Biographies

HARRY H. FRAMPTON III

Location: Vail Valley, CO Position: Managing Partner

RESPONSIBILITIES

Harry Frampton is managing partner of East West Partners. East West Partners specializes in real estate development and is currently developing resort properties in Vail, Beaver Creek, and Summit County in Colorado, Lake Tahoe, California and Deer Valley, Utah. Harry is a principal of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate.

BACKGROUND

Harry began his real estate career with Sea Pines Company, Hilton Head, South Carolina, serving in various capacities and ultimately reaching the position of Executive Vice President and member of the Board of Directors. In 1976, he became President and a majority stockholder of The Brandermill Group in Richmond, Virginia. From 1982 to 1986, he was President of Vail Associates, Inc., the creators of Vail and Beaver Creek Mountain resorts in Colorado.

EDUCATION

Harry holds a graduate degree in economics from Clemson University has taken graduate studies in business administration and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Small Company Executive Management Program.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Harry is Chairman of the Board of the Vail Valley Foundation, instrumental in organizing and supporting the 1989 and 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships, the Bolshoi Ballet, the World Championships of Mountain Biking, and former President Gerald R. Ford’s World Forum. Harry was a member of the Board of Directors for FirstBank Holding Company of Colorado for several years. Harry was also the past president of the Urban Land Institute’s Large Scale Development Council and Recreation Council.

PERSONAL

A native of Hartsville, South Carolina, Harry and his wife Susan reside in Vail, Colorado. Their eldest son, Christopher, is a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina and Matthew is a graduate of Duke University.

CRAIG FERRARO

Location: Vail Valley, CO Position: Managing Partner

RESPONSIBILITIES

As the managing partner, Craig oversees the overall practice, management and day-to-day operations of East West Partners and each of its development projects.

BACKGROUND

Craig came to us from Aspen Skiing Company where he was their Chief Financial Officer. He began his career in Public Accounting in San Francisco Bay area where he worked over a five year period, the last year as a Manager. After receiving his MBA Craig returned to Colorado and has worked in a variety of financial and operating positions for public and private companies in Denver and Aspen.

EDUCATION

Craig received a B.S. in Business from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. Craig became a Certified Public Accountant in California while working for Touche Ross.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Craig’s community service revolves around education; he has been a Board Member of a Charter School and the University of Colorado’s Leeds Business School. He is currently a member of the University of Colorado’s Real Estate Counsel. He is also a Board Member of the Vail Valley Soccer Club.

PERSONAL

Craig and his wife Kristi have two sons. He enjoys outdoor activities in the mountains and is thankful to live in such a beautiful setting.

ROBERT KNOUS JR.

Location: Downtown Denver, CO Position: Partner

RESPONSIBILITIES

Bob, who stepped back from his full time duties in 2005, now serves as an adviser to Harry Frampton and the Management Committee on a variety of issues and handles specific projects of interest and importance to the Company’s internal growth and mission.

BACKGROUND

Prior to his association with East West Partners, Bob was President of the Vail Valley Foundation which organized and hosted the 1989 World Alpine Ski Championships and developed the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre. The facility is the summer home of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. He is a past President of Colorado Ski Country USA and served as senior aide to former Colorado Governor, Richard Lamm. At East West Partners, Bob managed a variety of projects including Eagle Ranch, One Breckenridge Place, The Village at Breckenridge, The Reserve at Frisco, Three Peaks, and East West University.

EDUCATION

A 4th generation native of Colorado, Bob holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Colorado and also earned his juris doctorate degree from the University of Denver.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Bob has served on the prestigious Colorado Tourism Board, as a Trustee of the Summit Foundation, President of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, a board member of the 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships Organizing Committee, Historic Denver Inc, and First Tee of Denver.

PERSONAL

Bob resides in Denver where he works on special projects for EWP, volunteers, teachers and stays close to his family. His interests include reading, history, golf, skiing, fishing and doing good things with great people.

