The Everest Team

Edith Smolka is one of the Co-Founders of Everest Snow Management, which was established in 1995. She is the backbone of the company and offers clarity through her impressive leadership. Starting from humble beginnings, Edith now heads a thriving full service snow and ice management company and through her vision, we continue to grow exponentially in our market. As an active participant in the snow industry, she has been certified by the National Women Business Owners Corporation.
 
Peter Smolka is one of the two Founders of Everest Snow Management. He is a true entrepreneur and a visionary that offers clear insight for the direction of the company. Peter takes a hands-on approach to his business, always challenging the company to ask, “What worked, what didn’t work and what would we change, if we could do it again”. In 1995 Peter started with investing $500 in a mower, a weed waker, a broom and two thousand marketing flyers. He was off on a journey with his wife growing Everest Snow Management to a constantly evolving, regional snow plowing and ice control company. One of the pivotal moments in the company was when Peter decided to invest in developing a proprietary software, which enabled Everest to grow exponentially over the last 16 years. When the ASCA was created, Peter was appointed as one of the first members of the Board of Advisers. He helped create industry standards and the ISO9001SN Certification. Peter was also a major contributor in supporting the efforts in creating Illinois Senate Bill 2138, which was a pivotal win for the snow and ice industry in 2016. Today Peter stays focused and dedicated to constantly improving the lives of his Clients, Team and Partners.
 
Chris joined Everest Snow Management in 2009 as a Business Development Officer bringing the company new business by using his past experience as a commercial real estate broker. Currently, as Vice President, he is responsible for leading several departments including sales, client care, and operations, as well as overseeing the business management of the company. Chris has a strong business acumen and focuses on strategic planning and the implementation of policy and procedures. He works closely with ownership as an integrator to the company, ensuring ownership vision is realized. He is active in BOMA Suburban Chicago as a Vice Chair of the Associates Committee and has obtained recognition by the Accredited Snow Contractors Association as a Certified Snow Professional.
 
Kriss Smolka joined the Everest Snow Management team in 2008. As its Chief Information Officer he ensures all of the systems and processes are followed and working at a high level. He has developed the “Client Portal”, a proprietary software, which allows clients to see live before and after photos, during and after snow storms. As technology is always changing, he leads a team of engineers that is constantly improving our systems, allowing Everest Snow Management to stay ahead of the curve providing a competitive edge in the snow industry.
 
Amy joined Everest Snow Management in July of 2012 as a Staff Accountant and helped the company with compliance in Generally Accepted Accounting Principles by using her 8 years of experience working for a public accounting firm. Amy was responsible for accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll and maintaining all financial statements. Amy was promoted to Controller in 2015, where she is responsible for overseeing the Accounting Department and aiding the company in making financial plans for our future in the snow removal industry. Amy’s strengths include her strong analytical skills, precise attention to detail and her ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment.
 
Robin started with Everest Snow Management in October 2011 and is a key team member with the company. Robin’s strong work ethic and 20 years of experience, has allowed her to excel in many areas to include working in both the sales and operation departments. During the summer months, she is working directly with existing and new clients, preparing much needed documents to move through the sales season. In the winter, she is a liaison between our clients and our operations team to ensure we are providing the best possible service Everest Snow Management has to offer. Robin is active in BOMA Suburban Chicago and helps in the coordination of numerous events through the year.
 
Shelley started with Everest Snow Management in October 2014 and comes to our company with 20 years of client care experience. Throughout the year, Shelley is constantly working on improving relationships with current clients, as well as networking in several industry associations to find new business. She is a task oriented individual that focuses on sales efforts during the summer months and client support in the winter. Shelley also provides key operational support to the operations team, helping them stay on track, with the reporting of on going storm information in the winter months. She is active in BOMA Suburban Chicago and helps in the coordination of numerous events throughout the year.
 
Grace started at Everest Snow Management in 2015, bringing great organizational and multitasking skills and about 5 years of administrative assistant experience, along with over 15 years of client service experience to our company. Her responsibilities include assisting departmental needs and coordinating projects and events throughout the year. Grace participates in a variety of industry expos and conferences that cultivates a strong understanding of the snow industry. As a weather enthusiast, she is very excited to work for a company that deals with weather on a day-to-day basis.
 
Andy joined the Everest Snow Management team in 2008 as an Estimator, responsible for site measuring and the pricing of these locations. Later that same year he was promoted to a Dispatcher, who was responsible for running operations and logistics during the winter season. In 2009, Andy became an Operations Manager with the increased responsibilities of hiring and training of Dispatchers, Area Managers and Operators. Due to our continued growth in the industry, Andy became our first Logistics Manager in the fall 2015, and is responsible for ensuring our fleet of equipment is operational, to monitor our inventory systems and the overall ordering of material that is needed throughout the year.
 
Adam joined Everest Snow Management in 2008 as one of our plow drivers, responsible for quality and timely service for his assigned route during the winter season. In 2010, Adam was promoted to an Area Manager. His responsibilities included the hiring and annual training of drivers, quality control and ensuring all snow events were launched and completed in a timely manner. In 2013, Adam became the Operations Manager of the Northern Region and is currently responsible for the hiring and training of our Area Managers and ensuring company goals are achieved throughout the year.
 
Arek joined Everest Snow Management in 2006 as one of our plow drivers, accountable for the quality and timely service for his assigned route during the winter season. In 2008 he was promoted to an Area Manager who supervised and ensured his fleet achieved a high level of efficiency and safety in his region. In 2013, Arek became the Operations Manager of the Southern Region and his current duties include the hiring and training of Area Managers and ensuring company goals are achieved throughout the year.
 
David joined Everest Snow Management in the spring of 2016, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge in the snow industry. As an Operations Manager, in the Western Region of our company, David’s approach to service comes from a deep appreciation and dedication to his clients. The daily focus on Honesty, Integrity and Transparency is at his core and has allowed him to build strong relationships with many property managers and owners of commercial properties. David is a leader and among other responsibilities, manages a fleet of equipment and operators to ensure company goals are achieved throughout the year.