Meet the Program Advisory Council

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Meet the Program Advisory Council

The Program Advisory Council includes a diverse number of individuals from the community in various industries including; small business owners, entrepreneurs, insurance and financial, real estate, and other sectors.

Program Advisory Council members are advocates for Vail Valley Partnership programming and serve as stewards in recruiting and welcoming new members.

Interested in joining? Contact VVP Director of Membership: Maren Cerimele at 970.477.4001.

Shelley Brown

Owner, Eagle Valley Autobody

Phone: 970-328-2052
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Nick Budor

Insurance Agent, Wall Street Insurance

Phone: 970-545-4141
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Nick Budor is an experienced and seasoned business professional, who recently embarked on his first entrepreneurial adventure in the Vail Valley. Nick is the owner of Wall Street Insurance in Edwards, serving the Vail Valley and greater Colorado. Having received his Chemical Engineering and Law degrees from the University of Michigan, Nick embarked on a career as an attorney beginning in 2000. Over the past 15 years, Nick has grown to become a pragmatic, results-driven trusted advisor to individuals, families, family-owned businesses, privately held small-to mid sized enterprises as well as public companies with both local and global operations. From those experiences, Nick has developed a highly polished sense of how to get results for his clients to meet their personal and business objectives.

Nick, his wife Alison and their 2 children live in Eagle Ranch and enjoy skiing, snowboarding, cycling, mountain biking, hiking fly fishing and great food and wine.

Claire Ewing

Business Development, Vacasa

Phone: 303-968-5420
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Claire Ewing is a dedicated brand marketing and business development professional with over 10+ years of experience who is excited to bring her background and family to the Vail Valley.

After a robust career in the Denver metro area, she recently moved her family back to her husband’s hometown of Eagle, CO. She is part of the business development team at Vacasa, a Full Service Vacation Rental Management Company. She is eager to support and grow all short term rental needs for the Vail Valley.

Claire is also a wellness and yoga professional. As a 500 HR EYRT instructor she teaches throughout the valley and also specializes in private, corporate and larger scale yoga events. She believes each student, each class is an opportunity to learn about what a student needs individually + collectively to create a healthy body and mind.

Jeremy Lepore

Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Phone: 970-926-1728
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My name is Jeremy Lepore, I am a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. I have worked in the finance industry for the last 15 years in the Vail Valley. The best part about this place is that we are deeply relationship driven, and the opportunity to develop and strengthen personal & professional relationships exists through various resources and outlets.

My wife, Brianna, has worked in Human Resources for the past 12 years, and my two younger boys are actively engaged in various programs through Eagle County Schools.

My family gives me the fuel and aspiration to continue doing what I do everyday, so we can continue to live the life we’ve developed through our tenure here in this beautiful valley, we call home.

Melanie McKinney

Education and Marketing Manager, Vail Board of REALTORS®

Phone: 970-766-1028
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Melanie McKinney came to Colorado to study journalism at CU Boulder and moved to the mountains in 1997. She has a varied background in marketing and nonprofit work. Mel is Education and Marketing Manager for the Vail Board of REALTORS®, a non-profit professional membership organization that includes a foundation supporting our mountain community. Mel is completing a business degree at Colorado Mountain College.

When she’s away from work and school, she enjoys volunteering and being in the Colorado outdoors.

Robert Schilling

Realtor, Coldwell Banker

Phone: 970-390-0705
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Robert moved to Vail with his family in 1974 and graduated in 1980 from Battle Mountain High School. From there he pursued a BS in Marketing and a Masters from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Robert acquired his Realtor designation in 2003 and continues to advance his expertise in the real estate field including earning the Graduate Record Institute (GRI) and ePro designations.

Robert started a gifting program when he became a Realtor where a portion of his earnings is donated to local nonprofit organization of his clients’ choice. Robert has given, and continues to give, to dozens local nonprofit organizations.

When not practicing real estate, Robert spends much of his time volunteering with Rotary International. As a member of the local Rotary Club, he recently directed their Community Services program and is now leading the Membership Committee as the ranks of this valuable group continues to grow.

When not volunteering or working you might find Robert skiing, kayaking, or climbing in our own mountain paradise.

Barb Waters, MBA, PMP

Owner and Consultant, Peak Business Management

Phone: 719-237-5692
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Barb Waters is a global project management instructor, providing exam preparation for various certifications including PMP, CAPM, PMI-ACP (Agile), and Project+. She has trained over 2,500 students from a vast range of industries and job titles. Barb worked for the first U.S. company to win the coveted Deming Prize for Total Quality Management.

She uses these guiding principles when leading organizations to achieve better efficiency and quality in their projects and operations. Barb lives in Edwards, Colorado with her husband Eric. She enjoys snowboarding, SCUBA diving, hiking, and community involvement.

Hear from the Vail Valley Businesses

Michael Brown

Alpine Bank