Bob Fanch has more than 38 years of experience in organizing and managing businesses, with the longest portion of his career devoted to the telecommunications industry. Mr. Fanch was the founder as well as Chairman and CEO of Fanch Communications, Inc. (FCI). FCI was one of the top fifteen cable television MSOs in the country, managing more than 600,000 customers, including approximately 525,000 subscribers in a joint venture with Time Warner and The Blackstone Group. FCI was purchased by Charter Communications in November of 1999.
In 1996 Mr. Fanch founded FiberNet, LLC, and 1999, Conversent Communications, LLC, each a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) that served the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States, respectively. Mr. Fanch served as Conversent’s Chairman and CEO from June 1998 through the spring of 2000, and as Chairman through the successful sale of the company in June 2006. Mr. Fanch was also Chairman of FiberNet. In 2003 Mr. Fanch acquired Northeast Data Vault, LLC, a commercial data center located near Boston, Massachusetts.
In 2007, Mr. Fanch founded Viridian Capital Partners, an $80 million capital fund with investments in data centers, tower sites, a mobile marketing/technology company and one of the largest online wedding vendor advertising platforms.
He has also engaged in real estate development through various entities, most recently completing redevelopment of one of the last great historic buildings in Denver. He has also created Devil’s Thumb Ranch, an environmentally-friendly resort on 6,000 acres in Tabernash, Colorado. Travel + Leisure magazine recently named Devil’s Thumb one of the top 20 “sustainable” resorts in the world and the only resort in North America to be awarded this honor.
Mr. Fanch is a Certified Public Accountant and has a B.S. degree in Accounting from Clarkson University. He earned an MSBA-Finance degree from the University of Denver.
Suzanne Fanch has more than 25 years of experience in Marketing and Strategic Planning in a variety of business sectors including banking, retail, telecommunications and hospitality. Between 1988 and 1999, Ms. Fanch served as Vice President of Marketing for the cable television operators Vista Cablevision, Fanch Communications and Rifkin and Associates. During these tenures she was actively involved in due diligence, new product development and new market acquisition analysis as well as overseeing all Marketing and Programming. From 1997 through 1999 she also acted as Vice President of Strategic Planning for Rifkin and Associates’ international arm, InterComm.
In 1999 she joined her husband to develop Devil’s Thumb Ranch, a 6,000 acre, 160,000 square foot resort known widely for its environmentally sensitive development. She has been involved in the strategic direction of the property and has overseen all marketing as environmentally sensitive development. She has been involved in the strategic direction of the property and has overseen all marketing as Chief Marketing Officer. In 2011 she became CEO for the organization. She is also the owner of Center Strength Studios in Denver.
Ms. Fanch has a BS from Michigan State University in Public Affairs Management with an emphasis in Economics.