Bill Jensen Retires from Teleski (Telluride)

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Bill Jensen has left Telski, the resort’s majority owner Chuck Horning confirmed to the Daily Planet Tuesday. Jensen, who came to Telski in 2015 as CEO and partner, was not immediately available for comment before press time Tuesday afternoon, but submitted his resignation Friday, as Telski looks to head into the upcoming ski season under the helm of a new CEO.

“Given the current situation, many organizations have been forced to make difficult decisions that have impacted key management positions,” Horning said in a statement. “Unfortunately, such actions have been necessary at Telluride in order to reset our company’s direction. We are thankful for Bill’s leadership over the past years and are equally appreciative of his graciousness in stepping down from his role here. We all wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

An industry lifer, Jensen was inducted into the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame in April 2019 as part of the Class of 2018 for his 45 years in the business, and is considered a giant of sorts by many of his peers.

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Tom Kelly, Kristin Ulmer and Bill Jensen at the U.S. Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony

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Bill, Matt Palmenaki, myself, Tom Kelly and @Justin Koski
 

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Sounds like they booted him and let him resign.

“Given the current situation, many organizations have been forced to make difficult decisions that have impacted key management positions,”
Lol. Yes, talk about what others are doing to justify why you dumped someone.
 

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Yep - wording not even hiding the fact they asked him to step down. Maybe he wanted it that way - not everyone wants to go along with the corporate smokescreen of "leaving to pursue other interests" or be tainted by a hint of leaving an employer in the lurch.
 
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If anyone deserves a "Lifetime Achievement Award" in the ski industry it is Bill Jensen. In his Hall of Fame Induction speech, he asked the audience who worked for him at one of the resorts he managed, more than half the 600 in attendance stood up.

Yes, it is pretty clear with the verbiage that he was asked to step down, IMHO Bill was going to retired in the next few years anyway, there was little more that he could add to his Hall of Fame career. Like I have said a lot recently, what is happening now is what was going to happen in the next few years anyway. I am sure when we see Bill at the next Hall of Fame event, he will be healthy and very happy.
 
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