Gary DeFrange

Gary  DeFrange

President & COO
Winter Park Resort
Winter Park, Colorado


Gary DeFrange joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Denver Branch Board of Directors in 2015. Mr. DeFrange is a native of Denver, Colorado. While his family lived in the City, he spent the majority of his youth working on a family farm located outside of the City. 

He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1970 with a degree in business and upon graduation, joined the First National Bank of Denver as a Management Trainee. During his 23 year career with the bank Mr. DeFrange held many positions but he ultimately became Chairman, President, and CEO of the bank and also was the Area President for all company owned banks in Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico. He left his position in 1994 and become a shareholder, President and Chief Operating Officer of an independent bank in Northern Colorado. In total, he spent 27 years in the Banking Industry.

Mr. DeFrange’s involvement in the ski industry began over 25 years ago when, as a part of his community involvement and passion for working with children, he became a volunteer ski instructor for the blind with the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD). His involvement with the NSCD grew each year and he ultimately became Chairman of the Board of the Company. As Chairman of the NSCD, he worked very closely with the Board and Management of the Winter Park Resort. This involvement, along with his senior management experience and knowledge of the ski industry from a financial standpoint, made him the successful candidate for the position of President / CEO of Winter Park Resort when his predecessor retired. 

Mr. DeFrange joined Winter Park Resort as President in July 1997. He was instrumental in the selection of Intrawest to operate and develop the Resort into the future and was also very involved in structuring the deal between the City and County of Denver and Intrawest. The transaction with Intrawest closed on December 23, 2002 and at that time Mr. DeFrange accepted a position with Intrawest to continue running the Resort  Today he is President and Chief Operating Officer of Winter Park Resort responsible not only for the operation of the Resort but also the development of a Village at the base of the Resort.

Mr. DeFrange currently serves on the Boards of the National Sports Center for the Disabled, Colorado Ski Country USA, The National Ski Areas Association, and he is Chairman of the Board of AAA Colorado.

Learn more about Mr. DeFrange in TEN Magazine.