Ginn Company hires Vail Daily reporter
MINTURN – The Ginn Company has hired longtime local journalist Cliff Thompson to be the director of communications for its proposed private ski-and-golf resort south of Minturn.Thompson has worked as publisher, editor, writer and photographer in the Vail Valley since 1980. Most recently, Thompson has worked as a staff writer for the Vail Daily. His last day with the Daily is July 29.”Through two-and-a-half decades of living and working in Eagle County, I’ve begun to develop a solid understanding of what makes us tick as residents of this truly special place,” said Thompson, 52. “I believe The Ginn Company has those same core values at heart as it moves forward with its plans for Battle Mountain, and that’s what ultimately convinced me to pursue this change in career paths.”
Thompson will join The Ginn Company on Aug. 1.Thompson graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y. in 1975. He moved to Colorado in 1977 after a stint working in the Peace Corps in Nepal. He worked for two other newspapers before landing in the Vail Valley as a freelance writer and photographer in 1980.He founded the Avon-Beaver Creek Times in 1982, and later changed the name to the Vail Valley Times before selling it to Eagle Summit Publishing, owner of the Vail Daily at the time, in 1998. He then assumed management duties with Eagle Summit, including working as general manager of three weeklies and a daily. He also was publisher of the company’s Internet division.
“I’ve done most everything there is to do in the world of newspaper publishing,” said Thompson, an avid wheelchair endurance athlete, fly fisherman and woodworker who lives in Edwards. “It was time for a new challenge, and Bobby Ginn and his company offered me an exciting new direction working for a project I truly believe in – one that will positively transform Minturn into a dynamic, successful and diverse community.”The Ginn Company is seeking annexation by Minturn of its approximately 5,300 acres stretching southeast to Red Cliff. Plans call for about 700 homes, condominiums and a hotel next to a ski area. Another approximately 600 homes, comprised of a mix of condominiums, townhouses and single-family residences, will be built west of Highway 24 around Bolts Lake.A portion of the property also will include an 18-hole golf course, an indoor/outdoor water park and a small amount of retail space.
“Cliff has been witness to many projects proposed and built in this area in the last 25 years and so the institutional knowledge that he brings to the table is invaluable,” said Bill Weber, Ginn Company senior vice president. “We believe Cliff can help ensure that we ultimately propose one of the most thoughtful and well-conceived residential projects ever here.”Vail, Colorado