ROSS E. BOWKER

Location: Charleston, SC Position: Partner

RESPONSIBILITIES

Ross Bowker is East West Partners’ South Carolina partner for hospitality operations and development. As Executive Vice President of East West Resorts, LLC, he oversees 1400 residential units in over 20 condominium associations in Beaver Creek, Colorado, Hilton Head, South Carolina and Charleston’s Sea Islands. Ross’ previous development efforts include the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek completed in December, 1989 and in 1998 received the ULI Award of Excellence Winner for Beaver Creek’s Village Center incorporating two residential buildings, retail space, and the community ice rink and performing arts center. He currently is developing One Vendue Range condominiums in the historic district of Charleston.

BACKGROUND

Ross’ 30 year hospitality career includes ten years of private club management in Ohio and Virginia, operation of the Fripp Island Resort, Beaufort, SC and timeshare operations for American Resorts at Sea Pines, SC. As vice president of resort operations at Beaver Creek, he created the Beaver Creek Club and Vail Associates Hospitality Corp.

EDUCATION

A native of New Jersey, his education includes both a BA and an MBA from Michigan State University’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Management.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Among his professional affiliations, Ross holds a real estate broker’s licenses in Colorado and South Carolina. He is a director of the Board of the Beaver Creek Resort Company, and the Trident Academy School in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.

PERSONAL

Ross, his wife Debbie, and two of their four children, Travis and Ripley reside in Charleston, South Carolina. Grown daughter Abby lives in Massachusetts, while Angie lives near Ft. Worth, Texas.

CHRISTOPHER E. FRAMPTON

Location: Downtown Denver, CO Position: Partner

RESPONSIBILITIES

Chris Frampton is the Managing Partner at Riverfront Park, East West Partners urban neighborhood in Denver, Colorado.

BACKGROUND

Chris grew up in Vail, Colorado. His first job in real estate was with Trammell Crow Residential in Charlotte, North Carolina where he worked as a development analyst in the design, construction, and management of class A apartments. From there he went on to Merrill Lynch Real Estate Investment Banking, where he was involved in transactions totaling more than $1.5 billion. He also worked for Wells Hill Partners in New York, a boutique real estate banking group. Just prior to joining East West Partners, Chris was a salesperson in Austin, Texas for IMI Resort Marketing at a community called Cimarron Hills.

EDUCATION

Chris holds a bachelor of arts in English from Davidson College (1995). He also holds a Masters of Real Estate Development from Columbia University (2002).

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Chris is the president of the Civic Center Conservancy, the group charged with restoring, vitalizing and enhancing Denvers Civic Center Park. He is also a member of the board of the LoDo District, Inc. and the Riverfront Park Community Foundation. He is the former president of the board of Swansea Ballet and the Downtown Denver Partnerships Center City Housing Community.

JIM HILL

Location: Deer Valley, UT Position: Partner

RESPONSIBILITIES

Jim Hill is Managing Partner of East West Partners – Utah. He leads East West’s team in Utah developing ski properties at the Village at Empire Pass at Deer Valley Resort. Since 2003, the team has developed 150 award winning homes, townhomes and condominiums. Jim joined East West Partners in 1999 to direct development of Riverfront Park, an urban residential neighborhood in downtown Denver encompassing 14 city blocks adjacent to Union Station.

BACKGROUND

Prior to joining East West, Jim was with the Walt Disney Company for 9 years focusing on real estate and resort projects in Europe, Latin America and North America. Based in Paris, France, he opened the first resort hotel at Euro Disney as project manager for the 1,000 room Hotel Cheyenne. He started his career in 1984 in Washington DC where he specialized in development and leasing of office and commercial properties.

EDUCATION

Jim holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a degree in Economics from Brigham Young University.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Jim serves on the Board of the Park City Community Foundation, and on the Advisory Board of the Peace House shelter in Park City. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the Recreational Development Council.

