I noticed Rachel's post of a picture I took during wife's birthday ski party at Loveland on May 2nd of this year. That along with Rachel's comments, got me thinking.
Betsy's birthday ski gathering amongst friends here on epic began back in 2006 and has continued, year over year, with a growing body of epic folks all considered family. Tricia and Phil were always part of that - bringing their joy of community.
And within the context of their roles here at epic, we found them to be leaders who fostered connection - real connection that would have a ski day start off with hugs in the lodge before booting up. That's the Phil and Tricia "Brand" - thier authentic signature.
Do you see them?:
^ L to R - using mostly Epic handles: foreground my ski pole, then
, @Bob Barnes
, foreground @Mr Vertical
, tall @Drahtguy
, standing behind smaller @SkiNurse
, foreground @dookey67
, Monique, sitting @Kimmyt
, (not pictured Lgeib, Babulator, Cathy, Joey, @Tsavo
Reading a few of the posts in this thread, including the initial announcment post, it reminded me of so many organizational "disruptions" I've witnessed during my near 4 decades of corporate experience. Such is Biz. And while the seemingly abrupt action taken by MTN was of no business surprise to me - there is a visceral hurt felt by Betsy and me to find Tricia and Phil dealing with all of this so suddenly.
Business is an odd play with our true nature - as we are feeling creatures that think NOT thinking creatures that feel. Trying to jibe an emotional gutting to an intellectual narrative we can feel safe with often draws out long - and equally unsatisfying - as evident to me in much of this thread.
What Betsy and I do know is that Phil and Tricia are all about love, kindness, and support - the stuff of family. And that is why we'll support them in whatever energy they take forward.
Thank you Tricia and Phil.
(monique = @bounceswoosh ... one day Don will remember ;-) )