Keystone Neighbourhood Co.’s Tim Baker takes top job at Beaver Creek Resort Co.
BEAVER CREEK, Colorado – For Tim Baker, the past few week have been a whirlwind.
Not only did the former NFL football player land a new job as Beaver Creek Resort Company’s executive director, he and his wife welcomed 2-week-old son, Trevan, into their family.
“It’s been quite a couple of weeks,” Baker said.
He takes the helm at Beaver Creek Nov. 1, the resort company announced Tuesday. Baker replaces Tony O’Rourke, who moved to South Lake Tahoe this past summer to serve as the city’s manager. O’Rourke held the job for 14 years.
“I have pretty large shoes to fill,” Baker said.
The Breckenridge resident is no stranger to the inner workings of ski towns.
Since May 2009, he has served as executive director of the Keystone Neighbourhood Company, a master homeowners association for neighborhoods and businesses at the base of Keystone. The organization provides maintenance, transportation and other services to about 1,000 property owners.
Baker also worked as senior project manager for Vail Resorts Development Co. in Keystone and Breckenridge from October 2007 to May 2009. He oversaw planning for a proposed 183-unit luxury condo hotel and a Mountain House base area at Keystone.
Similarly, he worked for a company that developed condos in San Diego. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Texas Tech University.
Along with his business experience, Baker also played professional football for the San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Although he traded in life on the field, he has taken to life on the slopes.
“I probably did 20 days last year at Beaver Creek,” the avid skier said.
Baker and his wife, Jennifer, make frequent trips to the Beaver Creek area, where they are active with The Vail Church in Avon.
“That’s pretty much where our entire social network is,” Baker said.
Given all their ties to Beaver Creek, the couple looks forward to moving to the area once they sell their home in Breckenridge.
Baker said the Beaver Creek job appealed to him because it offered a chance to work with a “diverse mix of constituents.”
His duties will include overseeing day-to-day resort company functions, including private sector and quasi-municipal services for its residential and business members, the resort company said in a press release. He will also be responsible for maintaining solid community relations, preserving Beaver Creek’s brand and providing an “exceptional guest experience,” the release said.
“I’m very excited,” he said. “If I could start yesterday I would have. I’m eager to get over there and get to know the staff.”
Baker will report to the Beaver Creek Resort Company’s board of directors. In a press release, board director John Garnsey said Baker has demonstrated a “notable skill set” while working with the Keystone Neighbourhood Company.
“The board was impressed with his background, which includes strong strategic financial and operations planning, the ability to cultivate positive community relationships, and he has managed successful development projects during a tough economic period,” he said.
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