AvenueWest Northern Colorado Marks One-Year in Business at Fort Collins Chamber Event

Pictured in front is the AvenueWest Northern Colorado team holding he ribbon. From left: Debbie Norwood, Deb Salek, Todd Salek, Lyndsy Doyle and Mariah Crook. The Fort Collins Chamber Red Carpet Committee welcomes newer members and gives them the opportunity to showcase their business to other local business owners and leaders.

Pictured in front is the AvenueWest Northern Colorado team holding the ribbon. From left: Debbie Norwood, Deb Salek, Todd Salek, Lyndsy Doyle and Mariah Crook. The Fort Collins Chamber Red Carpet Committee welcomes newer members and gives them the opportunity to showcase their business to other local business owners and leaders.

On December 18, 2014, AvenueWest Northern Colorado hosted a Fort Collins Chamber Red Carpet reception to celebrate their one-year anniversary in business serving Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor and other Northern Colorado communities.

During their first year, AvenueWest Northern Colorado experienced significant growth in properties managed, regular business clients, staff and office space, as they saw their vision of providing high quality corporate and transitional rentals to this area come to fruition.

“It’s been an exciting ride. There’s growth in this market for sure,” said Todd Salek, COO, Head of Business Development, and Co-Owner.

“We took a leap of faith in opening the business and have had a tremendous response. It’s been very validating,” said Deb Salek, CEO, Broker, and Co-Owner. “We’ve been more successful than what we thought we would. We exceeded the business plan goals by the third quarter.”

Not only is AvenueWest Northern Colorado providing a needed service and product to area businesses, but they are also offering an option to families in transition. Both Deb and Todd noted that helping these families has been very gratifying.

“We work with all walks of life and people in different situations. To be able to provide them a landing pad for relocation is really fulfilling. To walk into a property and see kids’ toys everywhere is great because we helped make that family’s transition easier,” said Todd.

Deb added, “There are a lot of people in transition and it’s hard for them to function without a home base. We help make it easier for them.”

Because of the success they experienced in their first year, Todd and Deb were able to bring on three additional staff members, all of whom share their vision of providing high quality corporate housing and unparalleled customer service.

As the Guest Experience Manager, Mariah Crook has enjoyed the opportunity to work directly with clients as well as crews that assist in cleaning and preparing the properties for clients.

“Maintaining our high quality product is so important for our clients’ experiences,” said Crook. “We have a good team and everyone is willing to pitch in for the benefit of our guests.”

“I’ve really enjoyed working with Deb and Todd. They have a real drive for success and make sure that each guest is really taken care of. It’s exciting to be involved in something that is new and headed for success,” said Lyndsy Doyle, Property Coordinator, who started with AvenueWest in September.

“Deb and Todd and the whole staff are wonderful and service oriented. We have a great product and high standards. I see (AvenueWest) growing in the future.” Said Debbie Norwood, PT Bookkeeper, who started with AvenueWest in December.

Among Deb and Todd’s goals for 2015 are having more managed properties in their inventory and continuing to build relationships with Northern Colorado businesses.

Deb added, “We expect (2015) to be a phenomenal year.”

AvenueWest Northern Colorado Franchise Success Story

Northern Colorado Franchisee Experiences Positive Cash-Flow in Six Months; Meets High Demand for Furnished Housing in Ft. Collins and Surrounding Cities

 As a long time residential real estate agent, Deb Salek knows all too well the hard work and long hours it takes to run a business. She worked every day, including weekends, helping her clients buy and sell homes. Her husband, Todd, too, knew the virtues of hard work. He spent 13 successful years in the sales industry.

Although at the surface Deb and Todd were successful, both say they felt they had more to give and were seeking new opportunities in their careers. They desired to own a business that could support their family, give them a stable lifestyle, and thrive long after they’ve retired.

 “As a real estate agent, I only earned income when I worked,” says Deb. “When looking for a new business venture, I wanted something that would have longevity, and one that offered a repeatable and sustainable revenue stream.”

Committed to finding a new career path, Deb discovered the possibilities of becoming a franchisee of AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing (“AvenueWest”) after reading about AvenueWest’s CEO, Kimberly Smith, in a magazine, and later meeting her at a networking event.

 “AvenueWest sounded too good to be true! It offered all the things I desired in a career, including the opportunity to own my own business, build something I could eventually pass on or sell, and allow me to work more traditional hours so I could spend more time at home with my children,” says Deb. “Plus, AvenueWest fit nicely into my repertoire, enabling me to still pull upon my years of real estate experience, yet explore a new avenue within my niche.”

On November 1, 2013, the Saleks officially opened an AvenueWest franchise in Northern Colorado (4025 Automation Way #F2, Fort Collins, CO 80525).

 Getting Started

 Deb says that she likes how she didn’t have to “recreate the wheel,” as AvenueWest provides a clear path to business ownership without all the hassles that come with a startup. She says she also likes that the brand has already built trust, recognition, and a track record of success in the corporate housing industry.

Even though AvenueWest offered a path to success, Deb and Todd say they knew it would take hard work and time to grow it into a thriving, sustainable business.

 “Almost immediately upon opening our doors, AvenueWest began sending us housing requests, yet we had no inventory to fulfill those requests,” says Deb. “That’s when we knew we had to get resourceful if we were going to succeed.”

