Bend Bulletin":1f69e3j6 said:Mt. Bachelor names new general manager
By Jeff McDonald
Published: June 10. 2008 12:01PM PST
Mt. Bachelor ski area named an official from Vermont as its new general manager today, less than a month after it fired Matt Janney and three other top officials.
Dave Rathbun, 46, previously worked as director of marketing, sales, reservations and golf at Killington Resort and Pico Mountain in Vermont, according to a news release issued by the ski area. Mt. Bachelor and the two Vermont resorts are all owned by Park City, Utah-based Powdr Corp.
“He's bringing with him a great balance of operations and marketing experience,” said Justin Yax, Mt. Bachelor's spokesman. “One of his jobs will be to help lead the shift in culture at the mountain and his guest services background will play a big role in that.”
In the book "The Peter Principle", there's something called Peter's Paradox. Normally you get promoted until you reach your level of incompetence. In Peter's Paradox, you can continue to get promoted if the person making the promotion decision is also incompetent. Rathbun was a total disaster at Killington. He owned the marketing function. The resort public and community relations are probably the worst of any ski resort in North America. Skier visits are down so much that the resort won't even release the numbers to the town. Killington guest services has been a laughing stock for years. If he were appointed dog catcher, the town would be overun with dogs. If Bend was up in arms over the last team, they're in for a true meltdown this time.
All I can say is good riddance.