What is the difference between a good trip and the vacation of a lifetime? The answer is simple: personal service. By this we mean the kind of friendly, dedicated service that can only be provided by people who love their jobs and in turn strive to make guests feel welcome and pampered. At the C Lazy U Luxury Guest Ranch, we go that extra mile to welcome you and make sure you have a great time: we call it superior service and it is what makes our Colorado dude ranch “Miles Above Ordinary.”
Meet the C Lazy U Staff: Dedicated to Providing the Best Colorado Family Vacations!
David Craig brings more than 25 years of hospitality experience to C Lazy U. His diverse background includes resort, luxury hotel and membership club experience. His career began on Cape Cod, Massachusetts where he engaged in a variety of resort property management positions including both back of house (housekeeping and engineering leadership) as well as front of house (front desk leadership). David spent 11 years in Aspen and Snowmass Village with roles at the Hotel Jerome and Stonebridge Inn where he was the General Manager. He has worked at the Inverness Hotel Resort & Conference Center in south Denver and honed his 5 Star luxury product and service skills while spending 9 years at Denver’s boutique Hotel Teatro, ultimately as General Manager. During his tenure there he briefly oversaw C Lazy U ranch while the ranch consulted with DiNapoli Capital Partners. Most recently, David was Senior VP at the luxury membership travel club Inspirato, which has since grown to more than 10,000 members – many of whom have had the pleasure of enjoying C Lazy U.
David is the former Chairman of the Board of the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association (CHLA). In 2015, he won the CHLA Hotelier of the Year Award, an honorable distinction reserved for people who dedicate their careers to the Colorado lodging industry. David is married to Kristin and has two stepdaughters. He joined C Lazy U as general manager in 2013.
Paul Klees is the Assistant General Manager for the ranch. As he likes to stay busy, he also serves as Hunting Manager for our Luxury Hunt business in the fall and spring. Paul isn’t all business though; you will most likely see (and hear- he’s quite enthusiastic about this part of the job) him on a horse helping out in the barn, in the dining room making sure your dinner is 5-Star perfect, or branding by the campfire late at night. The poster child of a well-rounded cowboy, Paul often appears in photos of magazines writing about the C Lazy U, and as such has fondly been nicknamed the “face of the ranch” by his friends.
Shane was born and raised on his family’s ranch in California. After serving in the United States Air Force, and developing his professional skills he spent some time traveling internationally until he found C Lazy U Ranch. Shane started as a seasonal employee in the housekeeping department and fell in love with the ranch and the Rocky Mountains. He has worked in various roles at the ranch including food and beverage as a bartender. He fell in love with the hospitality industry and spending time with guests. C Lazy U Ranch recognized Shane’s great personality and strong work ethic and Shane has now taken on a much larger role as an year-round Operations Manager. Shane is very hands-on with the guests and is a fixture during your evenings on the ranch at cocktail hour, dinner and evening entertainment. We encourage you to get to know him on your next trip to C Lazy U Ranch.
Director of Equestrian Operations, Ami Cullen, began her ranch story as a long-time guest of the Ranch. Prior to joining the ranch and beginning her career, Ami was an accomplished equestrian who competed in Hunter-Jumper horse shows along the East Coast. Ami spent several years practicing law as an attorney in Washington D.C. Her love of the ranch, the Colorado mountains and horses attracted Ami to C Lazy U in 2012. She is an integral piece of the ranch and oversees all equestrian operations, including our guest riding program, children’s program, member riding program and our herd of approximately 200 horses. Ami is often seen riding young horses and helping to prepare them for our guests, teaching horsemanship clinics and giving riding lessons.
Brady Johnson is Director of Sales and Marketing, making him responsible for all marketing and advertising efforts at the C Lazy U along with booking group events and retreats. But don’t be fooled by this job description because on top of these efforts you can always count on seeing him taking guests on guided mountain bike rides, or leading a ropes course session in the summer, and leading cross-country skiing tours as our guests’ mountain host in the winter. The C Lazy U is the perfect home for this avid outdoorsman because he gets to show guests the experience of a lifetime from the moment they find us online or through friends, to the day of their departure.
