Colorado ranch real estate broker Lauren Catanese Fichtl
Lauren is a real estate broker licensed in Colorado, New Mexico and Florida, has been licensed in Florida for more than a decade. Growing up around real estate, which has been in her family for more than 50 years, Lauren has learned that the places she most loves to sell are the places she would love to live herself. She’s dedicated to honesty and integrity as she supports her clients and their needs, and aims to ensure their real estate journey is a positive experience along the way. Originally from Georgia, Lauren is a University of Colorado at Boulder graduate, and a world traveler -- which only inspires her more to find the most beautiful properties. She is also a proud member of the Realtors Land Institute, an association of ranch and land professionals administered by the National Association of Realtors. When she’s not working hard to find and sell the best properties in the area, Lauren loves to enjoy the outdoors with her family. Whether they’re skiing, hunting, or sitting by the fire, she strives to provide a foundation for strong relationships among her family that spills over into her daily life and work.
Lauren Fichtl, United Country Colorado Brokers & Auctioneers
Aspen real estate broker Mike Gerbaz sells farms, ranches, commercial and investment properties, luxury homes
Mike Gerbaz is the rare Aspen Realtor with deep, long-standing ties to the Aspen community. His great-grandfather emigrated to the Roaring Fork Valley in the late 1880’s, leaving Mike the legacy of a 4th-generation Aspenite. Mike grew up skiing, hunting, ranching, roping, and raising horses. A 1977 graduate of Aspen High School, Mike attended the University of Denver, where he took night classes in real estate finance while working as a real estate broker at the venerable Van Schaack firm. He was first licensed in real estate in 1981.
Ranch and residential homes sales in the Roaring Fork Valley--Aspen area real estate agent Mike Gerbaz
After returning to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1986, Mike worked at Mason & Morse Real Estate and other firms, making a name selling ranches, horse properties, vacant land, and luxury homes. His experience as a youth, raising hay and quarter horses, came in handy as he guided clients to their new acreages and horse properties from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. Through the years Mike has represented some of the most successful development projects in the Roaring Fork Valley, including River Ranch, Blue Creek Ranch, Spring Park Meadows, Spring Park Ranches and Spring Park Mesa, and he also assembled the parcels that now comprise the Willits neighborhood.
Horse breeder, AQHA expert, Working Horse Magazine publisher Mike Gerbaz
Mike has a deep and abiding interest in bloodstock quarter horses, as he breeds and trains AQHA horses with lines such as Skipper W, Three Bars, and Frenchman. That interest turned into a new venture, as he launched Working Horse Magazine, now one of the pre-eminent publications for quality quarter horses for roping, reining, working cow horse, ranch versatility, and all-around cowhorses.
United Country real estate agent Mike Gerbaz sells ranches, resorts, farms, with United Country
As Aspen-area real estate firms changed names and consolidated with other companies, he realized that Aspen real estate had become too corporate and impersonal and he hardly knew the hundreds of other brokers in the firm. Mike had worked with Gary Hubbell of United Country Colorado Brokers in advertising Gary’s horse property listings in Working Horse. Mike decided to affiliate with UCCB, he says. “I like working in a smaller brokerage where we all know each other and we can do business on a much more personal basis. However, I’m also really excited about United Country’s technology package. We’re able to market our properties with a lot more horsepower than we ever had at the big firms. United Country’s websites and marketing strategies are far more developed than the average ‘big box’ real estate franchise.”
Mike has two college-age daughters and a son who just graduated high school. He enjoys team roping, skiing, hunting, and raising quarter horses. He lives on a small ranch near Aspen.
Western Colorado Real Estate Agent Jamie Norton Hart
Born in Dallas, Texas, Jamie Hart came to the small town of Crawford, Colorado, in 2006. She had previously worked for an ad agency before joining the sales force for Don's Directory, an oil-and-gas industry directory spanning the United States. Jamie was on the team at Don's Directory for many years, helping to run the publication's accounting and sales teams.
