Governor tabs Aspenite for economic post

Developer, property manager and Aspen City Council member Dwayne Romero will serve as Gov. John Hickenlooper’s executive director of Economic Development and International Trade.

Hickenlooper announced the appointment Wednesday. Romero replaces Don Marostica, a former state lawmaker who held the post under former Gov. Bill Ritter.

Romero was elected to Aspen’s City Council in 2007. He is president of Related Snowmass in Snowmass Village, a division of the Related Cos. international real estate development and investment firm.

He manages Snowmass Village properties, including the Mountain Chalet, Snowmass Inn and Snowmass Mall, and oversees divisions that manage more than 250 condominiums and a dozen homeowner associations in Snowmass Village.

He previously worked as managing partner and co-founder of Steeplechase Development Partners LLC, which was responsible for several mixed-use projects in Aspen. Before that he worked for Hines, leading and managing several resort and development projects in Colorado and Montana.

“Dwayne Romero knows how to create jobs and lead organizations,” Hickenlooper said in a news release. “He helped stabilize and build successful businesses in the Colorado mountains, most recently in Snowmass Village. Dwayne has the necessary leadership training and business-management experiences to promote economic development in Colorado and beyond its borders.”

Romero is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and his seven years in the Army included a leadership role in combat in the Persian Gulf War, where he earned a Bronze Star. He also received a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

The office he will lead is in charge of programs and offices such as business retention and relocation services, the Colorado Tourism Office, the Colorado Small Business Development Centers and the Colorado International Trade Office.


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