Chupa Nelson, FounderR.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, PresidentTravis 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 ManagerGrowing 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 / CFOSharon 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.
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
YOUTHPOWER365RA 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.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITYAs 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.
BRIGHT FUTURE FOUNDATIONRA 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