July 14, 2016 (Park City, UT) – Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation (UOLF) announces the hiring of Lisa Bennion Rasmussen as Vice President of Marketing & Development and Stuart Ashe as the new General Manager of Soldier Hollow Nordic Center. Rasmussen and Ashe will start in their respective roles on July 18th.
“The Legacy Foundation is at a critical point in its strategic efforts to create actively used and sustainable Olympic venues in Utah,” said Colin Hilton, President and CEO of the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation. “We are four times busier than we were back in 2002, and remain focused on maintaining and supporting the viability of three Olympic and Paralympic legacy venues at world-class levels. To do this, we are bringing on two strong leaders to help us achieve success in both our new oversight of the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center and the added focus to further develop revenue streams and community partnerships.”
With the recent action to add the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center in Midway to its operational oversight, UOLF management sought a seasoned leader with a passion for Olympic venue management and proven business acumen to lead this unique Olympic and Paralympic venue. They selected Stuart Ashe to take the helm as Soldier Hollow’s General Manager.
“What impressed us most about Stuart is his team oriented vision and community-based approach,” said Hilton. “He is a natural leader who will actively engage the Heber Valley and together will develop an impactful future for Soldier Hollow.”
With over three decades of experience in international sport event and venue management, Ashe’s background is a compelling blend of hands-on management roles as well as strategic consulting roles. He has innate knowledge of balancing sport management and business needs of Olympic venues.
Ashe shares the UOLF’s commitment to building and growing active, community-focused facilities. He will be tasked with growing public-facing programs and activities and developing long-term planning for upkeep and maintenance of the venue at world-class levels.
As a consultant, Ashe has advised large-scale organizations and foundations in strategic planning and operational management including involvement with eight summer and winter Olympic Organizing Committees. During the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Ashe held the role of director of material logistics managing a successful program incorporating all aspects of supply chain management. In Atlanta, Ashe was the senior venue manager for the 1996 Olympic Games overseeing nine competition sport venues. Ashe got his international sport event start as regional logistic manager during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. In addition to his Olympic and Paralympic tenure, Ashe worked as logistics director for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1999 and FIFA World Cup 1994 in Los Angeles.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation. This is a rare opportunity for me to incorporate my years of international event experience with the exciting work of the UOLF right here in my home community of the Wasatch Back,” said Ashe. “I am looking forward to working with the Heber Valley community and Soldier Hollow staff to grow the facility into a multi-faceted community center and one of the world’s finest Nordic centers.”
To learn more about Utah’s Olympic Legacy, please go to: UtahOlympicLegacy.org.
About Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation
The Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation is a Utah nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization responsible for managing and maintaining world-class facilities and providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate and excel in winter sport. Inspired by the success and momentum of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games - considered by many the most successful Winter Games ever staged - the Foundation has placed a focus on embracing, engaging and involving Utah’s youth in winter sport. The Foundation supports national sport organizations and community recreational winter sport programs, as well as subsidizes the operation of three Olympic venues: Utah Olympic Oval, Utah Olympic Park, and Soldier Hollow. For more information, please visit UtahOlympicLegacy.org or call 435-658-4200.
Sandy Chio, Marketing Director