2021 ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Bud Heck '63
Please join us to celebrate the distinguished career of Bud Heck, founder and CEO of Alpin Haus. The Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 13th at 5pm via zoom. Link to register for the event is available by clicking here
Alpin Haus founder, Bud Heck's first business venture was selling Christmas trees as a teen. After graduating from Amsterdam High School, Bud went on to graduate from Siena College, NY with an Accounting Degree. Although upon graduation he started working for the New York State Civil Service and Public Service Commission as an accountant, he fueled his entrepreneurial spirit by owning a Sno-Cone business. He used the proceeds from the Sno-Cone truck and Christmas tree sales to open Alpin Haus Ski Shop in 1964, with childhood friend John Daly.
Bud continued to work for New York State full-time, and at Alpin Haus part-time, until 1969 when he made Alpin Haus his full-time career. He led the growth of Alpin Haus from one small A-frame ski shop into the largest Ski Shop in New York State and one of the largest RV dealerships in the United States. Alpin Haus has evolved from a ski shop into a recreational powerhouse also selling RVs, Boats, Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs, Snowmobiles, and even operating a Canvas Shop and a Fitness Center. Throughout his career at Alpin Haus, Bud was active in the Capital District RV Dealers Association, served as Northeast region delegate for the RV Dealers Association, served as an early board member of Priority RV Network, was a board member for Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, St.Mary’s Hospital Foundation, Montgomery County Industrial Development Agency, served on the Parish Council for St.Mary’s Church in Amsterdam and Industries for Amsterdam, and was one of the early members of Ski Merchandising Corporation. Bud’s commitment to his employees, the community, and customers is what has shaped the culture of Alpin Haus for over five decades.
Alpin Haus continues to be family owned and operated with sons Andy ’88 and Greg, daughter Katie ’97, and grandchildren Nicole ’14, Ryan ’16, and Ryan’s wife Colleen ’17 working full-time in the business and grandchildren Matt and Emily working part-time. Bud is currently the CEO of Alpin Haus and is still actively involved in setting the direction of the business.
Bud has been married to his wife Kay for 56 years and they share three children – Andy, Greg, and Katie and six grandchildren.