A Massachusetts native, Erika has always had a passion for the outdoor industry, specifically snow-related activities. Since the age of 5 she has called Rangeley her winter home until mid-2020 when she made Maine her permanent residence.
Erika has quickly jumped hurdles and climbed the ladder of hospitality management in Boulder, Colorado, where she got a taste for private events while executing events in her brewery’s private event space. With her role as beverage director, mixology gave her the creative freedom of bringing ideas to life. She continued her event journey moving on to an event coordinator role at a wedding venue in Denver, until moving back to the East Coast. In New Hampshire, she joined a country club as the director of hospitality & events. Most recently Erika held a successful role as social event manager in Western Maine where she and her now husband said “I Do” before joining the Saddleback team.
During past years, Erika was actively involved in snowboarding events such as US Burton Open, Dew Tour Breckenridge, Dew Tour Long Beach, Vans US Open of Surfing, Winter X GAMES and volunteering her time to non-profit Boarding for Breast Cancer.
When not at an event, she can be found sliding features on her snowboard, riding her snowmobile & going on new adventures with her husband and two dogs. Erika also serves her community as a board member on the Rangeley Lakes Snowmobile Club. Erika knows that not everything about planning for your event can be glamorous, so she is here to keep you inspired, excited, and most importantly, she will keep it real with you.
Born and raised in Maine, Shaun started working in the food industry at the age of 12 in his father’s seafood shack in Standish, Maine. Shaun has traveled the U.S. in search of culinary inspiration, working as far south as New Orleans and west to Lake Tahoe. He studied Cajun cuisine at both mom-and-pop shops and fine dining staples. Shaun was the sous chef at several high-end Portland restaurants, including the acclaimed and awarded Fore Street. He has always found that going directly to the source and fully immersing himself in the cuisine and culture is the best way to learn. This is reflected in his cooking style, blending locally sourced ingredients and regional cuisine styles. Shaun believes food is a reflection of the natural beauty found here in the great state of Maine and he hopes to make memories and tell stories through flavors. He’s happy to be back in Maine and shaping the culinary culture and story of Saddleback.
Andy was a long time executive at L.L. Bean, running a number of businesses for the company. In keeping with L.L.Bean’s tradition of asking its employees to give back to their communities, Andy began working on a plan to address some of the challenges facing rural communities in Maine. The Maine Winter Sport Center (MWSC) was founded in 1999 and became a respected voice in a global dialogue about a sustainable, empowering approach to improving health and well-being for individuals and communities.
After 20 years as the president and CEO of the MWSC, and with the organization on solid footing, Andy stepped aside to focus on getting Saddleback Mountain resurrected. That is a passion project he has been working on for 6 years, the first three trying to find the right buyer for the mountain and the last 3 collaborating with Boston-based Arctaris Impact Fund to buy and then reinvest in the mountain’s recovery. When Arctaris purchased the mountain in January 2020, Andy took on the role of GM and CEO.
His focus now is on creating a sustainable business model for the iconic mountain and leveraging that to address many of the challenges facing rural communities: access to affordable, quality childcare, affordable housing, providing seasonal workers with year-round benefits and expanding access to health and wellness care in rural communities.
Andy is thrilled to see the tradition of Weddings at the mountain continue and confident that Saddleback has assembled the dream team to make your special day everything you could ever imagine.