Susan Dempsey Hughes
I spent my childhood on the beaches of Florida. In 1989 I finished high school and moved west to Colorado in search on adventure and education and have been here ever since. While in college, I spent my summers in Salida and Buena Vista as a river guide and kayak instructor. After graduating from college I graveled to Central America to lead adventure travel trips; where I met my husband Zack. When it came time to put down roots I decided on Salida and bought my first house. It wasn’t a hard decision. Where else can you find a great community, incredible mountains and endless outdoor recreation? I have lived in many mountain towns around the state like Crested Butte, Breckenridge and Durango, but found Salida the absolute perfect spot and have called it home now for over 20 years. Coupling a passion for real estate investment with my sales experience, it almost seemed that real estate was an obvious and inevitable career choice for me. When I can help people find the property that fits their needs and desires, it is incredibly rewarding.
For the past 12+ years I have been a full-time Realtor in Salida and have consistently been an active and top producing agent. I strongly believe Chaffee County has some of the best Realtors in Colorado and have been grateful to work side by side with them over the years. In 2009, I became owner of Pinon Real Estate Group where I enjoy not only working with clients, but also counseling and leading my team of real estate professionals. I value getting involved in one’s community and have volunteered over the years with many local organizations. I am currently a board member with the Arkansas River Trust, Salida Recreation Advisory Board and the Chafee County Board of Realtors. In 2011 I was named Realtor of the Year by my fellow Realtors. In 2012 Pinon Real Estate Group was named Best Real Estate Company in Salida. Today I balance outdoor recreation with being a full time realtor, business owner and mother to my two daughters Isabel (7 years) and Margaret (3 years).