Get to Know Us!

Jeanne Fritch, President/Owner

Youngest daughter of long-time owners Bob and Helen, Jeanne is the next generation of the Fritch family to carry on the Sitzmark traditions. Growing up in the hotel, Jeanne is no stranger to the commitment and hard work it takes to provide guests with a quality, comfortable space. Over the years she has held every job from folding laundry to painting rooms and front desk operations. Jeanne spent many years forging her own path, gaining knowledge and experience away from Vail and the hotel industry. But the family business was always in her heart. In 2008 Jeanne rejoined the Sitzmark as Manager and has now taken the reigns from her parents as Owner.

“My parents have created something very special in the Sitzmark and I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to carry it on.” – Jeanne Fritch

Derek Schmidt, General Manager

Derek is a native of Colorado, originally from Littleton. He has enjoyed living in the Vail Valley since 1994 and grew up skiing on Vail Mountain since the age of 3. Derek holds his Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management from Metropolitan State University of Denver. He enjoys preserving the beauty of Vail and serves on the Vail Sustainable Destination Committee and the Eagle County Climate Action Collaborative. In his free time, Derek enjoys spending time with his family. We look forward to see how his contributions will improve the Sitzmark Lodge for years to come. Please give him and his family a warm welcome to the Sitzmark Lodge!

Adam Cadenhead, Front Office Manager

Adam grew up in Colorado and has been snowboarding and skiing since he was 18 months old. He loves spending time in the outdoors. He and his girlfriend focus a lot of their activities around their new puppy, Ripley – camping, paddle boarding, and fishing.  He is very excited to join the Sitzmark, get to know our guests, and help you maximize your vacation enjoyment. His passion for guest service and wealth of hospitality experience is a great addition to our front desk team.

Marjorie Moodie, Reservations

Marjorie is a native of Jamaica, coming to Colorado in 2016 with her two boys, Nicol and Nathan. She joined the Sitzmark family soon after and has found her home in the Vail Valley. Marjorie’s warm smile will welcome you when you arrive and her attentiveness to your needs will ensure you have an outstanding stay. In her free time, Marjorie enjoys chasing after her two boys and appreciating the beauty of the Colorado mountains.