THE DENVER POST NAMES EAST WEST PARTNERS AND FAMILY OF COMPANIES AS
NO. 1 LARGE COMPANY IN THE COLORADO 2019 TOP WORKPLACES AWARDS
CEO Chris Frampton, CEO of East West Partners, and the Family of Companies Comprised of East West Partners, Slifer Smith & Frampton and East West Hospitality, Earn Top Honors in Annual Workplace Recognition Program
(DENVER, Colo.) – May 7, 2019 – East West Partners, a Colorado-based developer devoted to building, selling, and managing high-quality real estate, announced today it has been ranked No. 1 Large Company on the list of 2019 Top Workplaces awarded by The Denver Post. East West Partners is a family of companies that includes: East West Partners, Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate and East West Hospitality. In addition, East West Partners CEO Chris Frampton was named Top Large Company Leader for his leadership. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few. A total of 150 organizations in the categories of large, medium and small were recognized.
“I am tremendously proud that the culture we have built at East West Partners over the last 30 years has resulted in this prestigious award,” said Chris Frampton, CEO of East West Partners. “While this recognition stems from the feedback of the employees of our Colorado family of companies, we have East West Partners employees all over the country, all of whom are integral to the East West Partners family.”
In the Roaring Fork Valley, through a joint venture with KSL Capital Partners and Aspen Skiing Company, East West Partners recently acquired the Snowmass Base Village Project, a $600 million village which opened in December 2018, featuring the new Limelight Hotel Snowmass and ski-in/ski-out residences, plaza with ice rink and summer activities lawn, new shopping and dining experiences including Mawa’s Crepe Shack and Sweet ColoraDough Bar, and The Collective Snowmass, a community building with family-centered programming and mix6, a new restaurant and bar opening this winter.
“East West Partners is an incredible company to work for and the corporate culture is felt in every corner of the company, whether you are in Colorado, Deer Valley or South Carolina,” said Andy Gunion, managing partner of East West Partners overseeing Snowmass Base Village. “We are one team, with a shared passion for giving back to our employees, our communities and the environment.”
A few weeks ago, East West Partners’ Slifer Smith & Frampton expanded into the Roaring Fork Valley with the acquisition of Palladium Properties, a boutique and independent luxury property brokerage firm based in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. The joining of forces is poised to create a powerful real estate company with international resources and reach, yet locally owned and dedicated to the communities it serves.
East West Partners has long recognized the competitive advantage of creating a positive corporate culture and nurturing employees. The company strives to create the best possible experience for residential owners, resort community guests and retail and commercial customers and the only way to deliver on this promise is to cultivate talented, caring, service-oriented employees who are committed to the company’s core values and mission.
This is the eighth annual Denver Post Top Workplaces program and East West Partners’ first time participating.
About East West Partners
East West Partners is devoted to building, selling, managing and supporting high-quality real estate and life experiences with a focus on innovation, sustainability, and community. Since 1986, the firm has developed and sold over $7 billion of residential and commercial real estate across the country. East West Partners is one of only two companies to have received three Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence for their projects – Beaver Creek Village in Beaver Creek, Colo.; and Union Station Neighborhood and Riverfront Park, both in Denver. For more information on East West Partners, visit www.ewpartners.com.
About Slifer Smith & Frampton
As the No. 1 real estate company in the Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone, Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate (SSF) has been a pillar of these communities for nearly 60 years. Today, SSF has expanded their reach to Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley with over 220 Brokers, with more than 90 team members supporting them including support staff, licensed assistants, branch brokers, marketing and online media specialists, technical support staff, and in-house closing experts. Through SSF’s affiliation with Luxury Portfolio International & Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, the firm is able to be locally based while having a global reach, which ultimately enables SSF to be a highly competitive option for buyers and seller in the resort and mountain real estate market. SSF has 27 offices located throughout the Vail Valley, Summit County and now Roaring Fork Valley. For more information on Slifer, Smith, and Frampton, please visit www.vailrealestate.com
About East West Hospitality
East West Hospitality oversees over $2 billion in managed assets including residential and commercial properties, vacation rental programs, retail and food and beverage operations, resort hotels and homeowner associations with an expert team of more than 1,300 employees. Led by CEO, Colleen Weiss-Hanen, East West Hospitality strives to be the most trusted hospitality services company and employer of choice built on genuine and enduring relationships. It is the mission of East West Hospitality to be the leader in hospitality services by being transparent, collaborative, and simplifying the complex. We believe in doing the right thing for each other, our community, our environment, and those we serve. We make this happen by creating value and sharing our passion for hospitality in the places where we live, work and thrive. East West Hospitality is based in Avon, Colorado and operates in Vail, Beaver Creek, Snowmass and Denver, Colorado; Park City, Utah; Lake Tahoe, California; Charleston, South Carolina; Mauna Kea, Hawaii. For more information on East West Hospitality, please visit www.eastwest.com
Pictured Left to Right: Tyler Stonum; Johnny Pfeiffer, President and Employing Broker of Slifer Smith & Frampton; Kristin Tootle, Director of Marketing of East West Partners; Harry Frampton Founder, Chairman; Susan Frampton; Jean Shearon, CFO of East West Partners; Yvette Frampton; Chris Frampton, CEO of East West Partners; Amy Cara, Managing Partner of East West Partners; and, David Booth General Manager of East West Urban Management
On International Women’s Day, Meetings Today magazine recognized the steadfast management and leadership of women within our industry.
The female leaders highlighted in this article have proven their presence as a positive force within their high level roles and trusted authority. Out of the four dedicated influencers highlighted, one of our very own was acknowledged.
Congratulations to Kristen Pryor, General Manager of our Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Avon, Colorado on receiving such accolades!
As noted in the article, Kristen had spear headed and launched a healthcare provider partnership between four Vail Valley healthcare providers. This makes possible the availability of a variety of benefits to patients. What an incredible step.
We are proud to have Kristen leading our East West Team at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, as well as her influential presence reaching throughout the company. Pryor’s constructive impact is respected and appreciated.
Check out this article to learn more about what the Westin’s program includes, thanks to Kristen and her team at the Westin.
East West Hospitality awarded management contract for residences at Hawai’i’s Mauna Kea Resort
Steve Dowling promoted to General Manager overseeing 35 luxurious residences and 85 homecare residences
Vail, CO. (July 24, 2018) – East West Hospitality is pleased to announce its management engagement with Mauna Kea Resort on the Island of Hawai’i, Hawai’i.
In partnership with Prince Resorts Hawaii, East West Hospitality will lead Mauna Kea Resort’s property management division, which is being rebranded as the Mauna Kea Residences.
Located on the Kohala Coast of the “Big Island,” the iconic Mauna Kea Resort is comprised of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel – an Autograph Collection by Marriott, The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort and two championship golf courses. Originally opened in 1965, the Mauna Kea Resort is owned by Japan’s Seibu Holdings.
Mauna Kea Residences currently manages 35 residences within Mauna Kea Resort along with an additional 85 residences in the homecare program. The luxurious residences range from 2 to 7-bedroom condos, townhomes and estates, many offering private pools, lanai spaces for outdoor relaxation and panoramic ocean, golf course and mountain views.
Owner and guest amenities include exclusive access to two pristine Big Island beaches, two stunning pools, the award-winning seaside tennis club, two fitness centers, two golf courses and several exceptional restaurants as well as The Mauna Kea Spa by Mandara, which offers a combination of Balinese and Hawaii-inspired therapies.
To lead the Mauna Kea Residences, East West Hospitality has promoted Steve Dowling to serve as the Director of Property Management Services & General Manager. Dowling previously served as General Manager for the Canyons Grand Summit Owners Association in Park City, Utah.
For more information on the Mauna Kea Residences, please visit www.maunakearesortrentals.com.
Based in Colorado, East West Hospitality has more than 30 years of success in real estate and property and association management. The company currently manages 85 homeowner associations for more than 15,000 individual owners and operates in Vail, Beaver Creek and Snowmass Village in Colorado, Lake Tahoe, California, Park City, Utah and Charleston, South Carolina, along with Hawaii. With more than $2 billion in assets under management, East West Hospitality prides itself on offering optimal results for owners and genuine hospitality with hotel-like services in vacation rentals.
For more information on East West Hospitality, please visit www.eastwesthospitality.com.
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Colorado’s East West rolling out 4-week
Sabbatical Leave program to long-term employees
Vail, CO. (April 3, 2018) – Colorado’s East West family of companies – which includes East West Hospitality, East West Partners, Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, Eye Pieces and Resort Delivery – is excited to be rolling out a Sabbatical Leave Program open to all full-time employees who have been with the company for at least 10 years.
Open to both hourly and salaried employees, the Sabbatical Program features four continuous weeks of Paid Sabbatical Leave, in additional to the employee’s current paid vacation time.
East West currently has more than 1,300 employees nationwide; more than 125 employees are currently eligible for this program.
“We believe this program will allow our team members to thrive in both their personal and professional lives,” said Harry Frampton, Chairman and Founding Partner at East West. “We want our employees to take time to do what feeds their soul – whether that’s spending time with their families, taking that long-awaited excursion, volunteering in the community or learning a new skill. This time is meant to be spent on their personal well-being and achieving personal goals so they return rejuvenated, refreshed and re-energized.”
Employees will be eligible for another Sabbatical seven year after their previous Sabbatical ends.
In 2017, East West raised its starting minimum wage to $15 per hour for all hourly employees in most markets, well in excess of Colorado’s current minimum wage of $10.20 per hour.
“We believe in treating our employees as our most important asset and that this Sabbatical program, combined with our generous benefits programs and recent minimum wage adjustment, round out our intention to deliver on that promise,” said Frampton.
“Creating an employment experience centered on work-life balance is at the center of our culture.”
East West has developed and sold more than $10 billion of real estate since it was founded in Beaver Creek in 1986.
East West Partners is devoted to building, selling, managing, and supporting high-quality real estate and life experiences. Current projects include the Union Station Neighborhood and Riverfront Park in downtown Denver
East West Hospitality offers a variety of luxury mountain lodging in Colorado’s Vail, Beaver Creek and Snowmass Village along with Lake Tahoe, California. The company currently manages 85 homeowner associations for more than 15,000 individual owners. With more than $2 billion in assets under management, the company prides itself on offering genuine hospitality with hotel-like services in vacation residences.
East West Hospitality recently began managing the Solaris Residences, a 22-unit luxury property, Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa and the Lodge Tower, all located the heart of the Vail Village. The company also holds the property management contract for The Lion, a new Vail luxury residential development which opened in June 2017.
East West Hospitality also owns Eye Pieces of Vail, which features five boutique locations across the Vail Valley offering the world’s finest glasses, sunglasses, and goggles, and Resort Delivery, a convenient grocery delivery service available at six ski resorts, five private communities and over 75 lodging properties in Colorado as well manages Edwards Station, a Gas Station, Convenience Store and Car Wash located in Edwards.
Slifer Smith & Frampton is a leading boutique real estate firm with brokers in Colorado’s Vail Valley, Summit County and Denver.
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East West Hospitality named “Business of the Year” by the Vail Valley Partnership
This 15th annual event recognizes Eagle County businesses that have excelled over the past year and acknowledges their hard work and dedication as the best in the Vail Valley.
Every day, the EWH team provides genuine hospitality to guests and fellow employees while providing optimal results to property owners. It is a local and collaborative approach with a far reach that supports this honor and award.
Major EWH initiatives for 2017 included:
- EWH implemented a starting minimum wage to $15 per hour for all hourly employees, well in excess of Colorado’s minimum of $10.20 per hour. This move positively impacted more than 300 employees in the Vail Valley.
- EWH added the Solaris Residences, Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa and Lodge Tower to its Vail luxury portfolio.
- EWH was awarded the management contract for The Lion, Vail’s newest luxury residential development that opened in June 2017.
“We are thrilled to earn this important recognition from the Vail Valley Partnership,” said EWH President & CEO Colleen Weiss-Hanen. “What truly sets East West Hospitality apart is the dedication of our more than 1,400 associates to providing genuine hospitality to our homeowners and guests.”
Strong community involvement has long been an important value for EWH. The company supported several Vail Valley non-profits in 2017, including:
- EWH worked with the Cycle Effect to create and fund a college scholarship program for the program that uses mountain biking, education and mentoring to build self-esteem and improve fitness for at-risk young women.
- More than 700 EWH employees are personally involved with more than 70 Vail Valley community organizations, including the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, the Education Foundation of Eagle County, Vail Valley Foundation, the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the Vail Rotary, the Bright Future Foundation, Pink Vail, Walking Mountains Science Center, Roundup River Ranch and Bravo Vail!
EWH is dedicated to supporting the health & wellness of its employees through the Mountains of Wellness initiative, which includes a comprehensive program of Quarterly Wellness Trainings, Monthly Lunch & Learns, Weekly Manager Tips, Weekly Health Tips, and Weekly Recipes.
EWH employees who participate in the company-sponsored health insurance have access to the Viverae Health Management System, which includes on-site biometric health screenings and assessments annually. This initiative has resulted in consistent improvement in employee overall health scores.
