Thursday, August 11, 2011

Backcountry to Boardroom

MVSTA is proud to announce that James DeSalvo has been hired as MVSTA's new Executive Director! James has been serving as MVSTA's Trail Manager for the past three years. Undoubtedly many of you have encountered James out on the trails and know how passionate he is about our organization! James loves to to engage people on why trails are important to them. As our new Executive Director, James is excited to continue the focus on providing world-class trails for skiing, biking, hiking and trail running. In fact, just days into his new job and while sporting his new professional button-down shirt James answered a call to go go out and remove a downed tree. We hope you'll join us in congratulating James on his promotion.

“I am honored and thrilled for this opportunity and I look forward to serving our community trail system for many years. My plan is to continue working out in the field a fair amount to both stay connected to the trails and to all those who are out there using them. I look forward seeing folks outside and welcome hearing their thoughts about MVSTA’s future,” said DeSalvo

In addition to his three years managing the MVSTA Trails, James’ professional experience includes acting as the Regional Director for Outward Bound managing operations in AK, WA, OR, and CA. James also brings experience as a state park ranger, ski patroller, EMT, and wild land fire fighter. James moved to the valley in 1999 and can be seen running (fast) in the summer as an avid marathon racer, or on the rink shooting pucks with the kids. James is the Board President of the Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink, and a small local business owner (Cascade Cobbler), specializing in climbing shoe resoling.

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