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About Adam

Since June of 2013 Adam has been serving as the Mayor Pro-Temp of Aspen while serving his first term as an elected member of the Aspen City Council.  He was elected in the spring of 2011.

Adam currently represents the City Council on the board of CORE (Community Office for Resource Efficiency) working on renewable energy programs and solutions.  He also represents the City on the Aspen-Snowmass Nordic Council, where he works to protect and enhance our world class 60km+ of free Nordic trail system.  Since moving to Aspen in 2003, Adam has been very involved in the local community.  From 2005 until 2011, he chaired the Financial Advisory Board for Pitkin County.  From 2009 through the present Adam continues to serve on the Housing Frontiers Group, which focuses on finding solutions to strategic issues facing Aspen’s much needed affordable housing program.  He also served on a committee that worked on a public/private partnership for potential affordable housing rental projects.  Early in his Council term ,he served on a working group to find a more stable funding source for our community’s health and human services agencies via a working group made up of City & County senior staff, a few elected officials, and leaders of our non-profit community.

Adam understands the challenges of running a small business. He founded PBI Concierge, a provider of high-end, in-home elder care and concierge services.  He is currently creating a new RV Park & Campground brand, Cruise Inn RV Parks & Resorts (http://cruiseinns.com) focused in the Rocky Mountain States that is modeled after the hotel industry.

Before moving to Aspen, Adam worked in the global emerging markets foreign exchange derivative business.  Based in New York, he spent extensive time overseas, conducting business in more than 55 countries on six continents.  Prior to his foreign exchange markets experience, Adam was an associate portfolio manager at one of the first socially responsible investment funds in the country.

Adam and his wife, Katy, who is also active in the Aspen community, have two young children at The Aspen Elementary School; Felix is in fourth grade, and Quintessa is in second grade.  Adam competes in a variety of athletic events: alpine, nordic and randonee skiing (including the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse and Power of Four), triathlons, long distance running, and snowshoeing.  He is proud of summiting mountains in South American and Africa.  Since 2010, he has been a product tester for Pearl Izumi.

Committed to community service, Adam has been a member of many local non-profit boards, including serving as president of the Aspen Youth Experience (now part of the Buddy Program).  Adam is also a graduate of Roaring Fork Leadership.  Born on an Indian reservation in northeastern Montana, Adam received his undergraduate degree in economics, with emphases in political science and art history, from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he was a leader in the student government.

Family

Married 11 Years to Katy Frisch

Katy grew up ski racing outside of Syracuse, NY, and continued to race in college.  She received a degree from Brown University in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

She has worked in strategy consulting, manufacturing and mergers and acquisitions, all for technology companies, in a variety of locations.  Katy currently is the President of Arcom Labs, based in Syracuse, NY.  She is a member of YPO-Aspen.

Katy is currently a member of the board of the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club (AVSC), and founder of the Ajax Cup, AVSC’s major fundraiser.  She is also a member of the Aspen School District’s Financial Advisory Board.  She is a former member of the board of The Wildwood School.  She has lived in Colorado for the last 15 years.

Two Children Born at Aspen Valley Hospital

Felix (4th grade) and Quintessa (2nd Grade) are both enjoying their time at Aspen Elementary School.  He is active with AVSC alpine ski team, swim team, and Theater Aspen productions.  Quintessa is an avid alpine skier, involved with the local gymnastics, swim and ice skating program.  They are both proud graduates of Wildwood.  They love camping around Aspen, Moab and Fruita.

Adam’s Parents

Both of Adam’s parents grew up in Northern Minnesota, Mom in Duluth and Dad in Virgina, the center of the ‘Iron Range,’ a mining community.  They were both the first people in their family to attend college.  Adam’s Dad is a physician and his Mom is an attorney with a focus on mediation and a community activist.  Adam has three younger sisters.