Meet Our Team

Each and every one of our employees represents the spirit of our company: driven, committed, and acutely aware of the importance of our service to guests, homeowners, realtors and vendors. We go to great lengths to identify self-starters with diverse experience and skill sets to produce not just an effective workforce, but a well-rounded, talented and complementary team.

Chad Christy, President & Owner –

Chad oversees every aspect of Great Western Lodging’s business. Chad has worked in the property management field since moving to Breckenridge in 1987 and started Great Western Lodging (GWL) in May of 1997. He is passionate that a locally owned and operated business will always deliver better service to their customers. Chad has a strong knowledge of the local and regional markets, and is an interested party in the growth and development of Breckenridge. He lives in Breckenridge and enjoys time with his dogs, along with skiing, biking & hiking, and kiteboarding when visiting coastal destinations.

Jeff Cospolich, Vice President & General Manager –

Jeff Cospolich | Vice President & General ManagerJeff is responsible for all aspects of the business, with a concentration on marketing and advertising. He has a degree in English Language & Linguistics from Louisiana State University. Since moving to Summit County in 1995, Jeff has been working in several aspects of resort management, and has been with GWL since the start in 1997. A strong attention to detail and work ethic make Jeff a vital component of our overall operation. He also sits on the Breckenridge Tourism Office Board of Directors, chairs the Breckenridge Open Space Advisory Committee,  is active in the Breckenridge Lodging Association, and in the past has worked on the USA Pro Cycling Challenge Local Organizing Committee. Jeff enjoys living in Breck with his wife and daughter, and can often be found skiing, snowboarding, biking and simply enjoying the sun.

Keith Kroepler, Owner Relations, Acquisitions & HOA Mgmt –

KeithAttending to our owners’ needs and overseeing the operations of the associations managed by Great Western Lodging, Keith has a degree in Business Administration from Elmhurst College in Illinois, and professional experience in accounting, finance & sales. Keith moved to Breckenridge in 1992, and has been in the property management field for over 20 years. He has been assisting GWL and its owners and associations since 2001. When not at work, Keith enjoys cross country, downhill & water skiing, and hiking with his wife Debbie & their two Golden Retrievers.

Brian Juchno, Director of Operations – 

BrianBrian is responsible for managing the daily operations of unit maintenance, housekeeping, daily check-in/out inspections, and the property management of One Breckenridge Place, Park Avenue Lofts, Riverbend Lodge and Sawmill Creek Condominiums. He started working for Great Western Lodging back in 1999, and has always displayed a strong hands-on work ethic that has adapted well to the property management environment. Brian attended Springfield College, where he studied Outdoor Recreation Management, and has been working in the construction trades for over twenty years.

Monika Dydek-Niemkiewicz, Housekeeping Manager –

MonicaMonika works directly with Brian Juchno attending to the daily requirements of scheduling and inspecting the contracted cleaners. She has been managing our housekeeping department since 2003. Monika’s previous work experience with another property management firm in town has helped create and enforce the highest housekeeping standards.

Julie Paradysz, Direction of Sales

Julie is responsible for managing the sales efforts and strategy that will propel Great Western Lodging. With more than fifteen years of experience in sales for the travel industry, Julie brings to the table a variety of experience in the travel and tourism realm. As a transplant from Lake Tahoe, Julie is a mountain girl at heart. On her days off, Julie spends winter days working to teach her three-year-old daughter to ski. In the summer, you can find Julie hiking local 14,000-foot mountains with her giggly toddler in the backpack and her golden retriever leading the way.


Hilary Warner, Reservations & Front Desk Manager

HilaryHilary manages all aspects of the guest interaction from the initial reservation to the check-in/out process. Originally from Hilton Head, SC, Hilary moved to Colorado in 2004 to attend the University of Colorado Boulder where she earned her Bachelors. A local of Breckenridge since 2011, Hilary enjoys all things the high country has to offer: Skiing, hiking, and camping.

Candace Bruns, Marketing Manager –

candacebrunsheadshotbwCandace is in charge of our marketing efforts, including email, social media, and the numerous marketing channels we work with: Tripadvisor, HomeAway, and VRBO just to name a few. Candace has over 8 years of experience in Marketing and has lived in Summit County for 5. When not working, you will find Candace on the mountain snowboarding in the winter, or hiking in the summer.