High Altitude Society: Ribbon-cutting for Engel & Volkers in Vail Village
High Altitude Society
VAIL — Recently, on the steps of the former Sonnenalp Real Estate office, the owners of the newly remodeled Engel & Volkers in Vail ceremoniously cut the ribbon for the launch of the Engel & Volkers real estate shop. Josh Lautenberg and Tyra Rudrud are the license partners of the shop, which opened on Dec. 16.
Engel & Volkers is a European-based international real estate brand that was founded in 1977 as a small boutique in Hamburg, Germany. They have built a reputation for premium client services and market expertise at all price points. There are currently more than 7,000 Engel & Volkers advisors worldwide and more than 700 brokerages throughout 37 countries across five continents.
Engel & Volkers has been expanding quickly and in the United States, Canada and Mexico over the past few years and is providing a higher level of service and unprecedented international reach in each new market they enter. Engel & Volkers is highly selective when it comes to the brokerages they approach to represent them in the market.
“We are also very selective, so when they approached us, we did our own research and discovered that we shared the same commitment to quality and professional real estate service,” Lautenberg said.
“We are where our clients are or want to be — in the best locations,” founder Christian Volkers said.
“Having an Engel & Volkers here in Vail is recognition that we are continuing to grow as an international market and we have the properties, the communities and the lifestyle that would be attractive to the growing number of U.S. and international real estate investors,” Lautenberg said.
Lautenberg thanked everyone for being at the ribbon cutting and for being supportive during the transition.
“We are very proud to be here at this moment. It has been several weeks of very hard work,” he said. “Thank you to all of the advisors, leadership and office staff. … It has been a very fast and hectic six weeks … and here we are opening as Engel & Volkers in Vail.
“It was really quite a task that we had to undertake to get to this point. We are officially open and are really proud of all of our advisors and appreciate your support and being part of our family and our team.”
Engel & Volkers in Vail has chosen the Special Olympics as a recipient of its charitable giving.
“Thank you, Tara Picklo, for bringing Kayla Bruntz here to be honored,” Lautenberg said. “Kayla grew up in the Vail Valley as a Special Olympics competitor in snowboarding and mountain biking. We are honored to tell you that we are going to support the Special Olympics over the next several years as Engel & Volkers in Vail. We are very proud of you, so thank you Kayla for working so hard in your sports and in your efforts.”
Mayor Dave Chapin, who has lived in the Vail Valley for 35 years, was proud of the new business venture, as well.
“On behalf of the town of Vail, I would like to congratulate Josh and Tyra on opening the new Engel & Volkers location,” he said. “They have successfully gone from being an independent brokerage to a boutique-style shop affiliated with an international network of shops around the world.
“They are a great example of a business striving to provide the utmost service to the diverse local and guest clientele that chooses to make the Vail Valley their home, ultimately providing an unparalleled, world-class experience for the customers. It makes me proud when I see a local business like this that is willing to reinvest, do something new. … Our locals and guests recognize that and it provides a level of service that is unparalleled. Congratulations and keep up the great work.”
For more information on Engel & Volkers Vail, visit http://www.vail.evusa.com or call 970-477-5300. Engel & Volkers is in the same location as the former Sonnenalp Real Estate, across from the west end of the Vail Village parking structure.
Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events including fundraisers for nonprofits, local happenings and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.