Erich Ferchau graduated from high school in Gunnison, received his undergraduate degree from Western in 1979 and graduated from the University of Georgia with an MBA in Information Services in 1983. Following a career with The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Erich and his family (Beth, Kathryn and Evan) moved back to Gunnison to start their real estate business. Ferchau is the Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Community Brokers in Gunnison and Crested Butte. He served a term on the Gunnison County Planning Commission and is presently a member of the Gunnison County Sage-Grouse Strategic Committee and the City of Gunnison Planning Commission. He believes the ongoing success of the Gunnison community depends on a healthy, vibrant and growing university—and that the success of Western depends on a supportive, engaged and collaborative relationship with the community.