A Passion for the Vail Valley
Adam’s Rib Ranch is the lifelong vision of Fred Kummer, founder of St. Louis-based HBE Corporation, a leading design-build firm. More than 25 years ago, Kummer was drawn to Colorado for the recreation and unbridled beauty of the region. He began investing in Colorado real estate, purchasing thousands of acres of untouched mountain land outside of Eagle known as Adam’s Rib Ranch. As the Vail and Beaver Creek areas became increasingly congested with large, sprawling resorts, Kummer realized that he could fill a distinct niche by creating a luxury residential golf community outside of these areas that would offer limitless space and year-round access to the Rocky Mountains. “What initially attracted me to Colorado was the lifestyle, wide-open spaces and the endless possibilities that the Vail Valley offered,” said Kummer. “Our vision for Adam’s Rib Ranch was to capture the spirit of Colorado’s past by offering residents ample elbow room, yet easy access to the state’s countless recreational opportunities. Members will undoubtedly be drawn to the luxurious yet relaxed lifestyle Adam’s Rib Ranch offers.
Adam’s Rib Ranch, home of Adam’s Mountain Country Club, promotes sensible growth by ensuring that all buyers have plenty of space; preserving acreage and not over-developing the land. The community will also infuse the economy with tourist dollars, add commerce to the local businesses, and increase town activity, helping make Eagle, Vail Valley’s newest hot spot. “Eagle is a relatively undiscovered area in the Vail Valley, making it the ideal mountain town for a unique second home development,” said Kummer. “I wanted to create an environment that would capture the spirit and lifestyle of the local residents; emphasizing a wild, western feel and a strong community. Adam’s Rib Ranch has embraced this philosophy.”
A Symbol of the Community
Kummer commissioned a 24-foot bronze sculpture of an eagle to stand in front of the community’s clubhouse, developing an identity not only for Adam’s Rib Ranch, but for Eagle as a destination. Designed by internationally acclaimed artist, Lorenzo Ghiglieri, from Wilsonville, Oregon, this astonishing eagle inspires awe in area visitors. Ghiglieri’s impressive career has included creating artwork for the Vatican, White House, Kremlin and Royal Palace.
Fred Kummer, Owner of Adam’s Rib Ranch and Founder of Adam’s Mountain Country Club
Fred Kummer, the founder and visionary behind Adam’s Mountain Country Club and owner of Adam’s Rib Ranch, has more than 45 years of experience in the real estate industry; owning and operating several companies nationwide, including HBE Corporation, a nationally recognized design and construction firm based in St. Louis, Missouri. Since the company’s inception in 1960, HBE has specialized in healthcare facilities and hospitality properties; designing and building more than 900 hospitals, 600 financial facilities and 25 hotels throughout the country.
Kummer is well known for his involvement in the Adam’s Mark Hotel chain; an upscale, quality hotel corporation, which operates numerous properties and was ranked as one of the largest independently owned and operated companies in the hospitality industry. In addition to being the founder, owner and chief executive officer of HBE, Kummer is head of the Kummer Development Corporation, which owns Adam’s Rib Ranch and operates the Adam’s Mountain Country Club. Kummer personally supervises every aspect of the development. A New York native, Kummer attended City College of New York and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla.