Hey, Spike! welcomes Chase Beck back home to Frisco
Yes, you can go back home — to the same house and nearly the same job.
Just ask 30-year-old Chase Beck, who’s returned to Frisco to the family house and business.
The eldest son of Michael and Zona Beck, Chase is now managing the Frisco location of All Valley Storage and living on-site. The Becks also own the mini-storage operations in Breckenridge and Silverthorne with partner Larry Crispell and have for many years.
“I was born in Aspen in 1985,” he says. “My dad learned a lot about self-storage whilst living in Aspen since the early ’70s and managing other complexes, thus leading him to buy Frisco Plaza Mini-Storage in 1990.”
“I was educated here — Frisco, in the same house — through seventh grade (1998) and thereafter moved to Parker and graduated from Ponderosa High School in 2003,” he explains.
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Growing up at the Frisco complex, over by Mountain Comfort on Summit Boulevard, Chase’s job was to get the gates open at 7 a.m. and address the myriad of snow removal activities.
“I grew up learning exactly what is required to manage a healthy business and self-storage facility,” he states. “I took that management experience to private golf courses and athletic clubs with tremendous success with multiple promotions and it led me back to managing both the Frisco and Breckenridge complexes from the Frisco office and living in my childhood home.”
Chase says he’s “slowly working toward” an accounting bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University and “taking this job in Frisco is going to help me with that process as the jobs I had in Denver were very high weekly hours.”
He owns a condo in the Denver Tech Center and lived primarily right around Denver University, where he’d study for community college classes at DU’s library.
From 2005-16, Chase was employed with Colorado Athletic Club, in either the Inverness Club (south Denver) or the DTC Club most recently. At Inverness, he was a cafe associate after five years, then promoted to manager as well as taking on the role of housekeeping manager.
“Most recently at the DTC club I was in membership sales — wearing a tie and clean shaven — for easily 60 hours, six days a week,” says Chase, adding, “I haven’t shaved since my last day at DTC.”
“Up in Summit,” he says, “I was into some skiing, but mostly hockey and fly fishing. I played on the same hockey line for years as Kevin West, son of former Breckenridge Mayor Steve West, who the rink in Breckenridge is named after.”
Moving to Parker in his teens, Chase became a golfer, which is the Beck family sport.
Although still a golfer, Chase has returned to his love of fly fishing.
“I quit fly fishing around when girls started to look appealing and it took me over 10 years to get back into it. I did on a trip with my girlfriend in Steamboat Springs over four years ago,” he said.
“Since that trip I have read massive amounts of literature on fly fishing (over 50 books) and gotten back to having it be at least a weekly thing. When living in Denver my fishing day meant getting up very early and usually around a two-hour drive to my location and from at day’s end,” he reveals.
Helping to make the Frisco operation site a “home,” is Chase’s girlfriend, Britni Elliott, a Denver native and avid skier, and their dogs: Maddie, a beagle; Kiera, a yorkie; and Monty the husky.
Britni, a hairstylist at Cili Salon in Greenwood Village, is also a student at Arapahoe Community College, studying interior design.
“She is trying to figure out how to juggle all that and move to Frisco later this spring,” Chase says.
While admitting the self-storage business has a unique clientele for a tourist driven economy — it’s almost just locals who rent the hundreds of spaces — it still provides an awareness.
Going from Aspen to Frisco, while spending most of his summers on a resort lake in Okoboji, Iowa, provided Chase with a “sixth sense” about when the tourists are showing up.
“My entire life has been spent knowing when not to go to the slopes, get on the lake, hit the river or even get on the roads due to an influx in tourist traffic,” says Chase. “It’s a life I couldn’t imagine any differently. I love it. At least I live somewhere people want to be — it’s where I want to be.”
Chase’s brother, Carter, 24, lives in Blue River and is also a golfer and fly-fisherman. Their parents live in Tucson during the winter and Okoboji, Iowa, in the summertime, but are planning a move from Tucson back to the Denver area.
Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former hardrock miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to firstname.lastname@example.org
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