Ken Ellis & Arthur Berry III, co-owners of Camelback Resort, located in the Pocono Mountains, officially promoted Brian Czarnecki to the role of COO.
Czarnecki’s previous role was that of VP of sales & marketing for the destination, which is a ski and four-season destination in the Northeast.
“In his new role, Brian will direct the operations, technology, brand and marketing of Camelback Resort’s many business units, allowing us to direct our focus to additional projects, opportunities, and interests,” Ellis and Berry wrote in an announcement to the property’s staff.
Czarnecki will oversee Camelback Mountain, Camelbeach Waterpark, Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark and Camelback Adventures, while also leading the marketing, advertising and brand direction for the new H2OBX Waterpark, Outer Banks, N.C., which opened summer 2017, and The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark, Monticello, N.Y., which will debut December 2018. Czarnecki is currently searching for his predecessor in the VP of sales & marketing role, who will then report directly to him as COO.
“The past six years at Camelback Resort has been wildly exciting and fulfilling – believing in the vision of Art & Ken, moving the guest numbers to near 1.6 million annual visits, and having the opportunity to work with one of the best teams in the snow business. I just couldn’t ask for more,” Czarnecki said in a statement. “With the opening of The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark in just 14 months, and entering the second summer of H2OBX Waterpark, the Outer Banks only waterpark attraction, we just keep extending our brand’s reach and equity.”
A native of Scranton, Pa., Czarnecki’s career in the hospitality industry spans 25 years, first being drawn to the tourism industry with an opportunity in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. After back to back hurricanes took most of his belongings out to sea, Czarnecki decided to purchase a sailboat and make his way to the Bahamas where he was appointed the role of GM, developing a boutique resort, marina and airstrip. He then switched gears for colder climates and the ski industry. Czarnecki landed at Hunter Mountain, Hunter, N.Y. for a five-year post before meeting Ellis and Berry, who enticed him to Camelback Resort.
Camelback Resort has been expanding and evolving since first opening as a ski resort in 1963. Seasonal attractions include: Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark; Camelback Mountain Adventures; Camelback Mountain skiing and snowboarding; and the largest snowtubing park in the U.S. In 2015, Camelback Resort opened the doors to Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark.