Ams said the decision to leave was amicable and he is ready and excited to start something new. While the board looks for a new president, Stephen Moyer, who has served as board treasurer, will act as interim executive director.
Ams was appointed to the then-newly created position of president of Hunter Park, which houses the Riley Rink along with several athletic fields, in June 2012. According to an announcement of his appointment which appeared in the Bennington Banner, Ams was planning to focus on the financial development of the 25 acre complex. His background lay in mortgage brokering, and he was the owner of a mortgage company which had offices in Manchester and Bondville.
He and Susan Marmer, the executive director at that time, were going to share responsibility for expanding programming and facilities at the non-profit organization, according to the Banner.
The following February, 2013, Marmer, who had been involved with the rink and Hunter Park for 15 years, including four spent as a board director, departed from her executive director position and Ams was slated to take on all the day-to-day responsibilities, according to announcement made at the time by park officials. He served in that role since then until last month.