EWH has been long-committed to being an environmental leader. A number of its managed properties – including The Ascent, Eagle Point, Eye Pieces, Falcon Point, Highlands Lodge, Poste Montane Lodge, Vail Spa and The Wren – have been certified by the Vail Valley’s Actively Green program, a partnership with the global non-profit Sustainable Travel. EWH is an ongoing sponsor of the Walking Mountains Sustainable Film Series.
Additionally, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment has honored EWH and Eagle Point, Falcon Point, Vail Spa Condominiums, Poste Montane Lodge and The Wren at Vail as Gold Leaders and The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa as Bronze Achiever.
New for 2018, the company recently launched a Sabbatical Leave Program for all full-time employees who have been the company for 10 years. It features 4 continuous weeks of Paid Sabbatical Leave in addition to the employee’s current paid vacation time with eligibility for another Sabbatical 7 years later.
Based in Colorado, East West Hospitality has more than 30 years of success in a diversity of businesses including association, rental and property management, hotels, spas, fitness, restaurants, and retail operations. EWH actively manages over 85 Homeowner Associations and more than 2,500 units with over 1,300 employees in Colorado, Utah, South Carolina, California, and Hawaii. EWH is honored to provide a comprehensive collection of condominiums, townhouses, luxury homes, and hotels within its vacation rental program. With more than $2 billion in assets under management, East West Hospitality prides itself on offering optimal results for owners and genuine hospitality to our guests and employees.
For more information, please visit www.eastwesthospitality.com.
Luxury accommodations in the heart of Colorado’s Vail Village offer lavish Studio – 4-bedroom mountain residences, helpful Personal Assistants, slopeside ski storage, pool, spa & more
VAIL, Colo. (March 5, 2018) – Solaris Residences – luxury accommodations in the heart of Colorado’s Vail Village – is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Four-Star ranking for 2018 by the Forbes Travel Guide.
Forbes calls Solaris a “haven for skiers” in a “brilliant Vail Village location,” describing the property as “everything you could desire when it comes to amenities. Take a dip in the indoor pool and hot tub, indulge in a massage in one of the three spa treatment rooms with soaking tubs.” With a fitness center, valet parking and heated underground parking, “the Solaris Residences makes a Vail ski escapade easy.”
Located in the heart of the Vail Village, Solaris offers spacious accommodations ranging from Studios to lavish four-bedroom plus den residences, adorned with floor-to-ceiling mountain views, stone fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen, hardwood and hand-hewn stone floors, cherry finishes; expansive baths; climate-controlled wine storage and more.
Solaris residents and guests enjoy complimentary slopeside ski storage at Gondola One and private Vail-area shuttle service by Cadillac Escalade.
Solaris offers all guests the opportunity to fully customize their vacation experience with its unique Personal Assistants program. More than a concierge, Solaris’ Personal Assistants are ready to make each and every guests’ stay a spectacular one, by not only proactively contacting guests prior to arrival to take care of simple tasks such as pre-arrival grocery shopping, dinner reservations and arranging local childcare, but also to determine what would make their stays truly special and memorable, and delivering those unique amenities or experiences to each guest.
The Shops at Solaris offer guests incredible access to exemplary cuisine, including the world-renowned Matsuhisa restaurant by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Solaris is also home to Böl, a lively bowling alley and full-service restaurant & bar serving casual fare and CinéBistro, Vail’s only high-end movie theater. Other outlets include several fine art galleries, Betteridge Jewelers, the Alaska Fur Gallery, Luca Bruno, Skipper & Scout, Gray Salt, Formation, Tommy Bowers Ski, North Face, Mountain Cupcakes and Vail Brewing Company.
In the winter months, families can enjoy the 6,000 sq. ft. outdoor ice skating arena at Solaris; in the summer – the vibrant public plaza hosts numerous festivals, concerts and cultural events, including the Vail Farmers’ Market, Taste of Vail and the GoPro Mountain Games.
Solaris Residences are managed by East West Destination Hospitality, the authority in providing luxury mountain lodging, with Colorado destinations including Vail, Beaver Creek, and Snowmass Village and Lake Tahoe, California. By offering genuine hospitality with hotel-like services in vacation residences, East West Destination Hospitality excels at creating enduring relationships with travelers that are passionate about the mountain lifestyle.
For more information or to book your Solaris stay, please visit www.solarisvail.com or call 970-476-9000.
East West Destination Hospitality is pleased to announce that Tom Puntel is now serving as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at the growing company, which manages more than $2.5 billion in vacation rental assets at mountain resorts in Colorado and California.
A seasoned hospitality sales executive with more than 25 years of experience, Puntel spent the last 13 years with Hyatt Hotels, most recently serving as the Director of Sales, Marketing & Events at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. Puntel also held property level and regional level sales leadership roles with Starwood Hotels & Resorts and the Intercontinental Group in both Denver and Chicago.
