founder of Western Land Group, American Wetlands, Crested Butte State Bank, Gunnison Valley Insurance, and other enterprises. He is a former Colorado State Senator and Mayor of Crested Butte. Since 1982, Tom has completed a wide variety of complex real estate transactions with local, state, and Federal agencies.
Tom has testified before Congress regarding real estate related matters affecting public lands on numerous occasions. While in the Colorado State Senate, he served on the Committee on Agriculture, Energy and Natural Resources, the Committee on Transportation, and the Committee on Health, Environment, Welfare, and Institutions.
Tom has managed and directed numerous political campaigns for candidates seeking local, state and Federal offices. Colorado Governors Dick Lamm, Roy Romer, and Bill Owens appointed Tom to various positions, boards and commissions including the State Parks Board.
As Executive Director of the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, Tom reported to a board of directors consisting of thirty-one local government officials and was responsible for negotiations with local, state and Federal agencies. In 1982 Tom was a Gates Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
has worked in the conservation field for over 20 years. Most recently, he was director of the Summit County (Colorado) Open Space and Trails Department, where he led land conservation efforts that protected over 13,000 acres of open space.
At Summit County, Todd creatively used a variety of conservation tools and collaborative partnerships, leveraging public funds to maximize open space protection. Some of Todd’s previous experiences include coordinating the land acquisition process for North Carolina State Parks and several years of public lands policy analysis and grassroots organizing which culminated in the passage of the Colorado Wilderness Act of 1993. Todd was a founder of the Colorado Open Space Alliance – a professional organization for local government open space staffs – and served on its steering committee for seven years.
Todd has also served on the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts board of directors, the Town of Frisco planning commission, and the Town of Frisco Economic Development Advisory Committee. He has been a speaker at numerous conferences including National Land Trust Rally, Colorado Open Space Alliance, and National Park Service Land Resources Program.
Todd holds a Master of Public Administration degree and Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado. He is a licensed real estate broker.
is a planning and public lands consultant with extensive experience leading projects in mountain communities across the West. These include open space and trails master plans, comprehensive plans, sustainable development plans, community engagement, land exchanges, and NEPA analysis. Her work has been recognized by several awards by the American Planning Association, including Honor Awards for the Emerald Mountain Master Plan in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and the Hunter-Smuggler Cooperative Plan in Aspen.
Melissa has a deep connection to the outdoors and public lands, which began as an Outward Bound student in North Cascades National Park. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Geography from University of Colorado-Boulder, and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University. She is a Town of Frisco Council Member and on the Board of Directors for High Country Conservation Center in Summit County. Melissa lives in Frisco with her husband Christian and two children, Sterling and Sam. She is a licensed real estate broker.
has an extensive background in both public and private sector planning, land conservation, and general land management. Over the past 30 years, Adam has completed many land exchanges, feasibility analyses and other projects for WLG clients nationwide. A numbers of projects he has managed have been recognized by the US Forest Service for their excellence. He has been an instructor at Federal land management training sessions and has participated in the development of Federal agency land exchange regulations and guidance materials.
Prior to joining WLG in 1987, he worked for Westfork Investment, Ltd. Adam also has extensive government experience with planning and regulatory programs at the State level in Colorado and North Carolina.
Adam lives in Denver and Summit County, Colorado. He is a licensed real estate broker and holds Master’s degrees in Business Administration from the University of Colorado and City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
has facilitated Congressionally approved land exchanges for WLG’s clientele since 1988. Andy’s expertise in legislative affairs stems from his extensive experience in Washington D.C. that includes serving as counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Public Lands and National Parks, and the Subcommittee on Mines and Mining. He has also served as a mediator for projects involving the National Wildlife Federation, U.S. Park Service, and others.
Andy holds a law degree from Boston University and is a graduate of Dartmouth College. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Wilderness Land Trust, the Eagle Valley Land Trust, and the High Country News.