About Setterfield & Bright, Aspen's Real Estate Professionals
Karen Setterfield - Aspen Realtor
Karen Setterfield grew up in California on the San Francisco Peninsula, and graduated from Woodside High School. As the daughter of a Pan American World Airways pilot, she traveled extensively in Europe and South America, and lived with families in England, France and Mexico City. After graduating with a B.A. in Economic from Occidental College in Los Angeles (plus minors in Spanish and Accounting), Karen worked as an accountant at the corporate offices of Coldwell Banker Management Corporation, where she became interested in commercial real estate.
Becoming a Licensed Real Estate Broker in California in 1976, Karen sold commercial and residential properties in the San Fernando Valley and became Vice President of a large regional brokerage company. In 1982, Karen earned an MBA in Finance from California State University at Northridge while working as an accountant and financial manager for a private group of real estate investors, developers and syndicators in Beverly Hills.
In 1983, Karen became Vice President of Finance and Administration for BetaWest Properties, a new commercial real estate subsidiary of U S West in Denver, Colorado. After obtaining a Colorado Real Estate Broker license in 1986, Karen moved to Aspen, joining The Fleisher Company as Vice President, where she focused on retail and office leasing. After also brokering several sales of commercial properties, Karen started her own commercial real estate brokerage company in 1990.
Karen earned the prestigious designation of CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member of the National Association of REALTORS) in 1992. From 1988 to 2003, Karen also owned a retail business with Galen Bright, the managing partner. Upon selling that retail business, Galen began working full-time as a real estate broker and partner with Karen, which is reflected in the new company name: Setterfield & Bright.
Since Don Fleisher (founder and former owner of The Fleisher Company) is now retired, Karen is unequivocally Aspenís most experienced and most knowledgeable commercial REALTOR. Since 1986, she has leased almost every retail space in downtown Aspen (some several times), and she has sold many commercial properties and buildings in Aspen.
When she is not assisting clients with their commercial real estate needs, Karen enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, David Muckenhirn, and hiking with Dante, their German Shepherd dog. Every winter Karen has a season pass to ski all of the Aspen area slopes, while in the summers she attends the classical concerts at the Aspen Music Festival, and likes to ride her bike to the Maroon Bells. Karen believes that Aspen is the most perfect place to live, own property and do business, because the physical beauty of the mountains is only surpassed by the incredible people that live here or visit.
Galen Bright - Aspen Realtor
Galen Bright grew up near Denver, Colorado as a fourth-generation Coloradan, learning to downhill ski at age four. He worked as a carpenter building homes during high school and college, graduating with at B.A. in Business/Marketing from Colorado State University. Upon acquiring Aspen Canvas/Aspen Luggage Company in 1988, Galen moved to Aspen to operate this retail business with Karen Setterfield as partner. While President/General Manager of Aspen Luggage Company, Galen managed two retail locations, manufacturing, catalog and internet sales, marketing, all employees, ordering, and designed new products, until selling the business in December 2003.
Upon obtaining a Colorado Real Estate license in 1991, Galen began buying and selling real estate in Aspen for his own portfolio. Galen has managed condominium associations for owners and participated in redesigning and upgrading of condominium buildings. Now on the Board of Directors for South Point Condominiums, Galen owns his own home and other residential investment properties.
In 2003, Galen became a full-time REALTOR and the company name was changed to Setterfield & Bright. Successfully working with both buyers and sellers, and as one of Aspen's most active brokers, his total transaction volume since 2004 has exceeded $100M. Primarily focusing on homes and condominiums, Galen has also closed land sales, commercial leases and commercial sale transactions. No broker knows the Aspen real estate market better, or how to "get the deal done" for the client more effectively, than Galen Bright. ALL of Galen's buyers and sellers have sent him letters of thanks and/or referrals to other clients and customers.
In 2010, Galen earned his GRI and CNE designations. Recently, Galen has listed and sold a variety of "Short Sale" and Bank-Owned properties.
Known as an expert downhill snow skier, Galen also enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and yoga. Living in downtown Aspen where he can walk to the gondola for "first tracksĒ on powder days, Galen has also explored every view property from Aspen to Redstone seeking unique private acreage for special homesites. Galen enjoys adventurous and exotic foreign travel when he has time to get away, but he always comes back knowing that there is no better place to live than Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley, surrounded by the mountains he loves.
Angi Lester - Aspen Realtor
Angi Wang Lester was born in Taiwan and grew up in Central Florida where her parents owned and operated a restaurant. Growing up in the restaurant business, provided it a natural transition for Angi to work in and manage bars and restaurants while attending Tampaís University of South Florida majoring in Marketing and Communications.
In 1997, Angi started her own business and became Vice President and Operations Manager of Raysbrook Enterprises, Inc. through 2001. For the next six years, Angi was employed as a Regional Manager for GMR Marketing, AME, Inc. and Relay Worldwide where she specialized in brand planning and marketing promotions.
In 2006, Angi moved to Aspen where she worked as an independent contractor providing property management, accounting, consulting and management and professional assistance to business owners involved in construction, real estate, retail, design, fine art and special events. Angiís broad business background and her acute understanding of fashion retailing and restaurant management is a perfect fit for Aspenís sophisticated downtown culture and resort economy.
After two years of experience as a licensed Colorado real estate broker, Angi joined Setterfield & Bright in 2009. In addition to her real estate experience and knowledge, Angi contributes to the success of Setterfield & Bright with her professionalism and competence. Her unique combination of skills includes computer and internet technology, financial analysis, marketing, and organizational abilities. Angiís wonderful rapport with people makes it easy for her to work with clients from all backgrounds.
In addition to working with her own clients, Angi manages the Setterfield & Bright office. She assists Karen Setterfield on commercial transactions, and assists Galen Bright on residential sales. Angi speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and she is a valuable member of the Setterfield & Bright team.
In her free time, Angi enjoys snowboarding, road-biking, hiking, travel, the arts, fashion and fine dining. Angi lives in downtown Aspen with her husband Tom Lester and her adorable little dog who loves to help out in the office.