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Inspiring Conversations with Orly Ripmaster

Today we’d like to introduce you to Orly Ripmaster.

Hi Orly, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
Our story started in 1968, when our founder, my dad, Joel Ripmaster, graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder, where he played football for the CU Buffaloes and would spend his time hiking from campus to Chautauqua Park with his college sweetheart and later to be wife, my mom. The two young Midwestern students would walk and daydream about one day owning a home in Boulder, starting a family and a business, and spending life here. My parents fell in love with Boulder, and residential real estate and what it represented to their young family.

In 1977, my dad opened the Colorado Landmark doors for the first time with a clear mission: Provide the most personalized support, flawless guidance, and unrivaled knowledge of the real estate market to local and global Boulder County homebuyers and sellers. This mission is living proof and rings as true today as it did decades ago. While the world changes, the economy and trends change, and the real estate markets change, one thing remains steadfast: People need a trusted advisor, a local expert, and a partner in the home buying and selling process.

In 2022, Colorado Landmark celebrated two major milestones, which we call “Landmark Moments”. I was humbled and honored to be welcomed into the family business to build and execute a next-gen strategy. That ultimately led to one of the most exciting and talked about acquisitions in the brokerage space in 2022 when Colorado Landmark united with Slifer Smith & Frampton in August. The acquisition brings together two local Colorado legacy brands and enables further expansion across the Front Range.

In addition, my dad became a strategic advisor to the SSF Board of Directors, and I was once more humbled and honored to be named SSF’s Front Range Market President. Together we now boast more than $10 Billion in sales volume since 2020 and more than 320 brokers in 34 sales locations from Aspen to Niwot.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The integration within the Slifer Smith & Frampton culture has been natural and organic. When I joined my dad in the business in 2021, my goal was to allow his legacy to remain grounded while also ensuring the business could evolve to address the rapidly changing market and industry. We weren’t for sale but the unmistakable alignment of the two companies was too strong to ignore.

The alignment was clear from table stakes core beliefs: values, principles, and respect for the underlying business model and fiercely independent nature. As my dad says: “the transition has been made easy because SSF is the best, they’re the Gold Standard in this business”. It’s been an honor to lead alongside a legacy Colorado business and continue to lead Colorado’s Real Estate industry and celebrate our passion and commitment to this state.

As you know, we’re big fans of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate- Front Range. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
Slifer Smith & Frampton is Colorado’s #1 Independent Real Estate Brokerage. Over 60 years since Vail’s first realtor, Rod Slifer set up his brokerage on Bridge Street, SSF continues today as pioneers with a shared vision: to cultivate careers and communities that thrive together.

Beyond our love for Colorado is a passion for its spirit, its people, and its potential. We are committed like no other, investing in people, places and local business is a way that builds us all up for the greatest good of our communities. That’s Slifer Smith & Frampton and that is our Colorado Calling.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Finding a mentor is an important part of leadership development but engaging with that mentor is what counts. Mentorship can come in so many forms or fashions. A common misperception when seeking mentorship is that you need to find someone with similarities, for example, a female seeking out a successful female mentor, or someone immediately gravitating to someone older than themselves as a mentor. While that can be powerful, seeking out different perspectives and searching for those you admire rather than just someone similar is key. Also, remember that mentorship is a two-way street, you can’t just be a taker. Help yourself and help your mentor be the most productive by setting expectations and helping keep them. It’s likely a mentor you admire or someone you’re looking to network with is extremely busy so do the leg work to make the relationship seamless, work hard to make mentoring you easy and fun by being organized and prepared. Never underestimate the value a mentee can offer in a mutually beneficial mentorship relationship.

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