The summer of her senior year at the University of Kansas, Suzi and her roommate left on a whim and headed west toward Vail, a wonderland about which they heard so much. Hundreds of miles and two speeding tickets into their journey, the women drove over the Vail Pass and into view came a sight Suzi will never forget: waterfalls, lush green mountainsides, snow-capped mountains, and the rush of Gore Creek. "I was awestruck. I didn't know what to expect, but I surely didn't expect anything so spectacular. At that moment, I knew I'd live in Vail for the rest of my life."
In the years since that first trek over the Vail Pass, Suzi has met many with similar stories. It seems all who come here are touched by the spectacular natural beauty and the warm community atmosphere that permeates Vail. Everyone has a story to tell, a vision to share. For Suzi, the real glory lies in the fact that she has a role in helping people capture the spirit of this area.
As a real estate professional and the visionary founder of Gateway Land & Development, Suzi has the opportunity to bring Vail home to those who have been touched by its gifts.
It should come as no surprise that Suzi's kids, Ashley and Aubrie, and two grandsons, Summit and Shep, are an integral part of her own Vail experience. Time spent skiing the local slopes or hiking the mountains in her backyard re-energizes Suzi and reminds her of the special things that make her life here so special.
What really excites Suzi is the relaxed yet exhilarating atmosphere of the Vail Valley. Each day it is her goal to make Gateway Land & Development a realty company that responds to the specific needs and goals of its clientele. "I don't believe in pushing our clients into some predetermined mold or forcing them onto a path of least resistance. That's just not the way we do things in the Vail Valley. The first step we take here is listen. I think that we can help our clients achieve their goals best when we hear what they want- what would really be a dream come true for them."
That, in a nutshell, is the spirit of Vail.