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Where are they now?

Patricia Esperon

JOE GOLD

Birthday: August 3, 1975

Current Residence: Denver

Occupation: Bilingual Customer

Service Representative

I remember when: “Beaver Creek was opening and the only building there was a temporary lift house.”

Where is he now: Joe’s passion for the “legendary outdoor lifestyle of Colorado” motivates his frequent excursions to his hometown of East Vail. During his visits he soaks up the sun while hiking or biking in the warmer months, and skis in the powder during the winter. While he still considers himself a “part-time resident” of Vail because of his regular visits, Joe hangs his hat in Denver these days. He owns a home near the Cherry Creek area of Denver. He works for Colorado Bankers Life Insurance as a customer service representative. His ability to speak Spanish has made him a real asset to the company where he’s employed.

As a young man growing up in East Vail attending Vail Mountain School, Joe had already begun studying Spanish. He also played soccer and skied with the ski team. His involvement with the theater program was the most enjoyable of his activities. Joe especially liked the Shakespeare performances he was involved with.

After graduating from VMS he earned his bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Paul, Minnesota. A semester of his college career was spent in Madrid, Spain where he furthered his knowledge of the Spanish language, and culture. Spanish literature and politics are just two of the courses of enrichment he completed. This opportunity to study abroad was a great experience for someone who “enjoys traveling and seeing other areas of the world.”

Upon completion of his education, Joe spent three years in the valley with his family. It was during this period of time that he gained the customer service experience needed for his work today. Joe was employed for one year by Vail Associates’ human resources department. He then spent two years with East West Resorts in the customer service area. Both of these positions required his bilingual abilities.

Joe’s a happy guy living the city life during the week, and escaping to the mountains on the weekends.

“A huge part of my heart still belongs in the Rocky Mountains. Denver allows me to enjoy the best of both worlds,” he says. As long as the mountains continue beckoning to him, the valley will welcome this “part-time resident.” VT


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