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Title: Vice-Chairperson, District 1 Commissioner
John Messner came to Gunnison County from Denver in 1991 to attend Western State Colorado University and shortly after began working for both the Colorado and South African Outward Bound Schools. In 1999, he chose to chase his entrepreneurial spirit and open Gunnison Valley Tack & Saddlery. What started as a retail tack and saddle store evolved into High Country Cowboy Company — a manufacturing operation producing custom lines of saddles, tack and silver which were marketed and shipped across the country.
John’s parents joined him, and his brother Matt, in Gunnison County around this exciting time allowing John to take on a shared management roll of the families agricultural operation in the Ohio Creek Valley. John continues to enjoy that roll, and has an understanding of the importance that agriculture plays in the history and current economy of Gunnison County.
High Country Cowboy Company was sold in 2008 when John moved into a newly developed position of Facility and Event Manager within the City of Gunnison. This new opportunity tasked John with managing the Jorgensen Event Center, as well as developing, managing and supporting year round events for the City of Gunnison. In 2013, John left the City of Gunnison to become full time manager at what is now the Messner Ranch. Unable to let his entrepreneurial spirit rest he started a consulting business that focused on fundraising, grant writing and project management of Recreation Programs and Assets.
In addition to the above roles, John has been a member of the Gunnison County Planning Commission for 6 years and is the proud father of Jospehine and August Messner who are both attending Gunnison High School.
John was elected to the Board of County Commissioners in November, 2016.
1141 CR 818
Gunnison, CO 81230
First Appointment: January 2017
Term Expiration: January 2021
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