EXPERIENCED TEAM. WORLD CLASS RESULTS.
The Romero Group team has over 80 plus years of combined experience in HOA and Property Management between its seasoned managers, maintenance, and accounting staff.
PRESIDENT and CEO
Dwayne Romero has over two decades of career experience in real estate development, management, and investment, specializing in mountain resort communities in the Rocky Mountains. He is the former president of Related Colorado, an operating division of Related Cos., the $20 billion international real estate development and investment firm headquartered in New York. As president, Romero led all aspects of business planning and overall direction of these properties and operating assets. Romero also served as general manager for all hospitality and property management functions in the oversight of over 150 condominiums and a dozen homeowner associations throughout Snowmass Village and Aspen.
Prior to his work with Related, Romero served as managing partner and co-founder of Steeplechase Development Partners, LLC, a development management company that managed several notable mixed-use projects in Aspen, including Obermeyer Place as well as The Residences at Little Nell – a five star, luxury private residence club at the base of Aspen Mountain. Steeplechase Partners also successfully developed several high-end, luxury single-family residences in Aspen. Previously, Romero served as a development manager for Hines in the Rocky Mountain region.
A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Romero served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers for seven years, including a leadership role in combat in the Persian Gulf War. His efforts earned him a Bronze Star Medal for leadership valor. Romero graduated from several U.S. Army leadership schools, including U.S. Army Ranger School as a distinguished honor graduate. He has earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.
In 2011 Dwayne served as the Executive Director for the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, a cabinet position for current Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. He led the Governor’s “Bottom Up” statewide economic development efforts, and then launched the “Colorado Blueprint”, the Governor’s successful economic development plan for recovery and growth, still in use today.
Romero is active and involved in several local community efforts and organizations. He was elected to serve two terms on Aspen City Council (2007-11 and 2013-15), and he has served on the board of directors of the Aspen Fire Protection District. He is an active member of the Aspen Rotary Club and was previously with the Aspen Historical Society (past president). He also serves on the board of directors of the Veterans for National Service Foundation, a national organization that educates and supports veterans seeking to enter public service at the local, state, and federal levels.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Shawn Gleason has over a decade of career experience in real estate development, management, and investment, specializing in mountain resort communities in the Rocky Mountains. He is the former Vice President of Accounting & Finance of Related Colorado, an operating division of Related Cos., the $20 billion international real estate development and investment firm headquartered in New York. As Vice President, Gleason led all aspects of business financial planning and budgeting, organizational cost management, and overall accounting of these properties, operating assets, and managed HOAs. Shawn served as an appointed board member of the Snowmass Base Village Metropolitan Districts, and Snowmass Base Village Master Association for the past 8 years. He joined the company in 2007 when it acquired the Base Village assets from the Aspen Skiing Company/Intrawest partnership. Shawn was previously the controller of Base Village for the Intrawest Company, joining the Project in 2005 at its inception. As Chief Financial Officer for The Romero Group, Shawn is responsible for all of the company’s accounting and control functions as well as all HOA accounting services.
Raised in the North East of the United States, Shawn graduated from St. Michael’s College in Burlington, Vermont with a B.S. in Accounting in 2000 when he began his accounting industry experience with KPMG in their Audit division. Shawn transferred from Burlington, VT to Denver, CO with KPMG in 2002.
Shawn has served as a board member on the Town of Snowmass Village’s Financial Advisory Board since 2011, and is currently serving his 2nd term. Shawn also served as the Treasurer for the Snowmass Village Rotary Club from 2010 until July of 2015. Shawn is a 2011 graduate of the Roaring Fork Leadership program, and currently is a Coach for RFL teams. Shawn and his wife Katherine, a middle school teacher, are busy raising two daughters currently ages 3 and 5 in Snowmass Village. Shawn’s hobbies include snow skiing, water skiing, road biking, volunteering with Snowmass Rotary and Habitat for Humanity.
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
Jim Korpela has over 18 years of career experience in special district and association management, property management, guest services and real estate development management. He is the former Director of Maintenance and Engineering for Snowmass Hospitality. His primary focus was to oversee the Central Plant, and operations and maintenance at Base Village. Responsibilities included Central Plant budgeting, energy and efficiency initiatives, project management, maintenance management, service contract administration and capital improvements.
Jim came to Snowmass Hospitality in January 2011 after serving for five years as operations/project manager for Beach Resource Management, and two plus years as the Chief Engineer at the Snowmass Club prior to that. Jim has a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Colorado and a bachelor in engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Jim has twin boys who are eleven years old, and coaches their 6th Grade basketball team. He has volunteered as a mentor with the Buddy Program and is a 2005 graduate of Roaring Fork leadership.
VICE PRESIDENT of OPERATIONS
Jerome Simecek has over 25 years of career experience in association management, property management, guest services and hotel operations management. He is the former Director of Operations for over two hundred condominiums managed by Snowmass Hospitality and had various levels of responsibility for the 12 Homeowner’s Associations managed by Snowmass Hospitality. These responsibilities included budgeting, insurance, service contracts, property reviews, and general administration. During his tenure with Snowmass Hospitality, Jerome acquired management contracts for the management of six additional homeowner’s associations.
Jerome had been with Snowmass Hospitality since 1993 when he moved to Snowmass Village. He started as a maintenance staff member and rose through the ranks. Along the way, he worked in various levels of management earning a Certified Pool Operator’s Certificate, passing the Colorado Real Estate Brokers Exam, CPR/AED certification, and most recently his Colorado Community Association Manager License.
Jerome and his wife have two daughters, fourteen and eighteen years old; he has been an active member of the Basalt Community with the Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. He also donates his time to Basalt Soccer Club as a coach and Board Member with 13 years of service in that capacity. Additional skills and interests include basic Spanish language, skiing, aviation, and fishing.