Lessing Stern, Co-Founder
Founder, Ten Eighty
Chairman, AOPA Foundation
Under Lessing Stern’s leadership and driven by a uniquely qualified team, Ten Eighty LLC was launched to implement successful investment strategies across public securities and private, alternative investments while striving to have a positive impact on the world.
Stern began his career with Royal Street Corporation in 1988. He began as Founding and General Partner to Deer Valley Ski Resort. After years of leadership, in 2018, Stern successfully negotiated the sale of Deer Valley Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort to Alterra Mountain Company.
Stern was instrumental in diversifying the interests of Royal Street Corporation by launching Royal Street Investment and Innovation Center (RSIIC) as the company’s venture investment arm in 2010. In 2013, Stern founded Royal Street Technical and Algorithmic Trading (RSTAT) to focus on the development, analysis and execution of strategy-based trading systems with predictable returns.
Included in his past endeavors, Stern served on Ski Patrol at Deer Valley, served as an Emergency Medical Technician with a local ambulance company in Park City, Utah and worked as a part-time helicopter ski guide.
In addition to his passion for skiing, Lessing Stern has a passion for flying. He is a pilot with over 30 years of experience and has earned several ratings, including Airline Transport Pilot, Single and Multi-engine as well as several jet type, seaplane and helicopter ratings. Stern has served as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) since 2001.
Stern holds a BA from the University of Denver in Pre-Med Chemistry, with Minors in Business, Computer Science and Geology.