MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – The Telluride Mountain Village Owner’s Association will fill two open seats on its Board of Directors in its 2013 annual election. Election ballots will be mailed out to TMVOA members on Nov. 25, and are due back Monday, Dec. 23 by 5 p.m. TMVOA will announce the results at its annual members meeting on Monday, Dec. 30, at 4 p.m.
Five candidates have applied for the Residential Director seat, and one for the Lodging Director seat. Even though the lodging seat is uncontested with only one member running, a quorum of more than 20 percent of the total votes from Class B members is needed.
The following profiles of candidates for election to the TMVOA Board of Directors were provided by TMVOA and were lightly edited by The Watch for length and style.
TMVOA Board Election Candidate Profiles
Class A - Residential
Jon Dwight has been a Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association boardmember since December 2011, holding one of the Class A Residential seats. Dwight says he now understands TMVOA and is able to be an effective contributor to the leadership of the organization. For the past two years, Dwight has developed a vision for TMVOA that he would like to see through by serving a second term, broken down into three components: 1) Representing the Mountain Village property owners, acting as their voice within the community and provide the desired amenities; 2) Managing a transportation system that includes the gondola and now Dial-A-Ride; and 3) Economic development to improve the vitality and sustainability of Mountain Village. Dwight believes that the success of TMVOA is critical to property values, economic growth, Mountain Village core vitality and the overall experience of living, working and playing in our resort community. Dwight, a full-time resident since 2002, has worked in the Village core since that time. He built his personal residence on Adams Ranch Road in 2007, and owns commercial real estate in the Franz Klammer building. Dwight is an owner and managing director of Telluride Real Estate Corp., and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Telluride Regional Airport Authority.
Brian “Bingo” Eaton was raised in Arizona and became captivated by Colorado while attending the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. After graduation, Eaton spent five years on active duty flying in Europe and the US. While stationed in Spain, he performed graduate studies working toward a master’s degree in public administration. In 1978 Eaton began working for Delta Air Lines, and retired in 2006. Eaton became enamored with our valley upon first visiting during the winter of 1975. He returned again to ski in 1986 remembering the beauty, the lack of lift lines, and the ability to have a ski-in-ski-out property. Eaton built a home in Mountain Village in 1991 near Lift 10. In 1994 he was appointed as the town’s first representative to the TRAA (Airport Board), and served in that role until 2012.
Eaton has skied at many European resorts and knows how lucky we are to be living here and thinks we all know that we live in a unique, remote, winter/summer resort area that is unmatched anywhere on this continent.
Richard Hetzel and his wife have been coming to Mountain Village since the mid 90s when he purchased a membership in the Franz Klammer, where he still has a three-bedroom unit. In February 2012 they purchased a condo at the Granita and in September 2013 they purchased a home in Knoll Estates.
Hetzel graduated from the University of Minnesota and served in the Army Reserve for six years. After graduating, he began working in group sales at a major Midwestern insurance company. He believes that his work experience combined with his good education would be very beneficial to TMVOA.
Hetzel is very familiar with the Mountain Village merchants as well as many of the business suppliers and the residential owners in Mountain Village and he feels that he can represent them well. Hetzel says he is a good listener and that he knows we are in a special place, which he wants to preserve and improve upon.
Brian Kanaga is a Colorado native with a B.A. in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University and a M.S. in economics from Princeton University. Kanaga has 20 years of experience in the finance industry as both a quantitative researcher at Susquehanna Investment Group and as a Director in the Quantitative Trading Group at Credit Suisse.
Kanaga’s background in both theoretical research and applied finance should help guide community development, and he says he would be an effective advocate for the residential property owners.
Kanaga is currently a private investor residing full-time in Mountain Village with his wife, Susanne Connolly, a commercial real estate attorney.
Marla Meridith grew up on Long Island, attended Syracuse University and lived in New York City after graduation. Meridith met her husband Ross in New York, and moved to Orange County, Calif., in 1997, where she spend many years working freelance for the Disney Stores. With the economic changes and through personal exploration, Meridith found the wonderful world of social media and she has a strong voice in the food, travel and lifestyle world. Through her blog she has become an excellent promoter of Mountain Village.. Meridith’s job affords her great freedom and flexibility and plenty of time to enjoy our mountains. Meridith has been visiting Telluride since 2003, and the first few years were spent at the San Sophia, and then she and her husband with two small children in tow and purchased a deed at the Franz Klammer Lodge. One deed turned into three interests, allowing Meridith and her family to visit often, and for longer periods of time. They moved from Orange County to Mountain Village in January.
Class B: Lodging
Noel Daniel moved to Colorado in 1986, shortly after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, having earned a degree in business, planning planned to ski for a season or two. Twenty-five-plus years later, Daniel finds herself an active participant in the local decision-making process to help create a self sustaining resort community that allows for the growth of business without compromising the unique and beautiful community we have grown to love and value.
Daniel’s background includes opening and operating luxury hotels in Vail, Taos and Telluride. Locally,
Daniel has served as the general manager of the Hotel Madeline, the Inn at Lost Creek and the Peaks Resort and Spa. She has also been on the HOA boards of the Hotel Madeline Residences, See Forever at the Peaks and the Penthouses at the Peaks.