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Age: 68Years in Aspen: 40Occupation: Lodge ownerEducation: BA in economics, Westminster-Fulton; masters and ABD in clinical psychology, Case Western Reserve UniversityFamily: Three daughters, nine grandchildren, 17-year partnerVolunteer/board experience: Touchstone Mental Health Clinic, two terms (1973-81) on Aspen City Council as mayor pro-tem, Aspen Gay & Lesbian Community Fund Board, Historic Preservation Task Force, Cozy Point lease committeeInterests/hobbies: Reading, writing, sailing, messing in the garden at Horsethief, my ranch near Moab; hanging out with my daughters and grandkids; skiing and taking care of my lodge, the St. MoritzBiggest regret: Circumnavigated in my boat, but didnt sail round the Horn or CapeDescribe your first impression of Aspen and why you live here: An Iowan, from age 15 to 27 I traveled and changed location a lot, looking for a place to plant my life. Sept. 30, 1968, motorcycling down the pass at about 5 p.m., someplace below Lincoln Creek, where the tall white aspen trunks crown with gold; sunlight streaming, temperature perfect, I pulled over to the gravel, stopped, the emotion was real strong, and I knew I was home. Then came Stillwater, then Aspen not really so terribly different from today. I never questioned that moment. I am rooted in Aspen with my lodge, my family, my neighbors and this amazing community.
Age: 45Occupation: Knitting for my booth in our farmers market Years in Aspen: Eight, as of Jan. 17Education: B. Arch., University of Kentucky School of ArchitectureFamily: Mother, brotherVolunteer/Board Experience: City Council, 2005-present; two-time volunteer of the year, Aspen Art Museum; Aspen Historical Society; board member, Aspen Gay & Lesbian Community Fund; board member, Aspen Film; International Design Conference; on-mountain ambassador for Aspen Skiing Co.Interests/Hobbies: Cryptic crossword puzzlesBiggest regret: Believing my mother when she said, Youll put someones eye out with that thing and not believing her when she said, Im the best friend youll ever have. First impression and why I live here: Same today as then and same reason: Wow, so this is home
Age: 59Years in Aspen: 32Education: B.S., accounting, Indiana University (1974)Occupation: Owner, Aspen Velo Bike Shop Family: Two sons at Aspen Middle School Peter ,14, and Luke, 11Volunteer experience: Current member of Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission; past president, Centennial Homeowners Association; current vice president of Williams Ranch Homeowners AssociationInterest/Hobbies: Raising my two sons is my favorite thing to do; in addition, I compete on a road bike, ski and snowboard, practice yoga, scuba dive, and attempt to surf.Biggest regret: Not getting married earlier and having six to eight kids.Your first impression of Aspen : I came in 1972 with college friends. After previously visiting Winter Park and Steamboat I found that Aspen was incomparable. I live here because I love my job the people I meet are so intriguing and well-traveled. Aspens natural beauty combined with all the outdoor activities. And you cant forget all the culture and art that make this the greatest resort town in the country, if not the world. Aspen is a great place to raise children, especially as a single parent. You know they will be safe, can travel on our free bus system, and be well-educated with out terrific school system.
Age: 39Occupation: Tennis pro, Plum TV host, sound engineerYears in Aspen: 16Education: AA Sante Fe CC; Florida State University, studied psychology and fine artFamily: My mother, Diane; father, Ron; sister, Kim and her husband, Jeff; my two nieces, Nikola and Rachel. I am unmarried but have a wonderful girlfriend, Erica.Volunteer/board experience: Aspen City Council (2003-07,) EOTC representative, NWCCOG, Budget task force, member of Aspen Elks Lodge Interests/hobbies: Tennis, golf, skiing/boarding, guitar, singing, making music, painting and sculptureBiggest regret: I can honestly say, I dont have any regrets.Your first impression of Aspen: Twenty years ago I visited my friend from college. I came out in winter for some skiing. I had a good time, as he showed me the locals side of Aspen. I then came out in the summer, stopping in on a cross-country road trip. I woke up the first morning, and it was gorgeous out. I said, Im gonna go home and pack and be back in six months, and I did. I live here because of the awesome community, the people I know, and my friends are inspirational. This area is the most amazing environment that offers incredible athletics and outdoor recreation. The town has a great small-town character, but has the arts and a cultural scene that rivals any city big or small.
