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 someday living in this amazing place.
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. I took a job with a local bank. Suzie 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 Prudential Real Estate 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 irrigation tubes kept me busy in our Nebraska farming community.
I taught school for twelve years in Nebraska after receiving my BA in Education from Kearney State College. I later earned my MBA from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with an emphasis on Marketing.
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’m sure at this point in time you are saying – this guy can’t keep a job? I’ve always had more than one job at a time until getting into real estate. I have successfully been the Managing Broker for Team Realty for 25 years. Starting my career with another real estate firm in Estes Park for two years. Steve Engelking and I started Prudential Team Realty in 1995. We founded the company on honesty, ethics, and hard work and Technology. 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 from 1,200 square feet to 3,600 square feet. Four short years later, we expanded into our second location for the benefit of our customers and adding a third location a year later. Returning to our roots we now have the one location in Upper Stanley Village where we started. Bigger is not always better. We are here to serve you.