Colorado property agent Jamie Hart sells ranches, country homes, and recreational properties, as well as investment properties, short-term rentals, and income properties
In 2021, Jamie decided to pursue a second career in real estate. Her thousands of contacts in the oil & gas industry have encouraged her to leverage her knowledge of Western Colorado properties to help them find country homes, vacation homes, recreational properties, and ranches. Her industry knowledge of productive income properties, investment properties, and short term rental properties gives her practical experience in assisting clients with these types of real estate investments.
Country homes, hobby farms, log homes expert Jamie Hart
Jamie lives in a beautiful log home in the country, surrounded by ranches on all sides. She is an animal enthusiast, with two dogs, four cats, four horses, and an African grey parrot named Monkee who has a bit of a foul mouth. She loves to help people list and sell hobby farms, country homes, log homes, and mountain land. She has a daughter named Kaitlyn, who is currently attending North Fork High School and has a passion for Softball.
Jake Hubbell is a native of Western Colorado, born in Carbondale and raised in Marble and Crawford, small towns in the heart of the Elk Mountains. The son of an outfitting family, Jake was helping guide horseback rides at an early age. He grew up fly-fishing the Roaring Fork, Crystal, and Frying Pan rivers, hiking to high-country lakes and streams, and hunting elk in the high country.
Outstanding academic achievement at Western State Colorado University
As a high school student in Hotchkiss, Jake excelled at wrestling and started at wide receiver on the football team, yet his best achievements were in the classroom. Jake graduated high school with an Associate of Science degree, and parlayed that success into the Professional Land and Resource Management (PLRM) degree program at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison. As one of the top students in the program, Jake graduated Magna cum Laude in 2017—debt free, in three years. He became a licensed real estate broker while finishing his senior year of college.
Water rights, range management, geology, accounting
The PLRM program is centered around mineral rights leasing for the oil and gas industry, with a curriculum that is also ideal for Western ranch brokerage. Jake Hubbell has studied Colorado water law, range management, accounting and finance, mineral rights leasing and acquisition, hydraulic fracturing, environmental politics, contract law, geology, marketing, and communications—all skills that come in very handy when listing and selling Colorado ranch real estate.
Excellent marketing skills—websites, drone video, photography, social media
You know how you always ask a kid to help you with your smart phone or tablet? How to use a website or fly a drone? Jake Hubbell is that kid. He is innately familiar with many new technology platforms, and uses that to help his property sellers. Jake’s drone videos have won several national auction marketing awards. His “new school” approach to real estate marketing benefits his clients with fresh ideas and disruptive technology. From targeted facebook marketing campaigns, to pin-pointed advertisements, Jake's approach is to find buyers and create engagement.
Mountain land, resorts, ranches, hunting property, luxury homes—a family legacy
Colorado real estate broker Jake Hubbell is an outdoorsman and adventurer, hunter and fisherman. His interests lie in selling the type of properties fitting his lifestyle—ranches, resorts, luxury homes, ski properties, mountain land, and hunting property. He is an avid skier, fly fisherman, upland bird hunter, waterfowler, and big game hunter, and has a beautiful yellow Labrador retriever. Jake has the benefit of seasoned leadership, as his father, Gary Hubbell, is an experienced and well known Colorado ranch broker and auctioneer.
Gary Hubbell is a Colorado rancher, real estate broker, and auctioneer with wide-ranging experience in ranches, hunting properties, luxury homes, orchards and vineyards, mountain land, recreation properties, horse properties, homes with acreage, and small farms. Gary has sold properties in all corners of Colorado, from hay farms in Rocky Ford and La Junta, to outfitting businesses in Granby, to hunting ranches bordering Dinosaur National Park in the far northwest corner of the state, and resorts and ranches in Durango in the far southwest corner of Colorado.
