This year with no contested positions to vote upon, the Vail Board of Realtors® & Vail Multi-List Service Board of Directors candidates will be elected by acclamation on September 28. Congratulations to our candidates. Congratulations! 

Our strength comes from our membership as a whole and is expressed through active volunteers who are the leadership and future of the Association. Volunteer leaders fill an important role in the VBR and VMLS. They guide both the organization and set policy.



2020-2021 VBR DIRECTOR: Cara Connolly - Slifer, Smith & Frampton


Growing up in a family that owned several commercial properties in the south, Cara Connolly was exposed to real estate at a very young age. Buying, selling, and leasing with many hours of painting and sweeping large buildings, Cara learned at a very early age what hard work and creating genuine relationships will do for you in life.

Connolly attended the University of Arkansas and then moved to Austin, Texas to begin a career in financial sales. In 2003, Cara decided to trade in her suits and stilettos and headed west to Vail, Colorado on an invitation from a childhood friend.
Cara Connolly joined the East-West family companies shortly after moving to Vail and started with the corporate marketing team of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate. In 2008, she became licensed to buy and sell real estate in the state of Colorado. Soon after, Connolly was asked to launch the luxury home rentals division of East West Hospitality. Over the past 17 years, Connolly has worked with an elite group of luxury homeowners and rental clientele across the Vail Valley.

"I love our Valley. This is my home and I chose to stay and raise my family here. Being able to share such an amazing place with others is a dream come true for me" says Cara Connolly.

Cara Connolly lives in Eagle, Colorado with her husband Patrick, daughter Ellie Fay and son Walker. You can usually find them at the hockey rink, climbing gym, skiing, biking on anything with wheels, camping off the grid, picking blackberries in Ireland with family, navigating museums in France, on the beach in Mexico and Spain, swimming in rivers, watching Texas and Arkansas football (hopefully not against each other), everywhere there is a soccer ball, behind the end of a fishing pole, hanging out with friends on hut trips and reflecting locally at the Vail church.


2020-2022 VBR DIRECTOR: Dawn Mullin - LIV Sotheby’s International


Six years ago, I applied for one of the Director positions for the Vail Board of Realtors. At the time, the VBR Foundation was at a place where it was seeking new direction. I was asked if I would consider being a Director for the Foundation instead because of my years of fundraising and volunteer work in our community. Like many, I didn’t know about the Foundation and was happy to redirect my energy and focus. I had never been on a Board before so there was a learning curve yet there was wonderful support and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity and experience.

The second year, I was asked to serve as the Chair. I was honored to be considered and gladly accepted. I became even more passionate about the Foundation, determined to elevate our presence, create fundraising opportunities and find better ways we could touch the lives of our members and the community. I was asked to continue serving as the Chair for two more years until we revised the By-Laws that restricted the length of time one could serve.

During my three-year term as Chair, our Board accomplished a tremendous amount: 1) We created a road map with structure, goals and focus for the future success of the VBR Foundation; 2) Diligent efforts have been made to get the name of the VBRF out into the public, letting members and our community know that we’re here to help them financially during catastrophic events; 3) We created an Amazon Smile relationship so when members and friends are shopping, the VBRF can benefit; 4) We submitted our application and were approved to be recipients in the Colorado Gives Day; 5) We added the Silent Auction to our Holiday Party as a fundraiser in anticipation of supporting of our upcoming Scholarship Program; 6) We finalized the design and implemented a Scholarship Program that rewards Eagle County students – to date, we have awarded 39 Scholarships to local students – donating $71,000 so far; 7) Our involvement in the Avon Playhouse Project generated a donation to the Foundation and, in turn, we took that money and donated it back to Habitat for Humanity whereby we purchased their Playhouse and donated it to the Better Ford Alpine Gardens as a permanent interactive structure for children. None of this could have been accomplished without the tremendous dedication and commitment of the VBR Directors.

When my ability to serve the VBR Foundation ended, I turned to the Vail Board of Realtors and was elected to join that Board. It’s been a tremendous experience to be a part of this Board and its Leadership. Times have been challenging with COVID for everyone and this Board and our staff in the office have been exceptionally diligent and focused on the wellness and opportunities for success of our membership. The dynamics of mutual respect, thinking outside of the expected paths, confidence to speak up when unpopular alternatives exist, all while knowing it’s for the betterment of the membership, this is what makes our Board so productive and effective. We have been the example for many other Boards in our state and are highly respected.

I was selected to join the CAR Leadership Academy for 2021 and am excited to expand my knowledge of ways I can contribute even more to our membership in the future. I am honored and proud to have been able to serve our Boards and, with your support, look forward to continuing my involvement and commitment to benefit all of our members. 


2020-2022 VBR DIRECTOR: Lynne Krnacik - Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties

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Lynne is from Pittsburgh, graduated from the College of Charleston with a Biology degree, and moved to Vail in 1996.  She has been assisting real estate clients in the Vail Valley since 2007, exhibiting commitment, integrity, and excellent


2020-2022 VBR DIRECTOR:  Bobby Hermosillo - Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties


Born and raised in Minturn, Co. Bobby Hermosillo came from very humble, and modest beginnings. The oldest of 3 boys growing up in a single mother home, his mother often worked 2 jobs to make ends meet. Bobby shares what drove him into Real Estate:
"As a child, I remember one of my mom's favorite things to do on the weekends was to load us up into the car and drive through Vail, Eagle-Vail, and Avon to look at all the nice houses. She would dream out loud and talk about how she would decorate the home, what she liked about them, disliked about them, and how nice it would be to have a house like some of these. I could see that in her mind she was dreaming about what it would be like to live in all these homes we would drive by. Those memories are what drove me into Real Estate and are what continue to drive me to be the best I can in this business.

