About

Our History

Founded in 1976 by R.A. “Chupa” Nelson, RA Nelson LLC is an employee-owned full-service General Contractor headquartered in Avon in Colorado’s Vail Valley with a regional office near Aspen in the Roaring Fork Valley. We offer preconstruction, construction management / general contractor services, and post construction / property management services. As a local mountain contractor, we have experience in working in difficult to access areas, erecting complex structures, delivering the most refined architectural elements, and installing state-of-the-art building technology. With thirteen LEED® AP/GA on staff and eleven LEED® Certified projects, our team excels at providing creative sustainable solutions and alternative building practices and materials.
RA Nelson has a diverse portfolio of work, specializing in high-end custom homes, award-winning sustainable buildings, recreational complexes, multi-family residential projects, affordable housing neighborhoods, educational facilities, hotels, restaurants, commercial buildings, tenant finishes, and interior and exterior renovations. Born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, we have been building mountain communities for over 40 years, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch, Cordillera, Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk, Keystone, Breckenridge, and Telluride. Our core values are: TEAMWORK – together we respect, trust and listen; INTEGRITY – Do what we say we will do, every single time; ENJOYMENT – Be passionate and have fun with everything we do. With over 80 experienced and dedicated staff members, we are committed to each project we build and client we work with.

Leadership Team

Chupa Nelson, Founder

R.A. "Chupa" Nelson came to the Vail Valley in 1966 where he joined the Vail Ski Patrol. During the summers he took on construction work to fill his time. This was the start of his building career; in 1976 he started his own company. Over the last 40 years, RA Nelson has built some of the most notable mountain communities. Chupa has always been passionate about community involvement and giving back. He has sat on numerous local non-profit boards including the Vail Valley Foundation, the Vail Valley Medical Center, The Youth Foundation, and Eagle County Open Space Advisory. Chupa's dedication to the community has become cornerstone of the company.

Travis Bossow, President

Travis is a second-generation builder. He worked for his father's home building company while in high school in the Vail Valley. After 12 years in the Preconstruction Department at RA Nelson, he took on a leadership role as President and Owner. Travis is most passionate about building custom homes and working with clients to deliver a high quality home that will be enjoyed for generations to come. With over 30 years of experience, Travis excels at leading and uniting the team while providing suggestions to ensure the construction process runs smoothly. He is dedicated to giving back to the community and serves on several local boards and advisory councils, including the CMC Advisory Board, Second Wind Fund, and the Vail Valley Partnership Economic Development Advisory Council.

Bruce Gentry, Vice President / Roaring Fork Senior Project Manager

Growing up on a farm, Bruce started working with his hands at a young age and his interest in construction followed. He started working for RA Nelson in 1990 as a carpenter for a custom home project. His hard work and passion for building advanced him first to a Superintendent and then to the Roaring Fork Senior Project Manager and Owner of the company. In his current role, Bruce oversees all projects in the Roaring Fork Valley, lending his expertise and knowledge of twenty-six years in the construction industry. He excels in challenging building situations, always looking for a better and more efficient way to do things by utilizing resources, his talented staff, and dedicated subcontractors. For Bruce, RA Nelson is not just a company, it's a family.

Sharon Jones, Vice President / CFO

Sharon has been a CPA for over 30 years. After working at two of the Big 8 accounting firms conducting audits throughout the country, she came to the mountains to work, ski and hike. She started with RA Nelson in 1989 as a Controller and has since helped make financial and strategic planning decisions in her leadership role and as an owner of the company. Sharon has been an active member of CFMA (Construction Financial Management Association) since 1990, serving as a board member, committee member, national member and past president of the Colorado chapter. Dedicated to giving back to her community, Sharon has been an avid supporter of numerous local organizations and fundraisers for both local and regional charities each year.
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Community Commitment

Contributing to the local community has always been an integral part of the RA Nelson culture. This is apparent in the projects we undertake, the contributions we make, and the personal time our staff puts forward. We take a special interest in offering our time and assistance to local youth programs. RA Nelson contributes thousands of dollars each year in sponsorships, in-kind donations, and staff time to programs serving both the Vail and Roaring Fork Valleys.

