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Jeanne Fritch, President/Owner

Youngest daughter of long-time owners Bob and Helen, Jeanne is the next generation of the Fritch family to carry on the Sitzmark traditions. Growing up in the hotel, Jeanne is no stranger to the commitment and hard work it takes to provide guests with a quality, comfortable space. Over the years she has held every job from folding laundry to painting rooms and front desk operations. Jeanne spent many years forging her own path, gaining knowledge and experience away from Vail and the hotel industry. But the family business was always in her heart. In 2008 Jeanne rejoined the Sitzmark as Manager and has now taken the reigns from her parents as Owner.

“My parents have created something very special in the Sitzmark and I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to carry it on.” – Jeanne Fritch

Derek Schmidt, General Manager

Derek is a native of Colorado, originally from Littleton. He has enjoyed living in the Vail Valley since 1994 and grew up skiing on Vail Mountain since the age of 3. Derek holds his Bachelor's Degree in Hotel Management from Metropolitan State University of Denver. He enjoys preserving the beauty of Vail and serves on the Vail Sustainable Destination Committee and the Eagle County Climate Action Collaborative. In his free time, Derek enjoys spending time with his wife Kiki, son Reiner and their dog Nova. We look forward to see how his contributions will improve the Sitzmark Lodge for years to come. Please give him and his family a warm welcome to the Sitzmark Lodge!

Jennifer Natbony, Front Office/Sales & Marketing

Jennifer joined the Sitzmark family in the fall of 2011 as a front desk clerk. She demonstrated an obvious passion and knowledge regarding activities in and around Vail as well as a propensity for encouraging guests to make the most of their visit. Jenn took over as Reservations Manager in the summer of 2015. An avid skier and hiker, Jenn is a great source for mountain adventure ideas. Her friendly customer service skills, welcoming nature and high level of competence reflect the core values of the Sitzmark.


Marjorie Moodie, Reservations Manager

Marjorie is a native of Jamaica, coming to Colorado in 2016 with her two boys, Nicol and Nathan. She joined the Sitzmark family soon after and has found her home in the Vail Valley. Marjorie's warm smile will welcome you when you arrive and her attentiveness to your needs will ensure you have an outstanding stay. In her free time, Marjorie enjoys chasing after her two boys and appreciating the beauty of the Colorado mountains.


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