In the heart of Colorado’s Sawatch Range, Knapp Ranch is propelled by a vision to preserve the land, water, and wildlife in a rustic and timeless setting.
Our staff consists of bright and enthusiastic individuals who are dedicated to the vision of preserving this magnificent land for the enjoyment of future generations.
Leadership / Administration
Knapp Ranch, Owner/Principal
Knapp Foundation, Chairman
Cleon T. (“Bud”) Knapp is the former Chairman and CEO of Knapp Communications Corporation, where he developed and published Architectural Digest and Bon Appétit magazines, which were sold to Conde Nast Publications, Inc. in 1993. Bud was born and raised in Arizona and spent most of his working adult life in Los Angles, with some time in New York City, before moving permanently to the Vail Valley in 2013. Bud has been active in professional, philanthropic and civic organizations as both a member of and Chairman of several boards. Most recently, Bud and his late wife Betsy wrote Living Beneath the Colorado Peaks, published in the fall 2018. It is the story of Knapp Ranch and their vision for land stewardship, architectural traditions, conservation and sustainable farming. Bud lives at Knapp Ranch and enjoys high-altitude farming, land and stream preservation, reading, spending time with friends, and planning for the legacy of his land.
With a degree in hospitality management from Stenden University in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, and four years of front office management experience at Vail’s Sonnenalp Hotel, Kelly Fossberg brings a high level of European-style, service-oriented expertise to her position as Administrative Manager for Knapp Ranch. Most recently, Kelly managed over 80 homes and 3 Homeowner Associations for East West Hospitality, a job that entailed everything from solving plumbing issues to explaining yearly budgets to HOA members. A native of The Netherlands, Kelly grew up in Curacao. In her spare time, Kelly and her husband enjoy mountain biking and backcountry skiing, and planning their next travel adventure.
Bailey Bossow, a Colorado native, operates as Bud Knapp’s Personal Assistant and serves as an Executive Administrative Assistant to COO Tom Cartwright. Currently enrolled in an Organizational Development Certificate Program based out of Florida, Bailey also holds a certification in Clinical Nursing Assisting and is always eager to learn. Bringing experience in finance, hospitality, organization, marketing and management, Bailey was a state champion within the Distributive Education Clubs of America. Highly adaptable, motivated, and well-versed in administrative decision making and communication, Bailey is responsible for Administrative Management of all aspects of the Knapp Family office, businesses, personal affairs, Knapp Foundation along with Knapp Ranch bookkeeping and customer relations. Bailey’s passions include cooking, knitting, hiking with her dog Nalla and supporting local non-profit organizations surrounding our community.
Seth grew up in Keene, New Hampshire and in 1992, moved to Colorado from New England to discover the west. Seth started work at Knapp Ranch in 1997 where now, in addition to serving as Knapp Ranch’s on-staff historian, he is acting Ranch Manager and resident artist. Seth’s experience working for a master painter has translated into artistic woodworking and welding expertise. His portfolio of works includes a wedding arch of Aspen boughs for Mr. Knapp’s son’s wedding. Seth’s knowledge of Knapp Ranch infrastructure, preservation practices and systems make him an invaluable part of the leadership team. Seth’s interests include expedition overland travel, camping, snowmobiling and caring for animals. Seth enjoys being an active member of the Toyota Land Cruiser Association. Seth and his wife Sophie live as caretakers on an adjacent ranch with their three dogs.
Buildings & Infrastructure Manager
Matt was born and raised in the Vail Valley and attended Colorado State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Matt’s love for the outdoors ultimately brought him Knapp Ranch, where his organization, attention to detail, and reliability rapidly advanced him to the leadership position of overseeing the management and maintenance of Knapp Ranch lodges, guest cabins, and structures. When Matt is not working, he can be found enjoying the Colorado wilderness with his wife, Courtney, while camping, whitewater kayaking, backcountry skiing, and dirt biking.
Agro Forestry & Grounds Manager
Andy was born and raised in the Vail Valley. After graduating Battle Mountain High School, he attended culinary school at Johnson & Wales University in Denver. Andy's true love of the mountains beckoned him back to Vail where he worked in the kitchen at Sweet Basil, and simultaneously began studies in biology at Colorado Mountain College. Andy has his Wilderness First Responder certification, and is working towards becoming a Certified Arborist. At Knapp Ranch Andy oversees key aspects of the 320 acres including irrigation for hay, the farm, and estate grounds, collecting data and conducting research with Wellesley College and Colorado State University on high altitude fruit tree growing, and under the direction of the Colorado Forest Service, implementing Knapp Ranch’s forestry plan. Outside of work he can be found adventuring with his Golden retriever, Brie, hunting, whitewater rafting, and backcountry skiing.
