Meet the Team

Meet the Team

20 Chris Esch

Chris Esch-Vice President of Group Sales, Sales and Reservations Agent

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.

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29 Jenny Carlson

Jenny Carlson-Vice President of Sales, Sales and Reservations Agent

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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30 Liza TanguayLiza Tanguay-Sales and Reservations Agent

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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 31 Sam BurgessSam Burgess- Sales and Reservations Agent Shane Hart

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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Shane Hart- Sales and Reservations Agent

Shane graduated high school on the Front Range at Cherry Creek High School. He has degrees in Business Administration and Recreations with an emphasis in Hotel and Resort Management from Western State College. He also minored in skiing. He pursued a carrier in real estate in Denver for 10+ years. In 2014, after battling the traffic to get to work as well as to go skiing, he decided to move to the mountains, and work where he plays! Now he enjoys skiing, hiking, biking, and wilderness out his front door, and he doesn't see an end to his amazing relationship with Telluride. 


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