Life on the Summit: Hey, Spike! finds busy people all over the place
Special to the Daily
Some people really relish having a full plate — welcome to Kelly Keefer’s busy life.
As the Copper Mountain Resort corporate team’s senior vice president of finance, Kelly always has a large combination dish in front of her.
“I oversee finance, accounting, information technology, human resources and commercial leasing,” says Kelly, which means she’s directing 30 full-time year-round employees and 10 seasonal staffers at the Summit County resort, owned by the Park City, Utah-based Powdr Corp., one of John Cumming’s many holdings.
“Without the tireless efforts of Kelly Renoux, director of HR; Mike Hurwitch, director of IT; Dave Glissmann, manager of finance; Matt Bickmore, manager of revenue; and Amy Steinke, manager of accounting, we would not be successful at what we do,” says Kelly. “They are the glue that holds our team together.”
Following a two-year stint at Vail Resorts, Kelly is now in her 13th year at Copper, headed by CEO and general manager Gary Rodgers, who now has the company’s longest tenure, outdistancing Chuck Lewis, Andy Daly and Harry Mosgrove.
“I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, spent six years in Boston and moved out to Colorado 18 years ago,” the 41-year-old Silverthorne homeowner explains. “I have lived on the Blue River near the Willow Grove open space for six years.”
Before coming west, Kelly earned at bachelor’s degree in accounting with emphasis in finance from the Boston College Carroll School of Management, and is a certified public accountant.
An active participant in the winter and summer resort business, Kelly, an avid telemark skier (Patrol Chute is her favorite run), also enjoys mountain biking, hiking with her dogs, and calms her mind and body doing yoga year-round.
“I love the passion and enthusiasm everyone has for the outdoors and preserving our natural resources. And we try really hard — ‘try’ being the operative word — to achieve a good work/life balance,” Kelly says of Copper’s resort working environment.
It’s that thinking that prompts Kelly to bring to this philosophy to the fore: “In the words of our late, great founder, Chuck Lewis, ‘I don’t care how everyone else does it, we’re not like everyone else …’”
Elsewhere in Summit’s resort biz:
Some of the busiest guys in Breckenridge — Rob Millisor, Mike Dudick, Mike Millisor, Mike Hayes, Ginny Vietti, Dave Stroeve and Kim Tramontana — hosted a kickoff sales soiree this week for their latest resort lodging project, The Grand Colorado on Peak 8.
Under the banner of Breckenridge Grand Vacations (BGV), Grand Colorado is the fourth resort in Breckenridge, with others being the award-winning Grand Lodge on Peak 7, Grand Timber Lodge and Gold Point Resort.
“The Grand Colorado on Peak 8 is the company’s most luxurious resort to date and also is the most exclusive timeshare resort in the Rocky Mountains,” reports Ginny Vietti, VP of sales and marketing.
“Located at the exact spot of Breckenridge Ski Resort’s original Bergenhof Lodge, built in 1961, the new 59-residence property celebrates the ski resort’s history while helping to shape its future,” Ginny adds.
The Grand Colorado on Peak 8 is a ski-in, ski-out property located directly adjacent to multiple express chairlifts and the Breck Connect gondola connecting the town to the ski slopes of Peaks 7 and 8.
“You can’t get closer to the ski slopes and the chairlifts than this,” says Mike Dudick.
“The views of the ski slopes and the halfpipe will be unparalleled in Breckenridge. You’ll have a front-row view.”
“This is an ambitious project that has been designed with ‘modern mountain sophistication’ in mind and integrated into the hillside with public and private terraced decks and levels to maximize views,” says Mike Hayes, BGV’s VP of construction. “Our goal is to get it topped off by midsummer of 2015 and open Phase 1 by summer of 2016.”
Initial sales of the Grand Colorado topped $7.1 million, reportedly a record for the largest single-day sales of a timeshare resort.
Among those attending were Lucy Kay, Scott Fortner, Julie Chandler, Kim Dykstra, Christine Berwyn, Brooke Roberts, Cindy Nelson, Allison Watts Palmer, Erin Gigliello, Leigh Girvin, Holly Resignolo, Del Bush and those Pine Beetles.
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. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to email@example.com
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