Richard Cornelius is an owner of Hotel Columbia, serves as President of the Ah Haa School for the Arts, Treasurer for the Telluride Tourism Board, and an Advisor to Telluride Venture Accelerator. He was formally a senior executive for a large Consulting and Technology Firm based in Silicon Valley. He and his wife Lynn Brubaker have been full-time residents of Telluride since 2003 and have been frequent visitors since 1999. He has an undergraduate degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from UCLA. He grew up on a family farm in North Carolina.