Chris Esch-Director Of Group Sales
Chris Esch graduated from the Telluride High School in 1996. After graduating, he went to Western State College in Gunnison Colorado and graduated with a degree in hospitality management in 2000. Chris returned to Telluride after college. He has been with the company since December 2006.
Jenny Carlson-Director of Sales
Jenny is originally from Gävle, Sweden and has a BBA, Marketing major. She also spent 2 semesters studying in Holland and Italy. She moved to Denver, Colorado in 2004 and from there to Telluride in 2005 where she now lives with her husband and puppy. Jenny has been in the lodging industry since 2005, joining Telluride Alpine Lodging in September 2007. She is well-versed with all of the lodging options that Telluride offers, as well as activities and dining in town. Jenny is an advanced and avid skier and likes to get up on the mountain as often as possible – Lift 9 and the powder fields on lower Gold Hill are her favorites! In the summer and fall months she enjoys hiking (favorites include the Jud Wiebe trail and Galloping Goose/Keystone Gorge trail), elk hunting, and running. Other interests are reading, boating, and traveling.
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Wes Hight-Director of Digital Marketing
Wes grew up in the small town of Henderson, North Carolina. After graduating from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, with a Business Management and Marketing degree, Wes ventured out West. He came out to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, fell in love, and never left. He has been with the company since September of 2013. In the winter, Wes enjoys skiing the deeps – Black Iron Bowl, Palmyra Peak, and "Local's Trees" are among his favorite powder stashes. In the summer, Wes spends his time fly fishing local rivers, playing golf at the Telluride Golf Club, camping at Alta Lakes, and avidly blogging about the Summer festival scene and numerous live music performances.
Liza Tanguay-Sales and Reservation/River Club Specialist
Liza first came to Telluride during Bluegrass (by accident) in ’94; months later she moved from a large western city, forsaking engineering in pursuit of a full-time ski-bum lifestyle with running rivers on the side. The original plan was to take 4-6 years off, but the lifestyle fit well. Now years later, she’s still alpine & cross-country skiing, and hiking desert & mountain trails with her husband & young daughter Ruby. With experience in ski rentals and sales, and over 12 years in the hotel & lodging business, she’s a solid resource for Telluride Vacation Planning for summer and winter seasons.
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Sam Burgess- Sales and Reservations
Sam Burgess grew up a foreign service brat overseas until he turned 11 years old, when the family moved to Dallas, TX. After high school, he went on to college at The University of Texas @ Austin, graduating in 1997 with a degree in Philosophy and History. He moved to Boulder, CO in 2002, in search of recreation, fresher air, nicer scenery, and to experience “actual seasons”. After visiting a friend in Telluride in 2007, he fell in love, and never left. Sam has been working in sales at Telluride Alpine Lodging since 2010.
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