PERSONAL

A native of Los Altos, California, he enjoys road cycling, travel and hiking, and is fluent in French. Jim has longtime roots in Park City. The Snyderville Basin is named after his great-great grandfather. He lives in Park City with his wife Cathy, they have 3 children.

CHARLES (CHUCK) I. MADISON

Location: Vail Valley, CO Position: Partner

RESPONSIBILITIES

Chuck Madison is the Partner in charge of Resort Development for Colorado as well as various projects at Northstar Mountain in the Lake Tahoe area of California. Formerly, Chuck was President of East West Associates, Inc., and the partner in charge of the Lakemont planned community development near Seattle, Washington.

BACKGROUND

Before joining East West Partners in 1986, Chuck was Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer of Vail Associates, Inc.; he began with that company in 1980 as Treasurer. Prior to 1980, he served in the audit division of Arthur Andersen & Co. in Seattle, was Special Projects Manager for the Sun Valley Company in Idaho.

EDUCATION

Chuck holds a business degree from the University of Washington and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Advanced Development Management Program in Real Estate. He has also been a Certified Public Accountant.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

A native of Seattle, Chuck is a member of the Urban Land Institute, a founding board member of Citizens for Quality Education and The Public Education Foundation of Eagle County (www.PEFEC.org) and a past board member of the Beaver Creek Metropolitan District, Beaver Creek Resort Company, Bellevue Boys and Girls Club and treasurer of the Vail Valley Foundation as well as a past member of Lambda Alpha International.

PERSONAL

Chuck and his wife Leslie reside in Edwards, Colorado. They have four children-Ryan, Kyle, Christen and Tyler.

BLAKE RIVA

Location: Lake Tahoe, CA Position: Partner

RESPONSIBILITIES

Blake Riva is a Senior Partner in East West Partners Lake Tahoe Projects, responsible for overseeing the Tahoe Development projects and managing financial matters. In addition, Blake was involved with the formation of the Tahoe Mountain Club.

BACKGROUND

Blake has been with the company for 15 years, and was formerly East West Partners’ Chief Financial Officer. He has extensive experience in real estate development, accounting, finance and project management. Blake worked with East West Partners on the Lakemont Project near Seattle, Washington. Prior to joining the company, he served as controller for Lorig Associates, Inc. and began his career in the audit division of Arthur Anderson & Company.

EDUCATION

Blake holds a business degree from the University of Washington and is a Certified Public Accountant.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Blake is currently serving as the President of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe. He is also involved in the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, the Truckee Chamber of Commerce, and the Urban Land Institute.

PERSONAL

Blake and his wife Juli reside in Incline Village, Nevada with their children Rachel and Nikki.

MARK L. SMITH

Location: Downtown Denver, CO Position: Partner

RESPONSIBILITIES

Mark Smith is a founding principal of East West Partners, president and a principal of East West Partners Denver, a principal of Union Station Neighborhood Company, and a principal of Slifer Smith and Frampton.

BACKGROUND

Mark has over 35 years experience in real estate development sales and marketing. He has been part of East West Partners since its inception in 1986.

EDUCATION

A native of Denver, Colorado, Mark holds an undergraduate degree in real estate from Florida International University and a master’s degree in management from Nova University.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Mark is the founder of The Youth Foundation, The Downtown Denver Youth Foundation, The Platte Forum, and The Riverfront Park Community Foundation. Other current board/organizational affiliations include the Denver Convention Center Hotel Authority, Denver Public Schools Foundation, Clyfford Still Museum, Mayor’s Leadership Team on Early Education, Urban Land Conservancy, Colorado Succeeds, Colorado Concern, Colorado Uplift, Colorado Forum, First Western Trust Bank and First Western Financial. Mark has also served as chairman of the Beaver Creek Metropolitan District, the Bravo Colorado Vail Valley Music Festival, the Central Platte Valley Metropolitan District, and as a director of YPO Rocky Mountain Chapter, Colorado Trust Bank, Northern Trust Bank of Colorado, Downtown Denver Inc, Greenway Foundation, South Platte River Commission, University of Colorado Denver Advisory Board, the Spaulding Leadership Institute, the Charter Fund, Vail Resort Association, Beaver Creek Resort Company and the Upper Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce. Mark was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Rocky Mountain Region in 2001 and has been the recipient of numerous other awards. He is a past member and director of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Young Presidents Organization and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, WPO and Chief Executives Organization.

