Nick Sargent with Teddy Schiavoni, owner of Summit Ski Shop in Framingham, MA at the 2015 Stakeholders Meeting
During that same discussion, you also mentioned being literally in the passenger seat as you drove around Colorado. Sounds like you spent a lot of time together, and you have lots of common interests to bond over. Can you mention a few things that are not business related that you guys had fun talking about as you drove around from meeting to meeting?
Driving with David is an experience no matter how you slice it, but what makes this experience real and fun is that we both share a passion for winter sports. We have many experiences and stories which overlap and we know many of the same people, which makes the stories that much more exciting. I enjoy the stories and storytelling, and listening to how much fun the sports have been over his career. I can only hope that I’ll have as many stories to share in years to come.
While we’re on the topic of your interests outside of work, what are some of your favorite activities and things to do when you’re home and not working?
I’m an avid cyclist, both road and mountain. I like riding bikes and seeing the environment around me. I’ve been riding with my older daughter; she’s really fast and has good technical skills. It’s really fun to watch your children get into a sport and excel. I have a WWII fascination that I share with my son; you can typically find us driving my WWII Willys around Stowe. I also have a family sugarhouse where we all gather each year to make maple syrup. I love walking around the maple trees and collecting the sap to be boiled down to syrup. At any given moment you can find 3 generations boiling.
So, are you a gear head? Do you always like to keep updated, or do you keep your gear for many years as long as it’s functional? In that same vein, (without necessarily naming brands!), what’s one piece of gear you can’t live without?
I have a barn on my property where I store all our gear. We love gear and have tons of it. I try to update it as much as possible, but with 5 people in my family it can get cumbersome. I love my S-Works bikes, Mystery board, the Summit 162 and my kids’ race skis. Suffice to say, we have a ton of outside fun. I’ve been hiking a bunch this fall enjoying the leaves, and my X-wing shoes are great for all trails with a little cushion from my Darn Tuff socks. Oops had to plug Ric Cabot!
Well, if you’re going to plug anyone, let it be the man who provides the VT Maple Bacon Creemees at the Snow Show! Thanks again to Nick for taking the time to share some more with us about his journey on the road to transition here at SIA. Check out our first Water Cooler Chat for more, and stay tuned to Snow Source for our next installment!