Forte is a full-service marketing, communications, sales, and design firm. We are a passionate organization of successful professionals with one clear vision: To become your go-to team.

We’ve never spent much time inside the box. Our incredible success has been based on sound business decisions, strong evidentiary support, a powerful work ethic, and the drive to stay outside the box. We choose the bold approach to stand out amidst the clutter and make markets take notice. Join us to see the light.

POWER UP.

Industries

Real Estate Development Resort Hospitality Travel Tourism Media Entertainment Philanthropy

DISCIPLINES

Marketing Communications Sales Design Creative Content Digital

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES

We provide in-house marketing and communications services based on a team approach management style. Our business philosophy combines enthusiasm with high professional standards.

We are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of strategic marketing and creative services, both on time and on budget. Our portfolio focuses on the resort, hospitality, travel, tourism, media, entertainment, health, and fitness industries, with an emphasis on residential real estate development projects.

POWER OUTLET.

  • Marketing Strategy/Support
  • Marketing Plan Development/Implementation
  • Market Research/Analysis
  • Media Planning/Placement
  • Strategic Planning/Positioning
  • Budgeting
  • Reporting
  • Communications Programs
  • Community Relations/Outreach Programs
  • Promotion/Management of Lifestyle Events
  • Public Relations/Publicity Programs
  • Direct Response Programs
  • Issues/Crisis Management
  • Database Management
  • Investor Relations
SALES MANAGEMENT & PROGRAM SERVICES

Forte has developed and managed successful sales teams in the areas of broadcast, hospitality, fitness, and entertainment, with a dedicated focus on high-end residential real estate offerings. We understand niche markets and what makes them answer the call to action.

We strike up conversations that transform into lasting relationships. These days, that’s rarefied air execution. We are lead generation junkies. We believe in people first. After all, sales conversion is all about discovering the individual personality. We focus on the “why.” It’s poetry in motion when we make it happen. Sales is where the bottom line meets the front line.

PEOPLE POWER.

  • Project Real Estate Sales Management
  • Business/Real Estate Licensing
  • Recruitment, Hiring, Training, Management of Project Sales Teams
  • Lead Generation/Pipeline Management
  • Sales Office Policies & Procedures Establishment/Implementation
  • Documentation/Contracts with Legal & Development Teams
  • Cooperating Broker/Reservation Programs
  • Inventory Development/Phasing/Release
  • Pricing Programs Development/Implementation
  • Financing Programs & Offerings Discovery/Execution
  • Title Company Engagement/Management
  • Closing Process Facilitation
  • Project Entitlement Process Management
  • Project Master Planning
CREATIVE & DESIGN SERVICES

Identifying with the art form that is the creative process, we understand how it works as a strategic partner of an organization’s overall business model. We do not create for creative sake. We create and design for success. For impact. For the long-term.

We provide our creative and design services in-house, directed by a Lead Designer, who is the cream of the crop. The client benefit is that we control the creative process from concept to application. We perform within budgets and critical time paths, and our creative work product is spot on.

INSPIRATION POWER.

  • Brand Audits
  • Branding/Rebranding
  • Display Advertising Campaigns
  • Collateral/Brochure/Marketing Decks/Sales Tools Development
  • Custom Publications/Presentations
  • Virtual Reality Coordination/Integrations
  • Corporate Literature Strategies
  • Digital Communication Campaigns/Platforms/Programs
  • Social Media Campaigns
  • Diligence Platforms
  • Direct Mail Campaigns
  • Signage
  • Envisioning/Theming
  • Event Promotions
  • Interactive Design
  • Website Design/Programming/Development

Manifesto

At Forte, we believe that you should live life through all five of your senses, 100% of the time. We feel that to be happy and successful in your own way, you need to have some guiding principles that you follow along your journey. The following is a collection of ours. They’re simple, resolute, and centered on finding the time to enjoy the little things that make the big difference. Bravo little things.

All for one Calm in the storm Catch and release Company we keep Doing what you love Driving it like it’s stolen First tracks Functional works of art Holidays Home-and-away series Local knowledge Loving what you do Magic Making promises and keeping them One chance One for all Our alma maters Playing like a champion Quality over quantity Road less traveled Six or more Small towns Standing out in the crowd The fairway The window seat Tomorrow Wellness Wow

Work

In partnership with our clients, we utilize the POWER of collaborative strategic planning and creative problem solving to position brands and organizations with a singular focus: to attain desired results and exceed expectations. Our success is based on our clients’ success. We’re Oz behind the curtain.

POWER TO MAGIC.

General Marketing/Communications/Professional

Forte’s Principals have provided professional marketing, communications, sales, and design programs for local, regional, national, and international accounts and projects.

Forte is an effective marketing communications partner with depth rarely found within an organization of our size. Based on industry research, client objectives, and goals, we combine state-of-the-art creative technologies and an old-fashioned work ethic to develop results-oriented and innovative visual and content-driven communications programs.

