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.
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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