Vision: Building a world-class skill development sailing program that others will emulate and everyone will want to be part of.
Mission: Developing Life-Skills through sailing
Sailing programs supported and available to the JH Community, based on core principals of safety, teamwork, learning and growth, sportsmanship, and lessen environmental impact.
We strive to fully fund all programs through donor development of sponsors and advertisers, both corporate and individual donors, offering our programs to area youth regardless of prior sailing experience or ECONOMIC MEANS.
Our sailing programs will provide world-class training beyond sailing. WE WILL build life-skills such as teamwork and leadership, ACCOUNTABILITY, knowledge of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) all while solving the real-world challenges of Offshore Ocean Racing. JHOST WILL OFFER new adventures, experiences and life-long appreciation of the complexity of COMPETING AS a sailing team,
OUR YOUNG PARTICIPANTS WILL continue their education AND apply all of their skills to navigating life. These skills support student athletes to achieve their individual athletic,academic,and personal goals.
George Bailey, Chairman
George is on the Advisory Board of Lockheed Martin. He is also on the Board of the American Quality and Productivity Center, MarketShare Partners ( marketing and analytics), and Stanger Carlson (leadership). Prior to these roles, George was the Senior Advisor, Sony Corporation, and the acting CEO of Sony’s US educational solution called “Tenobo.” Before that, George was based in Tokyo as Sony’s Chief Transformation Officer reporting to the Chairman and CEO Sir Howard Stringer.
George has held several major leadership positions in public corporations. At Sony and IBM, George was a general manager of multi-billion dollar P&Ls and cost centers. At PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Watson Wyatt, and Towers Perrin, George was a top-performing partner, practice founder and leader, and consultant on restructuring, innovation and growth to Fortune 100 CEOs. He has domain expertise in technology, IT, professional services, consumer electronics, semiconductors, and airlines. George has authored several books and is often a speaker on transformation, change, and restructuring.
George is an avid sailor who has won a division of the Transpac Race to Hawaii, placed well in the Newport-Bermuda Race, scored at the top of the San Francisco Bay Area Ocean Sailing Series. He has also cruised a sailboat in the Caribbean, Pacific, Atlantic, Tasman, and the Mediterranean, He is the Chairman of the Jackson Hole Ocean Sailing Team and enjoys sharing the joy and hard work of sailing with young people who have the courage to grow.
Sargent Schutt, Vice Chair, Treasurer
Sargent Schutt is a Jackson Hole based professional photographer. Sargent is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and has a background in the hedge fund and mortgage banking business. He worked in the hedge fund industry in capacities ranging from marketing, analyst, and due diligence before transitioning to the mortgage banking business with Countrywide in the retail and wholesale divisions. Upon moving to Jackson, Sargent joined Jackson State Bank & Trust. Following the buyout of JSB&T by Wells Fargo he decided to take a break from banking to pursue entrepreneurial interests, and his passion for photography.
Sargent learned to sail from his father, who he ‘helped’ in ‘single-handed’ races as early as age three. Sargent then sailed various small boats ranging from a hand built wooden sailing dory to lasers and 420’s. He raced on the University of Michigan Sailing team in college, and has regularly raced on various competitive PHRF-rated racer/cruiser type boats on Lake Michigan and the Pacific Ocean (in Southern California) from childhood to present.
Having discovered Jackson Hole at age 15 through Wilderness Ventures, Sargent is also an avid outdoor enthusiast with a great appreciation for the incredible natural environment in Jackson Hole, as well as the beauty of the sea. After living in Jackson for several years, Sargent bought a Holder 20 sailboat with a couple of friends (which is moored on Jackson lake during the summer). Sargent also maintains an 18’ Boston Whaler (which his father purchased new in 1985) which he has pledged for use to support the JHOST Jackson Lake sailing program. Sargent and his wife and four year old son are avid boaters whether it be by power, sail, paddle board or rafting the Snake in the summer, and he looks forward to helping expose Jackson’s youth to the rewards of life on the water and the sense of accomplishment, growth and freedom it instills.
One of Sargent’s only laments about living in Jackson has been the lack of a cohesive sailing scene, so when he learned of the Jackson Hole Ocean Sailing Team, he jumped at the opportunity to help introduce local youth to the sport, and to help develop the local sailing scene on Jackson Lake as a training ground for the life-expanding opportunities of the ocean as well.
David Quinn, Director
With over twenty-five years of investment experience in Real Estate Development and Investment Planning, David helps individuals, families, and small businesses create and preserve wealth. David lives with his wife and two children in Wilson and is active in several community organizations, including therapeutic riding association and Rotary.
David spent his childhood sailing with the Ocean City Yacht Club in New Jersey. He has many fond memories of sailing and would like to pass his experiences onto the next generation.
Dave Sollitt, Director
Dave Sollitt has spent a 30-year career in advertising, marketing and consulting for regional, national and international agencies and brand companies as well as an international NGO.
He began his career at Backer & Spielvogel/New York, working on various brands for the Miller Brewing Company. He worked on two of the most famous ad campaigns of all time, the “Miller Time” campaign for Miller High Life and the “Tastes great, less filling” campaign for Miller Lite.
At Foote Cone & Belding/Chicago, he directed a variety of accounts, including Coors, Dial Foods, Citicorp Diners Club, Volume Shoe Corporation, and Cadbury Beverages International.
An expert on image brands, Dave consulted for a variety of FCB International accounts, including South African Breweries and Diageo and directed Coors’ International’s expansion into Europe, Latin America, and Asia, as well as Schweppes’s brands in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
Mr. Sollitt later moved to Young & Rubicam/New York to manage Miller Brewing Company worldwide branding programs and Metropolitan Life Insurance. He was also Vice President of Marketing for the NAYA Beverage Corporation based in Laval, Quebec before moving to Jackson Hole with his wife, Kate, to raise their family.
Dave’s Jackson Hole agency and consulting company served a variety of image clients in sporting goods, fashion, and travel and tourism, public policy and sustainable tourism. Clients included Vail Corporation, Marmot, Yakima Destination Hardware, Four Seasons Resorts, The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), and Citibank. Based on a consulting assignment, Dave served as the Executive Director of TIES in Washington for over a year. He now serves consulting clients in Jackson, Chicago and China.
Dave’s lifelong passion for sailing includes one-design and offshore racing, including 35 Chicago-Mackinac races, 8 Newport-Bermuda races, as well as a variety of offshore races on the East and West coasts and the English Channel. He’s campaigned racing boats ranging from 16 feet to 70 feet.