Bobby has also spent the last 14 years selling building materials to high-end clientele and contractors throughout the Vail and Aspen Valleys. Bobby's extensive knowledge of construction, building, and building materials, combined with an in-depth knowledge of the Vail Valley and Eagle County is what makes Bobby an excellent choice for all your Real estate needs.
"I have a love for the valley, a love for the special lifestyle that comes with living in the Vail Valley and I truly love to help people. I enjoy helping people accomplish their dreams of homeownership in this amazing place we call home"





2020-2022 VMLS DIRECTOR:  Gina Dizon - LIV Sotheby's International


Gina began her real estate career in 1996 in the heart of Chicago. Her real estate experience spans the globe from Vail Valley and Denver, to Lake Nona in Orlando, Carmel and Pebble Beach, as well as, France, Monaco and Switzerland. She previously
held real estate licenses in Illinois and California and currently in Colorado and Florida. In 2005, Gina moved to Vail. She joined Prudential (now BHHS) and became the Managing Broker for John and Michael Slevin in the Vail Village office. She was with Ron
Byrne and Associates for several years before joining LIV Sotheby’s International Realty in January 2020.

For over two decades, Gina has successfully navigated all facets of the real estate industry; residential and commercial. This includes securing the ideal site on which to build, to vetting a development via focus groups and feasibility studies from concept to
inception, including single-family homes, condos, and mixed-use properties. Above all, forming relationships with her clients brings her the most satisfaction. Gina has enjoyed volunteering in the valley. Some of the most fun and memorable
experiences have been sitting on the committee for Rock the Research for the Steadman Philippon Group, House Captain for the Vail Mountain School Home Tour and the Ultra 100 in Beaver Creek.

In her spare time, Gina loves mountain and road biking hiking, golfing, skiing, and traveling. Gina became a Lola (Tagalog for grandma) to Emmeline Lidia, born to her daughter Alexis, on June 16, 2020.



2020-2022 VMLS DIRECTOR: Julie Thurston - Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties


Julie is a Colorado native, and after graduating from college in Vermont she returned to her home state to start a family and career. Julie and her husband Glenn have built two homes and raised two children here in Eagle County. Her 28 years of work experience in the Vail area spans real estate sales, marketing, property management, and business coaching. With school teachers as parents, she was encouraged to be a life-long learner which she infuses into her role as Managing Broker at Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties where she aims to inspire positive growth in the team's lives and businesses.


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The Vail Board of Realtors® and Vail Multi-list Service provides essential services to over 700 Realtor® Members throughout the Vail Valley. Our strength comes from our Membership as a whole and is expressed through active volunteers who are the leadership and future of the Association.

We look to Realtor® Members for new leadership to guide us into the future. We have openings on VBR & VMLS Boards of Directors, as well as on committees and task forces for those who are newer to volunteer leadership. Please, consider joining the Realtor® leadership ranks as either a committee member or Board of Director. 

Board of Directors

What does a Board Member do?
Through Strategic Planning and meetings, Board Members act to guide, direct and monitor actions of committees and Board staff to create and maintain valuable services. Board Members assure the Board’s finances are sound via effective financial management in annual budgeting and monitored through monthly updates. Directors maintain awareness of all internal and external forces that may affect members, communicating and acting on those matters through the Board of Directors.

Listed below are the essential requirements for service as a VBR or VMLS Director:
• Commit to a two-year term of service on the Board of Directors and maintain Realtor® Membership
• Attend and participate in Board Strategic Planning and/or Leadership Training when scheduled
• Attend Monthly(bimonthly) Board meetings, General Membership meetings and other events of the Board, and sometimes address the membership in these venues as needed within your position’s duties
• Prepare for all Board meetings by familiarizing themselves with the information provided in the monthly agenda and attachments prior to the meeting date (provided exclusively via email);
• Should have experience serving on either a committee or the Board of Directors of a Realtor® Association or MLS Service within the past five years, but is not required;
• All Directors are encouraged to serve on at least one committee in conjunction with service as a Director.

If you are interested, please submit the completed pdf application (223 KB) by Friday, July 31, 2020.

If you have any questions or interest in being on the Board of Directors please contact Erica Kirk for more information. 


Our committees are made up of members who graciously volunteer their time to help strengthen the association's events, services, member offerings, and strategic plan initiatives.

The Vail Board of Realtors® is always looking for new volunteers! Please take this opportunity to review where you might enjoy serving! Simply check off or prioritize the committees you might be interested in (e.g. 1-3, 1 being the most preferred committee) and return to the VBR offices via email, or drop it off in person. 

In most cases, the respective Committee Chairs select the committee volunteers. On some committees, open seats are
limited, and can only be joined when the leadership year turns over (December 1st –November 31st). However, most committees can be joined at any point during the year!

The frequency of committee meetings ranges from 3 – 10 meetings per year, depending. Meetings can range from once meeting every other month (education, membership, etc), to a concentrated grouping of meetings leading up to a big
project/event (golf tournament). Call or email staff for details on any specific committee you might be interested in.

If you are interested, please fill out the  pdf Committee signup form (141 KB)  and submit it to Erica Kirk. 

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