I was born In Santa Fe, New Mexico, in December 1944. Since I was raised in the high desert country of New Mexico, I developed a life-time love affair with the clean air and big spaces. I graduated from Santa Fe High in 1962, Western Electronics Institute in 1964. My career has been varied and most rewarding, from refrigeration and electrical contracting to radiation detection instrumentation, to a 30 year devotion to aircraft and electronics. I owned and operated my own avionics facility in Broomfield, Co., for several years. In 1992, we sold our home of 17 years and made a career move, for my wife, to the Vail valley. Joining my wife Nancy, I was to start a directional change in my life that has led to my becoming a Realtor. Becoming a Realtor has been a desire for many years. My decision to train and become a realtor has been a very positive choice and one I wish I had done many years sooner.
In 1993, I answered an ad for a fly-fishing guide and that led to some wonderful experiences. I have rafted many of the gold medal rivers of Colorado and spent two seasons in Alaska guiding and maintaining the lodge facilities for a 5 star guest lodge. This was all a very good change for me. I am now a certified fly-casting instructor for the Federation of Fly Fishers. I am also a certified white water raft guide, licensed pilot, and avid model airplane enthusiast. The year 1996 brought an opportunity to travel and be a team leader for a large disaster recovery agency. I have worked in Puerto Rico doing FEMA inspections, Chicago doing flood inspections, and spent six years as a regional supervisor for a leading class action mediation company. My territory was everything from the Mississippi river west, including Alaska and Hawaii. Buena Vista is the best of all these places and the one my wife and I have chosen to spend our remaining years. We have been Buena Vista residents since December of 1996.
I have been married for 44 plus years to the same great woman. We have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. My wife, Nancy, works as a Special Education teacher for Park County School District in Fairplay. My daughter, Sarah works for the Buena Vista schools in the Special Education classroom. Sarah’s husband, Jesse Mair, works for Park County schools as the IT “guru." They also live in Buena Vista, having moved here from California via Colorado Springs. My oldest son Tom lives and works in Aurora for a company that distributes RC airplanes worldwide. Matt, my youngest, is lead artist for a video gaming company in Seattle, WA. Working in the field of real estate as a Realtor is a career choice that is very satisfying for me. The families I have helped to fulfill their dreams have become good friends and I truly enjoy being part of my clients' journeys.
Thank you for being part of mine.
Tom R. Bell, Associate Broker