Kara Mills

Kara Mills

Professional Background/Occupation

My professional career consisted of various finance and project management roles; I was a consensus builder across diverse groups and interests. Before moving to Telluride, I worked for over 13 years in finance and project management roles for 3 Fortune 500 companies in the banking and energy industries that were located in Portland, OR and Houston, TX. Currently, in my Telluride career, I am an Associate Broker with Luxwest Real Estate; a General Contractor with San Juan Design-Build, LLC; and CFO with Interstate Logistics, Inc. I graduated with my MBA emphasis Accounting from the University of Colorado, my undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Western State College of Colorado, Gunnison, CO.

Length of Time as Town Resident

5 years

Previous Political Experience/Specific Qualifications

As a realtor, general contractor, and finance professional, I feel that my project management experience across diverse groups and interests allows me to find broad reaching solutions. While I have no previous government experience, I have learned that working across various departments in large corporations in search of common ground can be a political process. My accounting/finance background allows me, as a homeowner, to understand where our tax dollars are going and to check if that really makes sense.

Reasons You Would Like to Serve

As a full-time resident, homeowner and general contractor, I have first-hand experience with the local challenges and regulations (Design-Review Board and Community Development Code; which will allow me quickly to be a contributor to Town Council’s success. I want to bring my broad financial knowledge and experience to the opportunities facing us property owners and I look forward to bringing new solutions to local government.

Other Information You Want to Include (family, community involvement, other personal information)

My husband, Brady Mills, and I enjoy our life in Telluride: skiing and summer hiking with our two golden retrievers. I have spent the majority of my life in Colorado; having lived in three Colorado ski resorts/areas: Winter Park, Crested Butte and Telluride. I am involved with the local community through my membership with Telluride Association of Realtors. We feel blessed to call Telluride home.

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