Erin (Thompson) Nance like most Telluride transplants, came out for one winter and never left. Erin moved to Colorado in 2011 from the east coast. Growing up on the beach in Savannah, GA this has been a major change for the self-proclaimed beach girl. With a background in the hospitality industry, Erin has worked for Madeline Hotel and Residences and Telluride Ski Resort in restaurant management and worked for Telluride Newspapers in advertising sales and will be completing her marketing degree from Colorado Technical University in September 2017. Erin enjoys the summer most of all, camping and hiking with husband Bob and their 3-year-old Bull Terrier, Warner. Since joining the ladies of the Bordello in January 2017, Erin has made the reservationist position her own!
Laura Marchal moved to Telluride right after finishing college in November of 1988 to check out skiing in the West for a winter. After going back to the Northeast for the summer of ’89 and realizing how difficult it was going to be to make a living with recession hitting that part of the country as hard as it was, she came back to Telluride and stayed for good. Having a background in writing and publishing, Laura landed a job writing a front desk manual for a large property management company in town. When this was finished, she applied for and landed a job as the first front desk person for a brand new hotel, called the Ice House, that was about to open. “I had no front desk experience but I knew everything about running a front desk having just written a 200 page manual on how to do it.” This turned into a 12 year stint ending with Laura as the General Manager for her last five years there. It was a dream job; the work was engaging, challenging and in the amazing setting of Telluride, she could ski or hike or bike for a couple of hours every day and the off seasons allowed for the 4-6 week vacations that she loved to spend in far off places like New Zealand, Nepal, or South America. Unfortunately, being a general manager can also be a very demanding position and, with her eyes set on starting a family with her husband Bertrand, she decided to take a break from the hotel business. Bertrand was also in a transition and had just sold his restaurant, so they took off to France and spent a year skiing and biking in Bertrand’s homeland. Since returning to Telluride, Laura has happily transitioned from managing and renting hotel rooms and suites to condominiums and homes.
Lee Black Zeller and her husband Dennis were drawn to Telluride after attending college in Ashland, Oregon. “If you want a mountain like Mt. Ashland, then go to Telluride…bigger and steeper.” Taking the challenge from college buddies, they moved with some friends for the winter of 1978-79, just for 4 months. Like so many others, the winter brought them here and the summers keep them here! After several years of bartending stints (Remember the Roma!, Sofio’s, and the original Last Dollar Saloon?), advertising for local newspapers and magazines and working in ski shops, Lee became the General Manager of Mountain Alarm, Inc. From there, she was in the mortgage business with The Mortgage Store, surprisingly at the same spot where Accommodations in Telluride’s office now resides. Finding the itch to have her own business, she searched high and low for a good fit, and the hospitality niche fit with Accommodations in Telluride.
The Zeller’s have a son and a daughter, Ivan and Keenan, both passionate about hockey, and both now in College. Lee has served on several boards including Rainbow Preschool, Telluride Academy, The Telluride Fire Protection District, the Lizardhead Hockey Club and now on the Marketing Telluride, Inc. board. In her (HA!) spare time, she skis, hikes, trains for half marathons, river rafts, and is a certified Matrix Energetics Practitioner.
Sara Spencer got “stuck” in Telluride for a month in February 1993 and met her husband Scott. She went back and graduated from Colorado College and then moved to Telluride full time in the summer of 1993. Her first job was driving the Galloping Goose to the Mountain Village and back, before there was a gondola. She realized how much she liked working with people, and took a job working at the San Sophia Inn. Sara helped manage the Inn for 5 years before moving on. She got her Real Estate license and then started her family. Sara has 2 boys, both amazing skiers. She has trouble keeping up with them! In her spare time, you can find her snowboarding, hiking, running, or just chasing after the boys. Sara joined Accommodations in Aug. of 2011 and has loved working with the women in the bordello.