The SVI Team
Tom has over 18 years of experience within the mountain resort and snow sports industry, most currently with Squaw Valley focusing on resort strategy and planning. A consummate entrepreneur Tom has successfully built an international action sports event company and continues with his current project to fundamentally improve helmets and head protection within action sports. Tom originally moved to the Tahoe area in 1996 after completing his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. Additionally, he spent 10 years in Vail Colorado working with Booth Creek Ski Holdings to build their resort asset base including Northstar-at-Tahoe and Sierra-at-Tahoe, before returning to Truckee in 2011. Tom is an avid mountain biker, skier, surfer, fly fisherman and, most importantly, dad.
Keoki Flagg is a world-renowned fine art and extreme sports photographer. His unique limited edition photographs cover a wide range of subjects and span all 7 continents, and are admired internationally. Flagg is the recipient of numerous awards including winner of the 2001 Banff International Photo Contest, the KT Award and the Captain John Noel award. Flagg has produced commercial work for a vast international clientele including VISA, General Electric, DuPont, California Tourist Board, New Zealand Tourist Board, National Geographic Television, Discovery Channel, Maui Jim, Völkl, Rossignol, and Squaw Valley Resort. His images have been published in, and graced the covers of National Geographic Adventure, Men’s Journal, Vogue, Men’s Fitness, Audubon, Archeology, Outside, Geo, Sunset, Backpacker, Sports Illustrated for Women, Powder, Ski & Skiing Magazine, The Mountain Zone, Warren Miller Entertainment, and many others.
Melanie, originally from Ontario, Canada truly lives in hospitality spirit. Graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce in Hotel Management, she worked with the Ritz-Carlton, Hotel Company for 7 years allowing her to do what she loves and live in many beautiful places from the Caribbean to Tahoe. Her passion for learning and growing has led her to a number of volunteer endeavors from literacy programs, Girls Inc., environmental clean up’s and even the Rodeo. Melanie works at Resort at Squaw Creek as a Senior Group Sales Manager, sharing her love for Squaw Valley to Corporations and Associations across the US. She looks forward to helping out with SVI and developing this amazing community spirit that our Valley shares.
Ryan is an Academic Life Coach for teens in the Reno/Tahoe area and the owner of Academic One LLC. His passion for facilitating progressive and unique systems for self-improvement lead him to follow the path of Life Coaching as a career. He is motivated by the transformational advancements he sees his clients implement into their lives. He is enthusiastic about developing and sustaining a culture of empowering support, influential learning, and connection with The SVI Youth program. Ryan's workshops engage all types of learners and thinkers in his pursuit of furthering innovative learning environments that invite connection to the self and community. Ryan received his Bachelors degree from UNR emphasizing in Psychology and Education. He is a current resident of neighboring Reno, where is he is joined and inspired by his wife Angela and their two sons Kai and Kingston.