Snowshoe Mountain HR Director Tracy Samples receives ski industry top honor
Snowshoe Mountain Resort is pleased to announce Human Resource Director Tracy Samples as the recipient of a 2010 SAMMY award. The SAMMYs, among the top awards bestowed in the ski industry, are annual honors sponsored by the National Ski Areas Association and Ski Area Management magazine. Samples received her award during last weekﾒs National Ski Areas Association conference in Florida.
ﾓThis is a well-deserved honor, and weﾒre so pleased Tracy has been recognized,ﾔ said Snowshoe President and COO Bill Rock, who joined Samples at last weekﾒs conference. ﾓTracy is one of the most respected individuals in the industry, in the community and on the mountain. She works tirelessly to not only improve the mountain for all of our 1,300 employees, but to contribute positively to the community at large.ﾔ
Tracey joined Snowshoe Mountainﾒs resort team in 2001 and has been leading the Human Resources Department since 2006. Since taking on the role of Director, she and her team have decreased the dependency for international workers by 75 percent, established a three-year competitive wage program and implemented a drug-free workplace program. Since taking on the director role, she has successfully improved employee satisfaction and engagement across the resort.
ﾓTracy is one of our most talented middle managers and candidly has the skill set and personality to one day lead a ski resort,ﾔ claimed one of her bosses in her SAMMY nomination.
In 2008, Tracy and her team established the Snowshoe Career Center. Located in downtown Marlinton the Career Center, is home to a variety of adult and higher education classes, computer training and employment services that are open to Snowshoe Mountain employees and their families, as well as the surrounding community. Tracy has also been a strong supporter of the Snowshoe Foundation, which in less than 10 years has raised and awarded more than $300,000 to local causes and individuals.
ﾓThe 13th year of the SAMMYs has once again highlighted forward-thinking and talented people in our industry,ﾔ said Ski Area Management magazine publisher Jennifer Rowan. ﾓThese three peer-nominated recipients have the respect of their teams, their bosses and their guests and we look forward to their future accomplishments."
Prior to joining the Snowshoe team, Tracy held a position as an extension field faculty agent for West Virginia University, during which she was stationed in the Snowshoe area and worked with the local 4-H youth program. One of her initiatives was to introduce local kids to the sport of skiing. Following that experience, Tracy joined the Snowshoe team as outdoor adventure manager. From there, she very quickly worked her way into the role of human resources training and development manager.
ﾓTracy is one of our greatest success stories,ﾔ said Bill Rock. ﾓShe has continually proved her value as a member of our team, and I look forward to working with her during, what Iﾒm sure will be, a long, and increasingly successful career.ﾔ