Snowmass Village housing director named

Betsy Crum of Connecticut has been hired as the new Housing Director for the Town of Snowmass Village. She succeeds Joe Coffey, who held the position for more than 35 years and who passed away in January. Crum is currently the executive director of the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development in Hartford. 

“She brings over 35 years of experience in housing and community development with her, having served in multiple leadership roles with various housing coalitions and non-profits. She is skilled in housing development, financial packaging and management, and strategic planning. She has created or preserved over 500 units of affordable and supportive housing across 11 different developments,” according to a press release.

Crum is an alumni of the University of Connecticut where she earned a degree in Urban Studies. She went on to continue her education at MIT, studying “Fundamentals of Real Estate Development,” and at the University of St. Thomas where she studied Nonprofit Management.

“We had a lot of great candidates for this position but Betsy truly stood out due to her leadership and experience,” said Clint Kinney, Snowmass Village Town Manager. “She brings a solid background with a great vision to continue to move us forward, and she will be a great fit with our team.”

Crum is quoted as saying she is eager to move to Colorado, where two of her children currently reside. 

“I’m so impressed with Snowmass Village and its approach to supporting its workforce housing needs. I am really looking forward to working for the Housing Department, the Town and all of the residents of Snowmass Village,” Crum stated. She will begin her new position in April.


New networking forums begin

A multi-generational networking forum called Aspen Business Connect will host a meeting on March 29 at the Marble Bar Aspen, it was recently announced. The forum is a subsidiary of AspenRealLife, which touts itself as a local lifestyle blog.

“These networking forums have been designed to bring our community closer together, so that we may all meet the faces behind our local businesses and refer one another to new client prospects,” according to a press release.

The first event will feature business owners Chef C. Barclay Dodge of Bosq; Chef Susie Jimenez of Spice it up Susie and Michelle Marlow, spirit liaison at Marble Distilling Co. and The Distillery Inn and the Marble Bar Aspen. The presenters will share their insights and services with the end of each discussion allowing for an open dialogue with the audience.

Real estate sponsors of this event include Patty Brendlinger, Christy Clettenberg, Carrie Bryant and Coldwell Banker Mason Morse, according to the release. For more, go to