New Mexico ski resort Angel Fire appoints new CEO

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 8, 2010 9:53 am

New Mexico’s Angel Fire Resort has announced the appointment of John Kitts to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective July 23. Kitts, who has been the resort’s Chief Financial Officer for the past two years, will expand his reach to oversee Angel Fire Resort’s five principal businesses — Operations, Membership, Timeshare, Resort Development and Real Estate Sales.

Before coming on board to Angel Fire, Kitts owned and operated a consulting and investment management company in Durango, CO, which held many ski and golf resort clients such as Starwood Capital Group, Highlands Lake and Logo Vista Golf Courses. During his nearly 25 years in the ski industry, Kitts has worked senior management positions for Telluride Ski & Golf Company, Kirkwood Resort Company, and Intrawest Squaw Corporation.

Kitts nod follows the recent resignation of Pat Brunstad. Brunstad had served as the Resort’s CEO and Director of Development since 2008, guiding the construction of the resort’s new $17 million country club and extensive hotel renovations. Brunstad stepped down citing he wanted to spend time with his wife and family.

“We are fortunate to have the calibre of executive needed to fill this role already in-house,” says Gregg Allen, chairman of the board. “John’s industry background, experience with Angel Fire Resort, and proven work ethic, will make the transition seamless and enable us to continue the momentum moving forward with key development projects. Pat has done a tremendous job as CEO for the Resort and we wish him well on his travel adventures.”

“I am excited to take on this new role, says John Kitts, Chief Executive Officer for Angel Fire Resort.” “The improvements to the Resort over the past two years have made a measurable and positive impact on our business and within the community. My goal is to accept the baton from Pat and continue moving forward to make Angel Fire Resort the premier four season destination in the southwest.”