UNH CEO Forum Features Steve
Barba And An Intimate Look At The Balsams
Contact: Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
April 20, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. – From caddy to CEO, Steve Barba has spent his
inn-keeping career at The Balsams and now the recently retired business
leader is sharing his experiences at the next CEO Forum at the University
of New Hampshire.
“From Caddy to CEO: Reflections Of A Grand Resort From Inside
The Balsams” will be Thursday, May 5, 2005, at the New England
Center. Coffee and networking begins at 8 a.m., and breakfast will
be served at 8:30 a.m. The program begins at 9 a.m.
Mark Twain once said, “Saints may perform miracles, but few
could run a hotel.” Barba’s management style and operating
philosophy have been organically developed through a lifetime of
working at The Balsams Grand Resort and Hotel. From his first season
in 1959 as a 13-year-old member of the caddy camp to his recently
announced retirement after 35 years as president and managing partner,
Barba has learned by doing the classic art of American inn-keeping.
He will share his insight on some simple truths that have proven
to work well over the years in making the Balsams “New England’s
Ever since junior high school, Barba would return to his favorite
place in the White Mountains whenever school was out. In1970 university
faculty and students at Michigan State University went on strike
in protest of Vietnam, so Barba, who was a graduate student there,
returned to The Balsams. He never left. He has received numerous
awards including 2003 New Hampshire Business Leader of the Year,
Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Business and Industry Association
of NH and the New Hampshire Travel Council, and the UNH Granite
The Balsams is rated the best destination resort in New England
by the Zagat Survey and is listed on the U.S. National Register
of Historic Places.
To register or to become a member of the CEO Forum, call Barbara
Draper at (603) 862-1107, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The registration deadline is Thursday, April 28.
Initiated in 1997, the CEO Forum is an outreach program of the UNH
Whittemore School of Business and Economics and the UNH Graduate
School serving CEOs, presidents, and senior managers of companies
in northern New England. The forum provides its members with opportunities
to meet and exchange ideas with their peers in business and industry
in an informal setting. The CEO Forum is sponsored by the law firm
of Pierce Atwood and Ocean National Bank. For more information about
the CEO Forum, visit http://www.unh-ceoforum.org.