It would be difficult to tell the story of the Vail Valley without the story of the Vail Valley Foundation. President Gerald R. Ford was among those who initiated the project as a way to unify the volunteer spirit and ‘big-idea’ mentality that helped the area mark its place on the international map. In 1981, the Vail Valley Foundation was formed, and has been an integral aspect of local life, culture, sport and education ever since.
Originally named the Vail Associates Foundation, and incorporated as a public charity, the Vail Valley Foundation was created for the purpose of “raising and distributing funds for charitable purposes through the organization of educational, cultural, historical, artistic and athletic performances, events and attractions for the education and benefit of the community.”
Over the next two years, the name was shortened to the Vail Foundation. Then, in December 1983, the name was officially changed to the Vail Valley Foundation in order to “reflect the scope of activities within the Foundation that are directed at the entire Vail Valley area.”
Since those early days, the Vail Valley Foundation has continued to develop and produce programs, events and projects, all in support of the organization’s mission to enhance the quality of life in the Vail Valley through arts, athletics, and education.
The events, venues and programs that have developed from those efforts create lifelong connections between all who partake and have become a significant part what makes the Vail Valley such a special place to be.
Chief Financial Officer
Senior Vice President of Education & Arts
Senior Vice President of Education & Arts
Senior Vice President of Education & Arts
Chairman of the Board
Ann Becher Smead is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Vail Valley Foundation, a position she has served in since December, 2016. ...READ MORE
Chairman of the BoardAnn Becher Smead is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Vail Valley Foundation, a position she has served in since December, 2016. She previously served on the Board of Directors since 2004 and has been involved with Vail Valley Foundation and YouthPower365 programming since the early 1990s. Ann graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics and Statistics. She soon joined IBM as a systems engineer, then continued into a real estate career that culminated with her elevation to Partner in a large Portland, Oregon commercial real estate management and development company. She subsequently joined Kaiser Aerospace & Electronics Corporation, where she managed their diverse real estate portfolio. Ann received her CCIM and IREM designations and became an instructor for these training organizations, teaching financial management courses. She taught in Eastern Europe shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, assisting with the transition from communism to free-market capitalism and democracy. Along with her work at the Vail Valley Foundation, Ann serves on Engineering Advisory Board for the College of Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has previously served as a Board member of Vail Mountain School and Vail Health (formerly the Vail Valley Medical Center). Ann has also established scholarship programs actively supporting students ranging from pre-school through Ph.D. studies. She also continues her work in financial management, leading several privately held LLP’s/LLC’s.
John M. Arnold has served on the Board of Directors for the Vail Valley Foundation since 2015. He also serves on the Boards of Directors ...READ MORE
Hans Berglund joined the Vail Valley Foundation board in 2015. Together, he and his wife Alix are committed to helping to protect the environment and ...READ MORE
Sam Bronfman has sat on the Board of the Vail Valley Foundation since 2017. He is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Bacchus Capital Management and is ...READ MORE
Susan Campbell grew up in a family that loved ballet; she and her sister danced, her mother designed costumes, and her father played character roles ...READ MORE
Charlene Chen joined the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors in 2018. She moved to Vail in 2013 with her family from New York City ...READ MORE
Steve Coyer and his wife, Amy, moved to the Vail Valley full-time in 1999 and have never regretted it for one second. Soon after arrival ...READ MORE
Andy Daly has led a distinguished career in the Colorado ski industry starting as a ski patrolman in Aspen in 1970 and later as CEO ...READ MORE
Ron Davis is an active philanthropist, sits on the Education Committee of the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors, and was the founder, CEO and ...READ MORE
Matt Donovan is a born-and-raised Vail local who has served as a Vail Valley Foundation’s Community Board Member since 2016. He is the son of ...READ MORE
William “Bill” Esrey retired as Chairman and CEO of Sprint Corporation in 2003, having led Sprint as CEO for nearly two decades. Upon his retirement ...READ MORE
