In 2000, an experienced resort development team, led by Chuck Cobb, purchased the controlling interest in Purgatory (at that time known as Durango Mountain Resort) and partnered with the original developers, the Duncan family, to create the vision of a dramatically upgraded resort community. Mr. Cobb and his associates have extensive experience in resort operations and real estate development, particularly in alpine environments.
Our management team has exceptional career experience and the qualifications needed to guide the resort into an exciting phase of growth and development. The team is a unique blend of seasoned professionals who have been with the resort for many years and newer faces that bring a wealth of experience and ideas. With their experience and leadership, the resort is well positioned to achieve its goals while ensuring the value of your resort experience and investment. Key members of the management team include:
Gary S. Derck
Chief Executive Officer of Purgatory Resort, has two decades of leadership experience in real estate and resort development. During the late 1990s, Mr. Derck was the CEO/General Manager of Loeb Enterprises, LLC, a master-planned community developer based in Reno, Nevada, which were the developers of Coyote Springs (a 42,000-acre, mixed-use golf community near Las Vegas) and Wingfield Springs (a 1,600-acre golf community in Reno).
During the early 1990s, he was the Director of Development with EDAW, one of the largest and most experienced development consulting firms in the United States. Specific development experience during this time period include Hidden Springs (a 1,700-acre residential community in Boise, Idaho), Desert Mountain (an 8,000-acre golf community in Scottsdale, Arizona), Las Campanas de Santa Fe (a 4,800-acre golf community in New Mexico), SeaWind (a 6,400-acre resort community in Florida), Little Lake Bryan (a Disney Development in Florida) and Newport Coast (a Disney development in Newport Beach, California).
During the 1980s, Mr. Derck was Project Manager and Vice President with Edward D. Stone, Jr. and Associates, a premier resort planning and design firm with projects throughout the world. Specific development experience during this time include Ft. Lauderdale (Florida) Beach Revitalization, Bardmoor Country Club/Bayou Club (a 1,200-acre golf community in Florida), Sabal Bay (a 2000-acre resort community in Naples, Florida) and Sugarmill Woods (a 2,000-acre residential community in Florida). Mr. Derck has a BA from Cornell and an MBA (with specialization in Urban & Regional Planning) from the University of Miami.
Senior Vice President of Finance of Purgatory and Durango Mountain Resort, joined the resort in 1994. He is responsible for cash flow/financial reporting, financial control, accounting, tax planning and management, insurance, corporate records and treasury functions and information systems. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Seiter served as a Manager with KPMG Peat Marwick, certified public accountants. Mr. Seiter is a graduate of the University of Denver and a certified public accountant.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Purgatory and Durango Mountain Resort, was born and raised in Miami, Florida, graduating from Vanderbilt University in 1988 and Vanderbilt Law School in 1991, after serving as an Associate Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He previously clerked for the Honorable Jose A. Gonzalez, Jr., U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, 1991-1993, and then for the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1993-1994. Duke moved to Durango in 1994, and in 1997 became a partner in the law firm of Crane, Leake, Ehlers & Eggleston, P.C., with a practice emphasizing Real Estate, Land Use, Business Law and Civil Litigation. Duke has served as the Vice President and President of the Southwest Colorado Bar Association, and is currently a Member of the Colorado Bar Association Real Estate Council. In 2005, he was elected as a Fellow of the Colorado Bar Foundation.
Vice President of Real Property, has been at the resort for nearly 30 years and has been engaged in a variety of positions. He was primarily involved in Lift Operations and Maintenance for the first twelve years and in Resort Facilities for the past fifteen years. Utilizing his extensive knowledge of the resort and surrounding area, Mr. Hards became intensively involved in the resort's successful effort to plan and entitle the resort's 600+/- acre Master Plan. Mr. Hards is actively involved in the Durango community, having served on several boards, including the 9-R School District Board. Mr. Hards is a graduate of Fort Lewis College.