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. 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.