Johannes Faessler is originally from Bavaria, where he was born and raised in the hospitality industry. He came to the USA to attend the University of ...READ MORE
Tim Finchem is perhaps best known for his role as the PGA TOUR Commissioner from 1994-2016, but he has become equally well-known in the Vail ...READ MORE
Stephen Friedman and his wife Dawn have owned property in Beaver Creek since 1990 and been permanent residents there since 1998. Steve joined American Express ...READ MORE
Margie Gart has served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors since 2011. She is also the former Director of Philanthropy at Rose Community ...READ MORE
Donna M. Giordano is Managing Partner of Valley Airpark, LLC, and is also co-owner of G.F Foods, D and D Foods, Titan Foods, and Shasta ...READ MORE
Sheika Gramshammer is the descendent of an old Austrian innkeeping family. She and her husband, Pepi, came to Vail as an internationally known ski racer. ...READ MORE
Michael E. Herman has served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors since 2011. His notable career includes time as president of the Kauffman ...READ MORE
Beth Howard has been with Vail Resorts since she was a college intern at Beaver Creek in 1985. The experience sparked a successful 30-plus-year career ...READ MORE
Al Hubbard co-founded EA companies in 1977 and serves as its Chairman. Starting with no capital, Mr. Hubbard and his partner acquired and grew a ...READ MORE
William J Hybl Jr. “B.J.” is President and COO of Griffis/Blessing, Inc. Griffis/Blessing, Inc. is a real estate investment and services firm founded in 1985 ...READ MORE
Mike Imhof is the President and CEO of the Vail Valley Foundation. He began his career at the Vail Valley Foundation in 2007 serving as ...READ MORE
Chris Jarnot is Executive Vice President, Mountain Division, for Vail Resorts. In his current role, to which he was appointed in 2016, Chris oversees Vail ...READ MORE
Born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina, George Dean Johnson was the eldest of the late Dr. George Dean and Elizabeth Heath Johnson’s three sons. ...READ MORE
Alexia D. Jurschak was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University, and worked in the insurance industry with ...READ MORE
Mr. Doug Lovell is the Chief Operating Officer at Vail Mountain and was previously the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Beaver Creek Resort ...READ MORE
Sarah Millett grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Dartmouth College where she majored in Economics and German. After several years working as an analyst for the ...READ MORE
Ellen Moritz grew up in Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota, obtaining degrees in Business Economics, Economics and German. She moved to Vail from ...READ MORE
The Vail Valley has always been a big part of Kaia Borgen Moritz’s life, from growing up ski racing in Vail to moving permanently to ...READ MORE
Daniel L. Pennington serves as the President of the Vail Health Foundation and joined the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors in 2019.Prior to Vail ...READ MORE
Jill Seaman Plancher is a volunteer attorney with Connecticut Legal Services in Stamford, Connecticut. As a volunteer attorney in the family law unit of legal ...READ MORE
Michael J. Price is the Senior Managing Director of Evercore where he leads Evercore’s Technology and Telecom groups. He previously spent 11 years at Lazard, ...READ MORE
Originally from New York, Ken Schanzer has become well known for a variety of activities in television, sporting and political arenas. Ken helped bring Notre ...READ MORE
Rod Slifer and his wife, Beth, have a strong commitment to community leadership and have been economic drivers for tourism in Colorado for more than ...READ MORE
Hap Stein is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Regency Centers, where he has served since the company’s initial public offering in 1993 and as ...READ MORE
Kristin Tang has been coming to the Vail Valley since early childhood and made it her full-time home in 1997. During that time she has ...READ MORE
Fred M. Tresca is a CPA who also serves as the Co-founder, Principal and Managing Director of Branta II LLC and affiliates; Co-founder and Manager ...READ MORE
Mary L. Webster previously practiced as an attorney for two nationally-based U.S. law firms and has served as a consultant for a number of U.S. ...READ MORE
Ardent supporters of the arts in New York City and Denver, Betsy Wiegers and her husband, George, are also extraordinarily generous in the Vail Valley ...READ MORE
Gary Woodworth moved from San Diego to the Vail Valley in 1980 and has been with the Gallegos Corporation for 30 years. He worked his ...READ MORE
Adam Aron is Former CEO of Vail Resorts, Starwood Hotels, Norwegian Cruise Line, and the Philadelphia 76ers. He served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board ...READ MORE
Life TrusteeAdam Aron is Former CEO of Vail Resorts, Starwood Hotels, Norwegian Cruise Line, and the Philadelphia 76ers. He served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors from 1996-2006.
