For over 20 years, Mike Shimkonis has employed his intuitive matchmaker and creative marketing skills with buyers and sellers in both straightforward and sophisticated luxury real estate transactions around the Telluride region. Prior to establishing Shimkonis Partners, Mike’s career spans the outdoor and entertainment industries with long stints at the Walt Disney Company, Vail Resorts and Mountainfilm in Telluride. His early talents and successes with handling world championships and special events, resort marketing and media relations, film and festival productions, along with crises management set the groundwork for his veteran approach with top shelf Telluride real estate including advising several families with the highest end home and ranch purchases and sales in the region. Several leaders in the worlds of politics, entertainment and business have entrusted their real estate matters with Mike. A resident of Telluride since 1993, Mike and his team have transacted over $600 million in real estate sales and assist buyers and sellers on purchases and sales in the region once in every four days on average.
Asa Van Gelder
I was destined to be a real estate broker from a young age.
Determination and toughness were instilled in me as a child while competing in youth wrestling. Those traits remained with me through high school, where I was the captain of multiple high school sports teams and involved in the student government. During that time, I also began to develop my skills in problem solving, leadership and conflict resolution.
Those characteristics translated well to another passion of mine – the outdoors. I began working as an outdoor guide while I was earning my BA in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Barbara, which entrenched my ability to lead people through challenging situations. Earning the trust of my fellow nature enthusiasts was an enjoyable and fulfilling experience, while adversely, I was learning about financial stewardship from supporting myself through college.
After graduating, I moved to Telluride in the early ‘90s and met my wife, Robyn, who has encouraged me through every career move while also enhancing my negotiation skills and patience. While not working, you can find us skiing, biking, fat biking, golfing, backpacking, chopping wood, mentoring local youth, camping in our 1988 VW Westfalia, or trekking all over the world on our 2012 BMW GSA 1200.
My formal real estate journey began in 2003 as a licensed residential appraiser and I never looked back. My analytical skills and familiarity with the Telluride real estate market led to a seamless transition to real estate brokering in 2006, while still maintaining my appraisal license.
Every life experience led to my current role as a partner with the Shimkonis Partners. With over 30 years of cumulative Telluride real estate experience, an in-depth knowledge of the Telluride community, and countless skills amassed in my other facets of life, my clients have found me to be an invaluable resource for their Telluride real estate experience.
I’m like a Swiss Army Knife; I’m ready for anything! No matter what is thrown my way, I’m able to listen, absorb, and simply say, “Got it.” With a deep understanding of marketing and online resources in an ever-changing digital world, I think outside of the box and find ways to make things happen, no matter the circumstances. This makes me the agent you can count on.
I am a Georgia native, born and raised in the Atlanta area. Immediately upon graduating from Georgia Southern University, I moved across the country to Telluride, where I began my career in advertising sales for the local newspaper. While strategizing their print marketing campaigns, I connected with Telluride real estate brokers, and quickly became enamored with the beautiful homes they were representing.
In 2015, I made the inevitable leap to real estate and joined Shimkonis Partners as a Buyer Specialist in 2020. My technological savvy, attentiveness to client needs, extensive market knowledge, and overall real estate experience gives me an edge.
Outside of the office, you can find me paddling nearby rivers and lakes on my SUP board, exploring the surrounding high country, and enjoying all that the San Juan Mountains have to offer. I am married to my best friend, Ted, and am incredibly fortunate to be the stepmother of his 11-year-old son, Gage.
I grew up in San Luis Obispo, California, moved to the Telluride area in the fall of 2000 and started working for Shimkonis Partners in 2005. I love living and working in these beautiful mountains. My husband is a Colorado native and together we have 3 kids and love everything that Colorado has to offer, especially getting out doors as a family and enjoying this amazing place we call home! My husband’s great grandfather was a cattle rancher raising Black Angus and homesteaded his family in the Norwood area in the 1880s. I came to Telluride as a teenager to ski Telluride and fell in love. My colleagues at Shimkonis Partners insist I tell you I am the San Miguel County Fair Pie and Cake Contest Champion for umpteen years. One of my best desserts is a Jack Daniels Chocolate Chip Pecan pie. Raising my toddler twins and a son along with the heaps of fun work at Shimkonis Partners makes me the Chaos Coordinator and Circus Ringmaster!
Listing & Marketing Coordinator
I always knew I wanted to live in the mountains – and what better place than Telluride?! I moved to Telluride in 2018 after taking a job as the social media and marketing manager for Alpine Lodging before making the transition to Shimkonis Partners full-time in 2021. Prior to the move, I worked in sports television and for several newspapers and magazines in Chicago.
I attended Millikin University for my undergraduate degree, where I earned my BA in English/Journalism and was a captain of the soccer team. I was inducted into the hall of fame in 2018 (go Big Blue!). I continued my education at DePaul University and earned my master’s degree in journalism in 2013.
I am originally from Chicago and love my beloved sports teams, including the White Sox, Bears and Blackhawks. I miss the food IMMENSELY (shoutout Portillos) and would love if someone opened a 24-hour diner around here. I currently live in Norwood with my husband, Edward, and my three dogs, Cooper, Stanley and George Costanza; and my cat, Jackie Bauer.
As the transaction coordinator for Shimkonis Partners, Karyl ensures all deadlines are met in a timely manner, maintaining confidentiality throughout each process. She started her career as a US Real Estate Virtual Assistant in 2013. Having worked with top producing market center and agents, she was exposed to different aspects of real estate processes.
Karyl graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts in Asian Studies. She draws inspiration from her husband, Bryan, and their eight dogs. In her free time, she likes to exercise, do yoga and watch Netflix.
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