Who We Are – Brian Hollinger

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Assistant Bike and Rental Manager Brian and his wife moved to Ketchum about a year and a half ago from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They moved to Ketchum for Brian to pursue a career in the bike industry, and he’s certainly achieved that goal! Of his passion, the self-proclaimed adrenaline addict says, “I’ve always loved things on two wheels, whether it was motorcycles or bicycles. Mountain biking … Read More

Who We Are – Michelle Bitler

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Controller This week, we’d love to introduce you to Sturtevants’ controller, Michelle Bitler who joined our team this past fall. Michelle grew up on the East Coast, in Pennsylvania, with an academic background in accounting. Her adventurous spirit brought her west in 2003 for a backcountry ski trip to the Bench Hut yurt. Her love for the outdoors and active … Read More

Who We Are – Sean McEntee

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Haus Store Manager Sean McEntee moved to the Wood River Valley in 1998 to bike for a summer, and as the story goes, when the snow started flying, decided to stay indefinitely. Born and bred in Rhode Island, Sean combines his east coast work ethic (and sarcasm) along with his friendly demeanor and knack for understanding people’s needs to his position as … Read More

Who We Are – Chris Rybak

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Warm Springs Store and Sun Valley Mountain Guides Manager With the the re-opening for our Warm Springs store for the Winter season, this couldn’t be a better time to introduce (or reintroduce, if you have the pleasure of knowing him!), Chris Rybak. Chris couldn’t be a better fit for our team at Sturtevants. Coming from a lifelong background in skiing, … Read More

Who We Are – Deno Mense

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Ski, Fish, And Outdoor Expert Deno grew up a Cheesehead in northern Wisconsin in a “great-outdoors-loving” family. In addition to hunting and fishing, his true passion was alpine skiing with his two brothers. Throughout his high school and college years, Deno focussed on Alpine Skiing. But he later fell headlong into Nordic skiing and became a serious nordic competitor. After … Read More

Who We Are – Carl Evenson

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Fly Fishing Department Buyer and Lead Fly-Fishing Guide Sturtevants Fly Fishing Department Buyer and Lead Fly-Fishing Guide Carl Evenson defines what a passionate fisherman is all about and is just one of the reasons we are so fortunate to have him on board. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Carl has lived in some great fly-fishing towns including Steamboat, CO, Durango, CO, … Read More

Who We Are – Karen Nestor

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Apparel and Accessory Expert After Karen and her husband, Pete, sold their specialty sports stores in Pennsylvania, Karen sent us a very brief e-mail: “How would you like two over qualified people with absolutely no desire for advancement?”  We knew Karen and Pete well so our reply was even shorter: “When can you get here?” Karen arrived in Ketchum December … Read More

Who We Are – Kate Dondero

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Assistant Apparel Buyer Kate Dondero is a life long local of the Wood River Valley, born in 1984 in the original St. Moritz hospital in Sun Valley.  “Sun Valley has been my home base all my life. My dad is from San Fran and my mother from Seattle. They have been coming here their whole life and met in Sun … Read More

Who We Are – Steve Ashburn

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Ski Boot and Footwear Expert If you have lived in the Wood River Valley for any decent period of time, there is no doubt that you have heard of Steve Ashburn.  When we live in an area that is so dedicated and passionate about skiing and winter sports, we regard our veterans and experts of the sport with the utmost … Read More