GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute)
CNE (Certified Negotiation Expert)
The Wells Group was established by myself, Jim Wotkyns, and my partner, John Wells, in 1985. We were located at the corner of 9th Street and Main Avenue in downtown Durango for 33 years until November 2018 when we moved just 2 blocks north to 1130 Main Avenue to the beautifully restored historic building that once housed the Herald Democrat Newspaper in the late 1800’s.
Over the years we’ve expanded by adding offices in Bayfield (1994), the Mountain Resort area (2009), and Glacier Club (2017).
“We Know SW Colorado” best describes our local knowledge of the area and ensures we best meet the needs of our clients’ for residential, commercial, resort, farm and ranch and land. Our firm consistently has over one-third of the market share in our area and our Brokers collectively sell more properties than any other brokerage in southwest Colorado. As an Owner, who is very involved in our company’s day-to-day operations, I use my vast experience of our market to actively sell real estate. I know the market well and provide excellent service to buyers and sellers alike.
After all these years, The Wells Group remains the largest independent locally owned, real estate brokerage in the area with over 40 full-time licensed brokers, several broker assistants, and a professional staff of 6. Our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World gives our local brokerage global reach with the top professionals. My firm contributes generously to a variety of local causes. In 2019 alone, we donated over $45,000 ! We take pride in encouraging our Brokers to be involved in community, charitable, and civic activities as an investment in our community.
After graduating from Colorado State University in 1980, I married my high school sweetheart from Denver and quickly planted roots in Durango to enjoy the lifestyle. I had a stint in the oil and gas business, which has served my real estate career well when dealing with property mineral rights. My wife, Daryl, and I raised our two children here with agriculture and ranching being a big part of our family life, along with training my Border Collie dogs for sheep and cattle competitions. We are active in the family ranch operation and produce hay for our livestock. My knowledge of agriculture and water rights has been invaluable in helping my clients. I am also a commercial and residential landlord, and frequently field questions for clients about those types of investments.
As a commitment to our community, I volunteer for La Plata County Search and Rescue to be on-call 24/7 to use my knowledge of the high country and horses assisting with rescue missions. In 2016, I completed 15 years of volunteering as a POST certified peace officer serving the Durango Police Department as a reserve officer.
As a father, I’m proud to say that our daughter, Emily, and our son, Kelly, are spreading their wings. Emily graduated from the University of Wyoming with two undergraduate degrees and is currently working with a large cattle & ranch operation in Wyoming with her husband and 2 daughters. Kelly completed his undergraduate and Masters degrees in mechanical engineering at University of Wyoming in 2016 and he is employed in his field on the Front Range of Colorado where he lives with his wife, who is also a Durango native.
Plan to put my knowledge and years of experience to work for YOU!