A graduate of Purdue University, Puntel will be responsible for building a comprehensive sales and marketing strategy for East West Destination Hospitality, which manages properties in Beaver Creek, Vail and Snowmass in Colorado and in Lake Tahoe, California, including Vail Spa, which completed more than $10 million in upgrades last winter, and the newest luxury property in the Vail Village, the Lion.
“This newly created position for the organization is based on the growing interest that we are seeing from property owners to drive value and from vacation renters to experience unique services in the amazing mountain resorts where we do business,” said Colleen Weiss-Hanen, Chief Financial Officer and Managing Partner for East West Destination Hospitality.
East West Destination Hospitality currently manages 80 homeowner associations for more than 13,000 individual owners. Named Colorado’s “Best Property Management Company” by ColoradoBIZ Magazine, the company prides itself on providing expertise in real estate and property management and the highest levels of customer service.
For more information, please visit www.eastwestdestinationhospitality.com or call 970.763.7126.
East West Destination Hospitality is now offering luxury vacation lodging at the Vail Valley’s hottest new high-end property, the Lion.
Developed and owned by Grupo Pegaso, the Lion offers a variety of lavish “alpine modern” residences ranging from 1- to 5-bedrooms, all with opulent finishes and spacious balconies, plus three levels of underground parking and an amazing location in the heart of Lionshead. Summer rates start at $259 per night for a studio residence.
Amenities at the Lion include a huge outdoor salt-water hot tub, an indoor infinite current lap pool and salt-water hot tub, a fitness center with steam room and an entertainment room. Located less than 350 yards from Vail’s Eagle Bahn Gondola, the Lion offers Ski Valet service and oversized ski lockers with boot dryers to their winter guests.
East West Destination Hospitality’s newly established Vail Mountain Lodging division is overseeing the rental residences. Vail Mountain Lodging currently encompasses several unique luxury homes and Vail properties in addition to the Lion: Vail Spa, the Wren at Vail and Eagle Point Resort round out the collection.
“We are thrilled to offer exclusive access to the newest luxury residential development in the Vail Valley this summer,” said East West Destination Hospitality Managing Partner Peter Dann. “Guests can enjoy a fantastic vacation with the best amenities and the highest levels of service in the heart of Vail.”
Last winter, East West Destination Hospitality oversaw $10 million in upgrades to the Vail Spa Condominiums, another East West managed property, which is located next door to the Lion.
Named Colorado’s “Best Property Management” company for 2016 by ColoradoBIZ Magazine, East West Destination Hospitality currently manages 65 homeowner associations for more than 13,000 individual owners. With more than $1.2 billion in assets under management, the company prides itself on providing expertise in real estate and property management and the highest levels of customer service.
For more information, please visit www.eastwestdestinationhospitality.com or call 970.763.7126.
East West Destination Hospitality hires Kris McKinnon to serve as Director of Sales for Vail & Beaver Creek
East West Destination Hospitality is pleased to announce that it has hired Kris McKinnon to serve as the Director of Sales for its Vail Mountain Lodging and Beaver Creek Mountain Lodging divisions.
A veteran sales executive with more than 20 years of mountain travel industry experience, McKinnon joins East West Destination Hospitality after spending more than a decade at SKI.com, where she most recently served as the Vice President of Sales and Business Development. A graduate of Colorado Mountain College, she spent nearly 10 years as a ski instructor & manager for Aspen Skiing Company before moving into sales, where she rose to the position of Managing Director of Worldwide Sales. McKinnon is the most recent Past President of the Board of Directors for SkiTops, the official Ski Tour Operators Association.
“Kris is a seasoned ski industry sales executive who has proven her expertise in leading sales teams, increasing revenues and strategic planning,” said East West Destination Hospitality Managing Partner Peter Dann. “We are thrilled to have her taking charge of our luxury vacation sales efforts in Vail and Beaver Creek as we ramp up for another busy ski season.”
In addition to managing sales for over 250 condominiums, townhomes and private homes in Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch, McKinnon will manage the reservations sales team for Vail Mountain Lodging. Vail Mountain Lodging encompasses several unique luxury homes and Vail properties, including Vail Spa – which completed $10 million in upgrades last winter – the Wren at Vail, Eagle Point Resort. East West Destination Hospitality recently announced that it is also now offering luxury vacation lodging at the Vail Valley’s hottest new high-end property, the Lion.