Jan 2005 - Present
Mar 2006 - Present
Jan 1994 - Jan 1997
Univeristy of Minnesota Law School
Jan 1985 - Jan 1989
University of Colorado
Jon Sabes has served as the Chief Executive Officer of GWG Holdings, Inc., in Minneapolis, Minnesota, since 2006, and earlier worked for MedFinance in the same capacity. When he is not working, Jon Sabes is an avid outdoors sports enthusiast who has found the new sport of ski-mountaineering. Ski-mountaineering is a multi-sport activity which combines the activities of mountain climbing, alpine ski touring, and backpacking in a single day. The base line activity of ski-mountaineering is alpine ski touring, also known as backcountry skiing. Back country skiing is similar to cross-country skiing in that involves skiing through varied terrain; however, there is a major difference between these two disciplines. While cross-country skiers often travel through woodlands and other flat terrains, alpine touring involves the use of ski-treads, known as skins, to climb steep mountainous terrain and elevations. The art of ski-mountaineering and backcountry skiing is route navigation to achieve a desired goal safely, with maximum efficiency and sport challenge. There are no designated paths, avalanche and weather conditions must be studied and researched, and equipment organization is critical. The basic premise of ski-mountaineering is to begin in a valley or at the foot of a mountain, which sets up an uphill trek for a rigorous workout. At certain aspects, crampons and ropes may become necessary. Once atop the mountain or ridge, a downhill ski line is drawn to exit the environment. Using downhill skiing as the exit dramatically increases the speed and terrain coverage one can achieve – not to mention the fun of skiing virgin powder in the back country.
CEO Jon Sabes provides leadership to specialty finance company GWG Holdings, Inc., a company he co-founded in 2006. Previously, he worked with MedFinance, Three Hills Management, LLC, and served on the advisory board of Skyride Technologies, LLC, and Out-Source Media Group, LLC. Alongside his career, Jon Sabes enjoys backcountry alpine skiing and mountaineering in places such as Tioga Pass, where he recently traveled with the guide service Alpine Skills International. Alpine Skills International (ASI) offers skiers the opportunity to learn the mountaineering techniques necessary to tackle alpine slopes and couloirs in high alpine environments, which includes some of the best and most challenging skiing. In its rock-climbing and mountaineering program, ASI focuses on providing a diverse range of educational courses and guided adventures. For skiers venturing onto high alpine slopes, ASI offers several one- to two-day courses. The first seminar, entitled Intro to Backcountry Skiing, teaches participants everything from the basics of climbing up and skiing down the hills to bringing adequate equipment. Other courses include Tahoe Backcountry Ski Tours, Ski Mountaineering Techniques, and Lost Trail Lodge-Backcountry Skiing. ASI was founded by renowned backcountry explorers Bela G. Vadasz & Mimi Maki-Vadasz, who bring unique skills and perspectives to technical expeditions.