Maintenance Foreman & Ranch Hand
Originally from Dover, New Jersey, Jim lives and has been raising his family in the Vail Valley for the past twenty-one years. Jim's 36-year career in the gas industry,working for both Xcel Energy and Source Gas leading new construction projects and line repair provides a breadth of experience and wisdom in logistics, safety and teamwork. His experience in mechanical drawing, auto and equipment mechanics, and his “can-do” attitude are invaluable at Knapp Ranch. What Jim loves most about working at Knapp Ranch are the people and vistas he enjoys while cutting trees in the forest, snowplowing, and running ranch equipment. Jim’s passion for the outdoors and mechanics is expressed outside of work spending time with his two sons, Jason and Chris, hiking, camping, building off-road vehicles, and drag racing.
Sandy grew up in Ohio and Denver and moved to Vail in 1994. Her son and daughter were both born and raised in Sweetwater, the valley where Sandy owned and operated an 18-acre ranch growing organic vegetables and raising Pekin ducks. Sandy has a Master's Degree in Agriculture from Colorado State University and brings incredible experience to Knapp Ranch as a business owner and farmer. She created a program in 2009 for the Vail Valley Foundation called Sowing Seeds, with a mission to teach horticulture (food production) and sustainability to over 6,500 students in Eagle County Schools and she built the organic garden at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards, where Knapp Ranch now partners to grow in the CMC greenhouse during the winter months. Sandy’s curiosity, creativity, and hard work have increased the productivity and varieties of produce available from the Knapp’s experimental farm. The delicious taste of fresh food grown by Knapp Ranch can be enjoyed at many local Vail Valley restaurants. Sandy is an avid volunteer and participates in 4H and rodeo with her daughter, and loves discovering new food trends, and eating out.
Steven grew up in Bronx, New York. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Geology from the University at Albany in New York, and has completed certificate programs in Medical Botany at the New York Botanical Garden as well as Food Handler from ServeSafe National Restaurant Association. He brings a wide breadth of experience to the Farm at Knapp Ranch including working as a Farm Management Teacher at Project EATS, incorporating horticulture therapy practices as Health Educator for the New York Department of Education, conducting fresh food tastings and cooking demonstrations as Market Manager for Down To Earth Farmers Markets, and working as Head Hemp Farmer at Blue Forest Farms and Colorado Hemp Projects in Longmont, Colorado. Outside of his passion for growing delicious healthy food, he loves spending time with his son, James, and paragliding.
Knapp Harvest Manager
Colorado native Cary Hogan grew up on a 200-acre working ranch in Fraser. An avid competitive skier, Cary was the first woman in Colorado to be offered a ski patrol job at Winter Park Resort, a position she turned down in favor of a management position with the lodge and restaurant at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in the Fraser Valley. A leader in the local and national wine industry and the owner of several small businesses in the Vail Valley, Cary is well-versed in sales, employee mentoring and training, event planning and management, media outreach, and customer service. Cary and her family own properties in Gypsum and Ridgway. She enjoys gardening, skiing, hiking, painting and writing.
Andi hails from northern Michigan. Prior to joining the Farm at Knapp Ranch, Andi spent seven years working at a family owned certified organic vegetable farm in New Jersey, where her passion for organic local growing and a chemical-free healthy lifestyle began. Before discovering her interest in sustainable living and healing through food, Andi was Assistant Technical Director of the Stage Production Design department at the Savannah College of Design, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. She was responsible for overseeing the drafting, building, technical elements and safety of all stage sets, as well as the basic wood and metal shop training of all students in the program. At the Farm at Knapp Ranch, Andi established Good Agricultural Practices protocol, oversees the HACCAP standards, food processing, seeding, and germination. Outside of work Andi enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, home fermentation and homemade skin care.
General Manager, Osage Gardens
Raised on a hillside dairy farm in rural Vermont, Jared McDermott has spent the better part of his life in the food and agriculture industry. In 2000, after purchasing his family’s farm, Jared founded the Vermont Herb & Salad Company, turning the four-season farm into a commercial operation that produces and distributes organic microgreens, salad greens, and culinary herbs throughout the United States. In 2010, Jared and his family relocated to western Colorado and he became the manager of Osage Gardens. Jared brings to the Osage Gardens/Knapp Ranch collective significant knowledge about the expanding future of local agriculture and the economic sustainability of consistent and long-term product specialization and distribution.
Head Beekeeper and Manager
Carmen was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and moved to Vail, Colorado in 1990. She began her career in the Vail Valley opening hotels for the Hyatt Corporation. She also worked in construction management and wrote construction loans for First Bank of Vail, before starting her own property management business in 2002, Albert Incorporated. Before joining Knapp Ranch as Director of Estate Operations, Carmen managed 23 homes, a ranch in McCoy and a Homeowners Association for Cattleman’s Ranch in Lake Creek, Colorado. Carmen and her husband Daniel reside at Knapp Ranch with their three dogs. Carmen loves to garden, bike, Nordic ski, and hike.