Steamboat Springs When Jim Boyne steps into his office at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Cub for his first day of work in October, he will have an understanding of the history and importance of the club in our community.
The committee that hired him hopes he will bring a clear vision of where the club is headed to go along with an impressive resume that includes a strong background in leadership, organizational and operations management, communications and marketing, strategic planning and money management.
“I am honored to be joining the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, an organization that has been committed to the mission of developing children through participation in winter sports for nearly 100 years,” Boyne said when reached by phone Tuesday.
Boyne leaves his position as president and chief operating officer of Calamos Investments, a global investment firm based in Illinois, to join the Winter Sports Club. In his former role, Boyne said he was directly and indirectly responsible for more than 350 employees and led a company that manages $27 billion in investments around the world.
Boyne was drawn to Steamboat Springs more than 15 years ago when he visited on a vacation. The family bought a home here and lives here part time.
“We fell in love with Steamboat because it’s not just a ski resort,” he said. “It’s a real town with great people.”
Boyne said that when his neighbor told him the position as executive director at the Winter Sports Club was open, he threw his name into the hat because he saw it as an opportunity to move here full time. Although Boyne never has run a winter sports club, interim director Sarah Floyd said he has the skill set the club needs to move into the future.
“Jim has a very different skill set — a skill set that we believe that we need at this point,” Floyd said.
“Rick DeVos did a great job taking us from where the club was 14 years ago to where it is today,” Floyd said. “Our goal is not to stay as we are today. The club is in a great spot, and we feel that Jim can take the club further with his expertise, organizational and management skills.”
She added that Boyne has met with some of the staff members and is looking forward to working with them.
“The staff is thrilled and very excited to have him come on board,” Floyd said. “He is a humble and hard-working guy.”
Floyd and Boyne stressed the importance of the Winter Sports Club’s current staff.
“The directors of each discipline are the top in their field in the nation and internationally,” Floyd said. “Those folks know their sports. We believe that Jim cam enhance and contribute to their programming with the skills he brings to the club. We are excited for Jim to look at our organization and guide us in ways more effective and more efficient.”
A selection committee led by chairman Jeff Good and including community members Jim Snyder, Peter Daley, Ed MacArthur, Deb Armstrong, Todd Wilson and Floyd met twice per week throughout the summer to select a new executive director from the field of 38 candidates. The committee was looking for a leader that would stand for the ideals of the club and give the membership and staff a voice in the community.
“Not every athlete in our club is going to be an Olympian, but we want every child to have a chance to be as good as they can be or as good as they want to be,” Boyne said.
Boyne was a competitive weightlifter throughout high school and said he learned the importance of competitive sports at an early age.
He never has been a member of a national-level team, but he says that doesn’t mean he isn’t aware of what competitive sports teach children.
“We believe that competitive sports are critical to the development of children. Sports help build better kids and can help make them more successful in life,” Boyne said.
The new director thinks his own competitive spirit can help make the Winter Sports Club a better organization.
To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209 or email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com
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