I first saw what was to become Wintergreen while hiking, camping, trout fishing and grouse hunting in the mountains of northern Nelson County as a young lad. I grew up on a cattle farm in neighboring Albemarle, Louisa and Orange Counties, and generations of my family have lived in Virginia since colonial times. I am the oldest of five and was educated at the Blue Ridge School in St. George, Va. and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. After military service in the Coast Guard and before coming to Wintergreen in 1975, I worked as the diplomatic and international communications manager for ITT World Communications and helped inaugurate the first telecommunications into China under the Nixon Administration and the first Moscow-Washington Medical Hotline linking the Ministry of Health in the Soviet Union to NIH.
I witnessed the early roads being built up the mountain to Wintergreen in the late summer of 1974 and I was so impressed with its potential that I left Washington, D.C. and never looked back. I have been very fortunate to work in one of the most beautiful and tranquil places in the world. It has been a rare privilege and a great career to be part of Wintergreen from the very beginning and be able to help thousands of families become a part of our community.
I married the love of my life, the beautiful Judy Mather from Ligonier, PA., who was the social director at the Greenbrier Hotel when we met. An interesting evolution considering Jim Justice owns both resorts for a time. We are blessed with two sons, William Mather, a graduate of Villanova University who is a manager with Social Tables in Washington and John Randolph, who graduated from the University of Virginia and is a manager at Price Waterhouse Cooper, living in San Francisco and specializing in health care. Our family loves fly-fishing, golf, skiing, hiking, natural gardening, biking, hunting, and off-road sports. Wintergreen has been the perfect place for us, as I hope it will be for you.