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Mike Shimkonis

For nearly 25 years, I’ve been an intuitive matchmaker and creative marketer with buyers and sellers in straightforward and sophisticated luxury real estate transactions around Telluride. My career spans the outdoor and entertainment industries, with long stints at the Walt Disney Company, Vail Resorts, Telluride Ski & Golf Company, and Mountainfilm in Telluride. I’ve organized world championships and special events, resort marketing and media relations, film and festival productions, and handled crisis management. I advise top-shelf families with second and multiple home and ranch purchases and sales, including several leaders in politics, entertainment, and business. I’m an Emeritus member of the Mountainfilm Board of Directors and am on the Council of Esteemed Advisors for the Telluride Film Festival. My partner and I have transacted over $700 million in real estate sales. We typically handle approximately 10% of the market share in San Miguel County, excluding fractional and commercial sales.
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Asa Van Gelder

Partner/Broker/Residential Appraiser

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.

Transaction Coordinator

Karyl Columna

Karyl is the human embodiment of “get it done.” At Shimkonis Partners, she’s the Transaction Coordinator who keeps the wheels spinning smoothly, ensuring deadlines are looked after consistently and accurately. Secrets stay safe, and deals get done. She is our real estate transaction whisperer.

Since 2013, she has honed her expertise as a Real Estate Virtual Professional, gaining invaluable experience with diverse real estate transactions. Karyl has an eagle eye for detail and a deep understanding of the complexities of real estate transactions. No matter how sophisticated the deal, Karyl can navigate it with finesse.

Karyl holds a Bachelor’s in Arts in Asian Studies from the University of Santo Tomas. Beyond work, she finds inspiration in her husband, Bryan, and their furry family of eight! To balance the hustle, Karyl unwinds with yoga and meditation.

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