After growing up surfing the beaches of Florida, Mike Shimkonis decided to give higher ground a try. Settling in Colorado in 1987, he first lived in Vail before migrating to Telluride nearly 20 years ago. Mike has extensive experience in the ski and snowboard industry being involved in major events, spearheading marketing efforts and travelling the world as an ambassador for skiing Colorado. For the past ten years Mike has been a broker with Telluride Properties. He used his skills to complete a fundraising program for Mountainfilm and the Trust for Public Lands which transformed 10 acres of land into open space with the proceeds donated to Mountainfilm. Mike has served various leadership roles in the community and with Mountainfilm, first serving as a volunteer for a couple years, its executive director for one year, its past president for several years and currently serving on its executive committee.