Friday, May 29, 2009

Sun Valley’s new GM settles in

Tim Silva takes reins from top manager Wally Huffman

Express Staff Writer

Tim Silva, Sun Valley’s new general manager, calls himself "the luckiest guy in the world." Photo by David N. Seelig

Tim Silva, the new general manager for Sun Valley Resort, has been in town two weeks now, getting the feel of his new digs.

"I am both the happiest and the luckiest guy in the world," Silva said in an interview. "I still have a number of very close friends here."

Silva started his ski industry career as a Sun Valley Co. lift attendant at Warm Springs in 1976 before becoming lift operations manager. He left the valley in 1992 to become the general manager of the Northstar at Tahoe ski resort in California, where he worked for the past 17 years.

This past spring he was named to take over as Sun Valley's general manager for Wally Huffman, who is now the head of resort development for the company.

Silva now occupies Huffman's old corner office in the basement of the Sun Valley Lodge, with the small water-stained windows shedding some light on his massive responsibility.

But if he's got any plans to change things at Sun Valley, he's staying mum on that just yet.

"It's too early, really, to talk about that," he said. "I am just getting my feet on the ground."

For now, he has nothing but high praise for the personnel he now oversees.

"Sun Valley has a dedicated staff and a technically proficient staff," he said.

It's also a staff that hasn't had a major amount of turnover at the top level in the decades since Silva was slinging lift chairs.

"There's a significant amount of people in management positions that were here in my previous tenure," Silva said. "That speaks very well for this organization."

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