PERSONAL

Mark resides in downtown Denver and in the Vail Valley.

JAMES A. TELLING

Location: Lake Tahoe, CA Position: Partner

RESPONSIBILITIES

Jim Telling is the partner in charge of all developments at The Village at Northstar and the Highlands in Lake Tahoe, and a senior partner of East West Partners. He manages all facets of design, sales & marketing, construction and owner relations.

BACKGROUND

Jim joined East West Partners in 1987 and has worked on numerous development projects in Vail, Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch, and Cordillera. Previously, Jim worked for Vail Resorts.

EDUCATION

Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University. He is a CPA in both Colorado and Indiana.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Jim is a member of the Urban Land Institute. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for three affordable housing projects and is a board member of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.

PERSONAL

Jim and his wife Patti currently reside in Incline Village, Nevada. His interests include trail running, snowshoeing, telemark skiing, and camping.

JAMES G. FLAUM

Location: Vail Valley, CO Position: President of Slifer Smith & Frampton

RESPONSIBILITIES

In 1996, Harry Frampton offered Jim the position of Managing Broker for Slifer Smith & Frampton Vail Associates Real Estate, a real estate brokerage firm with over 100 brokers and sales over $1 billion dollars annually.

BACKGROUND

Jim Flaum grew up on the East side of Cleveland, Ohio. He started his real estate career in San Diego, California in 1969 as a real estate broker. In 1972 he started a general real estate brokerage firm, which grew to 130 agents in southern California.

Jim moved to Vail, Colorado in 1979 where he became involved in real estate brokerage and developed high-end vacation homes. In the early 1980′s he was Managing Broker for Vail Associates Real Estate when Harry Frampton was president of Vail Associates, Inc. In 1986 he moved to Atlanta, Georgia and was president of East West Partners of Georgia and developed a single-family home community called Country Lake. In 1990, he moved to Jacksonville, Florida to be Vice President of Sales and Marketing for an East West Partners community called Eagle Harbor, a 4,000 home/golf course community.

EDUCATION

Jim graduated from Miami of Ohio in 1967 with a degree in Management and Marketing.

After graduation he completed the Aviation Officer program for the Navy and spent four years as a Navy Pilot.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Jim currently serves on the Board of Directors for WestStar Banks.

RODNEY SLIFER

Location: Vail Valley, CO Position: Partner

There is a saying that “Rod Slifer has been in Vail as long as Vail has been Vail,” and it’s true. Arriving in 1962, the year the ski area was formed, he has been an integral part of the community ever since.

RESPONSIBILITIES

In November of 1989, Rod joined Harry Frampton, former President of Vail Associates and senior partner in East West Partners, and Mark Smith, managing broker, to form Slifer Smith & Frampton – a full service real estate brokerage with offices in Vail and Beaver Creek.

BACKGROUND

Rod’s business involvement in Vail began by his representing Vial Associates in residential and commercial sales. In 1962 he formed a property management company to handle the growing number of homes and condominiums in Vail’s rental market. In 1968, Rod founded Slifer & Company which was initially a real estate brokerage and later, diversified into recreational and residential development. Of all Rod’s major real estate transactions his sale of Beaver Creek Mountain to Vail Associates, Inc. is probably the most notable.

EDUCATION

Rod is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a degree in Business Administration.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Rod’s involvement in community affairs ranges from raising money for education through the Eagle River Scholarship Fund to his efforts in founding the Jerry Ford Invitational Golf tournament. He is currently the mayor of Vail and serves on many non-profit and for-profit Boards of Directors.

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