Gary Hubbell--one of only 32 Accredited Land Consultants in Colorado
Gary is a proud member of the Realtors Land Institute, an association of ranch and land professionals administered by the National Association of Realtors. RLI acknowledges brokers that are especially proficient in land transactions with the Accredited Land Consultant designation, which is awarded only after extensive classroom study, demonstration of practical knowledge, a final exam, letters of recommendation by two other ALC's, and a documented portfolio of at least $10 million in land sales. Of the roughly 40,000 real estate agents and brokers in Colorado, Gary Hubbell is one of only 32 Accredited Land Consultants.
Western Colorado native, outfitter, fly-fishing guide, rancher, horseman
A native of western Colorado, Gary spent over two decades guiding Aspen-area clients on fly-fishing and hunting expeditions, upland bird hunts, waterfowl hunts, and horseback rides. His outfitting business, OutWest Guides, became famous in the Aspen area for providing 5-star experiences for discriminating clientele. At one point, Gary and his wife, Doris, maintained a herd of 45 hard-working horses and mules.
Gary Hubbell worked many years as a professional writer, photographer, location scout, and producer for photo shoots and film productions. He has worked on marketing campaigns for Marlboro, Coors, Victoria’s Secret, UnderArmour, Izod, Bushnell, ATK, Weaver rifle scopes, K2 skis, Remington, Ralph Lauren Chaps, Santa Cruz snowboards, Fenwick fly rods, Ford, Seiko, and many others. Gary has won 2 Colorado Press Awards, a Colorado Book Award, an American Horse Publications writing award, and 7 United Country Marketing Services national auction marketing awards. Gary has been at the forefront of drone property video production in Western Colorado, with his son Jake serving as drone pilot.
Colorado auctioneer and personal property appraiser Gary Hubbell
In 2016, Gary attended the Texas Auction Academy led by Mike Jones, a former World Champion Auctioneer and president of United Country Auction Services. Gary has already spearheaded several of the largest personal property and real estate auctions held in Western Colorado, selling everything from antiques & collectibles to estates, collector cars, heavy equipment, and ranch land. One of his sales included the former World Record American Elk taken by John Plute near Crested Butte in 1899. The trophy sold for $121,000. Gary is capable of appraising personal property assets for clients needing valuation services.
Rancher, horseman, hunter, fly-fisherman, dog trainer, skier
Gary lives with his wife, Doris, on a 118-acre hay farm and horse ranch in Crawford, Colorado, where they raise hay, horses, and Labrador retrievers. He is an avid upland bird hunter, waterfowler, fly-fisherman, horseman, and skier. Their two sons are college graduates and working in engineering and real estate.
Gary Hubbell, United Country Colorado Brokers & Auctioneers
Polo properties by Spencer Jordan, real estate agent
Polo has been a large part of Spencer Jordan's life since he was a young boy growing up in Connecticut. Spencer's father, Leighton Jordan, is a US Polo Association governor and started Saratoga Polo Club in upstate New York in the 1970's, and then helped found the Greenwich Polo Club in Connecticut. These connections to the polo world allowed Spencer to travel widely, competing in tournaments and matches in New England, England, Jamaica, Canada, Florida, South Carolina, the Hamptons, and Colorado. Of these destinations, Colorado is his favorite state.
Colorado luxury ranch & land broker Spencer Jordan
Don't get the idea that Spencer was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. A graduate of Western Colorado University in Gunnison, Spencer paid his way through college by managing a ranch between Gunnison and Crested Butte, and he has worked at a number of high-end ranches. He has worked from the barn to the playing field, shoveling stalls as a polo groom for such well-known polo entities as the Gracida family and playing for the well-known Yale Polo and several other sponsored teams. Spencer has worked as a mechanic, driver, heavy equipment operator, reservation agent, marketing coordinator at a film production company, and even helped tailor polo clothing. Spencer enjoys buying, fixing, and flipping basically anything with a motor--dirt bikes, snowmobiles, trucks, tractors, boats, and cars.
