Headshots-MarkSassi.jpgMark Sassi packed up his VW and started to long trek from Maine to Vail in the fall of 1996, in search of bigger mountains, deeper snow and bigger trout. 17 years later he has found all that and more. Married with 2 wonderful kids, he is a permanent fixture on the TV8 team.

Mark is a nationally certified fly casting instructor and outdoor steward and one of his goals is to leave our natural world better than he found it for future generations. An annual rite of passage into the spring for him is the Go Pro Mountain Games and Mark has stood on the podium twice so far with gold and silver medals, both in the One Fly Xtreme. There is no “trout” about it, Mark is proud to be a member of the TV8 team and the Vail Valley community.


Headshots-AshleyPrill.jpgAshley has called the Rocky Mountains home for over ten years. After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Broadcasting, she moved to Summit County with her best friend for “a season”. As soon as she discovered snowboarding, it was clear that one season would never be enough.

Outside of TV8 Vail, Ashley also works for ESPN at the X Games each summer and winter. She’s been a member of their X-Squad since 2014. Ashley is a mountain girl through and through and she’s incredibly excited to be part of the TV8 team and the Vail Valley community.



Originally from Otisco, New York, Owen’s love of the outdoors, mountains and music led him to the Vail Valley in 2013 after graduating from the University of Richmond with a degree in Jazz Performance and a concentration in Arts Management. Owen’s journey to Vail was a natural one. He grew up hearing stories of hiking to high mountain lakes and skiing Vail’s legendary backbowls from his parents who called Vail home during the 1980s. 

Also an event producer and fundraiser, Owen channels his passion for world-class music into the presentation of more than 75 jazz performances and 50 music education programs annually through his work as the Development Director of Vail Jazz.


Headshots-RickMessmer.jpgRick is a native of Colorado and has lived in the Vail Valley since 1996.  After graduating from the University of Puget Sound, he followed his passions of fly fishing, skiing, and hunting and that brought him back to the mountains of his home state.  Father and son fishing trips throughout his youth taught Rick the importance of patience, persistence, and attention to detail.  These three traits he continues to use in his everyday life and in everything in which he is involved.  Rick’s enthusiasm for the lifestyle available here in Eagle County is infectious.  He and his daughter call Eagle Ranch home, but he has lived in Vail, Eagle-Vail, Avon, Edwards, and Wolcott.

Rick returns again as a part of the TV8 family as one of our Good Morning Vail Co-Hosts and Hosts throughout the winter season.  Outside of the Good Morning Vail programming, Rick has been featured on two episodes of ESPN’s Fly Fishing America and is the Director of Fishing Events for Mountain Games.

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