About Us

Rick Hermes

Founding Member

Prominent community developer, Rick Hermes, has constructed hundreds of luxury residences throughout extraordinary mountain resorts from the private gated communities of Colorado’s Vail Valley to the exclusive Cliffs Communities in the Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. Founding member of Hermes Group, Hermes’ current portfolio includes projects from Vail to the Carolina’s.

After graduating from Texas A&M University with a degree in Environmental Design from the college of Architecture, Hermes’ career started in 1990 and quickly grew to a partnership, as his talent for combining architecture, the environment, development and the breathtaking Colorado landscape cultivated a talent respected by clients and business associates alike. As either Principal or manager, Hermes master-planned highly acclaimed Vail Valley communities within Arrowhead at Vail, Bachelor Gulch Village and Cordillera.

Hermes assembled a highly qualified and talented team of architects, designers, craftsmen, builders and planners who effectively translate, into reality, his passion for creating unique neighborhoods where architecture is subordinate to the lansdcape. Under Hermes leadership, Hermes Group and its affiliates became an established and reputable real estate development company enabling its subsidiaries to grow exponentially over the last twenty years, with annual financial sales exceeding $100M.

Complimenting Hermes’ enthusiasm for development is his passion for the communities in which he works. Currently residing in Edwards, Colorado, Hermes’ extracurricular activities include Founding Board Member of the Roundup River Ranch Camp – a member of the Serious Fun Network founded by Paul Newman, ambassador for Habitat for Humanity and active benefactor and fundraiser for the Vail Academy.

Jeff Townsend

Director of Development

Jeff, a graduate from University of Kentucky, with a degree in landscape architecture, was an integral part of the renowned Denver-based firm, DHM Design for eight years. His attention to detail and creative abilities contributed to the successful design of various ski area master plans, including Durango Mountain Resort, Copper Mountain, Mountain House at Keystone and Lakota at Winter Park. His work can also be seen at the Seasons at Keystone and numerous Denver LoDo communities, including work on projects with Lincoln Property Company.

During his tenure with DHM Design, Jeff worked with Hermes Group on the majority of its developments partnering with Rick Hermes on the design concept for Arrowhead at River Ranch, Trailside at Arrowhead Mountain, Roundup River Ranch Camp, and the Custom Home Division, in addition to several Carolina developments such as Lake Keowee Custom Homes, Falls Creek Development and Meadow Development of Walnut Cove.

Since 2008 Jeff has served as the Director of Land Development for Hermes Group assisting in the master planning, entitlement, and approval process for the Master Planned Community of Wolcott. In addition he managed the construction division including infrastructure and custom homes.

Jeff is a Licensed Landscape Architect in Colorado and a member of ULI and the American Society of Landscape Architects.