Most Evergreen residents have seen the Bear Paw Property Management signs around Evergreen, posted by houses and properties throughout the mountain community. But what do they know about the people behind Bear Paw?
Eric Gill, co-owner of the family-run Bear Paw Property Management, has been a driving force behind this company for years. It’s clear from first meeting Eric that he is driven and serious about his work, but also equally obvious that he loves what he does. Though Eric was born in east Texas, he spent most of his childhood in Littleton, Colorado. After graduation from high school he went on to get his real estate license at age 20. Instead of venturing to college, Eric got to work right away. At age 22, he and his mother bought the Bear Paw Property Management in 1997.
Bear Paw Property Management rents homes in the Evergreen, Conifer, Morrison and Genesee areas. Eric spends much of his time checking out new properties and bringing in new business. Bear Paw has grown from fewer than 50 properties managed to now more than 250 properties. When it comes to working at Bear Paw, Eric says that everyone in this office, including himself, needs to be a jack-of-all-trades. “We’re all going to answer the phones, fix a drippy sink, whatever needs to be done,” he says. But Eric also says he wouldn’t have it any other way. “It’s fun that I’m not doing the same thing every day,” he adds.
Eric isn’t just a man of diverse talents when it comes to work; he participates in many groups in the mountain community. He is a member of the Evergreen Downtown Business Association and the Rotary Club of Evergreen. He also sits on the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce board as well as the board for Leadership Evergreen. Eric, who was a member of the Leadership Evergreen class in 1999, has been on and off the board for years, setting up modules, and organizing speakers and venues for events.
When Eric isn’t organizing events or managing his properties, he says he is a sports fanatic. He is a men’s hockey league member, enjoys golf, skiing, and attends all of the sporting events he can. You can find him at almost any Rockies or Broncos game throughout their seasons. He says that even at ages 2 and 4, his kids share his love of sports as well. “Every night playing with the kids is filled with some activity,” he says of evenings with his wife and family.
In every facet of his life, Eric refuses to slow down. He continues to grow Bear Paw and aid in all of the nonprofit organizations and committees he is a part of. Whatever Eric sets his mind to, whether sports or work, his drive and perseverance will help him to succeed. So now, when you’re driving to the store and you see a Bear Paw sign, you can know who has helped Bear Paw grow into the flourishing business it is.