VAIL — The Vail Valley Foundation will maintain its community-based perspective moving forward as the nonprofit organization’s current board of directors has approved the addition of a trio of new local members to its governing board.
The list of new board members includes Jenn Bruno, Johannes Faessler and Brian Nolan, bringing the total of active members to 45.
“The Vail Valley Foundation’s board of directors represents a diverse and extremely dedicated group of individuals that care deeply about the future of this valley,” said Harry Frampton, foundation chairman. “These new additions will help ensure that the direction we provide for the organization remains vibrant and dynamic, especially as we head into the 2015 World Championships, while continuing to grow all of our arts, athletic and educational initiatives.”
Originally from New York, Bruno moved to Vail in 1993 after graduating from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. She worked at the Colorado Ski Museum before moving to Eclipse Sports Marketing and Television as director of hospitality for the Jeep King of the Mountain Ski and Snowboard Races.
In 2002 she opened a clothing store with her husband, Luca Bruno. The couple now own two stores in Vail Village, DUE Luca Bruno and Luca Bruno Italy, both specializing in Italian fashion.
She is an active volunteer within the Vail community, organizing fundraisers for many local groups and currently serving as chair of the town of Vail’s Commission on Special Events. Bruno also serves on the Bravo! Vail board of trustees.
A fourth-generation hotelier from Bavaria, Faessler continues his family’s long-standing tradition in the hospitality industry, dating back over 90 years, when his great grandparents purchased and refurbished a simple ranch house in Germany’s Allgau Alps.
A graduate of the University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management, Faessler moved to Vail in 1985 and took over as general manager and vice president of the Sonnenalp Hotel operations. A self-proclaimed jack of all trades, he assumed a hands-on approach to running the hotel, working in all areas of operation, including banquets, parking and housekeeping. Today, the Sonnenalp is part of “The Leading Hotels of the World”.
Faessler serves on the board of directors for the Vail Valley Medical Center and the board of governors for the Vail Valley Partnership. Additionally, the Faessler family started the Sonnenalp of Vail Foundation, which focuses its efforts on charitable endeavors in the medical, educational and human services fields, with particular focus on the needs of children and families in the greater Eagle Valley community.
More than 24 years after moving to the Vail Valley, Brian Nolan owns and operates the successful Group 970 Restaurants management company, with five locations spread throughout the valley
In addition to his business endeavors, Nolan has taken his dedication to the community a step further, currently serving as president of the Beaver Creek Merchant Association, while also serving as a board member of the Beaver Creek Resort Co., Vail Economic Advisory Council and the Eagle County Board of Education.