By Dash Hegeman 

Another successful Contractor’s Day event took place at HoliMont on Friday, Jan. 31. Approximately 45 companies brought over 800 employees/clients to the slopes for a fun-filled day of skiing, snowboarding and making new business contacts.

“Contractors Day is a staple event at HoliMont,” said HoliMont group sales manager Laura Oakes. “Over the years we’ve been able to bring in a broader spectrum of businesses. This year we included demonstration space for our sponsors. The overall response this year was very positive. In fact, it seems to have really enhanced the dynamic of this already great networking opportunity.”

The event began in 1981 when 11 men from Midland Asphalt, ABC Paving Co., Syracuse Supply, Oakgrove Construction, and Holmes and Murphy got together for a day on the slopes to mix some business with a lot of fun.

The ongoing success of the event is due in part to the late Dave Pitkin, a member who was instrumental in bringing the event to HoliMont. Because Dave had a huge passion for the racing program, there is now an annual Dave Pitkin Memorial Ski Race during Contractor’s Day so that his spirit and commitment to HoliMont can be recognized. This year marked the 33rd year of the race and the enthusiasm level was as high as it has ever been.

“A business meeting can take place anywhere and anytime. Living in this area gives people a unique opportunity to take a mundane meeting and spice it up by taking it to the slopes,” said Oakes. “That is the whole concept behind Contractor’s Day. We want to be able to provide businesses with an entertaining venue where they can treat their employees as well as find new networking options.”

Contractor’s Day is typically the last Friday in January, so be sure to keep that in mind for 2015. For information on how to participate in Contractor’s Day or to inquire about being an event sponsor contact Laura Oakes at (716) 699-2320.