Chris Bettin, City Councilor
I first moved to Durango in 1988 to attend Fort Lewis College, where I would ultimately get degrees in Business Administration/Tourism and Resort Management, English Literature, and Philosophy . I have a twelve-year-old son, Dylan, who is the biggest basketball fanatic, besides me, who I know. I'm an avid musician, writer, skier, and mountain biker.
I have worked in the resort and real estate industry for over 29 years. With a background in four-star resort management and homeowner relations, I have focused much of my career on resort real estate markets and the income derived from the rental of investment property.
I began my career at Tamarron Resort, now The Glacier Club, while working part-time at Purgatory as a ski instructor. Through the years, I have witnessed the community go through a dynamic pace of growth and change.
Durango offers the best possible combination of features for an outstanding family-oriented community. It is situated in arguably the most beautiful setting in all of the United States, and offers 'out the back door' access to world-class fishing, four-wheeling, hiking, climbing, skiing, mountain biking, and a host of other pursuits. Preserving the quality of life in our area is of critical importance to me.
I am currently the co-owner of Durango Land and Homes, with my partner Christina Rinderle, Durango's former two-term Mayor. I worked previously as the managing broker at Durango Mountain Realty, the real estate arm of Durango Mountain Resort (Purgatory). Prior to that I was the director of sales for the new base area development at Durango Mountain Resort, Purgatory Lodge. I have been a licensed Realtor since 2003, and a licensed employing broker in the state of Colorado since 2012. I am also the co-owner of Premier Vacation Rentals Group, the area's largest vacation rental management company. Premier Vacation Rentals also has offices in Denver, Colorado Springs, Moab, Ouray and Ridgway. Keith Brant, one of Durango's former city councilors, is my business partner in the vacation rental management company.
I have also worked in this community as a server and bartender in local area restaurants, a front desk clerk at an area resort, a ski instructor and as a carpenter. I have professional writing credentials and have been published in regional and national publications.
I recently finished a six year term on the SASO executive board as the financial officer. I currently serve on the board of the Durango Area Association of Realtors, where I'm their Technology Committee Chairperson, and where I have been a member of the Legislative Policy Committee for a number of years. I am also currently a board member of the Colorado Real Estate Network, which provides a regional MLS service to the western slope. I was proud to be one of the first real estate instructors providing first time buyer education courses for the Regional Housing Alliance. I was formerly a board member on the Durango Mountain Master Association.