The first time I drove over the hill in 1974 I thought if God doesn't live here He should, and I need to. It was the plan that my wife Suzie and I would eventually retire to Estes Park. We purchased a small one-bedroom condo in 1982 in preparation for that eventuality some day.
In 1991 we made the plunge. We purchased a home and moved to Estes Park full time. Suzie left her teaching career in Nebraska, and began searching for a job in the Estes Park area and I took a job with a local bank. She eventually took a teaching job in Fort Collins, and the following year I joined her. I taught for three years in Fort Collins, and one year in Estes Park before starting the Estes Park Team Realty Office. Suzie taught four years in Fort Collins and four years in Estes Park before purchasing and managing the Hallmark store in Estes Park.
Our story is not much different than that of many of the residents that now call themselves "Locals". The entrepreneurial spirit has always been alive in me. My lemonade stand graduated to a paper route. I was the carry-out boy at the local grocery store, and ran the movie projectors on Saturday nights at the local theatre. Stacking hay, moving irrigation pipe and setting tubes kept me busy in the summer time.
I taught school for twelve years in Nebraska after receiving my BA in Education from Kearney State College. I was in the horse business raising training breeding and racing Quarter Horses for ten years. I was a licensed Farrier in Kansas and Nebraska for ten years as well.
I owned and managed my own travel agency in Nebraska. I worked in management both for Eaton Corporation and Wal-Mart prior to moving to Estes Park.
I have an MBA from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with an emphasis on Marketing.
After working with another real estate firm in Estes Park for two years. Steve Engelking and I started Estes Park Team Realty in 1995. We founded the company on honesty, ethics, and hard work. It is no surprise that the company rapidly became the most successful real estate office in the area. We remodeled and expanded our main facility two years after opening. Four short years later, we expanded into our second location for the benefit of our customers.
Estes Park Team Realty has had over 100 years of combined experience in the Estes Valley with Estes Park Real Estate. We would like to thank our past and future customers for our success.