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John Wells

President -The Wells Group of Durango, Inc.

Born in Deming, New Mexico in 1955, John grew up in a small town (Grants, NM).  John attended Fort Lewis College from 1973 to 1978 graduating with a degree in business administration. In 1979 he entered into the real estate business in Durango. In 1983 John was hired to open up a real estate marketing department for Durango Mountain Resort, then known as Purgatory. He brokered the first high-rise condominiums at Purgatory for the resort. In 1985, John, along with two partners, opened The Wells Group Real Estate Brokerage in Durango, beginning as a small brokerage in 1985 with a total staff of six individuals. As the years have progressed, the company has grown to a force of 46 broker associates.

John assisted Fort Lewis College on its Alumni Board and as Alumni President, but also on the Foundation Executive Board as President for 2006-2008. John is also a member of the college's Booster Club and various committees contributing to improving the college. He also guest lectures for the School of Business at Fort Lewis College. John is currently on the Board of Trustees for Fort Lewis College.

John was elected to the Durango Business Improvement District Board of Directors in 2001. This committee is challenged with enhancing Durango's core business area with active marketing and supporting special events.

John is currently a member of the Colorado Forum, La Plata Forum (a Durango Area Forum) along with serving on the Board of Directors for First National Bank of Durango and Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees.

Married to Shanan, with sons Zane (31) and Grant (26) and stepsons Luke (20) and Saylor (18), John's personal interests include spending time with his family, fly fishing, traveling, golf, bicycling, hiking and boating.