Ron Fairfax, President

Ron is one of the original founders of Hailey Ice, Inc. and is the current President of the Board. He is in charge of the outdoor rink at the Hailey Rodeo arena, and is on the building committee for the Rodeo Park Ice Rink. When not at the rink, Ron is a practicing dentist in Hailey since 1996, and lives just North of Hailey with his wife Pamela. He also has two sons, Matt and Scott, both of whom are in college. Ron is an active community member and past awards include, Hailey Citizen of the Year, voted Best Dentist in the Valley, 4th of July Grand Marshall and past President of the Hailey Chamber of Commerce. He currently sits on the board of the Freidman Memorial Airport Authority in Hailey. Ron loves to play “B League” hockey and is an avid aviator, experimental aircraft builder and snow skier. He also drives a mean Zamboni!!

Chris Benson, Co-Vice President

Chris grew up playing hockey in Minnesota, starting at age the age of five. Chris went on to play years of organized hockey and went on to play at the University of St. Thomas. After moving to Sun Valley in 1990 with his brother, Tony, Chris went on to play for the Sun Valley Suns for seventeen years. After retiring as a player, he became the Suns head coach for four years. You can now find him at the rink playing in “A” league or officiating some of the Suns games! Chris continues to be very active in the Sun Valley Youth Hockey Program as well, where he has coached mite through midget levels. Chris has worked at the Sun Valley Water and Sewer District for over nineteen years and has a wife and two children, Morgan (13) and Zach (10), who all play hockey! Chris became joined the Board of Hailey Ice in 2003 where he currently serves as co-Vice President.

Jim Laski, Co-Vice President

Jim started playing hockey at the age of five in Buffalo, New York, where he continued playing competitively through high school. After graduating with a BA in Economics in 1989 from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Ma., Jim went on to receive his law degree in 1995 from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, DE., and has been a partner at Lawson Laski, Clark & Pogue, PLLC in Ketchum, Idaho since 2002. He joined the Board of Hailey Ice in 2009, and is also active in Sun Valley Youth Hockey having coached at both the Squirt and Peewee levels. Jim is also the Board Chair of Higher Ground-Sun Valley and an active member of the Ketchum/Sun Valley Rotary. Jim is married and has two children, Sam, who is on the Sun Valley Youth Hockey Bantam team, and Willa who is an avid figure skater. In his free time, Jim enjoys playing hockey in the Sun Valley adult leagues, skiing, mountain biking, and fly fishing.

James Foster, Secretary

James grew up playing hockey in North Dakota. He began coaching in the Sun Valley Youth Hockey Program when he arrived in the valley in 1998. He coached hockey for seven years, cross country running at WRHS for nine years, and has volunteered at Roberta McKercher, now the Hailey Rodeo arena rink for the past 14 years. He has been a social studies teacher at WRHS for fifteen years. James takes pride in creating an opportunity for community members, young and old, to enjoy ice sports. Check out his and Glenn’s Canadien you-tube inspired curling stones at the rink.

Jay Hedrick

Jay grew up in Richfield, Minnesota where he started to play hockey as a child. Jay went to Augsburg College in Minneapolis, and after much time in Minnesota decided to move to the Valley in 1993. Jay took some time off from hockey, but always a lifelong hockey fan, he picked the sport back up as an adult where he has been playing in our local hockey league for the past 10 years. Jay has been on the Hailey Ice board since 2005, and he lives in Hailey with his wife Susie, and two kids, Finn and Gus. Jay is an active Board Member of the Blaine County Drug coalition, and also the IDFY (Idaho for Drug Free Youth) program. In the winter Jay can be found late night at the rink “flooding” to keep our natural ice rink operational during the winter.

Bryan Furlong

Bryan grew up in Southern California, but has lived in the Sun Valley area for 20 years. He has been a commercial banker since 1988 and is currently Vice President of Commercial Lending with Mountain West Bank. Bryan has two teenage children, a son and a daughter. His connection to hockey is both personal and through his son. Bryan took up hockey a couple of years after moving here and has played in adult leagues for the past 17 years. Bryan’s son Kyle is an avid hockey player for the Salt Lake City Renegades and daughter Kelsey is a freshman at Colorado. Bryan joined the board in 2012, and has sat on many boards in the Wood River Valley including the Wood River Animal Shelter, and Sun Valley Youth Hockey.

George Gund III

(in memoriam) – George Gund served on the Board of Hailey Ice from 2011 until his passing in 2013. Mr. Gund was a native of Cleveland and long time resident of San Francisco. In addition to his more than 30 years of National Hockey League ownership experience Mr. Gund is a member of the International Council of USA Hockey, a trustee of the USA Hockey Foundation, a member of the National Hockey League’s expansion committee and past chairman and current trustee of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, and is a lifetime enthusiast for amateur and professional sports. Part of a family distinguished for its wide-ranging philanthropy, Mr. Gund is a trustee of the George Gund Foundation, a Cleveland-based organization created by his father in 1952 known for its support of innovative community and national programs. He is the co-founder of Lee and Gund Foundation. Additionally, he serves on the boards of International Founders’ Council of the National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Centre in NYC, the Musical Arts Foundation (Cleveland Orchestra), and the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada. He is also a member of the Sierra Club National Advisory Board. Since the 1970’s, Mr. Gund has been importing and distributing Eastern European films and encouraging independent film production in the U.S. In addition to being long-time chair of the San Francisco Film Society, he is a founder of the Cleveland Cinematique, and a board member of the Cleveland Film Festival. He is a trustee of the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, a director of the Sundance Institute, and a former member of the Ohio Film Bureau. He is a member of the Film Committee of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and past director of the Anthology Film Archive. He has served as a juror at the Moscow and Istanbul International Film Festivals, as well as at other film festivals and institutions throughout the world. Mr. Gund is an avid art collector, with his collections concentrating on Japanese (Kamakura period) and Northwest Coast Indian Art. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Sarah Benson, Executive Director

Sarah joined the Hailey Ice team as the Executive Director in September of 2011. She moved to Sun Valley in 1991, but spent numerous summers in Sun Valley as a child where she loved to figure skate. Sarah received her BA from Centre College, Danville, Kentucky, where she played varsity field hockey. After moving to the Valley and marrying a hockey player, Sarah saw the chance to combine her field hockey and figure skating and she never looked back! Sarah owned a successful high tech recruiting firm, Solutions, for seventeen years. She became very interested in the non-profit world after she did some consulting for Clear Rock Capital, where one of her roles was to set up educational conferences for Foundations and Endowments. Sarah is the current Executive Director of Hailey Ice and is in charge of all of the fundraising and administrative duties. Sarah is currently the President of Sun Valley Youth Hockey, and she and her husband Chris have co-chaired the Sun Valley Youth Hockey Golf Tournament fundraiser the last three years. Between her husband, two kids, and herself, it is safe to say someone is always at the rink!