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It’s officially closing weekend in Vail, and I am packing up all the loose files and items that have scattered my desk space for nearly a year. I remember my first week with Rocky Mountain Vacation Rentals pretty well – it was the end of summer, gorgeous, and somewhat quiet in the Valley. I was itching for the sensation of feeling small, and my immersion into mountains seemed to be an accurate solution to fill this fix.
On Monday, this small mountain village will again crawl into a time of low-key hibernation, just as our neighboring bears are being drawn to the sweet smell of our trash. It’s a time for towns like Vail to rest, evaluate progress, transition, welcome our shared land to the wildlife, and melt into warm beginnings.
It does feel appropriate that today is my last with Rocky Mountain Vacation Rentals. It has been quite the trip throughout this past Fall, Winter, and Spring, in which I have seen a lot of changes in the weather, industry trends, clothing ensembles, outdoor activities, and people.
When you become a local to the Valley, sometimes it seems like faces pass like the clouds that bring snow, rain, and clarity. The mountains certainly do attract individuals with unique stories – whether they are on vacation from another part of the globe,
whether they came with a 2 year plan that turned into 20 (which really never surprises me), or whether Vail had to at least be one place to stop at for a while along the road… All of these scenarios share a common ground – a thirst for adventure.
Throughout my time working with Rocky Mountain Vacation Rentals, I have made many new friends, been enlightened by every individual’s unique story, gained knowledge of media relations for a private company, and had the pleasure of highlighting our successes. I must say, however, one of my favorite assignments was managing content for the company bios, interviewing new hires, and simply getting to know everyone. Rocky Mountain Vacation Rentals is comprised of people that are driven, a little bit quirky, and absolutely sincere. Each story is different.
The seasonal nature of this town is a bittersweet reminder of transition. As I embark on new beginnings with the start of summer trickling into the mountains, I will not lose sight of the many lessons that someone like Tommy Z. Hoffman himself has taught me. Never cut yourself too short when it comes to compromise, and never cut yourself too short in taking a chance.
In the first blog I published in August for the company, I concluded my thoughts with “We are a team of friendly, knowledgeable, locals, and are eager to assist those of you with that itch to venture out here too.” Take a chance in the Colorado Rockies, and please support my good friends when you book with Rocky Mountain Vacation Rentals!
Company Culture. Something Business School taught me about, but I had never truly experienced for myself, until I accepted an event planning internship at RMVR last November.
I’ve always known that the corporate culture is not designed for me, and likely never will be. Lucky for me, I found the exact opposite of that working at Rocky Mountain Vacation Rentals, a small, growing, and extremely hardworking company headquartered in dreamy Vail, Colorado. Today, I look around our office and I see a group of passionate individuals working together to constantly improve themselves, their services, and the work environment around them. Who wouldn’t like working at a company that encourages you to come in a couple hours late during the ski season so you can catch the first runs on a powder day? RMVR was founded by Tommy Hoffman, a man defining the Entrepreneur classification. Working for an entrepreneur you quickly learn that no idea is too far out there and if you have valid input, let your voice be heard. Around here no day is the same; it’s beautiful.
My happiness and reason for working here breaks down to the company culture Hoffman has created. Rocky Mountain Vacation Rentals employs some of the brightest, most creative people I have ever worked with. Everybody brings something different to the table and meshed together it creates an environment where everyone is constantly learning and furthering their professional growth, all while having a good time. I never dread going to work in the morning at RMVR, andI don’t know that many people can say the same about their job… I’m happy to have found a place that feels like family and I enjoy being here day after day. Cheers to RMVR, a company that knows how to work hard and play hard.