Executive Team


James O'Donnell   
Chief Operating Officer

 John McEwan
Corporate Director of Revenue Management

 Andrew Arthurs   
Corporate Director of Hospitality Technology

 Ralph N. "Trip" Riggs    
Corporate Director of Finance



James OdonellJames C. O'Donnell
Chief Operating Officer

James O’Donnell joined RockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality in 2002 as Corporate Director of Finance, and became Regional Director of Operations in 2004. In 2006, he became Vice President of Strategic Development, where he was responsible for the acquisition of new management contracts and developments for RockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality. In this capacity, he was also responsible for the acquisition and growth of Vail Resorts’ Mountain Division and other lines of business, including ski resorts and online media. Mr. O’Donnell was named Chief Financial Officer in August 2011 and Chief Operating Officer in 2012.

Before joining RockResorts, Mr. O’Donnell was an assurance and business advisory services manager for Arthur Andersen LLP, in both the Miami and Denver offices. While at Andersen, he specialized in the hospitality and real estate industries.

Mr. O’Donnell received his Bachelor and Master in Business Administration degrees from the University of Miami, in Miami, FL.  He regularly speaks on industry expert panels at the American Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), the NYU Lodging Conference and various other conferences.


Andrew Arthurs

Director of Hospitality Technology

As Corporate Director of Hospitality Technology, Andrew Arthurs is responsible for the development and implementation of RockResorts’ and Vail Resorts Hospitality's technology strategy. In this role, he provides Company stakeholders with available technology solutions and related operational impacts and ROI analyses; supervises all technology-related projects within the lodging division; develops, communicates and implements long-term technology plans and budgets; and is actively engaged in the technology design and planning for all new RockResorts properties. Mr. Arthurs works closely with ownership groups, vendor partners and the RockResorts hospitality team to define the technology vision for the company.

Prior to joining RockResorts/Vail Resorts Hospitality in 2003, Mr. Arthurs provided software implementation and consulting services in the hospitality industry. During that time, he managed large-scale deployments of new property management and sales systems at luxury resorts across North America. Mr. Arthurs received his bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT, and is a 2012 MBA candidate at the University of Colorado - Leeds School of Business. 


John_McewanJohn McEwan
Corporate Director of Revenue Management

As Corporate Director of Revenue Management for RockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality, John McEwan is responsible for pricing, distribution and revenue management for all lodging properties owned and/or managed by Vail Resorts – totaling approximately 4,040 hotel rooms and condominium units.

Though Mr. McEwan joined RockResorts just three years ago, he has worked for Vail Resorts in a number of capacities for over 20 years. From 2003 to 2006, he was the Director of Revenue Strategy for the Colorado lodging properties, responsible for building and managing the Colorado-based revenue management team. Prior to that, he worked as a yield management project manager and Director of Revenue Management for Keystone Resort,, and served as assistant ski school director, adult ski school manager and adult ski school supervisor for nearly a decade.

Mr. McEwan received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Denver, and has been a guest speaker at leading industry conferences throughout the U.S. Mr. McEwan was appointed Corporate Director of Revenue Management for RockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality in 2006.


TripTrip Riggs

Corporate Director of Finance

Trip Riggs joined Vail Resorts Hospitality and RockResorts as the Director of Lodging Development in 2011.  Mr. Riggs oversees the acquisition of new assets, developments and management contracts for Vail Resorts Hospitality and RockResorts throughout the United States and internationally.

Previously, Mr. Riggs worked for Stonebridge Companies, a Denver-based owner and operator of hotels, managing the acquisition of lodging assets and land.  He also worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Hospitality and Leisure Practice.  Mr. Riggs received his Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University, is a guest lecturer at the University of Denver’s school for Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management and sits on the Board of Trustees for Outward Bound Denver.