Age: 45Years in Aspen: 32Education: Attended Aspen schools and graduated from Aspen High School in 1981; Denver University, finance BSBS in 1987; attended Kansai Gaidai University, Kyoto, Japan (one-year exchange) and classes at the University Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland (one year)Family: SingleVolunteer/board experience: 71⁄2 years as president and shareholder of Stewart Title Aspen (a NYSE company); board member, Stewart Aspen, Stewart Grand Junction and Stewart Vail; graduate, Roaring Fork Leadership; graduate, Colorado Institute Leadership and Technology Interests/hobbies: Skiing, hiking, traveling, languages, reading, yoga, kiteboarding, inventions.Biggest regret: That I did not start some of my entrepreneur concepts earlier in life. Describe your first impression of Aspen and why you live here: Skiing with my family on Buttermilk. I remember all the instructors there (Toad, Frog, Mudflaps, Rocky Raccoon, Mark Mark, Tony no Balony, Sarge, and the gang) and all the runs and jumps (bear jump). As a child I recall many fun times at Buttermilk. Fresh air, blue skies and lots of smiles and laughs.
Age: 66Occupation: Director of Food and Beverage and Conference Services at The Gant, 1981 to retirement in 2007Years in Aspen: 37Education: Graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in history 1964 and a masters degree in library science in 1967Family: Sister, Carolyn in Michigan; two nephews and their children; my many friends around the country and here in the Roaring Fork ValleyVolunteer/board experience: Member and chairperson (1993-2001), Aspen Pitkin County Housing Board; board member and chair (1997-2003), class of 1996, Leadership Aspen; Civic Master Plan (2000-06), ACRA Economic Sustainability Task Force (2001-2003); Roaring Fork Valley chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association Board (1992-2003); City of Aspen Arts and Non-Profit Grant Committee (1998 to present); Chairperson (2003 to present), Aspen Historical Society Board; Response Board (2008 to present); Burlingame Housing Inc. (2002 to present); Housing Frontiers Group of the Housing Board (2008 to present); Roaring Fork Leadership Leader of the Year (2003); ACRA Molly Campbell Service Award 2007Hobbies/interests: Skiing, history, gardening, travel, reading, movies, art and architecture, food and cookingBiggest regret: I regret that I did not have more time with my nephews and their children as they have grown up.Describe your first impression of Aspen and why you live here: In 1968 I arrived in Aspen in a car full of girlfriends. We arrived in the middle of the night having driven across the Dillon Dam on old Highway 6 and found an open and empty room at the Glory Hole Lodge, where we crashed until daylight. We decided to go skiing and check in later, and oh what a glorious time we had! That week I even fell in love with a waiter from the cheap side of the Red Onion. That was the beginning … it was so beautiful, so free and open, so much fun!
Age: 40Occupation: Architect/planner/designer/teacherYears in Aspen: 20 (summer intern 1989-92) full-time 1993-current (six-month break for Hollywood) Education: Bachelor of architecture Syracuse University; School of Architecture Five-year program (fourth year in Florence, Italy)Family: Single, Sarah (girlfriend); mom, dad, sister, brother-in-law, nephew, niece extended familyVolunteer/board experience: Historic Preservation Commission; president, Lone Pine Apartment Condominium Association; Environmental Advisory GroupInterests/hobbies: Fine art, telemark skiing, cycling (anything with two wheels), martial arts, kiteboarding, surfing, jewelry making, kayaking, film, musicBiggest regret: Fractured relationships family, friends; its a cyclical, transient (but weve lost our messy vitality) town, tough on those trying to start a family.Describe your first impression of Aspen and why you live here: I dropped in over the Pass (the real entrance to Aspen), literally jumped into a volleyball game carpe diem-style (Id just seen Dead Poets Society), met Kim Raymond (Leadville 100 winner) who said she was working for an architect (Al Beyer), and they needed help. In town for 15 minutes, and I had a job what a country! I was directed to the Little Red Ski House and for $15 (I think) I had a top bunk in a room with three other guys. I was reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance … I met Al the next day, and by the end of the week, I was crashing in his guest room.
