Kirkwood resort names chief operating officer
Chip Seamans, a seasoned ski industry leader, has been named general manager and chief operating officer for Kirkwood Mountain Resort.
Seamans’ responsibilities will focus on the resort’s master plan and a long-held philosophy appealing to the hearty winter enthusiast in search of an authentic ski resort.
“Chip’s extensive background in resort operations will play a key role in steering Kirkwood to a national class level in terms of resort offerings, overall guest service and peak day experience,” said David Likins, the resort’s chief executive officer. “Kirkwood is known as an authentic ski resort community with amenities that complement the core values of the sport and the mountain lifestyle. We see Chip moving that brand to an unparalleled level.”
Seaman most recently served as vice president and director of claims and loss control for Willis of New Hampshire, a major insurance provider to ski resorts throughout North America.
Since 2003, Seamans has been responsible for the strategic direction of claims and loss control for the Mountain Guard program, involved with numerous ski areas throughout the country. He was managing director of Sunday River Ski Resort in Bethel, Maine, from 1998 to 2003.
“I look forward to leading Kirkwood’s quest to become one of the premier regional destinations in North America,” said Seamans. “In the past decade, great progress has been made toward that end. I plan to keep that momentum going while working with our team to increase overall hospitality at the resort.”
Seamans replaces Tim Cohee, who after 13 years as Kirkwood President assumed the resort’s real estate division as President of Kirkwood Mountain Realty.
Seamans will begin work at Kirkwood in August, and is expected to reside in the Carson Valley.