I could be wrong, it was my understanding that hiring practices were made more lenient by "hiring from within", i.e. companies have the ability to post classifieds even after the fact. And, because this person has already presumably passed the drug test or whatever beforehand, there is less paperwork, no references to call, etc.
Basically, there is less friction to move up usually than to get a foot in the door.
When Bruce took over for Jay, was there a "process" then, or was he simply promoted, as was just done with Aaron?
I seem to remember that transition being a foregone conclusion as well. Bruce was the assistant manager ... the manager left, so the assistant was simply moved up.
The difference is that Bruce had been assistant for much longer and had much more experience than Aaron does. He is very young and inexperienced from a business and management perspective to be running a $15M enterprise. It would be a safe bet that he is the youngest person in the state government to be in such a position.
Bruce had a great deal of experience so it was ok to have a young and very inexperienced Ops Mgr in Aaron. Aaron does not have this background and now the Ops Mgr will be even more inexperienced whomever that will be. IMO Bruce's tenure was not as good as Jay Rand's. Bruce as Ops Mgr probably was a big part of Jay's success. Bruce's tenure experienced many more issues with lift ops and maitenance. Aaron was the Ops Mgr for that period.
I have nothing against Aaron as I don't know him at all. This all just seems pretty rushed to promote someone with only a few years experience when there are tons of snow industry pros out there. Do we think that Aaron was the best asst ski area GM in the business? An outside influence may have been a very big boost to WF to bring in new and differnet ideas. Just the interviewing process alone could have benefited Orda from hearing some different ideas and visions that others may have had.
The lift op issue probably has more to do with the guy that retired after 32 years of working on them. There has been a lot of very experienced people that have retired in the past 5 years. As for will AK do a good job. Time will tell. You bring up valid points
Bruce announced his retirement in mid-May. So for at least 4 months ORDA has been thinking about the decision. I don't think you can call the timing hasty as winter is coming. One thing I've learned after getting to know some GMs is that there is always more to the story than is obvious.
No matter what Aaron does, there will be people who criticize him. Mike Pratt, Bruce McCulley, Tony Lanza and every other GM gets crap for decisions they make. (Not blowing on Rumor, blowing on WT, or blowing in October). People love their skiing and ski mountains and in their passion - they always think they know best.
There is a solid base of knowledge at WF, between ops, patrol, marketing, ski school, ORDA. I'm thinking that, with a little cooperation from El Nino, WF could have another great year.
Aaron - all the best. If there is anything NYSB can do for you, email me.
Sorry to be so Harvy - can't help it.
"If it's my mountain, I'm installing a fixed grip and telling the lifties to stuff the beginners into chairs as aggressively as they have to, to keep it going full speed." —Brownski