THE SATCO TEAM

MEET THE SATCO TEAM
Board of Directors 
Keith Fountain, Board Chair

Squaw Valley Lodge Owner Association Board Member, Squaw Valley HOA Forum Moderator

Casey Blann, Board Vice Chair

Senior Vice President of Operations, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Keith Fountain has skied at Squaw | Alpine since 1973 and has been an owner at the Squaw Valley Lodge since 2001.  At the Lodge he is a board member and for five years has chaired the Village Development Committee to represent owners interests in the Village at Squaw Valley redevelopment plan.  He founded and moderates the Squaw Valley HOA Forum which is dedicated to the sharing of information and ideas on topics of mutual interest and concern to owners within Multi-Family Residences (condos) located in Squaw Valley.  He chaired the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Micro Mass Transit District Steering Committee which lead to the formation of the Squaw Alpine Transit Company.

Casey Blann has 38 years of resort management experience. He has worked at resorts all across the Tahoe basin, including Heavenly Mountain Resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and Kirkwood Mountain Resort. Before joining the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows team, he was Vice President and General Manager of Kirkwood Mountain Resort for five seasons. Casey is committed not only to providing the best guest experience to Tahoe visitors, but he is known as a “champion of safety,” and is dedicated to prioritizing safe and responsible practices in every aspect of mountain operations. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on finance and management from Southern Oregon University. Casey enjoys skiing, hiking and exploring both North and South Lake Tahoe with his wife Molly, and children Devin and Courtney.

Evan Benjaminson, Board Treasurer

Founder & CEO, Granite Peak Management

Evan Benjaminson is co-founder and CEO of Granite Peak Management, a local company servicing a portfolio of properties in the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee area. Evan graduated from University of Arizona with a degree in Accounting. After a short stint in Public Accounting and with college degree in hand, Evan moved to Tahoe in search of the endless winter and found a coveted bellman position at Squaw Valley Lodge. Evan worked his way up from bellman at the Squaw Valley Lodge in 1992 to owning and recreating the management company with his now retired partner in 1998, thus expanding Granite Peak Management to what it is today. Evan and his wife Shawn have two daughters, Kacey and Riley. All enjoy skiing, boating, paddle boarding, mountain biking and hiking in Tahoe.

Drew Conly, Board Secretary

Director of Resort Operations, Resort at Squaw Creek

Drew Conly is the Director of Operations for Resort at Squaw Creek, has been a member of the North Lake Community since 2006 and a Squaw Valley Pass Holder since 2008. In his many roles at Resort at Squaw Creek, Drew oversaw the Transportation Department for a number of years and has earned a Commercial Driver’s License. With a Political Science background from Penn State, he is passionate about civic engagement and currently sits on the Capital Advisory Committee for Easter Placer County and is a representative to the Squaw Valley Business Association. Drew lives in Truckee with his rescue dog, Whiskey, and avidly pursues the many outdoor activities the region has to offer.

Kyle Crezee

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Director of Events, Activities, Security and Parking

Peter Grant

Red Wolf Lodge HOA Board President

Kyle has 25 years of ski resort operations experience with the 10 most recent at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.  In addition to his resort responsibilities, Crezee also holds board seats on the Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association, Far West Ski Racing and the Truckee Tribe Lacrosse Club.  Prior to his tenure at Squaw Valley, Crezee graduated from Sierra Nevada College with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Ski Resort Management.  He has spent portions of his career at Northstar at Tahoe, Alpine Meadows, Diamond Peak, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain serving in a number of different roles from administration to operations.  Born and raised in the Southern California mountain town of Big Bear Lake, his passion for the mountain lifestyle runs deep.  Kyle, his wife Brit and their two boys have been happy to call the Truckee / North Tahoe area home for over 25 years. 

Peter Grant is the President of Grant Wolf Incorporated and a 38 year resident of Lake Tahoe. Grant co-developed the Red Wolf Lodge at Squaw Valley and has been the President of the Red Wolf Lodge Board of Directors since 2003. Grant is a graduate of Washington State University in Business and Hotel Administration. In 1980, after two years managing restaurants in the Bay Area, Grant elected to pursue his dream to be a ski bum (“for just a couple years”) where he skied Squaw and waited tables at Mario’s Italian Restaurant (what is PlumpJack's today). Grant has spent his entire career in the hospitality industry, primarily in the development and operation of Lake Tahoe based timeshare resorts. Peter and wife Vikki have two adult children and, in 2017, welcomed twin grandchildren to the family. Peter and Vikki still love everything that living in Lake Tahoe has to offer.

