Vail Valley Foundation names new board chair
AVON — The Vail Valley Foundation has announced that Ann Smead has been elected chairman of the board. Smead’s unanimous nomination by the executive committee was officially approved by the Vail Valley Foundation board of directors Sept. 29.
“Since its inception, the Vail Valley Foundation has elevated this community to new heights, always seeking to be a model of excellence,” Smead said. “Its strength has always come from the generosity and volunteer spirit of this community, its singular vision, and its inspiring and talented staff. It is an honor and a privilege to be elected to this position, and I look forward to continuing to work with this community and the people of the Vail Valley Foundation in my new role as we carry on the legacy of our past into an exciting future for this valley.”
Smead will be the organization’s second chairman of the board. Harry Frampton, chairman of the board since the organization’s earliest days, stepped down after a storied tenure in the position.
“My wife, Susan, and I are extremely proud of our role with the Vail Valley Foundation, and we come away with so many wonderful stories and memories of our adventures throughout the years,” Frampton said. “I could not be more pleased with the board of directors’ choice of Ann Smead. She is talented, intelligent, and shares our deep commitment to stewardship of the Vail Valley Foundation’s legacy.”
Smead has been on the Vail Valley Foundation board of directors since December, 2004. She joined the board’s executive committee in 2012, and was honored as Vail Valley Citizen of the Year in 2013.
Vail Valley Foundation President and CEO Mike Imhof said Smead’s long history with the organization, and the community, make her an ideal candidate to represent the organization’s historical roots as well as its bright future.
“Ann’s deep and broad understanding of our community, and the Vail Valley Foundation’s mission and role in our community, makes her the clear choice for our next board chairman,” Imhof said. “I’ve truly enjoyed working with Ann through the years, and have always respected the balanced, thoughtful guidance she provided as a board member. I consider it an honor and privilege to have worked with, and for, Harry Frampton and I look forward to building, with Ann, upon the stable foundation Harry has created.”
Smead will officially assume her role as chair of the board in late December at the organization’s biannual board meeting. At that time, Frampton will be named chairman emeritus, and will continue to play an advisory role for the organization.
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