If Nicole Ament is not in the office working on future developments, you will likely find her on a golf course, at a ski mountain or visiting a resort and spa. Ideally she'd be enjoying the amenities at these great locations, but instead, she likes to work on-location to make sure she fully understands all the issues involved that could prevent her clients from successfully acquiring, financing, redeveloping and operating these great assets. Nicole serves as chair of the firm's Hospitality, Resort and Recreation Group.
Nicole’s clients at both the national and local level repeatedly engage her because she takes every step necessary to ensure that the transaction gets done and gets done right. Helping a lender understand the real estate complexities of two ski resorts was not a simple task, but Nicole successfully tackled it when she used her problem solving skills to assist KSL Capital with the recent acquisition of Alpine Meadows ski resort and the combined financing of Alpine Meadows and Squaw Mountain. She also demonstrated her deal making ability recently with the acquisition of Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina and Royal Palm Hotel in South Beach, Florida. And she did her part to make sure there were plenty of good tee times across the country with the recent refinancing of the ClubCorp portfolio of 176 golf courses, country clubs and business clubs and assisting with the continued addition of more courses to their portfolio.
When she is not “playing” with golf courses and ski areas, Nicole uses her skills to assist real estate clients with land use, development, financing and other issues related to their properties. When the developers of the Fitzsimons Village engaged Nicole to talk seriously with the City of Aurora, they learned how urban renewal dollars could be used to redevelop a site filled with dilapidated hotels and trailer parks into a mixed use development to service the thriving new Fitzsimons Medical Campus. After securing the largest public financing package granted by the City prior to that date, Nicole went to work on aligning the parties necessary to approve the construction of a pedestrian bridge over the state highway, creating the connection necessary between the sites and ensuring a successful development. Additionally, Nicole managed the negotiations with the City of Denver, the City of Aurora, Denver International Airport and four separate school districts for the initial entitlement required for High Point, a 1,700 acre development adjacent to Denver International Airport which involved negotiations.