MEET THE TEAM
The Mountaineer Transit Company team is comprised of a 9-member volunteer Board of Directors from homeowner associations in both Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows, Placer County, and Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows communities at-large, advisors, and a part-time Executive Director.
Board of Directors
Mike Martin, Board Chair
Palisades Tahoe Vice President Base Operations
Originally from Montana, Mike Martin’s first job of his professional career was at Palisades Tahoe (formerly Squaw Alpine) as a lift operator. He then headed off to college to obtain his Engineering and MBA degrees, which forced him to make midnight drives to both Olympic Valley and Mammoth to get his powder fix. After working (and skiing) all over the world for decades with several global Fortune 500 companies, such as Northrop Grumman, Best Buy, VF Brands, Gap Inc., he returned to Tahoe and Palisades Tahoe following the big winter of ’16-17 to help put the place back together, leading the Building Services, Capital Construction, and Snow Removal teams. Since then, he’s taken on several other departments within the operations group including Transportation Operations, Regulatory Compliance, and Vehicle Maintenance Operations. When you can’t find him working or chasing fresh tracks in the Sierras, he’s out exploring the beauty of the wilderness, usually with a fly rod in hand.
Peter Grant, Board Vice Chair
Red Wolf Lodge HOA Board President
Peter Grant is the President of Grant Wolf Incorporated and a 40-year resident of Lake Tahoe. Grant co-developed the Red Wolf Lodge at Olympic Valley and has been the President of the Red Wolf Lodge Board of Directors since 2003. Grant is a graduate of Washington State University in Business and Hotel Administration. In 1980, after two years managing restaurants in the Bay Area, Grant elected to pursue his dream to be a ski bum (“for just a couple years”) where he skied Palisades Tahoe (formerly Squaw Valley) and waited tables at Mario’s Italian Restaurant (what is PlumpJack's today). Grant has spent his entire career in the hospitality industry, primarily in the development and operation of Lake Tahoe based timeshare resorts. Peter and wife Vikki have two adult children and, in 2017, welcomed twin grandchildren to the family. Peter and Vikki still love everything that living in Lake Tahoe has to offer.
Rick Pendleton, Board Treasurer
VP of Operations at Granite Peak Management
Rick Pendleton moved to Olympic Valley in 1990 to experience the “Ski Lifestyle” for a season. Three decades later, Rick manages the operations at Granite Peak Management a local property management firm specializing in community association management and vacation rentals. Rick has enjoyed a diverse career with stints as an entrepreneur, sales and marketing executive and finance professional. Utilizing the broad range of experience, Rick enjoys collaborating with associates to develop long term solutions. Rick holds a real estate brokers license and has a degree in Finance from California State University, Northridge. With both of his daughters out of the house Rick and his wife Linda are enjoying their newly adopted empty nester lifestyle and like to spend their days skiing and hiking. Rick lives and works in Alpine Meadows and is excited to help with the transformational change that the Mountaineer experiment has brought to the region.
David Stepner, Board Secretary
Olympic Valley resident, OVMAC Member & Friends of OV Steering Committee Member
David Stepner has been a property owner in North Tahoe for more than 40 years, of which the last 20 have been in Olympic Valley, and the last 10 as a permanent resident, having moved after retiring from the Silicon Valley entrepreneurship treadmill. For the past 13 years, he has been a volunteer ski patroller at Palisades Tahoe. He got involved in Olympic Valley politics with the first Specific Plan for the expanded village, and formed the Friends of Olympic Valley with several other Valley residents to lobby for development moderation. As chairman of the County appointed Design Review Committee much was achieved in creating standards to make the proposed Village more open and inviting. Four years ago, he was also appointed to the Olympic Valley Municipal Advisory Council, and now serves as Chairman. He was an early member of the Olympic Valley Alpine Meadows Micro Mass Transit District Steering committee which led to the formation of Mountaineer Transit Company. He also serves as Treasurer of the Olympic Valley Municipal Water Company.
Palisades Tahoe Lodge Owner Association Board Member, Olympic Valley HOA Forum Moderator
Keith Fountain has skied at Palisades Tahoe (formerly Squaw | Alpine) since 1973 and has been an owner at the Squaw Valley Lodge since 2001. At the Lodge he is a board member and since inception has chaired the Village Development Committee to represent owners interests in the Village at Squaw Valley redevelopment plan. He founded and moderates the Olympic Valley HOA Forum which is dedicated to the sharing of information and ideas on topics of mutual interest and concern to owners within Multi-Family Residences (condos) located in Olympic Valley. He chaired the Olympic Valley Alpine Meadows Micro Mass Transit District Steering Committee which lead to the formation of the Mountaineer Transit Company and he chaired Mountaineer Transit Company Board of Directors from its inception through September 2022.