Marlene and John Boll married in 1954. Marlene trained as a dancer and was a member of the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes in New ...READ MORE
Life TrusteeMarlene and John Boll married in 1954. Marlene trained as a dancer and was a member of the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes in New York City. She maintains her love and strong interest in the performing arts as a Life Trustee of the Vail Valley Foundation, and by supporting Bravo! Vail Music Festival and the Michigan Opera Theatre. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors for the Fontbonne Auxiliary of St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan and chaired its annual White Christmas Ball as well as the Jubilee Ball for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Marlene served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors from 1994-2015. Her contributions to the community were numerous, and in particular, she was instrumental in the creation and subsequent flourishing of the Vail Dance Festival and the Vilar Performing Arts Center. Marlene and John have three children and nine grandchildren. They currently split time between residences in Key Largo, Florida; Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan; and Beaver Creek, Colorado.
Bjorn Erik Borgen and his family have been Vail locals since 1966, and Bjorn was a member of the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors ...READ MORE
Life TrusteeBjorn Erik Borgen and his family have been Vail locals since 1966, and Bjorn was a member of the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors from 1994-2015. If there is a person who epitomizes the phrase, "Realizing the American Dream," it is family patriarch, Bjorn Erik Borgen. As a child, Borgen’s family lost their home and all of their possessions due to a 5-year occupation by the Nazis during WWII. As a 12-year-old, Bjorn emigrated from Norway to the small town of Strum, Wisconsin, where he learned English and flourished under the individualized attention and opportunities available to him through the local public schools. He received a scholarship to attend the University of Wisconsin, later completed his MBA at Harvard Business School and went on to a very successful career in entrepreneurship and investment. Bjorn and his wife, Kathy, have been married since 1964 and have three children, Kaia, Randi and Jon-Erik; and 10 grandchildren. The entire Borgen family makes charitable giving a priority, and they have been active in supporting organizations like Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, U.S. Ski & Snowboard, The Eagle Valley Land Trust, Walking Mountain Science Center and more.
Life Trustee, Chairman Emeritus
Harry Frampton served as chairman of the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors for 35 years before moving to Life Trustee status at the end ...READ MORE
Life Trustee, Chairman EmeritusHarry Frampton served as chairman of the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors for 35 years before moving to Life Trustee status at the end of 2016. He is a member of the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame, the Colorado Business Hall of Fame and a recent inductee into the International Ski Hall of Fame. He is also the founder and managing partner of East West Partners, a resort development company; and Slifer Smith Frampton, a real estate brokerage firm in the Vail Valley.
John Garnsey was an early – and vibrant – addition to the Vail Valley when he arrived in the early 70s from New Hampshire, where, ...READ MORE
Life TrusteeJohn Garnsey was an early – and vibrant – addition to the Vail Valley when he arrived in the early 70s from New Hampshire, where, following college, he worked for Waterville Valley Resort. He was hired by Vail Associates to help overhaul its ski race program and spent a decade climbing up the mountain operations ranks. In 1984 he joined the Vail Valley Foundation, held various leadership positions, played a significant role in the 1989 Alpine World Ski Championships, and eventually served as the Vail Valley Foundation’s president from 1991 to 1999. Following the 1999 Vail/Beaver Creek Alpine World Ski Championships, John returned to his Vail Resorts roots as Beaver Creek’s Chief Operating Officer, and then on to the position of Co-President of Vail Resorts' Mountain Division. He capped off his career with Vail Resorts as President of global mountain development and retired from Vail Resorts in 2015. John was instrumental in bringing the world to Vail and Beaver Creek through all three of the Valley’s Alpine World Ski Championships (1989, 1999 and 2015), and has always remained close to the Vail Valley Foundation where he is a Life Trustee member. John is a Colorado Ski Hall Of Fame Inductee, serves on the Board of Trustees for the US Ski Team and remains very involved with several local, Eagle County organizations. John and his wife Vicky live in Eagle, Colorado, and have two children, Mac and Keegan; and two grandchildren.
