Telluride visionary featured at CMU’s Entrepreneurship Day luncheons - Gold to Gondolas: Transforming Telluride

The keynote speaker at Colorado Mesa University’s 2017 Entrepreneurship Day luncheon will be Ron Allred, a Grand Junction native who will talk about his role in turning Telluride from a dying mining town into an all-season resort.

Allred developed, grew and enhanced Colorado skiing for more than 35 years. From Avon to Telluride to Mountain Village, this dentist-turned-developer has left his tracks across Colorado.

After graduating from Grand Junction High School, Allred headed to Nebraska, where he earned his dentistry degree and, in 1966, opened his practice in Colorado Springs. Less than three years later, he quit practicing dentistry and, within days, started his first real estate development company. That evolved from building and managing apartments and retail centers to building the town of Avon.

Then, in 1978, he turned his vision and energy to Telluride. The company that Allred headed built a new ski mountain, golf course and airport. He led the development of Mountain Village and a unique gondola transportation system to connect it with the town.

Today Telluride has 18 ski lifts and 2,000 acres of skiing and snowboarding. Telluride is rated in the top ten ski resorts in North America in both Ski and Skiing Magazine.

Allred will speak at the E Day luncheons in both Grand Junction and Montrose.

The Montrose campus luncheon is on Friday, March 31, at noon in the Jordan Room at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. It is sponsored by Telluride Ski and Golf Resort. Proceeds will be used for scholarships for students attending CMU’s Montrose campus.

The Grand Junction luncheon is on Monday, April 3, at noon in the Meyer Ballroom of the University Center and is sponsored by Bray & Company Real Estate. Proceeds go toward scholarships.

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