Okemo Owners Celebrate 20 Years of Success

first_imgAugust 2, 2002 will mark a very special anniversary for Tim and Diane Mueller, owners of Okemo Mountain Resort. An anniversary that will commemorate 20 years of ownership, vision, planning, implementation and growth – a true success story in the snowsports industry.Okemo first began operating in 1955, but the ski area’s greatest growth and success came about in 1982 under the ownership and management of Tim and Diane Mueller. Over the past 20 years, the Mueller’s have invested over $100 million dollars in the mountain to create a successful and award-winning mountain resort. Entrepreneurial spirit, paired with sensible hands-on management and a commitment to deliver the finest quality experience in an atmosphere of guest service and satisfaction, are key factors in Okemo’s incredible success story.While the Mueller’s were no strangers to resort development and operations, operating a ski area was completely new territory for them. Tim’s introduction to construction and development began in 1972, where he worked building roads, houses and other facilities for Powder Mill, a second home development in Londonderry, Vermont. From 1975 through 1982, Tim and Diane built and operated Point Pleasant, a destination resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands that Diane’s parents owned. But, in the spring of 1982, Tim and Diane were eager to return to Vermont to raise their two children, Ethan and Erica and were looking for an Inn business or lodge in the recreation/tourism industry –one that would have good growth potential. The Mueller’s knew from the beginning that Okemo had what they were looking for.On August 2, 1982, Tim and Diane took over the controlling interest of Okemo Ski Area and changed its appearance dramatically with the redesign and restructuring of the mountain facilities. Utilizing their skills and background in construction and development, Tim and Diane surrounded themselves with a management team of solid professionals and created a master plan that called for upgrading and expanding the facilities and constructing slopeside residences. Since 1982, they have added 70 new trails (complete with one of the largest snowmaking operations in the east), a modern and efficient lift system, award-winning children’s and ski school programs, first-class slopeside and mountainside residential units and an 18-hole championship golf course and facility. Skier/rider visits increased dramatically from 95,000 to 600,000. But the Mueller’s didn’t stop there. By combining the very same quality service and quality mountain product (a trend in the industry they are known for), they replicated their recipe for success at Mount Sunapee (NH) when they took over the operation of the mountain from the State of New Hampshire in 1988. With the addition of Okemo Valley Golf Club, Okemo’s vision for the future was realized. As a four-season destination, Okemo would promote economic growth and vitality in a manner that would also support sound environmental protection.Okemo’s success is not based solely on new lifts, trails, lodging and snowmaking, it takes competent management skills and employees who are dedicated to provide outstanding customer service and products for our guests, as well as willingness to work with the local community and local and state government officials. Tim and Diane have always credited their staff as their inspiration and for helping to set a standard of excellence in the operation of a first-class resort. It truly spells the difference between Okemo and other eastern ski resorts.The Mueller’s vision for the future is to create a four-season recreational facility that will promote economic growth and vitality in a manner that supports sound environmental protection — Okemo’s Jackson Gore expansion is an integral part of their overall vision. As Okemo continues to evolve, the Muellers stay focused on meeting the needs of their guests and to utilize the technology and facilities to do so. But, the expectations for perfection on the slopes comes with a high price tag as the industry has moved closer to 100% snowmaking coverage and increased services and amenities. Visitors to the region are searching for more diverse experiences and more year-round opportunities. Because people’s lives are hectic they seek more solitude, so the season is no longer just winter, it has become year-round which forces resorts to increase their summer offerings. Tim and Diane realized that Okemo’s overall success and identity, as a tourist destination was dependent upon an increase in its offerings and services and amenities.After 4 years in the permitting process, Okemo is finally launching its Jackson Gore expansion for the 2002/2003-winter season, with the addition of 6 new trails (complete with snowmaking) and a new highspeed detachable quad chairlift. Plus, the Jackson Gore residential units and new base area is expected to be complete during of fall of 2003. Upon completion, Okemo’s Jackson Gore will not only offer a tremendous amount of recreational opportunities, it will help the Okemo/Ludlow region to maintain a vibrant economy.As for Tim and Diane, they aren’t going anywhere else soon. They are looking forward to many more years of enjoyment and success in the Okemo/Ludlow region.last_img read more

NFL rumours: Antonio Brown drawing interest from several teams despite rape allegations