Pepi Gramshammer came to Vail as an internationally known ski racer and his wife, Sheika, is the descendent of an old Austrian innkeeping family. They ...READ MORE
Life TrusteePepi Gramshammer came to Vail as an internationally known ski racer and his wife, Sheika, is the descendent of an old Austrian innkeeping family. They established and have since operated the Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer in Vail Village since 1964. Pepi was one of the fastest men on the professional ski racing circuit in the early 1960s, and was an instructor at Sun Valley, Idaho. He was lured to Vail in 1962 by Dick Hauserman, Bob Parker and Morrie Shepard. During a quick tour of the ski area, he had to hike from the bottom to the top of a bowl, which took some time, even for a young, ultra-fit ski racer. That's when the Forever run got its name, and Parker hung Pepi with the nickname “Forever.”
Martha “Marty” Head first visited Vail in 1964 and made Vail her home in 1968. Since that time she has been very active in the ...READ MORE
Life TrusteeMartha "Marty" Head first visited Vail in 1964 and made Vail her home in 1968. Since that time she has been very active in the community and in philanthropy in general, including her role on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors, where she served from 1987 to 2017. She has also served on the Board of Trustees of the US Ski Team, and the Board of Directors of Bravo! Vail and St. Mary of the Woods College. Marty received four degrees from St. Mary of the Woods in chemistry, biology, history and literature. She worked for Have Pharmaceuticals, and together with Jack Fritzlen owned CMI Corporation. She has long been a pillar of the Vail Valley community and has been very active with non-profits in and outside the community including the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center, Johns Hopkins University and the Wilmer Eye Clinic.
William J. Hybl is Executive Chairman of El Pomar Foundation, after serving 30 years as Chairman and CEO. In 2008, Hybl was confirmed by the United ...READ MORE
Life TrusteeWilliam J. Hybl is Executive Chairman of El Pomar Foundation, after serving 30 years as Chairman and CEO. In 2008, Hybl was confirmed by the United States Senate as Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Public Diplomacy, a position he was appointed to by President George W. Bush. He was reappointed by President Barack Obama on June 2, 2011, and currently serves as Vice Chairman. He also serves as Chairman of the U.S. Olympic Endowment. Hybl is President Emeritus of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). He served twice as President when he led the United States Olympic Team Delegations at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France, and the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. In 1998, he again led the U.S. Team at the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, and in 2000, at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. He was a member of the International Olympic Committee from 2000-2002. Hybl has also been engaged in a variety of public service activities. He is Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (Senior). In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Hybl as U.S. Representative to the 56th General Assembly of the United Nations. In addition, Hybl was Chairman of the Board of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) from 2003-2009 and currently serves as Chairman Emeritus. He was named Citizen of the West by the National Western Stock Show of Denver in 2003. Hybl is a Graduate of Colorado College and earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Colorado School of Law. He was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1972 and was Special Counsel to President Ronald Regan in 1981. He is married to Kathleen Horrigan and they have two sons, B.J. and Kyle; and six grandchildren.
