Management firms merge

Mountain Resorts, Johnston Shipley Management join

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A pair of property management companies with strong positions at the venerable Storm Meadows Resort condominium complex have joined.

Mountain Resorts and the smaller Johnston Shipley Management have merged operations. However, for at least the balance of this ski season, outward changes will be minimal.

"For guests, very little will change," said John Shipley, who runs Johnston Shipley with his wife, Barb.

Mountain Resorts is one of the largest property management firms in Steamboat with 38 condominium associations and more than 1,375 condominiums, hotel rooms and private homes under contract. The company was founded in 1977 and is locally owned by Resort Group, whose president is Andy Van Baak.

"Steamboat has and will always be the only focus of Mountain Resorts," Van Baak said. "We live here and our only concern is building a company with the best interests of our community in mind."

Shipley said he and Van Baak both worked at another management company, Steamboat Resorts, at one time.

"Barb and John Shipley have been good friends and colleagues for many years," Van Baak said.

The Shipleys will head the management team at Storm Meadows Resort for the combined company.

"We didn't sell the company," John Shipley said. "We bring to Mountain Resorts the littlest management company in town, but I dare say we have one of the best reputations."

Shipley said he has a loyal group of longtime employees, but joining Mountain Resorts will provide a deeper staff to meet customer needs.

He anticipates that Mountain Resorts' size will aid his owners in numerous ways -- perhaps leveraging more favorable insurance rates, for example.

The Shipleys started their management company in 1987. The Storm Meadows units they manage offer ski-in, ski-out access. Johnston Shipley has contracts on more than 30 Storm Meadows units and 40 units nearby at The Ridge.

-- To reach Tom Ross call 871-4205

or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com

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