Terry Minger receives second annual Torch Award
VAIL — The Vail Centre will be hosting its second annual Torch Awards at the Lodge at Vail on Dec. 11. During the first inaugural event in 2014, Rod Slifer was honored for his contributions to the Vail community, along with four community award winners for their service to the community. The Torch Awards celebrate key character attributes of the founders of Vail in an attempt to pass the torch to the next generation in a thoughtful way.
The lifetime award will this year be presented to Terry Minger for his work that began in Vail in the 1970s as the town manager. Minger’s interests and career span the public, private and nonprofit sectors. He has served as president and CEO of Sundance Enterprises — a resort, ski area, international conference center, and film and fine arts community; president, CEO and developer of Whistler-Blackcomb Resort in British Columbia, Canada; deputy chief of staff to Colorado Governor Richard Lamm; assistant city manager in Boulder; CEO of the Center for Resource Management since its founding in 1981 for Robert Redford; and CEO of the Piton Foundation until 2013.
Minger has always maintained roots in Vail, serving on the Vail Symposium board, the entity he co-founded with John Dobson, as well as on the board of the Vail Leadership Institute. Minger is committing more time to Vail as co-chair of the newly formed Vail Centre board. Minger believes the Vail Centre has the potential to fill the long-standing need for Vail to be a leader in destination learning and intellectual offerings. He is bringing his visionary leadership back to Vail to help connect state-wide efforts with the evolving town of Vail.
The Torch Awards will also serve as the public event launch for the Vail Centre and will be attended by staff of Governor Hickenlooper, the Mexican Consul General’s office in Denver, university partners and longtime local supporters of the arts and culture. Awards will also be given to up-and-coming leaders in the fields of entrepreneurship, leadership and sustainability, as well as to one of the most promising youth leaders in the valley. To learn more, visit http://www.vailcentre.org.
Vail Resorts Chief Executive Officer Rob Katz and his wife, Elana Amsterdam, have announced significant contributions totaling more than $2.8 million to further strengthen emotional wellness programs in more than 10 mountain communities where Vail Resorts operates.