Rental Shop Manager
Brandon wishes he had a cool story about how his parents were ski bums and that he was on skis since the day he was born. But the truth is, he never even lived in a place that got snow until he was 16. In 2001, he started working in the rental shop during college, never skiing a day in his life. Figuring he should know how to ski if he was going to work at a ski area, he gave it a shot and was instantly hooked. His new love kept him coming back year after year. In 2011, Brandon took over as rental shop manager.
“I love having the opportunity to share skiing and snowboarding with other people, maybe they will end up loving it as much as I do,” Brandon said. His younger brother and sister are prime examples of this, taking up the sport and even becoming employees themselves. His favorite part about working at Great Bear are the people he gets to meet and the people he works with, affectionately calling them his “winter family”.
Daren joined the Great Bear team in 2015 starting in Food Service. His love of the outdoors found him outside as a Lift Operator the following season. In 2019, Daren was promoted to Mountian Manager bringing years of leadership expreience and great customer service to the job. Daren is originally from northcentral Iowa, and spent 24 years in the U.S. Navy as an avionics technician. Over the past years, Daren has taught himself to ski at Great Bear, finding it a fun place to enjoy nature.
A Sioux Falls native, Adam grew up snowboarding at the Bear with his friends. He joined the team in 2010 as maintenance and was hooked. In 2019, Adam was promoted to Mountain Manager. When he is not making snow or doing lift inspections, Adam is a CAD engineer designing water tanks for fire trucks. Adam loves to hit the slopes with his friends.
A Minnesota native, Jayne grew up skiing every Christmas at Giant's Ridge with her family. She moved to Sioux Falls in 2014 and joined the Great Bear team in 2018 as a part of Guest Services. In 2020, she was promoted to Administrative Assistant. Jayne is also an Assistant Mananger at Scooter's Coffee.