Alaska's Alyeska Resort welcomes four new members to the management team this summer, Director of Marketing Jessica Pezak, Director of Human Resources Jaci Ohayon, Mountain Manager Eric Teixman, and Director of Retail Sales and Guest Services Melissa LaRose. Alyeska Resort’s staff peaks at almost 700 employees during ski season, with a large amount of seasonal employees. The four new hires are all year-round full-time positions.
“I am thrilled to have Eric, Jessica, Jaci and Melissa join the Alyeska team.” said Di Hiibner, ski area general manager, “I could not be happier to have their inspired energy and many years of ski industry experience joining our team. I am confident they will be a great asset to the resort for many years to come.”
Originally from New Jersey, Jessica Pezak went to high school in New York State and graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Communications. She began her employment with Hunter Mountain in the Northern Catskill Mountains in New York as Director of Communications in 2006 and was promoted to Hunter’s Marketing & Communications Manager in 2010, where she oversaw all marketing activities for Hunter, including their social media platforms, online marketing efforts, web programming, collateral development, media buying and many other facets of the resort marketing.
“I have always been in love with the far north,” Jessica said, “I’ve returned time and time again to Scandinavia, Canada and Alaska over the years. I can’t really fathom a better opportunity for me. I feel very much at home in Alaska. Alyeska has an outstanding executive team and I can’t wait to get back there and get the ball rolling.”
Melissa LaRose is the newly appointed Director of Retail Sales and Guest Services. Melissa comes to her new position with a variety of experience in the resort industry, most recently arriving from Montana where she spent seven years as the Director of Retail, Rental, Human Resources, Technology and Procurement at Yellow Stone Mountain Club. Melissa is an avid skier, snowboarder and mountain biker and also enjoys recreational hunting.
As Alyeska Resort’s Director of Retail Sales and Guest Services, Melissa will be in charge of all retail outlets and will also work with the Hotel front line service staff to focus on guest services in order to increase the resort’s customer service levels.
To lead the extensive mountain operations department, Alyeksa Resort welcomes Eric Teixman to the team, a proven industry professional with extensive experience in the construction and maintenance trades. Eric comes to Girdwood from Big Sky Montana where he spent the past three years working as Lift Maintenance Manager for the Club at Spanish Peaks. Eric is also a Journeyman Ironworker, Crane and Heavy Equipment Operator and is well versed in Aerial Tramway Construction and Maintenance.
As Mountain Operations Manager, Eric will work under the direction of Ski Area General Manager Di Hiibner in supervising Tram Operations, Lift Operations, Lift Maintenance, Vehicle Maintenance and Grooming Departments.
Jaci Ohayon has accepted the position of Director of Human Resources, and will be responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for Alyeska Resort’s Human Resources Department while overseeing all of the resort’s HR services and programs.
Jaci graduated from Willamette University College of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree. She has also received a Master of Arts degree in International Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science. Jaci comes to Alyeska Resort with a wide range of experience and a proven track record of success which will be invaluable in meeting the company’s goals and objectives.