Steve Hitchcock’s family has four generations of connection to Western Colorado dating back to the 1940s when his grandparents began vacationing in the region. In 1977 Steve first worked in Western Colorado as a river guide and the connection was re-confirmed. After graduating from Macalester College and working in West Berlin for the Department of the Army, he moved to Colorado again in 1988 and to Steamboat Springs with his wife Denise in 1999 where they raised their two children. They relocated to Grand Junction in 2020.
Steve’s professional background includes decades working in the outdoor, fly fishing and ski industries. Steve was a part of the management/employee group that purchased the outdoor brand “Marmot” in 1992 and, as Senior VP of that company, oversaw worldwide sales, product development and production. He served on that company’s board until his departure in 1999 and was a shareholder until the successful sale of the company to K2 Corp.
In 2000 Steve joined the outdoor brand leader “Patagonia”. At Patagonia, he directed a national sales force, developed product launch strategies and visual merchandising programs, mentored sales managers, conducted site selection studies, identified retail sites and negotiated leases. He left Patagonia in 2006.
Steve started his work as a business broker in 2007 and in 2010 completed the course of instruction and passed the exam from the Institute of Business Appraisers for the Certified Business Appraiser (CBA) credential. He has worked with buyers and sellers in the valuation and sale of a wide variety of retail, service, restaurant and manufacturing businesses.
In addition to his other business experiences, Steve has nearly two decades of restaurant ownership and eight years of retail business ownership. Steve is a current or former member of the board of directors of several local organizations including MainStreet, the Chamber Resort Assoc. and the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club where he is an honorary member and past president. He is also a past board member of the American Fly-Fishing Trade Association. He is currently a member of the Rotary District 5470 Board of Directors and is an active member of the Rotary Club of Grand Junction Horizon Sunrise.
Steve specializes in business opportunity brokerage, associated commercial property sales and business valuation. He brings his business experience as a resource for buyers and sellers seeking a clear understanding of a business’s value, performance and potential.