National Ability Center Officially Appoints Kevin Stickelman as CEO

Leading adaptive outdoor provider announces interim CEO will continue to serve in a permanent executive role

PARK CITY, UTAH (April 4, 2019) – The National Ability Centerannounced today that Kevin Stickelman will assume the position of the organization’s official CEO. Stickelman joined the organization three years ago and has served as interim CEO since August 2018 during a leadership transition phase. With a proven track record demonstrating superior teamwork and advocating for instrumental changes locally and globally for the adaptive nation, Stickelman and the organization seamlessly move forward as a powerful and united front.

“After serving as interim CEO for the last eight months, I have grown in my role and am immensely grateful for the opportunity to continue working towards our immediate and long-term goals of which will provide the adaptive recreation and outdoor adventure communities with an abundance of resources and diverse inclusive programming,” said Kevin Stickelman, CEO of the National Ability Center.

Throughout his tenure with the National Ability Center, Stickelman has demonstrated indisputable commitment to the adaptive nation and consistently promotes the NAC as a pioneer across adaptive recreational and adventure industries. By continuing the NAC’s partnerships with private and public organizations and nurturing strategic relationships with companies such as its longtime partner Vail Resorts, Stickelman’s desire to spread the NAC’s breadth of life-changing opportunities to as many people as possible is evident.

“Kevin’s management style, personal dedication to our mission and organizational skills are exactly what we need to expand the NAC’s reach and impact nationwide,” said Brad Petersen, President of the NAC Board of Directors. “As we strategically plan to lead by example in adaptive recreation programming, we couldn’t ask for a stronger individual to guide us through this exciting chapter.”

Stickelman brings more than 20 years of ski industry and outdoor recreation management experience to the NAC. An amputee himself, Stickelman recognizes how adaptive recreation empowers individuals of all abilities.  Stickelman majored in engineering at Kansas State University and the University of Utah before transitioning into mountain resort management. He holds professional certifications from the US Ski and Snowboard Association as an alpine coach and Professional Ski Instructors Association as a level 3 certified ski instructor. Highly regarded within the organization and in the local community as a leader, Stickelman is dedicated to carrying on the legacy of empowering people of all abilities to maximize their individual potential.

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About the National Ability Center

The National Ability Centerprovides world-class adaptive recreation and Splore outdoor adventures for individuals and families of differing abilities, physical, cognitive and developmental, including competitive athletes, youth, veterans and more. Rooted in Park City, UT for over 30 years, with additional facilities in Salt Lake City and Moab, the National Ability Center empowers participants by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through inclusive programming and activities such as alpine and nordic skiing, snowboarding, horseback riding, cycling, swimming, rafting, archery, among others. The National Ability Center is globally recognized as a chapter of Disabled Sports USA and is one of only 12 Gold U.S. Paralympic Sports Clubs. For more information, visit

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