Elaine Kelton served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors from 1989 to 2004. In 1967 she built the Ramshorn Lodge in Vail, owning ...READ MORE
Life TrusteeElaine Kelton served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors from 1989 to 2004. In 1967 she built the Ramshorn Lodge in Vail, owning and operating the lodge until 1984. She is currently the president of the Kelton Group, and sits on the Board of Directors for Colorado Mountain College and Bright by Three; is on the El Pomar Foundation Trustee Council; and was on the founding boards of the Shaw Regional Cancer Center, the Vail Symposium and the Vail Institute. Kelton came to Vail via New York City, by way of Jackson Hole, in 1964. Adventurous enough to skydive competitively, play hockey (less competitively), and start several successful businesses in Vail and beyond, Elaine has supported all of the Vail Valley Foundation’s endeavors in arts, athletics, and education. In particular, she enjoys the dialogue with high school students during the scholarship interview process for YouthPower365’s Dollars for Scholars programming.
Peter May has been President and a Founding Partner of Trian since November 2005. Mr. May serves as the non-executive Vice Chairman of The Wendy’s ...READ MORE
Life TrusteePeter May has been President and a Founding Partner of Trian since November 2005. Mr. May serves as the non-executive Vice Chairman of The Wendy’s Company. From May 2008 through May 2017, Mr. May served as a director of Tiffany & Co. From April 1993 through June 2007, Mr. May served as President, Chief Operating Officer and a director of Triarc Companies, Inc., which during that period of time owned Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. and the Snapple Beverage Group, as well as other consumer and industrial businesses. Mr. May was President and Chief Operating Officer and a director of Triangle Industries, Inc. from 1983 until December 1988, the largest packaging company in the world and a Fortune 100 industrial company, when that company was acquired by Pechiney, S.A., a leading international metals and packaging company. Mr. May is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Mount Sinai Health System in New York, where he led the turnaround of this major academic health center from serious financial difficulties to what is today one of the most profitable and fastest growing academic medical centers in the United States. In addition, Mr. May is a Trustee of The University of Chicago and a Life Member of the Advisory Council of The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Mr. May is also the Vice Chairman of the New York Philharmonic, a Director of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, a Trustee of the New-York Historical Society and a partner of the Partnership for New York City, as well as the past Chairman of the UJA Federation’s “Operation Exodus” campaign, and an honorary member of the Board of Trustees of The 92nd Street Y. He is Chairman of the Board of The Leni and Peter May Family Foundation. Mr. May received Artium Baccalaureus and Masters in Business Administration degrees from The University of Chicago and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). Mr. May also holds an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University. He served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors from 1996-2016.
Eric Resnick is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of KSL Capital Partners, LLC (www.kslcapital.com), a leading private equity firm with $7.5 billion of equity capital ...READ MORE
Life TrusteeEric Resnick is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of KSL Capital Partners, LLC (www.kslcapital.com), a leading private equity firm with $7.5 billion of equity capital commitments raised since 2005, and a 20-year track record of making investments exclusively in travel and leisure businesses. He is actively involved in managing the fund’s business including fundraising, acquisitions, and asset management. Prior to KSL Capital Partners, he co-founded and was Chief Financial Officer of KSL Resorts, a resort management company that managed Grand Wailea Resort and Spa, Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, La Quinta Resort and Club, La Costa Resort and Spa, and the Hotel del Coronado. Prior to forming KSL Resorts, he was Chief Financial Officer of a predecessor company, KSL Recreation, an investment and operating company partnered with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR), joining the company in 2001. From 1996 to January, 2001 he was a senior executive with Vail Resorts, where he served as Vice President, Strategic Planning and Investor Relations, and Treasurer. Prior to Vail Resorts, he was a consultant with McKinsey and Company. Eric currently serves on the Board of Directors of U.S. Ski and Snowboard and is Vice President of the Board of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Foundation. He is also a Life Trustee of the Vail Valley Foundation (since 2008) and Vail Mountain School. Eric is a member of The Real Estate Roundtable and the University Council of Cornell University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in mathematics and economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Cornell University. He is married with three children and resides in Vail and Denver, Colorado.
