Our Innkeepers and Staff
With over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, we take your comfort seriously.
Bruce is a successful veteran of the hospitality industry, with 30 years of experience running award-winning Lodges, Inns, Boutique Hotels, and Bed and Breakfasts. With the Frisco Inn on Galena, Bruce saw an opportunity to create a special Bed and Breakfast and Boutique Hotel experience for the discriminating traveler, reminiscent of the fine, small hotels and B&B’s of Europe. The wonderful design of the Inn, its peaceful location just off Main Street, yet near the center of Frisco, coupled with Bruce and his staff’s knack for providing unmatched hospitality, fine cuisine, and service have come together to create the exciting and inviting sport hotel, the Frisco Inn on Galena.
BRUCE – Owner Bruce Knoepfel has traveled extensively worldwide, having visited 80+ countries, as a professional alpine ski coach and previously through his career in bicycle and ski racing, most recently having coached for the nation of Estonia at the Sochi Olympics in Russia and the World Alpine Ski Championships in Vail. He loves bringing the influences of his favorite visited places to his favorite place of all – the Frisco Inn on Galena.
Bruce is an avid skier and competitive road cyclist. He enjoys photography, trail running, golfing, mountain biking, inspiring new creative projects, and traveling to discover hidden gems, often on his bicycle. He would love to hear stories about your adventures and share some of his own with you. Through all of his ventures, he is amazed at the aloofness of the travel industry throughout the world, and has vowed that all of his patrons will feel pampered, and no one will ever feel neglected, as a guest of the Frisco Inn.
Bruce invites each of you to join him and his staff, to experience the unique comfort, service, and insights about the area, that the Inn provides. Bruce lives at the Inn.
SAM – Resident Innkeeper and General Manager Sam Darrigrand comes from an Army family, so he started traveling at a young age, before settling in Chicago. He worked on and off in the service industry for 20 years, where he built on his love for cooking and coffee by owning and operating three successful cafes in Hyde Park on the South Side and in Wheaton, IL. In those kitchens, he was able to not only hone his knife skills (pun intended) but also explore Sous Vide cooking and artisan cheeses. His expertise in everything about coffee has enabled the Inn to take our coffee to a new level! Although Sam misses his daily open water swims in Lake Michigan, he’s found long mountain hikes, especially the Mt Royal run, to be a great alternative. Sam loves to discuss cooking and comedy and has mastered the “fine art” of terrible puns.
ALEX – Front Desk Manager Alex Knoepfel is a 3rd generation Frisco native, born and raised in Summit County, Alex enjoys all things Colorado. No matter the activity: biking, hiking, backpacking, camping, long boarding, skiing and riding or the like, Alex can be found doing a myriad of activities around town and the county. “A Colorado slice of paradise, the amount of adventures to be had are staggering and I’d like to do them all, although that may be a challenge, this area has so much to offer. I’m chalking them off the list as I go.”
Alex has a passion for traveling and the mountains. He is delighted to share his knowledge with guests at the Frisco Inn and share stories of awesomeness. So far he has traveled to Brazil, England, France, Peru, Bolivia, all of southeastern Europe, and he plans an adventure to New Zealand in the near future. He spent 3 months exploring Costa Rica on an Outward Bound adventure, backpacking from the Atlantic to the Pacific, whitewater rafting, and learning to surf in the tropical waters.
PATRICK – Innkeeper Patrick Vincent is a songwriter at heart with the ability to play any instrument with strings on it. Patrick has been involved with the music industry in Nashville and loves to sing. He is also a jack of all trades when it comes to construction. He has a passion for the culinary arts and is always in search of new ways to treat the the taste buds. Being from northern Michigan, he loves the snow and everything that comes with it. His abilities to go above and beyond is what he prides himself on and looks forward to making sure you have an outstanding experience here at the Frisco Inn On Galena.
KELLY – Innkeeper Kelly King is from the southwestern part of New York where, similar to Frisco, where it is amazing every season, the fall time is especially beautiful with the colorful landscape and the first snow fall makes you feel like a little kid again. Kelly received her associate’s degree in computer technology and is always anxious to learn new things about technology. She has a son who is a Sergeant in the Armed Services having just completed Airborne School. She couldn’t be more proud. Kelly enjoys swimming , she started out on the Boys and Girls Club of America team when she was 9 and proceeded to go on to her High School team where she set two records for the 200 Backstroke and 100 Freestyle races. She also enjoys most all activities that have to do with the outdoors. She is a one in a million kind of person, always making people laugh or smile. She is very excited to meet you as her guest at The Frisco Inn on Galena.
IAN – Assistant Innkeeper Ian Clem, a Colorado native, strives to be the type of renaissance man who expands his knowledge and skills in whatever trades or professions that opportunity offers him. His passion for learning the unknown has sent him into the hospitality field where he lives by a simple rule of “Living where others only vacation.”
Hobbies include any mountain sport you can think of and photography whenever and where ever he can find a good shot. He has the personality that when dropped on an isolated island of only native speaking Aboriginals, he could have them singing Cumbiya around the fire by dinner time. Always willing to be of service to others, just ask and he would do everything in his power to improve your stay with us!