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Tim McCole

Tim McCole

Vail Resorts

Ski Instructor

Personal Information

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School: Northern Illinois University

Major: Hospitality

Years at College Works: 2008 to 2009

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Vail Resorts

Title: Ski Instructor

Industry: Hospitality

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

Teaching children's ski school in Beaver Creek , CO

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Moving to Colorado skiing over 100 days each winter and starting another company.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

It taught me how to run business as a CEO and not to get caught up in the day to day.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

I ran a good sized business in CWP, even though I didn't do well in business school. It taught me what I liked and have done well in hospitality. More than anything it gave me confidence in my entrepreneurial ability.

What do you want to tell your clients about what it meant to work with them and how it has helped you get to where you are today?

I don't remember their names, but they gave me a chance on a 10k job. They told me at the end how pleased they were, it gave me confidence in asking for big things in business.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

What it takes to market a business and book jobs. I'm still a big believer in smart free marketing (I go restaurant to restaurant) for my business and rarely pay for advertising.

How has the friendships and networks you built during CWP affected you?

Met great people I talked to every once in a while but wish I did more.

If you had to come up with an one line slogan for CWP, what would it be? :)

Teaching what you need to learn before you think you need to.


What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

You will hear one hour of work in the spring is worth 10 in the summer in life that's true as well. Preparation is how people or businesses become great.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

Your mind will probably change on your major or career after school, CWP gives you skills for anything you want to do.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

Windsor and Vegas won't go into detail.

Last words of wisdom

Dreams don't work unless you do.