 

Jennifer Merchant

Deputy CEO, Placer County

David Stepner

Squaw Valley resident, SVMAC Member & Friends of SV Steering Committee Member

During her 29-year tenure living and working at North Lake Tahoe Jennifer has had the opportunity to work on transportation land use issues from a variety of perspectives, including focus on both the economic and environmental health of the region. Jennifer has worked with regional stakeholders to write new TRPA code language that links improved transit level of service to additional residential building allocations for local jurisdictions. As Placer County’s representative on the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Advisory Planning Commission, Jennifer was responsible for reviewing Pedestrian-Transit Oriented Projects and approval of the landmark 2012 Bi-State Regional Plan. As the Transportation representative on the Lake Tahoe Federal Advisory Committee for six years, she advised the federal government on issues related to implementing its share of TRPA’s Environmental Improvement Program in the Tahoe basin. Jennifer currently sits on the Tahoe Prosperity Center Board of Directors and is an advisory member on the Martis Fund Board.

David Stepner has been a property owner in North Tahoe for more than 40 years, of which the last 20 have been in Squaw, and the last 10 as a permanent resident, having moved after retiring from the Silicon Valley entrepreneurship treadmill. For the past 13 years, he has been a volunteer ski patroller at Squaw Valley. He got involved in Valley politics with the first Specific Plan for the expanded village, and formed the Friends of Squaw Valley with several other Valley residents to lobby for development moderation. As chairman of the County appointed Design Review Committee much was achieved in creating standards to make the proposed Village more open and inviting. Four years ago, he was also appointed to the Squaw Valley Municipal Advisory Council, and now serves as Chairman. He was an early member of the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Micro Mass Transit District Steering committee which led to the formation of the Squaw Alpine Transit Company. He also serves as Treasurer of the Squaw Valley Municipal Water Company.

Robert Tetrault

Alpine Meadows resident and Part-time Squaw Valley Tram Driver

Bob put down roots in the mountain life when he was a wilderness manager for the Sierra Club on Mount Shasta for most of the 70's. Winters he worked at the old local ski area there, braving wind and whiteout for the love of it. When his engineering background took him to Silicon Valley, he still found recreation outdoors. He has lived in Bear Creek for thirty years, served on the Bear Creek Planning Committee and regularly got over 100 days per season. Along the way he was a USSA and FIS licensed official for PNSA while bringing his son up through the pipeline and into the Sugar Bowl Academy. Now retired from the "rat race," he works part-time as a Squaw Valley Tram driver and regularly puts young people to sleep with his memoirs.

Board Advisors
Ron Cohen

President and COO, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Ron has 16 years of outdoor industry experience, most recently as Alterra Mountain Company’s Deputy General Counsel. Prior to that, Cohen was at Mammoth Mountain from 2010 to 2017, ultimately serving as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. Cohen is a graduate of University of California Santa Barbara and of Northwestern University School of Law. He started his career practicing law in Los Angeles and then Mammoth Lakes before purchasing Tioga Pass Resort, a back country ski and summer resort, with a group of other investors, and running it from 2002-2010. Ron and his wife Stacy Corless, a member of the Mono County Board of Supervisors, round out their family with their one-of-a-kind adopted Eastern Sierra dog, Lottie. Ron resides in Squaw Valley and Stacy will continue to make frequent trips up from Mammoth Lakes.

Executive Director
Joy M. Doyle

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Joy has lived in Carnelian Bay since 1990 and became SATCo's part-time executive director in September 2019. From 2011 to 2019, Joy served as the executive director of North Tahoe Business Association (NTBA) and under her leadership, the non-profit organization’s membership, financial stability, reputation, and professionalism grew immensely. Prior to working for NTBA, Joy worked for 10 years as the advertising manager for Northstar- at-Tahoe and Sierra-at-Tahoe. Joy also has experience in community and economic development, events in North Lake Tahoe, and in the outdoor equipment and apparel manufacturing industry.  Joy is adept at change management through her NTBA work, specifically the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project, the Kings Beach Benefit Assessment District, and during Northstar’s development and transformation. Joy and her husband Brian raised their two children, Clayton and Allie in Carnelian Bay, and they all enjoy downhill and cross-country skiing, hiking, standup paddling, boating, and whitewater rafting.

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