The board of directors for Park City Ski and Snowboard has named Christie Hind as the organization’s new director – a position she has been serving in for the last several months.
Since being named as interim director for Park City Ski and Snowboard in April, Christie Hind has met with every sport director and head coach to learn about their unique programs, budgets and cultures. She says it was through that process, it occurred to her that it was a job that she wanted full time.
“Pretty quickly started to engage with our sport directors to learn their programs and identify ways in which I could support them in the interim role and you know, sort of as the board of managers was in the middle of it search, I threw my hat in the ring. I was getting very good feedback and feeling pretty feeling strongly that things were going pretty well so I thought I might as well put my hat in the ring. The board of managers made their decision a couple of weeks back and I'm very, very honored and humbled to be coming on board to take the helm permanently.”
Hind is an attorney and says there are a lot of similarities between the two jobs.
“I've spent much of my career herding corporate clients and lawyers on my teams and nonprofit boards or all 3 and I’ve spent a lot of my career working with experts. So, lawyers spend time working with experts - people who they could only dream of or imagine mastering what some of these experts do. And leveraging experts is really what my skill set is, so working with people who know what they're doing and helping leverage that and support that and it turns out that that's a really good skill set for this role: working very closely with some of the best and bravest and most talented coaches and athletic directors and really helping realize their dreams and goals for the programs for these kids.”
She also says giving up the attorney’s salary was an easy choice for her…
“I'm really passionate about this club. I joined the board of managers because I'm really passionate. I'm also a parent so I'm very invested in this club. And you know at some point in your life, money is not everything, right. I want to wake up every day and feel like I'm adding value - which I do at this club. I think it's a really important place for 800 kids in our community you know are part of our club. That's a real opportunity to get in front of kids and help mold and model great stuff for kids - help build grit and character.”
For Hind, winning is just one metric to look at when measuring success. She says she not only wants to make Park City Ski and Snowboard a place to develop coaches, but to make sure that it’s a winning experience for the athletes as well…
“They are making life-long friends that their building the kinds of skills that are going to serve them as they become adults. I mean we get to get in there and work with kids in a really special important way through sport.”
The new Executive Director of Park City Ski and Snowboard, Christie Hind. She started her new job July 1st. In addition to building team culture, she’s also busy raising the next $1.4 million – to complete the organization’s share of the $11-million training facilities now under construction at the Utah Olympic Park.