MICHAEL STOCKER, FOUNDER & CEO
Michael is Founder & CEO at Snowvation. He realized the inefficiencies in the ski industry’s technology after spending several years as a certified ski instructor in Pennsylvania. Seeking to bring the industry into the year 2016 and beyond, he Co-Founded Snowvation in mid 2015. Michael’s focus is on helping the ski industry better engage with the rapidly changing consumer, particularly the Millennial generation, by leveraging innovative new technologies. Michael believes that increasing Millennial participation in skiing and snowboarding is critical to the longevity and sustainability of the sport.
Prior to founding Snowvation in 2015, Michael studied Economics at The George Washington University. He worked in multiple positions on Capitol Hill in operational and government relations roles. Michael’s favorite place to ski is Vail, Colorado.
BRYAN MCGRANE, LEAD ENGINEER
Bryan is an electrical engineer by trade and a self-taught software engineer. He graduated a year early from Northeastern University with a degree in electrical engineering after realizing his passion for building products could not be satisfied in the classroom. Prior to joining Snowvation, Bryan was a lead engineer at MC10 where he managed the product design cycle for flexible medical devices. In his 3 years at MC10, Bryan launched 2 products, filed 10 patents, and co-authored 4 white papers. He has also co-founded two companies: Rosewood Labs, where he combined electronics with hand-crafted, wooden designs and The Healthy Toast, a healthy eating website with thousands of daily visitors. Bryan openly embraces challenge and is excited to bring his passion for creating products to the Snowvation team.
PAT PUTNAM, SOFTWARE ENGINEER
With a background in both the software engineering and ski school management fields, Pat brings a unique pairing of skills to the table. Prior to joining the Snowvation team, he developed cloud-based software in a variety of domains, including the healthcare field. Pat’s prior software development experience saw him navigating highly-regulated domains, architecting cloud-based solutions, and developing robust data analytics systems. Pat’s seven years of ski industry experience span multiple roles, from ski instructor to children’s program supervisor and point of sale administrator, giving him a great understanding of the challenges that currently exist.
Pat is a graduate of of the Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Web and Mobile Computing. A native of the Finger Lakes region of New York, who spent stints living in northern New Hampshire and Lake Tahoe, Pat has a passion for the outdoors and is thrilled to help develop a product at the intersection of his interests.
JEREMY BLOOM, ADVISOR
Jeremy Bloom is the only dual-sport athlete to ski in the Olympics and be drafted into the NFL. He is a three-time World Champion, two-time Olympian, eleven-time World Cup gold medalist and a member of the United States Skiing Hall of Fame. He won a record six straight World Cup events, the most in a single season in the sport's history. He’s also an All-American football player at the University of Colorado and played in the NFL for the Eagles and Steelers.
In 2008, Bloom founded Wish of a Lifetime, which grants lifelong wishes to seniors. The non-profit has granted over 1000 wishes in 46 states.
In 2010, Bloom co-founded the marketing software company Integrate. The company has raised capital from Comcast, Foundry Group and Liberty Global. Integrate was named as the "Best New Company" at the American Business Awards. Forbes Magazine called Bloom one of the 30 most influential people in technology under 30 and in 2013 Bloom was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
He is also a College Football and Olympic Sports Television Analyst and has worked for ESPN, Fox, NBC and The Pac-12 Network
Erik Barnes - Advisory Board Member, Vice President - General Manager of Mount Snow Resort
Recently named vice president - general manager at Mount Snow Resort, Erik Barnes brings with him a lifetime of ski industry experience. Barnes has moved up through the ranks over the past 31 years, starting as a ski school instructor and most recently holding the title of director of resort services and director of golf, a position which he has held since 2006. A 20-years veteran of ski school operations, with a focus product development, customer retention, and database design and development, Barnes has lived and breathed the ski school customer experience.
In addition to being a lifelong skier, Barnes has also been involved with PSIA professional ski instructors of America. He has been an examiner with PSIA-E for the past 15 years, as well as the alpine educational staff chairperson for the last 2 years. He also held the role of corporate trainer for the American Ski Company, where he helped to shape ski industry policies and protocols on local, regional, and national level.
