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Sean Gatzen, NRO Board Member

Gatzen 2Since the age of two, Sean has had a pair of drum sticks in his hands.  Growing up with influences such as Led Zepplin, Rush, Sly & The Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Peter Gabriel, and Dave Matthews, it was inevitable that Sean would someday end up in a band.  In high school, Sean and his three best friends joined together to form the “Super Hero’s” and they played at the school dances.  After graduating from Whittier College with a degree in International Economics, Sean joined a funk/rock group called, “Ample Parking”, with whom he toured the LA club scene and played historical venues such as the Viper Room, Hard Rock Café, and the House of Blues on Sunset Blvd.

After returning from serving in the Peace Corps in Morocco for two years, Sean joined another band called, “You Might Think We’re Sharks” in 2011.  It was with the “Sharks” where he branched out, and played folk music, with a twist of electro-pop.  He also experienced the most growth as a musician during this time, “they were the best musicians I’ve ever played with, and pushed me to play better, and get past what I thought I was capable of playing.”

Sean’s passion for music has never waned, even though his music ambitions have been put on hold to raise a family and build his career.  It is only a natural fit, that he would want to join the Board of the NRO, as he hopes to provide a unique perspective, and perhaps help inspire the next generation of great musicians.  The opportunities that the NRO provides to its musicians is extremely valuable and an asset to our community.  Whether or not the musicians continue along the orchestral path, or branch out to discover something entirely new, it is music that invigorates the soul, brings people together, and truly inspires.

Sean is very active in the local Summit County community and is on the board of the Summit County Chamber of Commerce, the Dillon Economic Development Advisory Committee and is a member of the Summit County Rotary Club.  He earned his master’s degree in Banking from the University of Washington, Pacific Coast Banking School, in Seattle, and in the summer of 2016, Sean attended the University of Texas in Austin where he graduated from the UTSOA Architecture Academy.  His design work was critically acclaimed.

Sean brings finance, project planning, and business management expertise, while encouraging a community centric organizational process that promotes win-win-win strategic thinking to non-profit development.

Sean helps run the Breckenridge branch of Alpine Bank and is married to Emily – they have a 3-year-old son together named, Enzo.  He tries to spend as much time as possible outside with his family skiing, hiking, camping, biking, and exploring the local mountains.