first_img FOLLOW US Written By Daniel Arambur New England Patriots acquired the services of highly-controversial WR Antonio Brown at the start of the 2019 NFL season. However, he has faced various serious allegations off the football field. As per a Sports Illustrated report, Antonio Brown was accused in a lawsuit by his former trainer of sexual assault and rape. Despite all these allegations, Antonio Brown is reported to be on the radar of almost two dozen NBA franchises.Also Read | Lamar Jackson responds to Tom Brady’s challenge on Twitter, says NFL legend’s still got itDez Bryant’s message to Antonio Brown LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENTcenter_img First Published: 17th December, 2019 21:42 IST Also Read | Khalil Mack spreads Christmas joy, pays off Walmart layaway accounts in hometown Also Read | Seattle Seahawks’ DK Metcalf gets a signature coffee; it’s called ‘Decaf Metcalf’NFL rumours: Antonio Brown drawing interest from ‘at least’ 20 NFL teams Former Oakland Raiders star Antonio Brown is a seven-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro selection. In addition to that, the highly-talented WR has 841 catches for 11,263 receiving yards and 75 touchdowns. He drew great plaudits when he burst onto the scene with the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, his off-field antics have stained his career. The recent rape allegations proved to be the final nail in the coffin for Antonio Brown. He was ousted from the New England Patriots squad as a direct consequence. Antonio Brown met with NFL officials over the allegations but they have not yet dished out any sanctions. The wide receiver could face a lengthy suspension or could be subjected to the commissioner’s exempt list if he does sign with an NFL team. Recent reports in the Bleacher Report state that Antonio Brown has been drawing interest from ‘at least’ 20 NFL teams, excluding New England Patriots.Also Read | Odell Beckham Jr has been playing through sports hernia, will undergo surgery offseasonAlso Read | Has Eli Manning played his last game for the Giants? NFL retirement hinted by the starWhat does the future hold for New England Patriots’ star Antonio Brown? WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 17th December, 2019 21:42 IST NFL Rumours: Antonio Brown Drawing Interest From Several Teams Despite Rape Allegations NFL rumours: Former Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders’ player Antonio Brown is drawing interest from ‘at least’ 20 NFL franchises. Keep reading for more.last_img read more

Bush vetoes child health plan bill

first_imgAbout 65,000 children in Los Angeles County could be affected, along with thousands more who would have qualified under the expanded bill. It was only the fourth veto of Bush’s presidency, and one that some Republicans feared could carry steep risks for their party in next year’s elections. The Senate approved the bill with enough votes to override the veto, but the margin in the House fell short of the required number. Democrats unleashed a stream of harsh rhetoric, as they geared up for a battle to both improve their chances of winning a veto override and score political points against Republicans who oppose the expansion.”We remain committed to making SCHIP into law – with or without the president’s support,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., referring to the full name of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. The White House sought little attention for Bush’s action, with the president casting his veto behind closed doors without any fanfare or news coverage. He defended it later Wednesday during a budget speech in Lancaster, Pa., addressing a welcoming audience organized by the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Pennsylvania Dutch country. “Poor kids first,” Bush said. “Secondly, I believe in private medicine, not the federal government running the health-care system.” INSURANCE: Measure affecting thousands locally would cover more poor children. By Jennifer Loven THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – President Bush, in a sharp confrontation with Congress, on Wednesday vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have dramatically expanded children’s health insurance. But he seemed eager to avert a full-scale showdown over the difficult issue, offering that he is “more than willing” to negotiate with lawmakers “if they need a little more money in the bill to help us meet the objective of getting help for poor children.” The program is a joint state-federal effort that subsidizes health coverage for 6.6 million people, mostly children, from families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford their own private coverage. The Democrats who control Congress, with significant support from Republicans, passed the legislation to add $35 billion over five years to allow an additional 4 million children into the program. It would be funded by raising the federal cigarette tax by 61 cents to $1 per pack. Locally, only families that take in less than 250 percent of the federal poverty level – about $43,000 a year for a family of four – qualify for the Healthy Families Program, the state program that administers the money. Because the cost of living is so much higher in California, state officials had hoped to expand the program to include families making about $62,000 a year, or 300 percent of the federal poverty level. About 235,000 children in Los Angeles County go without health insurance, according to county officials. When children don’t have access to basic health care, such as immunizations, preventative doctor’s visits and prescriptions, “it impacts everything,” said Caroline Rivas, policy director for Community Health Councils, a county advocacy group.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ranieri won’t believe Leicester can win title until it is mathematically certain

first_imgClaudio Ranieri says he will refuse to believe Leicester City can win the Premier League until it is mathematically certain.The Foxes beat Watford at Vicarage Road thanks to a Riyad Mahrez stunner to move five points clear at the top of the league after title rivals Tottenham and Arsenal drew 2-2 in Saturday’s early kick off.Manchester City won to reinvigorate their title charge meaning it is a four-horse race with only nine games remaining.But Ranieri insists he and Leicester are taking it game by game and no one is believing they can win the title until it is a certainty they cannot be caught.When asked if he believes Leicester can win the title, Ranieri said: “Not yet. We are in a good position but I know we aren’t a Chelsea, a Manchester City, Arsenal or Tottenham.“This season we are building. It’s good to have a five point lead but it is not enough. I will only believe when it is mathematically [certain].”Ranieri praised his side’s resilience during the hard-fought 1-0 win away to Watford, saying the fight his players showed was exactly what he wants to see from his football teams.“I knew it was a battle and we fought a lot – as did Watford,” he said.“I wanted to see my players fight tonight, this is my idea of football. For us it is important to grow up and build the spirit and winner’s mentality.“This season has been okay and I don’t know what we can achieve.”last_img read more