Hey, Spike! introduces veteran businessperson
January 9, 2015
Admittedly, Spike! only briefly met this week's column subject — but she seems quite worthy.
Jennifer "Jen" Franklin is a relative newcomer to The Summit, having moved here from Florida going on three years now.
And she has the career business "tickets" to back up her decision to move.
Jen sold real estate in Winter Park, Florida, to the tune of $28 million over a few years; managed condominium buildings, commercial property and residences; handled marketing and reservations for hospitality enterprises; and she combined those pursuits with negotiating contracts and developing a cultural walking tour company, all of which put her in the "life coach" business.
Spike! ran into Jen again on Ken Deshaies' Summit Social Club, where she posted — at the urging of friend Alison Palmer — an outgoing message of newness and wanting to join in the life-on-the-top fun.
"I moved to Summit County and took on the responsibilities of innkeeper at Allaire Timbers Inn in Breckenridge," she wrote.
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"I have loved living here and love to hike, bike, camping in our national parks, etc. I enjoy lunches with friends, book club, game nights and outdoor concerts in Dillon or the Riverwalk Center," she added.
Out of work when the inn sold, Jen says she's "a single, fit, mature professional with talents I trust a good company will recognize and have need for in the near future."
A world-famous company did.
After taking four months off to spend traveling to Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons and Mount Rushmore, and hiking mountains before settling into a position with Vail Resorts at the 238-unit Village at Breckenridge as the owner concierge.
"As a concierge, I've taken advantage of snowmobiling, sleigh rides, whitewater rafting, and zip lining," she remarks. "I hope to continue to get out and enjoy the backcountry and take in a hut overnight sometime."
While giving Breckenridge and Summit County advice to Village owners and guests, Jen gets a chance to be a tourist herself.
"I hit a peak leaf-turning weekend in September driving down to Ridgeway, Silverton, Durango and Pagosa Springs this year," she reveals.
Jen's life included a couple of challenges recently:
"It has been a year of loss, as my mother passed away in May and on the first of November I had to put my 3½-year-old pup down. I've bounced back by purchasing a new Australian shepherd named Brie, and pretty soon we'll be hitting the streets of Breck again greeting shopkeepers and visitors."
Helping to keep her life on the positive side, Jen says, "I volunteer at the Backstage Theatre periodically, have supported the National Repertory Orchestra and participate in local weekly meetings of the Christian Science group here in Summit County. And I participated in trail building for Epic Promise Day building the WirePatch trail in French Gulch."
Meanwhile on Summit's social scene, we offer congrats to newlyweds Sandy Sheffield and Danny Pins, who tied the knot just before Christmas.
Out and about we've seen Kevin Frazzini and wife Amy Unger, Vanessa Agee, Diane McBride, Trish Nicholson, Steve and Jennifer Brauns, Cindy Taylor and daughter Brittany, Jerad Hughes, Colette Smith, Sharon "Corkie" Ramey, Jessie Mitchell, Travis and Jennifer Pullen, Roger and Theresa Kliegerman and son Jack, Ron Hoffman, and Fran and Skip Smith.
Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed "Spike," a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. Email your social info to Miles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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