Ajax Holdings, which includes anonymous investors besides Brooke Peterson and the Charif Souki family, is also involved in the recent purchase of the Pomeroy Sports building at the corner of Durant and Hunter. With Pomeroy leaving the space at the end of the ski season, Peterson noted that it’s “a premier location” adjacent to the gondola, “and we intend to capitalize on that with whatever tenant we find.” The Pomeroy building and the Mason Morse acquisition are the first of many investments in Aspen’s commercial core for Ajax Holdings, said Peterson, who is also a longtime Aspen municipal judge.
A little over one year after affiliating itself with Coldwell Banker, local real estate company Mason Morse is changing hands. A press release announced that Ajax Holdings, a private investment holding company based in Aspen, is acquiring the firm founded by Bill Mason and Edward Morse in 1961, the oldest in the Roaring Fork Valley, as well as the building on Hyman Avenue that houses its offices. Brooke Peterson, a longtime local attorney and a principal of Ajax Holdings, will take over as CEO of Coldwell Banker Mason Morse from current owner Bob Starodoj. Other investors in Ajax Holdings include the Souki family, a local family headed by energy executive Charif Souki, Peterson confirmed. The deal is expected to close in early 2013. The Coldwell Banker merger and the impending sale of the business are related, said company President Will Herndon
By Catherine Lutz, Wednesday, December 26, 2012 ABJ
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Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Reale Estate builing at 514 E. Hyman Ave. in downtown Aspen, CO