Roaring Fork Valley President

Krista Klees

“This is my community — my home — so keeping a strong, local connection is important to me.”

Like many people, Krista Klees originally came to Colorado for the skiing — not planning to stay long-term. Then, she met her husband (also an avid skier) and they both loved the quality of life so much, they decided to make Colorado their home.

As she settled into mountain life and turned her attention to work, Krista found that real estate was a natural fit for her. She helped open a boutique real estate firm in 1992 and operated it until 2014. She started Palladium Properties in 2015, and in 2019, Palladium merged with Slifer Smith & Frampton.

Now, Krista is Market President of the Roaring Fork Valley for Slifer Smith & Frampton.

Why is it important to you to work for a locally focused real estate company?

Real Estate is a local business that has a direct impact on the community, and it is an integral part of developing and sustaining both local businesses and the respective communities.  Therefore, I feel it is essential the professionals in the field are connected to and work for a company that is ensconced in the community which is locally owned and operated.

I have been in the real estate business in the Roaring Fork Valley for over 3 decades and have seen major changes over the years.  Most noticeably, we have seen significant consolidations and the independently owned firms slowly disappear.  Slifer Smith & Frampton is the exception.  We have remained the only locally owned real estate company still serving the entire Roaring Fork Valley. Our money remains in the communities we service and is reinvested into the local non-profits which continue each and every day to strive to support and improve the communities they call home. This is our community – our home – keeping that strong, local connection is extremely important to all of us at Slifer Smith & Frampton.

What’s your favorite Colorado spot?

So many, too many to name!  However, I love sharing and spending time with my family and friends enjoying all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer – skiing, fishing, hiking and my own special time…. With my horse on a mountain trail somewhere along the way.  It gives you the full sense of being part of the majestic mountains we live in.

Is there a local cause that is important to you?

The Roaring Fork Valley has over 600 registered non-profits.  8 years ago we started an event to highlight 5 rotating non-profits a year and it is called “Lucky Chances” after my first horse who is the name sake.  Longer story, but let’s just say we BOTH have had some serious “Lucky Chances” over the years and it seemed only appropriate to try to pass them along to others.

Every year, the goal is to gather a diverse group of women to listen, learn, lend a helping hand, and assist the organizations with awareness and fundraising. Since Lucky Chances started, we’ve raised over $300,000 and elevated the awareness for over 40 local non-profits.

It has been wonderful to watch the event grow over the years and see what this amazing community is capable of accomplishing when we come together for local causes.

Lucky Chances Luncheon at Hotel Jerome

Krista's Colorado Calling