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A WILDERNESS VISION
A TRAILBLAZING TEAM

"WE COULDN'T BE MORE EXCITED ABOUT THE TEAM WE'VE PULLED TOGETHER
FOR THE BALSAMS DEVELOPMENT. THEIR COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCE IS UNPARALLELED
IN OUR INDUSTRY AND WILL TURN WHAT IS AN AMBITIOUS VISION
INTO A SPLENDID REALITY."

LES OTTEN, BALSAMS DEVELOPMENT TEAM

LES OTTEN

For over four decades, Les has been a leader and entrepreneur in a wide range of pursuits including business, tourism, alternative energy, community development, and philanthropy. Creating business in the ski industry and sports world remains a steady passion for him even today. As influential as Les has been as a businessman, he has done even more for charities including founding two non-profit entities that focus on individuals with disabilities.

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ALEX RITCHIE

With over a decade of experience in project development, including project execution, reporting, and management, Alex has played key roles in overseeing multiple large-scale project financings, in addition to cultivating relationships between project entities and local and state officials.

BURT MILLS

After a life-long career designing and constructing ski resorts throughout New England, Utah, California, and Montana, Burt brings a wealth of experience to mountain planning and operations. Born and raised in New England, he has intimate knowledge of the character and expectations of the marketplace.

ED BRISSON

With over 20 years of diverse real estate experience, Ed has played key roles managing the development of major projects including high-rise office buildings in San Diego, Chase Field (home of the Arizona Diamondbacks,) and The Village at Mammoth Lakes in California. A native New Englander, he returned home to lead the development of South Peak at Loon Mountain.

MARK J. MILLER

Mark has most recently consulted for the re-opening and restructuring of the Chukchansi Casino Resorts. He served as the COO, CFO, and Director of Full House Resorts Inc. an owner-operator of four regional casinos with significant management projects for the FireKeepers Development Authority and the Buffalo Thunder Development Authority. He was the COO and the CFO of American Skiing Company. Mark holds a Master’s Degree in Accountancy from Brigham Young University and is a CPA.

MATT YOUNG

Matt has over 30 years of construction and design management experience. He has been a leader in the utilization of construction technologies such as building information modeling (BIM) for over 15 years. His project experience spans the U.S., and his skills are in conceptual estimating, constructability reviews, and identifying best value for owners. Matt loves his wife and 5 kids, enjoys rock & ice climbing, cooking, art, ultra-marathons, camping, skiing (Nordic, alpine, and randonee), fly fishing, hunting, logging, and driving the tractor.

RICH MCGARRY

Rich brings more than 35 years of experience in the ski resort business to the Balsams Redevelopment, including senior leadership roles at Bear Mountain, CA, Sugarbush Resort VT, and Killington Resort VT. He was responsible for leading significant infrastructure improvement projects such as lifts, trails, snowmaking, lodges, and facilities from planning to construction and thorough his career has overseen more than $100MM of improvement projects to date.

MICHELE VARUOLO COLE

Michele began her career in the ski industry. She possesses over 20 years of experience in a diverse range of enterprises in the resort industry including recreation management, golf training equipment, real estate development, and alternative energy systems. Michele brings extensive expertise to The Balsams in form of the administration and set-up of new ventures. Michele is a University of Vermont graduate.

HANNAH CAMPBELL

Originally from Columbia, NH, Hannah returned to the area after graduating from the USAF Academy in 2012 and serving as a Logistics Readiness Officer in the USAF. After returning, she joined The Balsams team in addition to giving her time to nonprofits to benefit the area and consulting in the biomass industry. Hannah offers her logistics & management background and marketing & communications skills to the project.

PHILIP GRANT

Philip brings real estate sales and marketing expertise to the Balsams Redevelopment, with more than two decades of proven success leading luxury resort sales programs at global destinations, including The World Residences at Sea and the Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residence in Bangalore, India. Domestic resort sales programs include Aspen, Seattle, Park City, La Quinta in California, The Canyons, Steamboat, Heavenly, and Tremblant in Quebec.

CORALIE STEPANIAN

Coralie oversees our Real Estate Sales Program bringing nearly 30 years of real estate sales experience to the Balsams Team. As a native and lifelong resident of Colebrook, and having worked at the former Balsams Resort as a teenager, she has a longstanding bond with the property and the local community. She is excited to apply her skills and knowledge in serving both. Coralie is a licensed member of the NH Association of Realtors as well as the National Association of Realtors. She joined the Balsams Team in 2015.

JOE CASEY

Joe joined The Balsams team over four years ago, after having spent over twenty years in Sales, Relationship Mgmt., and Account Mgmt. in various industries. Joe is a dedicated professional eager to share our Balsams vision with prospective real estate owners. He is a licensed NH Real Estate Agent, an avid four-season outdoorsman, and resides in Dixville Notch.

CHRISTOPHER HOWARD, ESQ.

Partner at Pierce Atwood, LLP, Chris leads its Business Practice Group. Former COO at American Skiing Company, he has extensive experience in resort and hospitality development and in complex commercial transactions including capital markets access.

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