Spencer Jordan doesn't know a stranger--well connected in the world of high-end ranch real estate
An engaging personality, Spencer has a gift of making people feel comfortable. He is able to converse easily with all sorts of people, from the Argentine stable hands in the polo barn to horse owners who fly their horses from one continent to the other. His connections range from top-ranked extreme skiers and snowmobilers, to very high-net-worth individuals, to world-class polo players and team owners. He is comfortable in practically any crowd.
Colorado ranches, luxury homes, mountain land, sporting and polo properties with Spencer Jordan
Spencer has chosen to make his home in Colorado, where many polo teams congregate in the Aspen area. The Aspen polo scene brings people from all over the world, in a place where celebrities, hedge fund managers, athletes, entertainers, and the jet set like to congregate. That being said, Spencer prefers wearing cowboy boots and a Western hat, and is at home on mountain properties, ranches, farms, and income properties all over Colorado and the West. He brokers luxury ranches, ski properties, equestrian farms, and investment properties.
Colorado real estate broker Scott Reece--luxury homes, mountain land, hunting property
A long-time resident of Western Colorado, Scott Reece has gained a reputation as a respected figure in the world of high-end residential construction in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. As a kid growing up in Southern California, he learned to surf at an early age. However, that world was turned upside down when his parents moved the family to Basalt, just downvalley from Aspen, in the late 1970’s. That was a simpler time in the Roaring Fork Valley, when kids helped ranchers load hay bales into the barn and ski tickets at Aspen Highlands were five bucks. After a stint at Colorado State University studying physics and engineering, Scott realized that academia wasn’t for him. He came home and started working construction in Aspen.
Extensive experience in high-end luxury home construction
Starting out as a drywall contractor, Scott has worked on some of the most expensive and elaborate custom homes in the world, delivering a product that demands a keen attention to detail. His project management and bidding skills have ensured successful completion of hundreds of luxury homes, ski condos, hotels and lodges, commercial buildings, and ranch projects for quite possibly the most demanding clientele in the world. Many of the projects that Scott has helped complete have involved some of the most famous architects and builders in the world, with CEO’s, famous actors, entrepreneurs, athletes, and entertainers as end users.
A real estate broker with a keen value proposition
Most recently Scott has decided to take his considerable skills into the world of real estate brokerage. His knowledge of the construction industry brings a unique value to buyers and sellers. After being involved in literally hundreds of projects, Scott has a keen sense of what it took to bring a project to market and how the market responds. He understands trends in design, materials, and construction that few other brokers can report, and he has an insider’s knowledge of value and market timing. His database of contractors, architects, project managers, and real estate experts is the result of a long career of working with the best in the business.
Work hard, play hard--hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, dirt biking
On a personal level, Scott is low-key, very friendly, and unassuming. He is not a self-promoter and his humble persona is engaging. His work ethic is very strong, and he ensures success when he engages in a project. Scott embraces the Western Colorado lifestyle, enjoying skiing, snowboarding, big game hunting, snowmobiling, and fishing. An excellent hunter, Scott has provided for his family with remarkable consistency, scoring on a mule deer buck and a bull elk almost every autumn for 40 years, as well as a giant black bear recently.
Family is very important to Scott, as he and his wife, Kathy, have raised five children to adulthood. They recently relocated to the small Western Colorado town of Hotchkiss, where they enjoy solitude and views from their beautiful log home. Scott intends to take a wider view in his real estate career, with projects in the Roaring Fork and North Fork valleys and across Western Colorado. He is interested in hunting land, ranches, luxury residential properties, and commercial real estate.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Dan Vigeant grew up with a love of adventure and a passion for the outdoors. He grew up snowmobiling, playing hockey, and boating on the many lakes in Western Massachussetts. His love of adventure inspired him to one day move to Colorado. After high school, he fulfilled this aspiration and moved to the small town of Gunnison, Colorado, where he enrolled at Western State Colorado University. Dan went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.