Palisade Tahoe, Base Area Director
Pat Fraser grew up in Connecticut and developed his love of skiing in the “mountains” all over New England. After college he came out to visit some friends who had moved to the Tahoe area, and the next season ended up moving out for one winter to spend a few months working as a lift operator at what was at the time Squaw Valley. Many years later, he now oversees Palisades Tahoe Base Area Operations. In addition to his primary job duties at the resort, Pat also holds a Board of Directors seat on the Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association, and committee seat on the newly formed North Lake Tahoe Resort Association TOT Committee overseeing funding for affordable housing and transportation projects. When not working or skiing at Palisades, you can find Pat out in the woods on his mountain bike or somewhere on or by the lake. Pat is very excited to join the MTC group and continue to build upon the successes of pioneering microtransit in the area.
Director of Resort Operations, Resort at Squaw Creek
Sebastian Gurevich has a 16-year career with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and has held leadership positions in six premier Hyatt properties across nine cities, including the Grand Hyatt New York, Hyatt’s globally recognized iconic flagship property in midtown Manhattan. Prior to joining Resort at Squaw Creek in March 2022, Sebastian served as Hotel Manager at the Parker New York where he led operations for the 729-key hotel since 2018 and he had a successful two-year tenure at Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix Arizona, where he became a greatly admired and respected leader of the resort’s team and community. In 2018 and 2012, Hyatt recognized Sebastian’s dedication and contributions with two Hyatt Director of Operations Award of Excellence of the Year Awards. Outside of the workplace, he enjoys an active lifestyle through activities such as salsa dancing, hiking and virtually spending time with his family from Argentina.
Management Analyst, Placer County, Tahoe CEO Office
Lindsay Romack serves on the Board as the Placer County representative. Through her position with the Placer County Executive Office in Tahoe, she has worked on the TART Connect pilot program to help expand microtransit service outside of Mountaineer, the very successful service that was started by SATCo. While Lindsay now resides in Truckee, she previously was a resident of Olympic Valley for many years and during that time, she served on the Municipal Advisory Council in Olympic Valley and worked in the Village at Palisades Tahoe. Lindsay enjoys exploring the great outdoors with her partner Corey and young son Finn. Lindsay also serves as an elected member of the Truckee Town Council.
Alpine Meadows resident and Part-time Palisades Tahoe Tram Driver
Bob put down roots in the mountain life when he was a wilderness manager for the Sierra Club on Mount Shasta for most of the 70's. Winters he worked at the old local ski area there, braving wind and whiteout for the love of it. When his engineering background took him to Silicon Valley, he still found recreation outdoors. He has lived in Bear Creek for thirty years, served on the Bear Creek Planning Committee and regularly got over 100 days per season. Along the way he was a USSA and FIS licensed official for PNSA while bringing his son up through the pipeline and into the Sugar Bowl Academy. Now retired from the "rat race," he works part-time as a Palisades Tahoe tram driver and regularly puts young people to sleep with his memoirs.
Founder & CEO, Granite Peak Management
Evan Benjaminson is co-founder and CEO of Granite Peak Management, a local company servicing a portfolio of properties in the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee area. Evan graduated from University of Arizona with a degree in Accounting. After a short stint in Public Accounting and with college degree in hand, Evan moved to Tahoe in search of the endless winter and found a coveted bellman position at Palisades Tahoe Lodge (formerly Squaw Valley Lodge). Evan worked his way up from bellman at Palisades Tahoe Lodge in 1992 to owning and recreating the management company with his now retired partner in 1998, thus expanding Granite Peak Management to what it is today. Evan and his wife Shawn have two daughters, Kacey and Riley. All enjoy skiing, boating, paddle boarding, mountain biking and hiking in Tahoe.
Joy M. Doyle
Joy has lived in Carnelian Bay since 1990 and became MTC's part-time executive director in September 2019. From 2011 to 2019, Joy served as the executive director of North Tahoe Business Association (NTBA) and under her leadership, the non-profit organization’s membership, financial stability, reputation, and professionalism grew immensely. Prior to working for NTBA, Joy worked for 10 years as the advertising manager for Northstar- at-Tahoe and Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resorts. Joy has experience in community and economic development, events, and in the outdoor equipment and apparel manufacturing industry. Joy and her husband Brian have two adult children, Clayton and Allie, and they all enjoy downhill and cross-country skiing, hiking, standup paddling, boating on Lake Tahoe in their 1962 Century Resorter, and whitewater rafting.