We pride ourselves on our long-term track record of successful clients and our ongoing relationships with them.

PARTNERSHIP POWER.

Hospitality/Resort/Travel & Tourism

Forte has envisioned and established new paradigms in hospitality, resort, travel, and tourism projects from the corner of Main and Main to far-flung destinations globally.

Wow branding. Targeted positioning. Timeless design and creative campaigns. Dynamic communications. Innovative programming. Personal outreach. Bridged political divides.

POWER OF PLANNING.

Real Estate Development/Resort Real Estate

We have always kept a steady focus on providing our services for iconic residential and resort real estate development projects. In fact, over 80% of our historical portfolio has been focused on high-end, amenity-rich, real estate development/resort real estate projects.

Over the past 30 years, the Partners in Forte have served as the marketing, communications, sales, and design support partner for over $4.9 billion in real estate transactions for our clients and their projects worldwide. Our professional services to the development sector also include master planning, conceptual designs, market research, financial inventory management, bulk sales programs, and operational development and implementation.

With involved real estate development experiences, we have come to intimately understand what it takes to work with projects through the conceptual stages, entitlement process, pre-sales campaigns, and development and implementation of ongoing marketing and sales support programs. We understand the industry and how to position projects and the sought-after lifestyle they offer to the narrowcast markets they are attempting to reach.

KNOWLEDGE POWER.

Philanthropy/In-Kind

When it comes to philanthropy and giving back, Forte’s leadership group is “all-in.” Community service is not an elective decision at Forte. It’s mandatory. Founder, RJ Gallagher, even pens a column for The Aspen Times, entitled "Philantopia." The initiative of the column is to spread the word about those who make a difference and the difference they make. Fortunately, "Philantopia" will never run out of great stories to share about great people.

COMMUNITY POWER.

Case Studies

Identity & Branding

  • Client logo - 360
  • Client logo - Aspen Highlands Village
  • Client logo - Aspen Mountain Club
  • Client logo - bext360
  • Client logo - Chaparral
  • Client logo - Colorado Avalanche
  • Client logo - Colorado Golf Club
  • Client logo - Denver Nuggets
  • Client logo - Glacier Village
  • Client logo - Grassroots Asia
  • Client logo - Holy Cross Energy
  • Client logo - Kealia Kai
  • Client logo - Mason Morse
  • Client logo - Maverick Ranch
  • Client logo - Mountain Chief Deer Valley
  • Client logo - Nest Aspen
  • Client logo - O2 Aspen
  • Client logo - Poss Architecture and Planning
  • Client logo - Ridgegate
  • Client logo - River Valley Ranch
  • Client logo - Residences at The Little Nell
  • Client logo - Roaring Fork Club
  • Client logo - Snell
  • Client logo - West Meadows

Team

Leadership

As a company, and as individuals, we have come to realize that what life is really all about is the pursuit. We believe that the team is always stronger than the individual. Team Forte.

RJ Gallagher

Founding Partner/Managing Partner

burst of energy; spirited; lively; strength of will; radiant; wow

PROFILE

RJ is the Managing Partner and a Founding Partner for Forte. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Forte and its overall performance.

Prior to Forte, RJ was the Founder and President of Gallagher Sharp West (GSW) in Aspen, Colorado, from 1991 until 2009, when GSW became Forte. GSW was a pioneering organization, implementing successful marketing, sales, communications, and design programs for high-end real estate projects and select clients in the resort, entertainment, hospitality, and travel industries. During that time, GSW provided services for some of the finest projects throughout the United States and Mexico, generating over $14 billion in sales revenues. GSW also provided services within the entertainment, resort, luxury hospitality, and professional sports franchise industries on a global level.

Prior to GSW, RJ worked in the broadcast industry as the General Manager of progressive and award-winning radio and television stations, which were eventually sold to a major North American cable company. In addition to his broadcast background, RJ served as the Vice President of Marketing and Operations for Newfield Enterprises International, a developer and owner of fine hotels, resorts, and residential developments worldwide, including several Ritz-Carlton Hotels in New York, Houston, Washington, D.C., and Aspen. RJ was also the Founder and a Board Member of a startup commuter airline that served the Aspen market from Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, and Denver.

RJ has served on a variety of Boards, including the Aspen Community Foundation and the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club. RJ attended the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Finance.

Steve Laver

Founding Partner/Investor

essential; luminary; unflappable; down to earth; beacon of calm

PROFILE

Steve Laver is a Co-Founder of Forte and leads its client financing strategies and international assignments.

Steve’s career has been in real estate development, operations, and sales and investment strategies, in the United States, Canada, and fifteen other countries. Steve was a national partner of Trammell Crow Company in the early 1990s, Chief Operating Officer of Brookfield Properties, and the first President of its facilities management business (now BrookfieldGIS). Steve was also Chief Operating Officer and a founding Partner of Bentall Capital (now Bentall Kennedy).

