For many years, the Cordillera Ranch Property Owners Association (POA) was a self-managed association, but a couple years ago we hired an outside management firm to oversee the POA. As of this summer, we have decided to bring the POA management back in-house and hired a new POA General Manager, Matt Haire. As Matt describes below in his own words, he has a diverse background of property management that includes several high-end residential and resort properties. We’re excited to have Matt aboard and he’s brought great energy, enthusiasm and fresh ideas to the POA. Most importantly, he has a passion for seeing that Cordillera Ranch is managed to the highest standards and also enjoys working with people in the community. Please join me in welcoming Matt to Cordillera Ranch.
First of all, I would like to say how excited I am to be here at Cordillera Ranch. From the beauty of the Texas Hill Country to the opportunity to work with a self-managed Association, the future looks bright. Since I first arrived it has been clear that this is a place I could be for a very long time. The welcome I have received from the staff and homeowners has really gotten my time here at Cordillera Ranch off to a great start.
I was born in Houston, but before I could walk my family moved to Denver, Colorado. It was there that I developed my love of the mountains and all that comes with them, especially skiing. Every weekend during the winter I was to be found on skis. Around the time I was 11, the oil and gas industry slowed in Colorado and my family moved back to the Houston area, although we did return several times a year to visit. It was the biggest shock of my life and I vowed to return to Colorado as soon as possible, which I did upon graduating from high school. I enrolled at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO for my freshman year. I was in heaven once again. It was during my first year at Mines when my parents decided to surprise me and my brothers with a late in life baby, I now had a little sister. So I returned to Texas to be within driving distance of family and finished my college education at Texas A&M and Abilene Christian University. I grew up an Aggie and will always be an Aggie (as evidenced by my maroon truck with A&M license plates!).
Shortly after college graduation I returned to Colorado, this time to the Vail Valley, working for Vail Resorts. The plan was for one winter season but it turned into an amazing eight-year experience. I immediately found a job within the Clubs division, working at the Passport Club at Golden Peak in the winters and Red Sky Golf Club in the summers. I even spent a few months on Orcas Island, in the San Juan Islands in Washington State where Vail Resorts owned a summer resort called Rosario Resort & Spa. After four seasons I decided it was time to find a career that would provide a more consistent experience and that is when the opportunity to get into Property and Association Management presented itself. This involved managing the Homeowner’s Associations as well as the vacation rental/hotel business. I started out in the Bachelor Gulch area of Beaver Creek at a property called Horizon Pass. I was quickly promoted down the hill to The Seasons at Avon, a large mixed-use property, and eventually into one of the most high profile Property Management positions in the company as the PM at The Lodge at Vail. The seasonality of the area also afforded me the time and ability to travel overseas extensively in the off-seasons. I have traveled multiple times to Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America, the Pacific, and Australia/New Zealand.
In 2012, I decided that to take the next step in my career I needed to look outside the mountain communities of Colorado. I found myself returning to the Houston area and managing a large master-planned resort community on Galveston Island. Eventually, I decided that the Galveston area was not for me and that it was time to either make the move back to Colorado or head to the Texas Hill Country. It had long been on my list of desirable places to live and when the opportunity to come to Cordillera Ranch arose, with everything it had to offer, I jumped on the chance.
My first order of business has been to oversee the transition from the previous management company to once again being a self-managed association. Instead of having to worry about operating within the confines of a management company and all that comes with it, my sole focus will be on Cordillera Ranch. One of my goals is to re-establish a personal connection with the homeowners and become a more guest-service oriented operation. Over the next few months, please be on the lookout for communications regarding our new website that will be equipped with online bill-pay and account balance retrieval for homeowners, as well as a general improvement in communication. We’ll also be spending some time focusing on general operations and maintenance to assure we’re as efficient as possible, while delivering the best maintained community.
I look forward to gradually meeting as many homeowners as possible and please feel free to contact me anytime at MHaire@CordilleraRanch.com or 830-336-3501, with any questions or concerns.