"We are happy to bring in two more great industry people to help push our mission forward and assist staff especially during this pandemic" said Ingemie, adding "Mike and Christine bring so much with them that will help us raise money and hold extraordinary events honoring the new elected members each year".
“I am honored to be selected to fill a seat on the United States Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Board of Directors.", remarked Krongel, adding "I look forward to fulfilling the Hall of Fame’s goals of preserving skiing history, saluting members of the Alpine/Nordic & Snowboarding communities, as well as those members of Skiing/Riding/Cross Country areas and resorts that have contributed to the sports in exceptional ways. This is a meaningful opportunity to give back to the sports and business that has been very good to me and my family for the past 50 (+) years.”
"Keeping a diverse board is of top-priority for us at the Hall" explained Ingemie. "Having representation from all genre's of the sports and a good geographic, gender and racial mix is critical" he added. "There are so many different groups that need to be involved and we are always looking to be sure we include everyone in all that we do - especially the board, the selection committee and voting panel. Inclusion is something we take very seriously" he concluded.
The Hall's Executive Director, Justin Koski added "Christine has been a friend of the Hall forever and I am very excited to get her more involved - especially with events! She's a genius and will be a huge asset for me and the organization" adding also that "I had not previously met Michael but he comes highly recommended and his financial wheelhouse is something we really need to be able to tap into right now!".
Donovan commented "I look forward to contributing to further the development of USSSHOF board in its preservation of snowsports history. Collaborating to develop diverse and enthusiastic members from across the country and bringing them together to celebrate the industries athletes, pioneers and visionary’s past, present and future!
Other board members include: Chairman, David Ingemie, Tom Anderson, Andy Bigford, Mike Bisner, Raelene Davis, Brian Fairbank, Genia Fuller, Peter Graves, Dave Holli, Bill Irwin, Tom Kelly, Steve Kircher, Bob Orbacz, Matt Palomaki, Tom Peterson, Bill Quigly, Charlie Sanders, David Scott and Frida Waara.
New Board Director Bio's
Christine Donovan (Bedford, Ma.) - Christine's passion for skiing started early in the mountains of NH, VT and ME. As Director of Store Planning for one of New England’s premier retailers until 2000, she successfully rolled out new stores and directed managers and department heads in execution of company goals and plans.
Donovan later joined BEWI Productions Inc. in 2006 as Vice President where she coordinated new event ventures, marketed the consumer shows in Denver and Boston and assisted with all company events, expo sales, sponsorships, and office administration.
In 2019, BEWI sold the expo's to SIA and Christine remains an outside contractor assisting in the transition. Donovan and her husband, Michael are lifelong New Englanders, and proud parents of two young men, both avid skiers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Michael J. Krongel (Newton, Ma.) is a life long skier. His professional career incorporated his passion for skiing since 1968. Starting as an instructor and entering a management training program at Killington after earning his undergrad degree, Krongel has spent over 50 years in ski resort operations, development, acquisition and disposition.
Krongel has participated in the growth of resorts such as those owned by Sherburne Corp., and American Skiing Company. Presently Mike focused upon facilitating transactions for buyers and sellers of ski areas and resorts and finding third parties to develop real estate opportunities at resorts. Mike lives in Newton, MA is married with two children and two grandchildren.