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John McMurtry, MA, MBA

Title: Executive Director
Company: Lake County Community Fund
Location: Silverthorne, Colorado, United States

John McMurtry, MA, MBA, Executive Director at Lake County Community Fund, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nonprofit administration.

With years of experience to his credit, Mr. McMurtry has excelled as the executive director of the Lake County Community Fund since 2019 and the vice president of the Journal of the International Skiing History Association since 2019. Prior to these positions, he was active as the chief development officer, vice president of development, and the director of development with The Steadman Philippon Research Institute between 1994 and 2017 as well as the alpine director and the director of athlete development for U.S. Ski & Snowboard between 1987 and 1990. He previously served as a partner for Sports Performance Orthopaedics Research Training (S.P.O.R.T.) from 1984 to 1987. Mr. McMurtry began his career as the women’s development coach and head technical coach for the Women’s World Cup and Olympic Alpine Ski Teams with U.S. Ski & Snowboard from 1976 to 1984.

Before embarking on his professional path, Mr. McMurtry pursued an education at the University of Denver, from which he earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a minor in German language and literature in 1973. He continued his formal studies at the University of Denver, obtaining a Master of Arts in sports science in 1976. Mr. McMurtry concluded his academic efforts with a Master of Business Administration in marketing and finance from the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business at Westminster University in 1993. 

Attributing his success to the influence and encouragement of his parents, wife, children, siblings, and mentors, Mr. McMurtry has accrued several accolades and honors throughout his illustrious career. On November 13, 1982, Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm and Denver Mayor W.H. McNichols declared “John McMurtry Day” as a testament to his endeavors in coaching the U.S. Ski & Snowboard team to the first and only Nations Cup Trophy in addition to his influence on the sport of skiing across the nation. Notably, he was also selected as part of the first U.S. ski industry delegation to visit the People’s Republic of China in 1986. Inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 1995 and the United States National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2015, Mr. McMurtry was likewise presented with a Distinguished President Citation by Rotary International President, Richard D. King in 2002 and the “Positively Leadville” Award for “Exemplary Service to Our Lake County Community” in 2022.

Mr. McMurtry was drawn to his profession by his parents, whom he cites as wonderful role models, as well as the opportunity to operate within the non-profit sector and give back to the “greater good.” Renowned for coaching U.S. Ski & Snowboard team members who have won World Cup titles, Olympic Medals, and World Junior Championships, he is incredibly proud of contributing to the Regional Development Program, which continues to bring thousands of young athletes into the sport of skiing. With The Steadman Philippon Research Institute, he fondly recalls directing a campaign that raised nearly $100 million for orthopedic sports medicine research. Most importantly, Mr. McMurtry cites his commitment to his family and community as his crowning achievement.

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