2011 Industry Achievement Award Winner:
Ned Hamilton opened his first ski shop in 1958 in the basement of the A.D. Farwell Co., a men’s clothing Store in Montpelier, VT. He named it after his one-year-old son, Peter Glen Hamilton. By 1970 he had added locations at Mad River Glen, Stowe and Sugarbush and moved his original location to the Barre-Montpelier Road.
At the age of 37 Ned was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism and was told to give up skiing as well as his passion for flying his own planes. While he contemplated what to do next, he spent time at his condo in Florida. Staying away from snow sports did not last long. By 1975 he was opening a new ski shop in Boca Raton. In order to sell winter sport apparel and equipment in Florida Ned had to sell the sport by helping grow ski clubs. Ned now has ten locations in Florida as well as two in Georgia and one in Virginia.