At the age of 54, Jamie’s first introduction to the Tourism Industry was at the age of 13 at Kimberley Ski Resort. Upon leaving in 1989, to broaden he experience, he held the position of Night Operations Manager.
Over the next 30 years he was in a Senior Management position at 5 resorts in 5 different regions including, Nakiska Resort, host of the 1988 Olympic Games, Hemlock Valley Ski Resort, Agassiz BC, Mount Seymour Resort, Lake Louise, and Hudson Bay Mountain Resort, Smithers BC.
He took a sabbatical from Resorts from 2008 to 2014, and returned to the Kootenays to be with his father in his last years. During that time, he directed the construction and managed operations of a 7000 sq. ft. full service grocery Market in Crawford Bay, B.C.
Returning to the Tourism Industry in the spring of 2014, Jamie has managed Gallagher Lake Resort, in the South Okanagan, owned by Parkbridge Lifestyles Communities. Gallagher Lake Resort has experienced double-digit growth over the past four years, more than doubling its night occupancy from 7000 to 15000 nights.
Jamie has held the position of 2nd Vice to the Chamber of Commerce of the Town of Smithers, the President of the Chamber of Commerce on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake, and President of the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce.
Jamie is honoured of the opportunity to bring his enthusiasm, experience & open mind to the Board of the Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia.