Each year, Mt. Hood Meadows’ managers and directors gather to recognize leaders in the company for their accomplishments in fostering success. The President’s Award highlights excellence in department leadership, while the FGD Leadership Award acknowledges contributions to the company as a whole. Together, they represent the aspirations of our founder, Franklin Drake, and CEO 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.
Kelci Barnes, assistant manager for both Ski Patrol and Risk Management, received the President’s Award in acknowledgement of her drive, professionalism and stepping up to take on additional responsibilities this season. Barnes was described as a rock star frontline patroller and a great leader. VP of Mt. Operations Mel Toney presented Kelci with her award.
Dept. of Public Safety Manager and Janitorial Services Manager Marcos Ramirez received the Franklin G. Drake Leadership Award. Marcos was recognized for asking to take on the responsibility of managing an entirely new department for him, because, according to VP of People and Learning Matt Troskey, who presented the award, “In his heart, Marcos saw a chance to remove barriers and help move a whole group of team members forward.” A nominee described him: "As a leader, Marcos is always in front of the action, exemplifying passion and dedication.” CEO Matthew Drake presented the Franklin G. Drake Leadership Award plaque bearing the names of previous winners.