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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 1B I;halet View Lodge ev)lved from a teenager's icn Ann Powers Staff Writer a powers@plumasnews.com All of the tranquility and magnificence of the Chalet View Lodge was the brainchild of a 14-year-old boy -- Alex Hickman. In 2003, the youngest member of the Hickman family was a freshman at Squaw Valley Academy while working for a hotel in Truckee. Intrigued by the business world, Alex went to his father and said, "Dad, let's build a hotel." Bob Hickman gave his son the green light, telling him to find the property and work out the details. That's when a true family affair, like no other, commenced. "Since I was a kid I've ' always been interested in business," recalled Alex. "With parents as real estate developers, I guess it's in my blood.!' Apparently, he's a natural as well. The teenager found property in Maybe and negotiated the purchase for what he called "six cabins with one of them burned down." NexL he followed through with a feasibility study and designed the resort's layout. He went on to hook up Internet capabilities, implemented the facility's communication operations and configured the property management system the lodge still uses to this day. Alex even managed an effective marketing strategy and teamed up with Starbucks, making Chalet PROFILES IN BUSINESS CHALET VIEW LODGE View one of the coffee giant's first beta programs as the company ventured into the hospitality realm more than 10 years ago. "I don't think Starbucks knew I was a minor," he The Chalet View Lodge is a High Sierra mountain retreat and spa chuckled. Alex's family jumped on the young entrepreneur's bandwagon without skipping a beat. Bob supervised construction and development. His room, Carrie, took charge of interior design. His older brother, Court, currently a school psychologist, served as the family mediator through some of the development's more stressful times. "Court was instrumental in that," quipped Alex. "We all bring different skill sets to the table and unique talents." Even the Hickmans' little dog, Prince, signed on as the official Chalet View Lodge greeter. Soon after, as Plumas County celebrated the Fourth of July in 2004, Chalet View celebrated its grand opening. "And we did it without breaking the bank" said Bob. "We do it all in house -- all the granite, all the woodwork, all the concrete stained floors -- and that's the only way to do it." Today, the product of a 14-year-old's imagination, tenacity and wisdom beyond his years has evolved into a luxurious High Sierra mountain retreat and spa. The rustic yet refined resort features private cabins, terrace suites and 33 resort rooms. Visitors can dine at the resort's award-winning restaurant, The Grille, sample in Maybe. Photo courtesy Chalet View Lodge microbrews from Eureka Peak Brewing Co. on site, or indulge in authentic farm-to-table cuisine courtesy of the facility's greenhouse. There's also a nine-hole executive golf course, salon, swimming pool, zip line and catch-and-release fishing pond stocked with rainbow trout. Guests have easy access to hiking, biking, horseback riding, live entertainment and more. The one-of-a-kind boutique retreat also caters to weddings and other events. Alex, now 26, lives in Portland and hasn't lost any of his ambition or drive. He works 60 hours a week for the National Credit Union Administration and is studying for his MBA at the Jack Welch Management Institute. Even though Alex is the youngest employee at NCUA, Carrie revealed that the company named him examiner of the year. "We're very proud of him," she said. "We're traveling to Washington, D.C., in May where he'll be presented with the award." As a self-defined multitasker, Alex is still involved in the family business, offering the knowledge he's acquiring from his graduate studies. "I'm constantly collaborating with my parents and discussing new ventures," he said. "I can look at it now from an external perspective." When you need a tax professional... Meet the April 15th deadline and make an appointment today. Alex Hickman, at age 14, with his family on Chalet View Lodge's grand opening July 4, 2004. From top left: Alex, Court, Carrie (front left) and Bob. Photo courtesy Hickman family USFS seeks campground host A volunteer campground host is needed for the 2015 camping season at Gold Lake Campground, 10 miles south of Graeagle. The recreation season begins around Memorial Day and extends through the end of September for the Forest Service-managed campground. 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