Bender named CEO at Seven Springs

Scott L. Bender has been promoted to the Chief Executive Officer position at Seven Springs
Mountain Resort.Bender has been with the resort since 1983, and most
recently acted as the President, Chief Operations Officer and Chairman of
the Board. The change comes with the sale of the family-owned corporation
from the Dupre Family to the Nutting Family of Wheeling, WV. Bender was
instrumental in the transition of resort ownership.
  “Scott has been a tremendous asset to Seven Springs and the community
for many years. He has earned this position through his outstanding
leadership abilities and unwavering dedication to the resort,” said Robert
Nutting. “I am confident that under his direct leadership, Seven Springs
will continue to flourish as the premier four-season resort and a major
economic driver in the region.”
  “I have enjoyed my years at Seven Springs and experienced a lot of
exciting changes, but this is certainly a very exciting time at Seven
Springs,” comments Bender. “The Nutting Family has a lot of passion for the
outdoors, skiing and Seven Springs. They have an incredible vision for
where they want Seven Springs to be in the future, and I am thrilled to be
part of it all. I look forward to leading the resort and its management
team as we achieve new heights.”
  Bender was hired in 1983 to establish an in-house Public Relations
department at Seven Springs. He quickly became involved in resort marketing
and assumed the role of Director of Advertising, Marketing & Public
Relations in 1987. Bender positioned the resort as a year round resort
offering family recreation and a company with key interest in the region
and local community. He developed public relations campaigns and worked
with an agency to create and facilitate the resort’s marketing and
advertising efforts. Bender was named Marketing Director in 1989. Under
Bender’s guidance the resort management team allowed Seven Springs to
evolve in a highly-competitive winter industry, and grow as a spring,
summer and fall resort. Much of this was accomplished by creating events
and developing new activities and services to attract overnight guests.
  Some of Mr. Bender’s more significant accomplishments include expanding
the resort’s markets, developing special lodging packages and creating
special events - most notably Autumnfest Weekends and Winterfest. Bender
was also able to move the resort toward more aggressive marketing utilizing
electronic newsletters and the resort’s Priority7 Club to offer
significantly reduced short-lead lodging packages.
  In 1993, Bender was named Vice President of Operations, under the
leadership of former resort President James McClure. In this role Bender
introduced the discounted season ski pass program which took the number of
Seven Springs pass holders from 3,000 to more than 11,000. Bender also
worked to enhance the resort’s services by constructing a $5 million skier
services building and installing the region’s first high-speed six
passenger chair lift. Groundwork for future development was also laid as
plans for Pheasant Run and Southwind at Lake Tahoe, the latest real estate
projects at Seven Springs, were developed. Bender was promoted to Chief
Operating Officer in 1999 and President and COO in 2001. Chairman of the
Board was added to his role in 2003. Bender resides in Rockwood, Pa. and
enjoys golfing, skiing and many of the amenities offered by the popular
four-season resort.
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