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Vail Valley Voices: New leader for Vail Homeowners Association

Vail Homeowners Association
Vail, CO, Colorado

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from the Vail Homeowners Association monthly report in January. We plan to publish weekly excerpts from the association, which keeps a close eye on economic and political trends in and outside of the town.

The Vail Homeowners Association Board of Directors recently elected Dr. Gail Ellis as its president. Ellis succeeds Alan Kosloff, who has served eight years as president. The Vail Homeowners Association, founded in 1991, is the largest public advocacy residential property owner interest group in Vail, representing both non-residents and local owners.

Ellis assists students with verified psychological disabilities in the Psychological Service Department of Pasadena City College. She sits on the board of the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena, Calif. In Vail, she is president of the Mill Creek Court Condominium Association.

Ellis and her family of five children and six grandchildren have a long legacy with Vail and the association. She is the daughter of the association’s founding president, Bob Galvin. Her husband, James Ellis, is the dean of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

In accepting the presidency at the association’s 2009 annual membership meeting, she thanked outgoing president Kosloff for his work, saying:

“If you have been reading the VHA newsletters, you know how many issues have been tackled by this organization. It is not easy to take a variety of entities, Vail Resorts, the town of Vail, homeowners that don’t live here full time and those that do, retail establishments, hotels and a variety of other businesses, trying to get them to mesh into something that becomes a town in which we can all exist and one that we love.”

In her introductory message, she said that the theme of her administration will be collaboration. “We have, in Vail, entities that have their own individual interests, but at the same time everyone’s overarching interest is that Vail be the best, most wonderful resort community that it could possibly be.

“We, as non-residents, come here because we love this place! It is in everyone’s best interest – the town of Vail, Vail Resorts, homeowners, hotels, retail shops and everyone else involved with Vail – that we are all successful.

“Moving forward, it is important that all entities work collaboratively to create a long-range vision for Vail so that our children and grandchildren can come to Vail and love it as much as we do. We are going to work, through the voice of the Vail Homeowners Association, to enhance and preserve the culture we all know and love.”

Ellis urges all residential property owners to join the Vail Homeowners Association. She is encouraging both VHA members and the Vail community to share their ideas and suggestions as to how the Association can accomplish its collaborative mission. To this end, everyone’s voice and everyone’s ideas are important.

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