We always talk so much about data and pricing and revenue management and user experience and all the things that we think make Liftopia a significant part of and partner to the ski industry.  One of the things we rarely take the time to talk about – a primary thing that makes us pretty ok to work with – is the people who work at Liftopia. So, we’re going to take a few blog posts to introduce you to the folks that work here at Liftopia.com.  

First up? Partner Sales:

Salespeople; you gotta love ‘em.  It takes a healthy dose of high self-esteem and confidence to make calls to people who are convinced they don’t need what it is you have to offer – and get rejected over and again.  Our sales team has confidence in spades.  We asked in our team survey “what level skier or snowboarder are you?” On average, the sales team self-assessed their ski/snowboard levels higher than any other team within Liftopia.  We got answers like the tongue-in-cheek over-confident “The Best Ever”, “Expert, I like to send” to the sandbagging self-deprecating answers like “In consistent decline since Y2K” and “I can get down anything, but it’s not always pretty”.  We’ll have a quiz on this after the intros. 

Meet the team:

Adam Lasky
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Ski, Snowboard, both, neither/other..?
Ski

How many days did you ski/snowboard in the 16/17 season?
20

What is your home mountain? Or – the mountain you learned to ski on?
Mt Baker, Mission Ridge, Stevens Pass

What do you do at Liftopia? Describe your day-to-day.
Work with our awesome partners to help make them money and showcase them to new customers.

What is your favorite thing about working at Liftopia?
Working with the awesome partners and finding new awesome partners.

What thing are you most proud of or did you have the most fun doing/working on with/for Liftopia?
Showing skeptical partners our real, true value.

What animal do you most associate yourself with?
Wolf


Dave Madden
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Ski, Snowboard, both, neither/other..?
Ski

How many days did you ski/snowboard in the 16/17 season?
12

What is your home mountain? Or – the mountain you learned to ski on?
Eagle Point, UT

What do you do at Liftopia? Describe your day-to-day.
I manage the team that works with our resort and industry partners.

What is your favorite thing about working at Liftopia?
The passion our people have for our sport, partners and customers. Everyone is committed to helping our partners sell more and our customers ski more.

What thing are you most proud of or did you have the most fun doing/working on with/for Liftopia?
I’m most proud of our efforts to increase the number of people learning to ski, and making it easier to join the sport. I have the most fun attending industry events to spend time with people that are as passionate about the ski biz as I am.

What animal do you most associate yourself with?
The Owl

Tell us a random Liftopia related statistic or figure about yourself
I flew 68,000 air miles in 2017 to visit ski resorts on 3 continents


Kyle Opuszynski
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Ski, Snowboard, both, neither/other..?
Both! Plus Cross country

How many days did you ski/snowboard in the 16/17 season?
6

What is your home mountain? Or – the mountain you learned to ski on?
I learned at Bolton Valley, but I skied at Sugarbush in High school and worked there for a few years

What do you do at Liftopia? Describe your day-to-day.
I work with the resorts in New England to sell products on Liftopia.com and Cloud Store. I work closely with the analytics and service teams to assure each partner is happy with their e-commerce strategy. I work remotely from my home in Adamant, Vermont.

What is your favorite thing about working at Liftopia?
The commute

What thing are you most proud of or did you have the most fun doing/working on with/for Liftopia?
Maybe I should work at UPS, but I love logistics. I love the excitement of problem solving and coming up with the best solution for a partner. I can’t think of one example in particular, it’s a constant puzzle to put together!

What animal do you most associate yourself with?
A baby goat on a wood floor.

Tell us a random Liftopia related statistic or figure about yourself
I’ve attended over 80 tradeshows over the past 11 years.


Cory Sacks
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Ski, Snowboard, both, neither/other..?
Ski

How many days did you ski/snowboard in the 16/17 season?
41

What is your home mountain? Or – the mountain you learned to ski on?
Home mountain is Squaw, learned to ski at Mountain Creek

What do you do at Liftopia? Describe your day-to-day.
I work on the sales team so most of my time is spent talking to partners. I am typically running through data in GoodData to see how my partners are performing and catch any red flags or high fives for partners. I also spend a lot of time working internally to coordinate things that will optimize partner sales. I also spend time talking to partners and prospects on the phone and doing a lot of regional visits for onsite meetings and conferences.

What is your favorite thing about working at Liftopia?
The people here are awesome!

What thing are you most proud of or did you have the most fun doing/working on with/for Liftopia?
Per my previous response, I am most proud/have had the most fun getting to work with and create relationships with my co-workers. They have helped me learn a ton and become a better worker and better overall person. It also has made my new home in CA feel like home.

What animal do you most associate yourself with?
a snowbird…get it?…#dadjoke

Tell us a random Liftopia related statistic or figure about yourself
I have so far visited 20 resorts for work


Kathryn Quinn
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Ski, Snowboard, both, neither/other..?
Ski

How many days did you ski/snowboard in the 16/17 season?
8

What is your home mountain? Or – the mountain you learned to ski on?
Butternut (Learned to Ski)

What do you do at Liftopia? Describe your day-to-day.
Talk to resorts all day long!

What is your favorite thing about working at Liftopia?
Our team!

What thing are you most proud of or did you have the most fun doing/working on with/for Liftopia?
Taking our products across the pond.

What animal do you most associate yourself with?
Cat.

Tell us a random Liftopia related statistic or figure about yourself
I’ve been here for 4 years, that’s like 16 years in cat time!


Alex Dewar
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Ski, Snowboard, both, neither/other..?
Snowboard

How many days did you ski/snowboard in the 16/17 season?
35

What is your home mountain? Or – the mountain you learned to ski on?
All over Tahoe, learned at Tahoe Donner but spent most of my time at Kirkwood.

What do you do at Liftopia? Describe your day-to-day.
I work with our resort partners to help them improve sales, marketing, and efficiency. My typical day depends on the time of year, but I’m mostly on the phone or responding to emails to facilitate changes and adjustments.

What is your favorite thing about working at Liftopia?
The people!

What thing are you most proud of or did you have the most fun doing/working on with/for Liftopia?
I’m most proud when a new resort joins our platform and buys in 100%.  It’s great to see resorts continue to expand their sales and find new ways to improve.

What animal do you most associate yourself with?
Dolphin.

Tell us a random Liftopia related statistic or figure about yourself
I’ve held 6 different positions in my time at Liftopia.


Here’s a quick quiz – We asked everyone to tell us what level skier/snowboarder they are. Can you match the quote to the sales team member?  The next time you talk to your Liftopia contact, let them know your answers: 

Kyle Opuszynski I like to ski to have fun….
Kathryn Quinn In consistent decline since Y2K
Dave Madden The Best Ever
Cory Sacks Skier- double black, Snowboard- Blue Square
Alex Dewar Expert…I like to send
Adam Lasky I can get down anything but it’s not always pretty.