A couple of years in Steamboat Springs before becoming a licensed Colorado real estate agent
After receiving his degree, Dan moved to Steamboat Springs, CO and worked as a salesman for an electrical wholesaler business for two years. He was known for providing quality service to many different contractors in Steamboat. In conversations with UCCB agents Jake Hubbell and Spencer Jordan, he realized that he might enjoy a career as a real estate agent, so he started studying for his license and moved to Hotchkiss to join up with Jake and Spencer as they tackle interesting projects across Western Colorado and other states. He has already become involved in several interesting listings, such as a Western saloon, an award-winning winery, and a couple of country homes with acreage.
Dan is the kind of guy who makes the most of where he lives. He loves the recreational opportunities that come with living in the Colorado Rockies. Dan is a passionate mountain biker, an expert snowmobiler, a very good snowboarder, he loves to ride dirt bikes, and over the past couple of winters he has taken up skiing as well. Since joining United Country Colorado Brokers, he has started to learn about hunting and fly-fishing, and no doubt he will become expert at those pursuits as well.
Colorado ranch real estate broker, hunting property specialist Loren Williams
A fourth-generation native of Colorado, Loren Williams has deep family roots in the northwest part of the state. Born in Steamboat Springs, he was raised with a ranching and hunting background in Routt, Mesa, and Logan counties.
US Army combat veteran, BA in Business
A 1999 graduate of Sterling High School, Loren moved back to the Western Slope to attend Colorado Mesa University, where he graduated with a business degree. Loren joined the US Army and deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom, spending over 24 months in a combat zone as a combat engineer, mustering out as a staff sergeant.
Oil & gas industry experience, licensed Colorado big game outfitter
Loren returned to the Grand Valley in 2007 to work in the energy industry, joining the Halliburton sales team and becoming familiar with oil & gas drilling operations. Eventually he opened his own oilfield service business. Always an enthusiastic big game hunter, Loren set aside several weeks every fall to guide elk and trophy mule deer hunts, leading his clients to many trophy bulls and several 200-class mule deer bucks. In 2018, Loren and his wife founded Mesa Outfitters, leading horseback hunts for deer and elk in wilderness terrain on the shoulders of the Grand Mesa.
Western Colorado ranch real estate broker
Most recently, Loren studied for his real estate license to help buyers and sellers transact farms, ranches, horse properties, country homes, and hunting properties. Loren joined broker/auctioneer Gary Hubbell at United Country Colorado Brokers, an office with a wide geographic reach in Colorado and Utah.
On a personal level, Loren lives with his wife, Valerie, and their two young children in Loma, Colorado. They enjoy hunting, fishing, horses, golf, boating, and snowmobiling.
Cortney West--North Fork Valley native, coal mining background
Cortney West is a 4th-generation native of the North Fork Valley, having grown up in Paonia, Colorado. She comes from a long family heritage of coal miners, ranchers, and loggers. A graduate of Hotchkiss HIgh School, Cortney worked for several years as an admin assistant to her father, Steve West, who was the president of Fenner Dunlop, a company that made mine conveyor systems and coal handling systems. She supervised many multi-million-dollar contracts involving complicated mechanical systems.
Real estate professional
Cortney runs the office and the marketing platforms for United Country Colorado Brokers & Auctioneers. She's talented at Excel, Powerpoint, Photoshop, and other tech platforms, and helps run the UCCB social media platforms. Cortney is studying for her real estate license and plans to keep a few active listings in addition to her role as office manager.
Rancher, farmer, horsewoman
Cortney has partnered with her mother to run 70 cow-calf pairs on a US Forest Service grazing permit near the Grand Mesa. A competent horsewoman, Cortney has raised and trained working cowhorses and ranch horses. She lives on a small ranch near Crawford, Colorado, and raises hay to feed her cattle. Cortney is active in her local church and has two school-aged children.