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Meet The Team

At Steamboat Lodging Company, we believe that in order to provide the best customer service possible, our staff has to love what they do. We absolutely encourage our employees to make the most of the plethora of activities on offer in and around Steamboat and can almost guarantee that we have someone on hand to answer any questions you might have on any given subject….especially the finer details of fly fishing!! They say that home is where the heart is, and our local team is very proud to call Steamboat ‘home’.  Let’s take a closer look at our team members that make up the core of Steamboat Lodging Company.

Sarah & Chris Bradford - Owners

Meet our fearless leaders, Sarah & Chris. Steamboat Lodging Company owners Sarah & Chris Bradford are able to lend special knowledge about the challenges of the vacation rental industry. Relying on their personal experience they have developed the Steamboat Lodging Company Model as an innovative approach to property management for owners. The approach offers a personalized partnership with the lower commission, a higher level of service, and more flexibility than competitors.

Their shared passion for the vacation rental industry is such that they have become a leading voice in the larger vacation rental community, with Sarah regularly guest speaking at national conferences and now co-presenting the popular podcast Sarah & T – A Professional Vacation Rental Manager’s Podcast.

Austin Lutz - Owner Relations

Meet Austin. He's a Steamboat transplant from Minnesota who loves anything with a board - snowboardings, skateboarding, you name it! Austin is here to help current & prospective owners get the answers they need in the big decision to join our program. Located right here in Steamboat, he will work closely with you to ensure your home’s rental success, from building a custom web listing and pricing structure, to sending you monthly sales strategies and sharing guest feedback with you. 

He also oversees all maintenance and property care, ensuring your home is kept secure and in the best condition. Plus, he's a pretty awesome photographer and takes most of our detailed property photos.


Peggy Axtell - Vacation Planning

Meet Peggy. She is here to make your dream vacation a reality and she loves it! She leads our Vacation Planning Team and communicates with our guests before, during and after their stay to ensure that they are having the best Steamboat experience possible. Having visited all of our properties, she literally knows our homes inside and out; and as a full-time locals, can also give you the inside scoop on specific neighborhoods, local amenities and events. Make sure to check out Peggy's Picks in your vacation home!

In addition to helping you find your lodging, Peggy can also guide you in booking discounted ski rentals, lift tickets, car rentals, airport shuttles and travel insurance.

Nolan Walker - Owner Relations

Meet Nolan. When he's not fishing, running, hiking or snowboarding he leads our Guest Experience Team. Based right here in Steamboat, he is the go-to for EVERYTHING Steamboat Springs – where to go snowmobiling, who serves the best steak in town, how late do the buses run?…you ask it, he will find you the answer.

On top of all that, if you have a late night emergency, our Guest Experience team is on-call 24/7 to assist you during your stay.

Malina Lieven - Controller

Meet Malina. We bet you no one loves numbers more than her! Well, that might be a stretch, but Malina works diligently on competitive pricing based on market comparisons, availability and holiday calendars to ensure top dollar revenue for our owners and the best pricing for our guests. 

By keeping a close eye on the market and examining pricing and availability of our properties daily, we can ensure that we are staying competitive within the local industry to help increase revenue for our owners.

Lee Sims - Marketing

Meet Lee. She is the leader of a dedicated marketing team that helps take your property to the next level! We work directly with local, regional and national online advertisers to promote your property through the most effective booking channels.  Don’t worry about competing with the large online booking engines, we’ll make sure your property is on those so that you get the best bookings from highly qualified guests.

From detailed photography to innovative concepts and more, our marketing team is always at the forefront of cutting edge marketing to help showcase your property & the company in the very competitive world of vacation rentals.