Since 2004, Steve has operated and led several companies in the lifestyle real estate sector. He was President of Intrawest’s luxury Residence Club division, where he developed and sold successful resort projects in Whistler, Snowmass, Lake Tahoe, and Mt. Tremblant. Steve was also President of the global sales and marketing firm Playground, where his teams sold over $4 billion of real estate in 15 countries. He was an owner and Chief Operating Officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, building it into the largest franchise for that brand prior to selling the business in 2014. Laver was a senior officer of Montreal-based Dundee 360 and continues to provide services to that firm on its holdings in Europe.

Steve attended Principia College and Harvard Business School and has been an active participant and speaker in industry trade associations in both the US and Canada. He is based in Forte’s Manhattan Beach, California office.

Reilly Gallagher

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

steadfast; pragmatic; quintessence; balance; wonder; the great stabilizer

PROFILE

As Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Forte, Reilly is responsible for account and project management, marketing and sales initiatives, communications programs, and media relations. She handles business development, preparing strategies and budgets, and creating innovative marketing support programs to achieve the overall objectives of Forte’s clients and projects. In other words, she is tasked with flawlessly and seamlessly managing the “whatever it takes” process of the Forte Client relationship.

Prior to Forte, Reilly held a position at 21st Century Fox as a Publicity Coordinator based in Los Angeles. Her responsibilities included the execution of publicity events and the development of creative marketing campaigns for Fox Domestic Theatrical & DreamWorks Animation films. With her Fox team, she coordinated global press junkets and press tours for the studio’s movie releases, along with handling film festival and all “Con-related” efforts.

Prior to Fox, Reilly was with ICM Partners in LA working in branded promotions and endorsements. Prior to ICM, Reilly worked in New York City for the Greenhouse Group as the Marketing, Public Relations, and Special Events Coordinator for various clients including the Clinton Global Initiative, Manhattan Capital Sports, Il Mulino USA, and Greenhouse Spa.

Reilly loves to work in the fast lane and aims to positively influence and inspire others through actions and leadership. She is detail-oriented, resourceful, determined, and passionate about her chosen profession. She is fluent in Spanish, a marathon runner, and an active community volunteer. A former Aspen High School ice hockey team captain, her team won five state championships, and she was a high school tennis regional champion.

Reilly graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2009 with a BA in Political Science and Spanish. In June 2016, she earned her MBA, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. She serves as a Daniels College of Business panelist and a consultant for several companies in the areas of publicity, events, and partnerships.

Jenna Holcomb

Partner/Lead Designer

elemental; soothing; a natural force; self-reliant; everything flows

PROFILE

Jenna is a Partner in Forte and the Lead Designer, heading the design team for all Forte clients. Jenna has been a part of Forte since its inception, after joining Gallagher Sharp West in 2007.

Jenna has worked in the design, marketing, and communications industry for nearly 20 years, during which time she has garnered acclaim and won awards for design and advertising. Prior to her time with Forte and GSW, she worked in both the advertising and editorial sides at various media outlets, managing the rebranding efforts for several publications. Jenna graduated with honors from the School of Design at Platt and holds a degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communication.

A Colorado native, Jenna has been a resident of Aspen for the last 13 years and has lived in a ski town her entire adult life. Jenna loves the vibe, amazing vistas, and incredible people of the Roaring Fork Valley. She is passionate about art, photography, and design and is also an avid reader and traveler.

Erin McGuire

Partner/Managing Broker

infinite; eternal; limitless; boundless; connected; perpetual motion

PROFILE

Erin is a Partner in Forte and the acting Managing Broker for the real estate division of Forte and its Colorado-based projects.

Her scope of responsibilities includes the oversight and management of all real estate transaction records, earnest money, and trust accounts, as well as handling industry and commission compliance of all Forte-licensed Real Estate Sales Associates. Erin also works in unison with the Partners of Forte in evaluating potential development opportunities, conducting preliminary business discussions, assessing project feasibility, and supervising residential project design and marketing programs.

Erin has worked in unison with Forte for the past decade as the Director of Sales for the Residences at The Little Nell (RLN) in Aspen. RLN is recognized as the world leader in the Private Residence Club industry, topping over $400 million in gross sales revenue. RLN shattered Aspen’s per square foot real estate pricing thresholds, achieving over $5,000 per square foot on developer inventory. RLN developer inventory is sold out, with 156 Three-Bedroom and 56 Four-Bedroom interests closed. Erin and Forte have also managed over 40 resales in the past four years for gross sales of over $40 million.

Erin is the Forte Managing Broker for the Aspen Club Residences and conducts ongoing resales at the Residences at The Little Nell.

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In today’s new world order, what matters is what one has done lately. As in right now. We believe that our best efforts and results are yet to come and that there’s only one standard worth pursuing… the highest. The future is bright, but it will not be the future of our past. We’re ready when you are.

POWER TO THE MOVEMENT.

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Forte office locations: Headquarters - Aspen, CO; Other offices - Denver, CO; Manhattan Beach, CA