Age: 41Years in Aspen: 18Occupation: Founder and D of D & E Ski and Snowboard Shop; managing director rental-retail for Aspen Skiing Co.; general manager in charge of football operations, Aspen High School football program.Education: University of Minnesota, degree in business management, speech communications, computer science.Family: Wife, Kerri; sons, Cooper (8), Blake (22 months) and daughter Kylie (born March 20)Volunteer/board experience: Treasurer, Snowmass Village Resort Association; Snowmass Community Fund; Chair, Aspen High School football board; neighborhood representative, Lift One COWOP; President, Juan Street Homeowners Interests/hobbies: Skiing, snowboarding, golf, hockey, coaching high school football, coaching 8-year-olds, boating, road biking, home renovations.Biggest regret: No regrets. OK, theres one: I am from Minnesota and didnt start playing hockey until three years ago here in Aspen.Describe your first impression of Aspen and why you live here: In 1990 I was visiting Aspen as a senior in college while researching which ski town I wanted to move to for the next winter season. I stayed at the Chalet Lisl (I now live two blocks from the lodge). I was struck by the difference between Aspen and other resorts and loved it! I skied from the top of the Burn in Snowmass to the ski school office. I introduced myself to the ski school director, and informed him I was moving to Aspen next winter and that I was a certified ski and snowboard instructor. I was offered a job on the spot.
Age: 41Occupation: Founder and managing director, h. roark + associates, llc (design firm)Years in Aspen: Full time 51⁄2 years; first visit in 1979 (too) much time during college at CU-Boulder.Education: B.S., economics, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1986-90; International Executive Program, INSEAD, France, June 1996Family: Wife, Katy; two children, Felix (3 years old at Wildwood) and Quintessa (11⁄2 years old)Volunteer/board experience: Member (since April 2004) and chair (since May 2005), Pitkin County-Financial Advisory Board; board of directors (president since December 2006), Aspen Youth Experience; board of trustees (currently on leave of absence), Aspen Art Museum; Society of Fellows Advisory Board, Aspen Institute; volunteer, Aspen Winternational World Cup Ski Race Weekend; finance director and representative at large (1989-90), University of Colorado Student Union; Committee on Developing and Foreign Exchange Hedging Opportunities (1998-99), Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Junior Associates Steering Committee (1993-98), Museum of Modern Art; bike- and walk-a-thon volunteer leader (1990-99), New York City chapter, Multiple Sclerosis Society; Bank Street College of Education (NYC); high school math tutor (1991-92).Interests/hobbies: Enjoying everything Aspen has to offer with my two young children and wife. In addition, skiing (downhill, nordic, randonee, water), triathlons, and other outdoor activities and races; travel (49 states and more than 45 countries), golf, reading and Bob Dylan. Biggest regret: Breaking my kneecap at the start of my freshman year at CU-Boulder so I was unable to ski race in college. Describe your first impression of Aspen and why you live here: My first trip to Aspen was with my father in 1979 (lift tickets were $16; kids $12). I was in fifth grade and remember my first ski race down a NASTAR course. My mother mailed that bronze metal to me when I moved here full time. Ever since then, I knew Aspen was a special place. Katy and I moved here for the same reason so many people do: to live and to raise a family in a small, but vibrant, mountain community that values preservation of its small-town character, and still offers first-rate outdoor and cultural experiences.
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