MIKE MA, SENIOR OPERATING ADVISER
Mike brings nearly 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur both an established senior executive at Fortune 500 companies. He has a rich, diverse background, ranging from building seed stage startups, to managing a national advertising campaign, to being a trusted advisor for the world’s largest financial institutions.
Mike also has extensive startup experience. Mike was Chief Growth Officer at Betterment, the largest online investment management firm. In addition Mike was Chief Business Officer at kasina (acquired by DST Systems) where led all sales and marketing for the investment management industry’s leading consulting firm. Mike spent the early part of his career Trilogy Software and iPhrase Technologies (acquired by IBM).
Mike holds a AB in Philosophy from Harvard College. He also holds a Level III Certification from the American Association of Snowboard Instructors and is an active instructor and staff trainer at Mount Snow, VT.
BRIAN MORGAN, SENIOR OPERATING ADVISER
Brian is an architect, entrepreneur, and engineering lead with over 15 years of real world experience in building web, mobile, enterprise, and internal operations team software. His expertise lies in the areas of: Building scalable web applications; Translating end user needs into products and; Day to day management of the Software Release Cycle.
Brian is CTO at HourlyNerd. Before HourlyNerd, he was a Co-Founder and CTO at OpenMile, Inc (acquired by Echo Global Logistics), a truckload marketplace trying to remove the inefficiencies and reduce the cost of shipping products, while making the lives of drivers better. Prior to Open Mile, he was Engineering Manager at Going.com (acquired by AOL), a user-generated site about local events and happenings in cities across the US. AtGoing.com, he led the Engineering/QA organization from the Series A funding through acquisition. Prior to Going.com, Brian was Lead Engineer at Enservio, an online content valuation company providing software/services to insurance carriers. At Enservio, he owned the complete rewrite of the product from the ground up. Prior to Enservio, Brian was Application Architect at iPhrase Technologies (acquired by IBM), an enterprise natural language search company providing software to companies including Charles Schwab, TD Bank, and Staples. At iPhrase, he served as the bridge between customers and the engineering organization.
TAYLOR SHIFFRIN, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Taylor comes from a strong background in skiing and ski racing. Taylor started skiing before he could walk in Vail, Colorado, and has since excelled to become a world-class skier competing on a top level. Taylor is also the older brother of US Olympic Gold Medalist Mikaela Shiffrin.
He Co-Founded Inovize, a startup which produced the first transparent web browser. He holds a degree in Finance & Mechanical Engineering from University of Denver, where he is a 4 year member of the varsity alpine ski team. Taylor’s favorite place to ski is Vail, Colorado.
Peter Fallon, corporate Counsel
Peter has thirty-five years experience as a business lawyer and commercial litigator. He has advised both start-ups and more mature companies in the construction, insurance, banking, food services, retail, transportation services and securities industries. In addition to general commercial litigation, he also conducts independent affirmative action investigations for various public clients.
bode miller - investor, brand ambassador
Bode Miller is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from the United States.
He is an Olympic and World Championship gold medalist, a two-time overall World Cup champion in 2005 and 2008, and the most successful male American alpine ski racer of all time. He is also considered one of the greatest World Cup racers of all time with 33 victories – one of five men to win World Cup events in all five disciplines. In November 2004, Miller became the 5th and last man to win World Cup races in the slalom, giant slalom, super-G, downhill, and combined − and today he is the only skier with five or more victories in each discipline.
He won six medals in the Winter Olympics, the most of any U.S. skier − two silvers (giant slalom and combined) in Salt Lake City 2002, a gold (super combined), a silver (super-G) and a bronze (downhill) in Vancouver 2010 and a bronze (super-G) in Sochi 2014. Miller is one of 5 skiers who have won Olympic medals in 4 different disciplines, matching the feats of Kjetil André Aamodt and female racers Anja Pärson, Janica Kostelić and Katja Seizinger.
He won six discipline World Cup titles. During his career Miller also won four World Championships titles in four different disciplines (giant slalom, combined, super-G and downhill) and one silver medal in super-G. Today, Miller is involved with multiple new brands & companies in the outdoors space, including Aztech Mountain Gear, where he is Chief Innovation Officer, and his own brand of skis, Bomber Skis.