Doug Rippeto is the founder and President of The Compass Group, a real estate investment company in Dallas, Texas. For the past four decades and ...READ MORE
Life TrusteeDoug Rippeto is the founder and President of The Compass Group, a real estate investment company in Dallas, Texas. For the past four decades and more, Compass has been primarily involved in the acquisition, structuring, sale and management of garden apartment properties. During that time, Compass organized more than 50 apartment partnerships, mostly in Texas and Oklahoma. Early in 2000, Doug became the lead investor with Juniper Investment Group, a Houston company founded by his oldest son, Jay, to purchase and manage apartment projects. Juniper currently has about 10,000 units in five states and Doug’s youngest son, Jeremy, is also a partner in Juniper. Doug served on the Board of Directors and Development Committee of the Vail Valley Foundation for 13 years (2004-2017). He currently is a Life Trustee. Doug also served for 12 years as Chairman of the Board for the Vail Valley Foundation’s Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. He served as Vice Chairman of Finance for the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head, raising $6 million for the construction of the new club. Doug is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization and is now a member of the Dallas chapter of World Pres Org. He has three grown children and six grandchildren.
Stanley S. Shuman is Senior Advisor to Allen & Company LLC, investment bankers, where he has been associated since 1961. He has served as a ...READ MORE
Life TrusteeStanley S. Shuman is Senior Advisor to Allen & Company LLC, investment bankers, where he has been associated since 1961. He has served as a director of numerous private and public companies including News Corporation for over 30 years. Mr. Shuman is also the Chairman of the Advisory Committee and a Member of the Board of Advisors of Palamon Capital Partners, a London-based pan-European private equity fund. Mr. Shuman is a Trustee of The Markle Foundation; a Trustee of Carnegie Hall; a Life Trustee of Thirteen/WNET; Chairman of The Marc Haas Foundation; Trustee Emeritus of The National Public Radio Foundation; and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and The Economic Club of New York. Appointed by President Clinton in 1995, Mr. Shuman served on the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB) until 2001. From 1977 to 1997 he was a member of the (Emergency) Financial Control Board for New York City. Mr. Shuman is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Business School. He is also Trustee Emeritus of Phillips Academy, Andover. He has served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors since 1998.
Stew Turley retired as chairman of Eckerd Corporation in 1997, where he had worked since 1966, including serving as president and chief executive officer beginning ...READ MORE
Life TrusteeStew Turley retired as chairman of Eckerd Corporation in 1997, where he had worked since 1966, including serving as president and chief executive officer beginning in 1974. Before joining Eckerd Corporation, Stew worked at Crown, Cork, & Seal Company, a top worldwide producer of consumer packaging. Stew has served on several corporate boards, including Barnett Bank of Florida, Sprint Corporation, Springs Industries, Inc., MarineMax, Inc. and WCI Communities. Stew also serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Vail Valley Foundation where he served from 2001-2018, as well as the Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc. and the US Ski Team Foundation. Stew is a member of the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Corporate Leadership Award from the National Council on Aging. He also received the Robert B. Begley Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from Florida A&M University and Webber College. Stew is a graduate of the University of Kentucky-Lexington and Rollins College. He and his wife Linda live in Clearwater, Florida, and Beaver Creek. They have four grown daughters and eight grandchildren.
In 1981, several visionaries including President Gerald R. Ford initiated the idea of creating a foundation in the Vail Valley as a way to unify the volunteer spirit and ‘big-idea’ mentality that helped the valley mark its place on the international map. Ever since, the Vail Valley Foundation (“VVF”) has been a significant part of what makes Eagle County such a special place, and an integral aspect of life in our valley providing arts, culture, sport and education, and showcasing our important work done locally to a global audience. We wish to continue our charitable work with our donors, strategic partners and other stakeholders to raise and deploy funds for the benefit of the people who visit and live here. Our strategic plan helps ensure that by 2022, the VVF is positioned for vibrant and sustainable execution of our mission and visions in Eagle County through the coming decades.
Our strategic plan covers all projects, events, programs and venues of the VVF and is organized into four areas: Arts & Culture, Athletics, Education and Organizational Excellence. Each of these areas has an overarching goal and objective, which is implemented by a variety of strategies and tactics. We wish to express our sincere thanks to our staff and board for their time, insights and efforts in creating this plan.