Get To Know Us

Who builds your home is probably the most important decision you'll make. With this in mind, we created a team with more than just decades of experience, but who also bring confidence to every project along with the communication and collaboration skills to see it through.


 From left to right: Alan Evans, Jason Rodon and Doug Gurlea, partners

Alan Evans, Partner

Alan’s construction background began at a very early age building milking sheds and silage pits as the son of a dairy farmer in Southern Ireland, and later wiring homes in Dublin with his cousin's electrical contracting business.

Alan continued to pursue his passion for the industry on Australia’s Gold Coast where, for 20 years, he designed and built both spec and contract homes into the late 1980’s

After a visit to Queenstown, New Zealand, Alan discovered his love for skiing and mountains, leading him to Breckenridge, a town he’s called home since 1989.

With his first Breckenridge client, Alan quickly jumped back into the construction industry in 1992 by building one of the first casinos in Blackhawk in addition to a $13,000,000 Recreation Center for Gilpin County, Colorado. Alan is still developing for the same client today.

Alan began focusing his work on high-end mountain homes in 1998, where his success with building in a demanding mountain climate and recognition in the industry led him to found New West Partners.

Today, New West Partners has grown into an award-winning team of dedicated experts who share Alan’s passion for quality, craftsmanship and strong client relationships.


Doug Gurlea, Partner

Doug studied physics and engineering at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA before embarking on a 27-year career in the construction materials business. He owned and operated the largest ready-mixed concrete and quarry company in the US Virgin Islands until its sale in 2015.

While Doug’s extensive business background ranges from operations to marketing and finance, he is also well-versed in all types of civil excavation, structural concrete foundations, and construction. He thoroughly enjoys creating exquisite mountain homes and shares Alan’s passion for quality, craftsmanship, and strong client relationships.

In his free time, Doug serves on the board of directors of the Summit Youth Hockey Association in Summit County, Colorado. He also enjoys ice hockey, all types of skiing, muscle cars, and mountain biking in Breckenridge, where he lives with his wife Twyla and their four children.

 


Mike Costello, OPERATIONS MANAGER

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Mike graduated from Colorado State University in 1988 with a BS in Business Management in Marketing and has been building homes since 1994. A licensed General Contractor since 1994, Mike built his first spec home in 1996 and has over 17 years of design/build experience in Summit County alone.

Mike’s specialties include water and sewer, backfill, formed concrete, slab prepartion, forming pouring and finishing concrete and all aspects of framing. He also specializes in HVAC systems, landscaping, trim and electrical. As a Master trim carpenter, Mike brings extensive attention to detail to all facets of framing and interior trim work, ensuring that the designer specs and customer needs are met and exceeded.

He’s been with New West Partners since early 2013, presently working on the 112 S Harris project.


Keith Berry, Project Superintendent

Born in Canada and raised in Wisconsin, Keith and his wife Kelly moved to Summit County in 1997,  starting his own framing company and eventually general contracting in Park County. 

When he's not overseeing the latest New West project, Keith spends his free time with Kelly in the outdoors, enjoying the active lifestyle that Summit County offers.


Paul "Frosty" Krause, Project Superintendent

Frosty got his nickname when a fellow skier noticed the icicles in his beard and the rosy cheeks while skiing at Copper Mountain on a 20-below day. The name stuck.

After playing football for both Oklahoma and Colorado, Frosty graduated with a degree in Business and Environmental Conservation in 1975--after which he began framing houses for a living. During a project in Breckenridge, Frosty fell in love with the town and decided to stay, working on remodeling and contracting along with being a part of the large Beaver Run Hotel project in the early '80's.

By 1994, Frosty was a full time contractor, building houses and remodeling around Summit County.

When he's not working, Frosty enjoys spending time with his twins Cooper and Courtney, along with mountain biking and skiing.


Dave Leopold

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Dave started in construction when he was 8 years old by building a cabin on Kane Lake with his family. Over the next several years he constructed homes with his Dad and brother, one to live in and three spec homes in Two Harbors, Minnesota.

After graduating with a degree in Construction Management from North Dakota State University, Dave spent 17 years working in general contracting—starting out as a site superintendent and eventually estimating.

Over the past 30 years, Dave has estimated a multitude of projects including single & multi-family homes, prisons, churches, schools, colleges, daycare facilities, museums, military facilities, grocery  and convenience stores, , restaurants, pre-engineered buildings, ball fields, recreation centers, ice arenas, gymnasiums,  office buildings and warehouses,  roadwork and site development. 

Dave built his own custom home in Breckenridge where he and his wife Jan raised three boys, two of whom followed their father's path into the construction industry.

Dave’s wife Jan is a realtor for Slifer, Smith and Frampton in Breckenridge.


Jan Butler, Team Coordinator

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Jan grew up in a close-knit family of three brothers and two sisters in Mason City, Iowa.

She attended the University of Northern Iowa where she received her degree in Communication Media.

After following some of her siblings to Colorado, Jan settled in Summit County in 1985, where she worked for a local printing company for over 16 years. Jan also spent time working for an ad agency, a local property owner and the Breckenridge Building Center.

She and her husband Randall enjoy gardening, camping, hiking, reading and traveling.