Everett Kircher and Boyne USA
The Boyne USA corporation is the largest privately owned skiing corporation in America. The Boyne empire reaches from golf courses in Florida to Cyprus Mountain near Vancouver, British Columbia. Boyne is now entering its sixtieth successful season of operation. This success can only be attributed to the ingenuity and diligence of Everett Kircher, and the entire Kircher family.
In 1947 a young Everett Kircher moved north from Detroit with ambitions to open his own ski resort. He had saved up a significant amount of money selling cars. His ambitions became reality when he purchased forty acres of hillside near Boyne City, Michigan for one dollar. After making some more relatively inexpensive infrastructure investments, including purchasing the Midwest's first chairlift from Sun Valley, Idaho. Boyne Mountain was open with hardly a dent out of Kircher's pocket.
The first few seasons at Boyne went exceptionally well, which led to a surplus of money. Then an opportunity fell into the lap of Kircher which would pave the way for the whole Boyne corporation. In 1953 a struggling hotel in Gatlinburg, Tennessee requested the services of Everett to construct a chairlift to the top of the mountain on their property. Everett agreed as long as the chairlift was a Boyne property, and not that of the hotel. The Gatlinburg Skylift as it was dubbed became a hugely popular tourist destination due to the scenic vistas of the Great Smokey Mountains it offered. To this day the Skylift is one of Boyne's most profitable pieces of property receiving over 300,000 visitors a year. The success of the Skylift is what made the Boyne corporation so successful in other ventures.
In the late 50's using the capitol earned from the Skylift Boyne purchased the struggling ski resort of Harbor Highlands near Boyne, and created Boyne Highlands. Without having to borrow any money Kircher was now at the head of three very profitable pieces of...
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