WILMINGTON, N.Y. – The Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has named Aaron Kellet the new general manager for Whiteface Ski Center, located in Wilmington, N.Y. Kellet is replacing Bruce McCulley, who is leaving ORDA and Whiteface to become pastor of his church.
Kellet, a 2009 graduate of Plattsburgh State University College, began working at Whiteface in 2000, as a member of the mountain’s terrain park crew. Five years later, he was promoted to terrain park and half-pipe manager before becoming the assistant general manager to McCulley in 2009.
“I have always been impressed with Aaron. He has a style that combines knowledge and diplomacy that will make him successful at the mountain,” said ORDA president/CEO Ted Blazer. “Whiteface has an incredible staff and I’m confident that the combination of Aaron at the helm and the wonders that the staff performs, that we all will be in good hands.”
“I am extremely honored to accept the new position and excited to help guide Whiteface into the future,” added Kellet. “Being the GM of Whiteface has been a dream of mine since the first time I skied down Cloudspin in the early 90’s. Thanks to everyone that has supported me along the way.”
Kellet began skiing at the age of two and started skiing Whiteface in 1992, with his father, Rob, a member of the mountain’s ski patrol. He also competed internationally in aerials and moguls.
Kellet makes his home in Jay, N.Y., where he and his wife, Lindsay, are expecting their first child in late-December.
In other news, Lauren Garfield was named Whiteface Mountain’s sales and marketing manager. Previously, she had been employed as the mountain’s group sales manager. Joe Shoemaker took over the position of group sales.
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Established in 1982, the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) was created by the State of New York to manage the facilities used during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid. ORDA operates Whiteface, Belleayre and Gore Mountain ski areas; the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg; the Olympic speedskating oval, Olympic jumping complex and Olympic arena. As host to international and national championships, the Authority has brought millions of athletes, spectator and participants to the region, resulting in significant economic development.