To meet the “pent up demand” for short-term, furnished housing in Northern Colorado, Deb and Todd leased several local apartments and furnished them. Little did the Saleks know that the apartment buildings would soon become their top source for new client leads!

Another source of client leads came from insurance companies. Deb says that corporate housing can help people who have been displaced from their homes.

For example, when lightning struck the home of a Berthoud, CO family, an insurance company approached AvenueWest in Ft. Collins, asking them to find a short-term, furnished rental for their client.

Because of the housing shortage plaguing Northern Colorado, Deb says she knew finding this family temporary living quarters wouldn’t be easy.

 “We didn’t have any properties under management that met this family’s specific size and location needs,” says Deb. “Rather than turning the insurance company away, we got resourceful. We contacted a builder in Loveland about leasing one of his new apartment suites so we could furnish it and use it as a short-term rental for the Berthoud family. He agreed. We were able to help this family during a time of crisis and that felt great!”

 Success At Last!

By the end of their first six months as AvenueWest franchisees, Deb and Todd say they have become cash flow positive and currently have more than 50 properties in inventory.

 “We are very proud of how fast and confidently Deb and Todd have grown the AvenueWest brand in Northern Colorado. They have become one of our most successful franchisees in only one year. We look forward to continuing our relationship with this dynamic duo, and to proudly serve the corporate housing needs throughout Northern Colorado,” says Smith.

Looking Ahead

AvenueWest has become a full time career for both Deb and Todd (both left their day jobs), and they both agree that their earning potential far exceeds their previous career paths.

While 2014 was a fast-growth year for AvenueWest Northern Colorado, Deb says she knows she still has a lot of work to do. She says she would like to reach an exciting milestone of 100 properties in inventory within the next two years.

 “Northern Colorado is an in-demand region for both residents and businesses. We can only hope we are in a position to help all the clients that come our way in search of furnished, temporary housing,” says Deb.

About AvenueWest Northern Colorado

 Since 1999 AvenueWest has been providing award winning service and exclusive furnished corporate housing properties.  The company is focused on hands-on customer service and high quality rentals to meet the housing needs of both the experienced business traveler and also the discerning traveler on a budget. Fort Collins is a rapidly growing city with an award winning quality of life.  AvenueWest Northern Colorado strives to connect clients with the short-term, furnished housing they need in Old Town, Southeast Fort Collins, North Fort Collins, Midtown, Water Valley, Centerra, Loveland, Windsor, and Greeley.

AvenueWest Northern Colorado Offers Turnkey Solutions for Corporate and Transitional Housing

Deb Salek, the owner of AvenueWest Northern Colorado, recently had the article “AvenueWest Northern Colorado Offers Turnkey Solutions for Corporate and Transitional Housing” on the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce website:

“With an increased local need for high-quality furnished short-term rentals, AvenueWest Northern Colorado has carved out a niche as a premier provider of full-service corporate and transitional housing in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor and surrounding communities.

The view from one of our exclusive fully furnished corporate housing units.

The view from one of our exclusive fully furnished corporate housing units.

‘AvenueWest offers much more than a hotel stay, but rather a home away from home where you can feel settled and comfortable for your time in the property. We make it as easy as possible for clients. Just bring your suitcase,’ said Deb Salek, AvenueWest Northern Colorado CEO, Broker, and Owner. ‘We provide choices for the traveling professional or relocating individual.’


Todd, as COO and the head of business development, brings his vast experience in sales and customer service to AvenueWest and their clients. Todd, having traveled extensively with his previous career with a Fortune 100 company, fully appreciates the value, convenience and amenities of quality corporate housing.

“Our client companies find that it’s much more convenient to work with one point person to coordinate their business’s short-term furnished housing needs,” said Todd. “They are guaranteed to receive consistent quality and service with every property, and never have to worry about dealing with unknown property owners who may have varying quality standards.”


All AvenueWest properties are move-in ready and feature a full kitchen, fine housewares and furnishings, linens and towels, and other comforts of home. All utilities, phone, cable and internet are already connected when clients move in and are included in one rental payment.

To read the full article, click here. Please visit our website to see all of our beautiful properties located in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Greeley, CO. For more information, contact us directly: 970-797-3099 or via email FortCollins@avenuewest.com.

Executive Fully Furnished Rental in Loveland, CO Available Now

Fort Collins, CO is home to Colorado State University, New Belgium Brewery, Otter Box, Woodward Inc. and so many other great companies!

Why not choose to stay in an all inclusive, fully furnished executive rental from AvenueWest Northern Colorado who is also headquartered in Fort Collins, CO. AvenueWest Northern Colorado also offers properties in Greeley and Loveland as well. So, if you are looking for a new home away from home while you are traveling to northern Colorado for business or pleasure, we would love to make your experience here as pleasant as possible! Below is just one out of many of our fine properties to choose from! Look no further for your Loveland Corporate Housing needs!

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This 3BD/2BA condo has a detached 1 car garage, small fitness center; king bed in the master bedroom with a 32″ flat screen TV and queen beds in the other 2 bedrooms; a private patio, and so much more! Conveniently located by Centerra shops and restaurants and only 15 minutes away from Greeley or Fort Collins.

Click here for more information and photos on this great rental. For pricing and leasing information, contact AvenueWest Northern Colorado directly at 970-797-3099 or via email FortCollins@Avenuewest.com.