Sumer Liebold’s company operates more than 70 corporate apartments.

Sumer Liebold is a young woman in a hurry.
A little more than a year ago, Liebold and her brother identified a market niche between extended-stay hotels and upscale corporate housing. The niche proved to be profitable, and the brother/sister team currently controls more than 70 units in Phoenix and Colorado Springs.
Liebold took time recently to tell CSBJ about herself and her business.
Organization: Rocky Mountain Premier Corporate Housing
Position: Owner
Hometown: Gunnison
How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: Off and on since 2001
Education: Business degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
A few words about your company: My husband and I started the company in Colorado Springs exactly one year ago. We also operate in Phoenix, where my brother runs the operation. We provide fully furnished corporate apartments for clients who are relocating, in-between homes, employees on short-term assignments, athletes or anyone who needs an extended-stay home. Our company sets up apartments with everything from the furniture to the utilities and silverware. Our homes are more cost effective and bigger than the average extended-stay hotel.
Recent accomplishments: Before starting the company, my husband and I took a year-long honeymoon. We lived in the Florida Keys for seven months, then traveled the East Coast. The company has only been in business for one year, so we are a bit short on accomplishments right now.
Biggest career break: For the first seven months of the business, I was working full time as a waitress at night at The Broadmoor to build the business. It sounds silly but my first career breaker was having enough business here in Colorado Springs to work on Rocky Mountain Premier full time.
The toughest part of your job: Selling! Isn’t that the toughest part of any job? Other than that I love to make my own hours and working for myself.
Someone you admire: My Grandma Jones. She is a 67-year-old developer/real estate agent/accountant/construction manager in Delta. She is as full of life and motivation as she was when she was 18. She is one of very few grandmas who has to wear a pink Bluetooth to keep up with her business, yet she always makes time for her family.
About your family: Right now it is just me and my husband, Eric, and our German short hair pointer, Taylor.
Something else you’d like to accomplish: To build a successful company which can effectively grow while remaining personal, and taking care of our customers. To be able to bring on employees and have an environment where the team members love their jobs, have fun and are proud of what we are doing with our business and to improve our community.
How your business will change during the next decade? My brother and I have all kinds of exciting ideas about where we would like to take this business. Along with the growth of the Colorado Springs sector, we would like to focus on cities like Denver, Las Vegas and San Diego. We are in the process of putting more time and money into our Web site and promotional products. We love to keep things personal, but the Internet brings us most of our business.
What book are you currently reading? I just finished “Marley and Me.”
What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? Downtown. I am really excited about all the improvements going on downtown, and am anxiously awaiting new developments. Eric and I bought in the Lowell neighborhood. We really believe that downtown will be and is a great place to live.