Arthur Kelton, Jr., 1957
Real Estate Developer
Arthur Kelton, Jr. grew up in Peru, Vermont and attended a one room school house for eight years. He then went on to Burr and Burton Academy, but soon discovered that he needed more structure. His mother, a Vermont Academy graduate, class of 1924 decided that Vermont Academy was the place to provide academic discipline and focus. In fact Art credits his education at Vermont Academy as extremely meaningful and “established in him excellent work habits and goal objectives.” He applied these life skills not only to his higher education and degrees at Dartmouth and the University of Vermont but beyond in his professional career.
In 1965, Art moved to Vail, Colorado and has always been an active resident in the Vail Valley with his wife, Elaine, whom he married in 1986. His career, real estate development, syndication and sales, includes Colorado projects in Vail and Eagle County, Boulder, and at Denver International Airport. He was the managing partner of Christopher Denton Kelton and Kendall. He has developed golf courses, custom homes and various multi-family developments throughout the Greater Vail Valley. Additionally, Art’s career incorporates projects and investments in Idaho, Wyoming and Vermont.
Included in these investments, he acted as a general partner in Boulder Beer, which is now The Rockies Brewing Company. Although no longer involved with the brewing company, he continues to be active in the management and operation of other investments. Always actively involved in both non-profit and educational institutions, Art served as President of the Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation from 1991 to 2006. He’s been a member of the Governing Board of the Vail Valley Medical Center since 2006. He serves on two boards at Dartmouth College, as well as on the boards of several other charitable organizations.