Movie premier highlights alumni’s success

Sammy Carlson has encouraged freedom and artistry while playing in the mountains.

Sammy Carlson has encouraged freedom and artistry while playing in the mountains. Leaving a mark upon the freeskiing world, Teton Gravity Research (TGR) honored Carlson in creating a two-year project about his accomplishments and character. editmaxresdefault(2)

On April 21 the Alumni Association and SNC Freeride organization sponsored TGR for a free premiere of ‘The Sammy C Project’. This was the final stop of TGR’s world tour, movie premier. The premier offered free Alibi Beer and a locally sponsored prize raffle.

“The Sammy C event went well. There were a bunch of great people, great beer and good vibes. Shout out to Dave Wadleigh for organizing this event. Go Freeride Club,” said Junior Tim Lord.

The unique aspect about this movie premiere was the host, a 2012 graduate, Andrew Gauthier. Gauthier currently works with TGR as their Marketing and World Tour Manager. Gauthier wanted to premiere his movie locally in Tahoe, and SNC offered a great local opportunity.

“The biggest thing was sharing what I do at TGR with the College I love,” said Gauthier. “It’s great to see everyone still thriving.”

Gauthier received two bachelor degrees from SNC, Global Business Management and Ski Resort Management, allowing him to build an extensive resume within the professional ski industry.

“Andrew, in previous role at AFP and his current role at Teton Gravity Research, always looks for ways to engage SNC students and give back to SNC-from internship and volunteer opportunities to premiering a film on campus  His efforts and desire to further engage SNC has been fantastic,” said Director Of Annual Giving and Alumni/Parent Relations James Uyeda. “The vision and forward thinking of Andrew has benefited SNC, our students and the community. He is an exemplary example of an Alumnus of SNC giving back!!”

In the spirit of graduation season, SNC represents their alumni with pride serving as an important resource for current students as they shape the SNC legacy.

“Andrew is a perfect example of the system working as designed, as he earned his current position at TGR over many other qualified candidates,” said Ski Business and Resort Management Professor Tim Cohee . “It is tremendously gratifying to see so many SNC ski business grads do so well.”  

Andrew Gauthier presenting the movie at SNC and giving out raffle prizes

After graduating SNC in 2012, Gauthier decided to earn his Master’s Degree in Bulle, Switzerland at Glion Institute of Higher Education.  He received a  Master’s degree of Business Administration, Hospitality and Services Industry Management with Marketing. Gauthier was also named Valedictorian of his graduating class.

“Andrew was a terrific ski business student who was destined for success.  It’s not surprising at all to see him do so well,” said Cohee.

Upon receiving his Master’s degree and returning to Tahoe, Gauthier began working with The Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP)  in Tahoe City as the  Marketing & World Tour Manager. The AFP is a freeskiing organization responsible for implementing a balanced global ranking system and to serve as a unified voice for athletes. The AFP, allocated point system allows professional freeskiing athletes to move along the point system for events such as Dew Tour, X Games and the Winter Olympics.

“The biggest advice I can give is do as much as you can while you’re here at SNC. Supplement your interests with education,” said Gauthier. “Surround yourself with what you want to do.”

Alongside his involvement with the AFP, Gauthier also was the co-starter for EPS events. EPS is contracted by ESPN.  EPS manages all sports and competition at events such as Winter and Summer X-Games and Air + Style Big Air. His job allows him to travel across the country managing professional ski events and athletes.

Recently, Gauthier  signed on with Teton Gravity Research as their Marketing and Film Tour Manager. His duties include VP, Consumer Strategy and driving all operational and promotional aspects of the TGR movie tours and the Marketing aspects.

“SNC’s education and all it offers prepared me the most,” said Gauthier. “Going to SNC allowed me to craft my education around skiing and allow me to live life.”

Gauthier hopes to share his legacy at SNC with current undergraduates.

“We have dozens of SNC ski business graduates who are doing well at many ski resorts across the country, and our 2016 graduating class should continue that same tradition,” said Cohee.

Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Parent Relations, James Uyeda has made it a priority to honor alumni. Through hosting parents weekend in the fall to various events across campus, Uyda finds value in supporting SNC alumni.

“When our alumni contribute back to their alma mater it is very significant.” said Uyeda.  “We understand that alumni may want to contribute.  What they do is greatly valued and appreciated.”