Announcing SSF’s New Leadership
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Apr 20, 2021 // Madeline Ansley
Announcing SSF’s New Leadership

We are thrilled about the recent announcement of new leadership in our Summit County market. Read on for the full press release and join us in congratulating Chris Lankhorst and Jason Cole!


Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate Promotes Chris Lankhorst to Summit County Market President

Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate is restructuring to accommodate its recent growth and success. Chris Lankhorst, has been promoted to Market President of Summit County effective immediately. He will be one of four Market Presidents: one in the Roaring Fork Valley, one in Summit County, one in Eagle County and one in Denver.


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“We are a sales-focused company and believe this management change will bring us even closer to our customers and the communities we serve. We are widely recognized as a company that supports its brokers like no other company,” said Smith, a founding partner. “We believe this reorganization will allow us to serve our brokers at an even greater level. Decentralizing will allow us to have the scale, breadth and capabilities to provide even greater service to our customers.


The Market President is in charge of their respective market areas and will serve as the face of Slifer Smith & Frampton in their individual markets. Lankhorst has been in Summit County for over 20 years, was consistently a top producer in this market, and has many years of leadership experience as Branch Broker in the company’s Keystone and Breckenridge offices.


Born and raised in Michigan, Lankhorst graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Sociology and General Business Administration and moved to Denver for a career in medical sales. Craving to live the mountain lifestyle of Colorado, he and his wife, Christy, relocated to Dillon in 1999.


Nearly 60 years after Vail’s first realtor, Rod Slifer, set up his brokerage SSF continues to execute a luxury real estate vision that prioritizes service, local expertise and careful stewardship of our mountain communities. Today, SSF has 33 offices including five offices in Summit County. SSF has listed and sold more property than any other real estate firm in the mountain corridors and maintains the leading market share in many neighborhoods today.


“We have grown to the point that one person cannot possibly run our company anymore,” said Smith. “And now that we are in a number of unique markets each with distinctive needs, we believe that decentralization makes sense.”


SSF exclusive affiliations will remain with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Luxury Portfolio International and Forbes Global Properties, offering our local brokers world-class resources with a global reach.


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Jason Cole, who has been with SSF for 14 years, will oversee all broker support operations along with the Slifer Smith & Frampton staff as Chief Executive Officer. The reorganization announcement was made Monday on a Zoom call in front of the companies’ more than 350 brokers and staff.

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