Rollins Wallace and Kennedy Bailey oversee C Lazy U Ranch’s Kids’ Program. They manage a team of certified counselors to ensure every child is safe and secure in our kids and teens program. Both Rollins and Kennedy are long-time staff members with a combined 5+ years of history at C Lazy U Ranch. Both have extensive horseback riding experience with a skill for perfectly matching the correct horses to child riders. The Ranch’s team of young enthusiastic counselors provide an ideal environment for child development, supervision and most important – fun! C Lazy U Ranch is lucky to have Rollins’ and Kennedy’s leadership, personalized care and oversight of our counselors and kids in our Kids’ Program.
Scott Klees is working his way through every department on the Ranch! Scott started out working as a wrangler then transitioned to the Outfitters Cabin as a concierge, before being promoted to OC Cabin Supervisor and Groups Coordinator. Promoted yet again, Scott now serves as Rooms Division Manager and Director of Member Services. His vast knowledge of the ranch, its inner workings and professional background helps make Scott a great asset to all our members, guests and groups on ranch.
Mike Cullen is C Lazy U Ranch’s Director of Activities. Mike is a graduate of the University of Colorado and has had various professional management and sales positions throughout his career. Mike is a true outdoorsman and passionate mountain biker so he naturally gravitated to C Lazy U Ranch. Mike has been integral in developing and enhancing C Lazy U’s activities department outside of horseback riding and he oversees the entire ranch hand and landscaping team, which is the central nervous system of the ranch. The ranch is lucky to have Mike on the team and his infections smile, love for the outdoors, amazing customer service and hard work ethic can be seen in everything he does.
Heather Peters is the Reservations Supervisor, and her voice will likely be the first friendly voice you hear when you call to find out more about the C Lazy U Ranch experience. Also the resident Wedding Sales Manager, Heather works alongside Kelly to create the perfect ranch wedding for each couple. Feel free to give her a call for information about rates and availability, or to start planning your special day, at 970-887-3344.
Kelly Fowler is originally from Southern Pines, North Carolina, and has been an integral part of the ranch since 2013. After graduating from High Point University, Kelly took a trip out West for a summer job as a kid’s counselor and decided she couldn’t get enough of the Colorado mountains. She can be found between the Outfitter’s Cabin, managing the C Lazy U Store ‘Old Louis’ Place’ and making sure your Lazy You Spa experience is magnificent. Also the resident Wedding Coordinator, Kelly loves working with each bride to make her visions for the perfect ranch wedding into a reality.
Rachel Merrill works in the Outfitters Cabin as a Ranch Concierge and will be one of the first smiling faces to greet you at C Lazy U. A native New Yorker, Rachel packed up her car and made the drive out west following her graduation from the University of Vermont. Starting out with a summer contract to work in “Luis’ Old Place,” she fell in love with the Rocky Mountains and hasn’t looked back. Rachel has since found her home in the Outfitters Cabin working with guests before and throughout their stay to maximize their C Lazy U Ranch experience.
Xandy Keough is the Front Office Manager and Group Coordinator. Like many others, Xandy immediately fell in love with the Ranch and has made it her home. She found a passion in being able to be a part of making a vacation of a lifetime come to fruition. Alongside a team of top-tier service professionals, Xandy’s main role is delivering your dream vacation and being your steward so you can experience all that this Premier Colorado Dude Ranch has to offer.
Sommelier Elise Blann has worked in the restaurant industry for over ten years now. She discovered a passion for wine when she first began working in the fine dining industry around five years ago and obtained her Level 1 certification from the Court of Master Sommelier’s in October 2015. In April 2016, she passed the Level 2 requirements becoming a Certified Sommelier. For the past two years she has worked as a corporate trainer for PB&J Restaurants, Inc., alternating between bartending, training, working caterings and events, and opening new concepts in multiple states. She is excited for the opportunity to delve back into the wine industry and couldn’t ask for a better establishment or team to do so with than C Lazy U.
And last – but certainly not least – our friendly housekeepers, kitchen staff, wait staff, wranglers and children’s counselors who all keep coming back year after year to make your stay enjoyable.
Colorado is beautiful in any season, but fall is one of the most colorful. The beautiful Rocky Mountains, spotted with fiery red-orange aspens, draw in hundreds of Colorado natives and tourists alike every year. At C Lazy U dude ranch, you’ll get a front row ticket to the riot of color that comes with a … Continue Reading »
We had a wonderful experience after a few minor adjustments. Let me begin with the great things about C Lazy U! It was a wonderful week. The ranch is warm, welcoming and truly a lot of fun. The horseback riding and the wranglers were superb! The horses are extremely well cared for and the riding trails are fabulous.