area youth.
Erica MacConnell ’96: Athete Management and Sports Promotion
I ski raced for UVM, coached the UVM Ski Team while pursuing an MBA, and then I went to work for a sports marketing agency in Burlington. For the past eight years, I have managed Olympic athletes (mostly skiers), securing endorsement deals and supporting them with marketing, brand building, and media. I work closely with the athletes and the sponsors to negotiate and maintain successful partnerships.
Peter Kling PG ’06: Development for the Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center, Trip Leader and Coach
I am a volunteer trip leader with a program that visits 40 rural villages across the state of Alaska each year and gets 4,500 Native kids skiing. The lion’s share of these villages do not have cars. It is a remarkable way of life that exists in the U.S. The subsistence lifestyle is very much a way of living. The program is the most rewarding experience I have had through skiing. Sharing the passion with these kids, and seeing how empowering it is and the speed at which they learn a new skill over the course of a week, is incredible.
Allie Rood ’06: Action Sports Videographer
It took me a long time to get involved in film, because it is such a competitive and intimidating industry. What really pushed me into it was the idea to make an all female ski film. In fall of 2014, Unicorn Picnic Productions premiered “Pretty Faces” at the Boulder Theatre in Boulder, CO. It was incredible to be part of such a dream project from its inception. We poured our hearts into the film, and were nominated for “Movie of the Year” at the 2015 Powder Awards.