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Jennifer Brandt, Lara Yeats, Fallon Burks and Dean Hardman Receive Awards

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Each year Mt. Hood Meadows recognizes leaders in our company for their accomplishments in fostering success. The President’s Award highlights someone who has excelled in their department, while the FGD Leadership Award is focused on contributions to the company as a whole. Together they represent the aspirations of our Founder Franklin Drake, and President Matthew Drake, for the company they have built, nurtured and want to see flourish for years to come through strong leadership and our Core Values. This year a third award for Master Craftsmanship was added and the recipients received their awards at a dinner last week.

Jennifer Brandt receives President's AwardV.P. of Mountain Operations Steve Warila and CEO Matthew Drake give the President's award to Jennifer Brandt

Lift Operation Manager Jennifer Brandt received the President’s award. In a most difficult year of endless daily snow storms, the required shoveling, ever changing flexible lift maintenance and multitude of staff needs of a very large department, Jennifer shown brightly this season. Jennifer fostered and grew her team, building a level of trust and respect that is infectious, powering and motivating. The lift operations team is built on teamwork, learning, camaraderie, friendship and passion. The family was built by a great leader and families stick together in times of need. Jennifer delivers on her concern and care for her team which allows them go out on the hill in extreme weather, provide superior guest service while being the most flexible, reliable and safety conscious uphill transportation team in the nation.

Lara Yeats and Fallon Burks receive FGD Leadership AwardV.P. of People and Learning Matt Troskey, CEO Matthew Drake, and COO Jake Bolland award Lara Yeats and Fallon Burks the Franklin G. Drake leadership award

Accounting Manager Fallon Burks and Human Resources Manager Lara Yeats were co-recipients of the Franklin G. Drake Leadership award. They create ripple effects that improve the lives of employees, managers, investors and guests. Fallon and Lara focus on their departmental levels of service and efficiency while being fiscally responsible, growing their people, challenging their peers, and remaining mindful of the end users they serve. Department success is not their end goal but rather a means to strengthening the company.

Both of these leaders as partners in implementation, have put their heads together on several occasions to make sure change processes were as smooth as possible, then were responsive to tune them up quickly. An example is online onboarding, which accelerated the hiring/orientation process and brought us to nearly 100% direct deposit. Another is increasing HR usage of ADP, to solve employee’s problems faster. This kind of collaboration is a model for how we want departments to work together.

Dean Hardman receives Master Craftsmanship awardCOO Jake Bolland, V.P. of Mountain Operations Steve Warila and CEO Matthew Drake give the Master Craftsmanship award to Dean Hardman

Lift Maintenance Manager Dean Hardman received a newly created Master Craftsmanship award recognizing his creative problem solving. Dean has designed and built many of the innovative solutions that allows the Meadows machine to operate efficiently in an incredibly harsh environment. Mt. Hood Meadows is tremendously proud of Dean Hardman and the years of service he has provided not only to Meadows, but to the industry as well. Dean’s hard work and keen ability to improve mechanisms has made traveling uphill by chairlift smoother and safer for our guests, while reducing costs to our operation. He epitomizes what we all strive to achieve in this business – taking our product and making it better for our guest. 

Congratulations to all of our award recipients for their outstanding individual and team achievements this season!