Jim MacInnes is President and Co-owner of Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa, a 1400-acre four-season resort and planned community located near Traverse City, Michigan. He has been employed by the Company for twenty-four years. Crystal Mountain employs over 600 people and hosts more than 350,000 guests annually. The resort offers 45 downhill slopes, 25 Miles of cross-country ski trails, 36-holes of golf, a destination spa and fitness center, an outdoor water park, alpine slide, two fine-dining restaurants, state-of-the-art meeting and conference facilities for up to 400 people and sleeping accommodations for more than 1600 people. The new Crystal Spa is the Midwest’s only LEED Certified spa, health and fitness center. Crystal is also home to the Michigan Legacy Art Park, a 30-acre preserve that blends art with nature. Crystal Mountain was named the #1 Resort in the Midwest in 2005 by the readers of SKI magazine and it is an RCI Gold Crown rated resort. The resort’s golf school is also rated as a Top 25 golf school in the nation by the readers of Golf Magazine. Crystal Mountain has received environmental stewardship awards from the Sierra Club and the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council. In 2008 and 2009 Crystal Mountain was the host site of the “Conference on Michigan ’s Future: Energy, Economy and Environment,” and Mr. MacInnes co-organized this event along with Local Future founder, Aaron Wissner.
During his tenure at Crystal Mountain, Mr. MacInnes and his wife, Chris, have developed over $60 million of resort and recreational real estate projects. He was also involved in creating and managing Michigan Assurance Limited, a Bermuda-based captive insurance company that provided risk management and insurance services for a dozen hotels and resorts, including Crystal Mountain. In 2006 he wrote an article entitled “The Cost of Capital” that was published in Ski Area Management magazine.
Mr. MacInnes’ last project for Renewable Power Solutions–his project development/engineering consulting company–was working on the $175 Million 36 MW Mancelona Renewable Resources biomass plant. This plant was designed to power 31,500 homes.
Prior to joining the resort, Mr. MacInnes was Director of Venture Management for Irvine, California based Ultrapower Incorporated where he was involved in investor relations and financing of renewable energy power generation projects developed, co-owned and operated by the Company. He also served as Project Development Manager and Lead Control Systems Engineer on commercial power plant projects.
Prior to that, Mr. MacInnes was employed as an Instrumentation and Controls Engineer by Ebasco Services, Inc., a New York City based architectural and engineering firm, where he designed instrumentation and control systems for electric utility power plants. Ebasco designed and construction managed the Michigan’s 1872 MW Ludington Pumped Storage power generating station. He wrote training materials for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and co-authored California’s first Nuclear Power Plant Emergency Response Plan. He was also responsible for preparing engineering and construction proposals for a variety of power plant projects.
He holds Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and MBA degrees from the University of California, Irvine and is licensed as a professional engineer, residential builder and real estate broker. He is a Chairperson of the Michigan Utility Consumer Participation board (UCPB). Jim is also a vice chair of the IEEE USA energy policy committee, along with being a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy society, and the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE). He wrote a series of short articles which discussed energy both from an ecological and a power engineering perspective that were published in three local NW lower Michigan newspapers.
Mr. MacInnes is chairman of the board of Crystal Mountain and past chair of the Northwestern Michigan College Foundation. He was appointed by Governor Snyder as Chair of the Michigan Utility Consumer Participation Board. He is an executive board member of Fifth Third Bank – West Michigan and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. He is a past board member of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, the Midwest Ski Areas Association, the National Ski Areas Association, the Traverse City Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and the Traverse City Area Industrial Fund. He was appointed by Governor’s Engler to serve on the Michigan Ski Area Safety Board and was appointed by Governor Granholm to serve on Great Lakes Offshore Wind Council. He and his wife, Chris, were recipients of the 1998 Governor’s Award for Arts and Culture, and the 2002 US Small Business Administration’s Entrepreneurial Success Award for the state of Michigan. Mr. MacInnes was also named one of 16 Michigan Green Leaders by the Detroit Free Press in April, 2010.