Organizations that RA Nelson supports:

The Vail Valley Foundation | Youth Power 365 | The Education Foundation of Eagle County | The Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation | Eagle Valley Family Assistance | Eagle County Early Childhood Programs | Habitat for Humanity | Eagle River Preserve | The Eagle Valley Land Trust | Eco-Trails | RA Nelson Dependent Scholarship Fund | Colorado Mountain College Scholarships | Ski & Snowboard Club Vail | Walking Mountains Science Center | Women's Foundation | Aspen Rugby | The Sonnenalp of Vail Foundation Scramble Against Cancer +Battle Mountain High School | Bright Future Foundation | Children's Garden of Learning | Youth Zone | Mountain Tots Preschool | RedRibbon Project | Blue Lake Preschool | Cohen Strong Foundation | Small Champions | Nepal Relief Fund | First Descents

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YOUTHPOWER365

RA Nelson is an annual sponsor of YouthPower365’s Turkey Trot, an organization that supports education, arts, and athletics for the youth of Eagle County. Staff volunteer with event set-up and execution for the 5,000+ racers that come through.
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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

As a local builder, we lend our expertise to Habitat for Humanity by participating in and leading build days. In addition, we provide sponsorship for events and donate appliances and materials from job sites rather than hauling them off to the dumpster.
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BRIGHT FUTURE FOUNDATION

RA Nelson donated $10,000 to the Bright Future Foundation to help with the renovation of their new office space. Staff coordinated donations of time and material from subcontractors who worked on their new office in the Westgate Building, which totaled about $25,000.

Organization that our staff supports:

Bright Future Foundation | The Youth Foundation Turkey Trot | Edwards Elementary School Volunteer | Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association Trail Building | Trash Pick Days | Youth Ice Hockey Coach | Board Member of Eagle County Planning Commission | Coach for Buddy Werner Ski Racing | The Cycle Effect Volunteer | Coach for WECMRD Youth Hockey | Vail Valley Business Women Board Member | Vail Valley Young Professionals | BMX Kids Coaching | Eagle County ECO Build Committee | Volunteer Firefighter/EMT | Rural Fire Protection District Volunteer & Committee Member | Eagle River Youth Coalition Board Member | Red Cliff Outreach Ministry Board Member | Mountain Fair Volunteer | 5 Point Film Festival Volunteer | Board Member of the Bristlecone Health Services | Board Member for Summit County Childhood Options | Friends of Breckenridge Trails Volunteer | Eagle River Clean-up Volunteer | Member of the Facilities Committee for 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships | Salvation Army Holiday Bell Ringing | Habitat for Humanity Build Days | Magic Bus Volunteer | Construction Financial Management Association Board Member | National Association of Professional Women | Three RiversLittle League Volunteer | Glenwood & Basalt Recreational Baseball Volunteer | Roaring Fork River Rats Coach | Glenwood Springs Basketball Team Volunteer | Pink Vail Cancer Fundraiser

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COACHING YOUTH SPORTS

Our staff gives back countless of hours of volunteer time as a coach or volunteer for youth sports. This includes coaching the Vail Valley Soccer Club, Copa Edwards, the Cycle Effect, Roaring Fork River Rats, WECMRD Youth Hockey, Buddy Werner Ski Racing, and kids BMX, and volunteer for Youth Ice Hockey, Little League, Glenwood Springs Basketball Team, Recreational Baseball, and more.
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SERVING ON NONPROFIT BOARDS

Staff are encouraged to be involved in the community wherever their passion lies. They are involved in numerous nonprofit boards, from education, to the outdoors, to health and wellness or mentoring children and young professionals.
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COMMUNITY CLEAN UP

From highway clean ups, to recycling at job sites and the corporate office, we are dedicated to preserving the beauty of our mountain communities. Staff volunteer twice a year to clean up a section of highway and will go the extra mile to recycle or donate materials.
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GIVING BACK

Living in the mountains is a privilege we don't take for granted. Our staff participate in a winter coat drive, ring bells for the Salvation Army, donate cans of food, and volunteer their time and expertise to local nonprofits.

Awards & Recognition

RA Nelson and the projects we build have received awards and have been recognized by 3rd party organizations. We are proud to have been recognized and are honored to share these achievements with you.

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2013-successwinner
bestcompanies2013
greencouncil2013
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bestcompanies2015
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Professional Associations

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The-AssociatedGeneralContractorsofAmerica
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ColoradoAssociationofHomeBuilders
 
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