Staff Profile. Like father, like sons It’s a family affair for Greg Matulonis, who is celebrating his ninth winter season with Okemo this year. Greg works as a bellman, valet and sometimes, ski check, at Okemo’s Jackson Gore Inn. At 70 years old, Greg is no newcomer to Okemo. He has been skiing the mountain since he was 10. His father grew up in Ludlow, and he remembers visiting his grandfather who lived at the end of Terrace Avenue. Greg used to keep his ski gear on a friend’s porch who lived mountainside, so he had easy access to the slopes on weekends when he was a kid. In his 40s, Greg worked as a member of Okemo’s courtesy patrol, and later taught skiing as part of the local school program. After he retired from a career in sales, Greg looked for something to do a few days a week. Greg’s eldest son, Jeff, had a friend who worked as a bellman at Jackson Gore, and who said the tips were good and the position included an Okemo ski pass for the season. At his son’s suggestion, Greg submitted an application and got the job. A couple of years later, Greg’s younger son, Michael, moved back to the area and got a job doing landscaping with his brother Jeff. When winter rolled around and the landscaping work turned to occasional plowing and snow shoveling, the boys’ dad suggested that Michael join the team at Jackson Gore for the winter. “I told him to be sure and include my name on his application,” Greg said with a chuckle. “I wanted to make sure I got the referral bonus that Okemo offers its staff members who recommend a new hire.” One winter, about three years later, Jeff joined his father and brother as a ski-season bellman at Jackson Gore. Although some of their shifts overlap, the only day of the week they are all scheduled to work together is Sunday – during the busy, weekend checkout time. “There’s a lot of camaraderie among the bellman at Jackson Gore,” said Greg. It’s great to work with my sons and we all get along.” Greg describes himself as a “person person,” and says that it’s fun to meet guests and get to know people who visit Okemo regularly. He adds, “And I get to drive a lot of neat cars – fancy Porsches and BMWs!” homefront Straws are for suckers! Did you know, more than 500,000,000 disposable plastic straws are used each day in the United States? And collectively, we toss 28 billion pounds of plastic into the oceans each year. That’s a lot of plastic pollution going into the environment. Okemo is doing its part to make the plastic straw a relic of the past – and to change our society’s disposable culture on a larger scale at the same time. Okemo encourages its guests to sip their drinks instead of sucking them through a straw. Bartenders and servers will no longer automatically include a single-use, plastic drinking straw with every beverage served. They will be happy to provide guests with a straw if one is requested – and they won’t judge; that’s the Okemo Difference! Best Places to Work in Vermont Okemo Mountain Resort recently was named one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Vermont – for the fifth consecutive year. This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Vermont, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. The 2018 Best Places to Work in Vermont list is made up of 50 companies. “At Okemo, everything we do reflects our desire to support our employees in what they do to create ‘The Okemo Difference’ for our guests,” said Okemo Mountain Resort Vice President and General Manager Bruce Schmidt. “We were especially proud to learn that Okemo is the only ski resort to be recognized as a 2018 Best Places to Work in Vermont.” The 12th annual list of the Best Places to Work in Vermont was created by Vermont Business Magazine, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Department of Economic Development, the Vermont Department of Labor, and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – Vermont State Council and Best Companies Group. For more information visit BestPlacesToWorkInVT.com.  Jeff, Greg and Michael Matulonis (left to right) okemo.com > 802-228-1600 > page 31