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Alpine Bank announces officer promotions

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Alpine Banks of the Vail Valley is promoting three people in its Vail valley banks:

Michelle Anderson of Eagle to banking officer. Anderson has been with Alpine Bank for nine months. She graduated magna cum laude from Colorado State University in the honors program with a double major in Agricultural Business and Equine Science. Originally from, San Jose, Calif., and Medford, Ore., Michelle’s love for equestrian sports started in high school. She is still an avid equestrian and learned from two- and three-time world champions in cutting and endurance racing.

She is often asked how she ended up in banking.



“I love working with people and I love working with numbers,” she said. “What better combination is there?”

Anderson is also active in the community, and sits on the board for the Eagle County Crime Stoppers and participated this last winter with the Snowshoe Shuffle Committee.



Jeremy Behling of Edwards to banking officer. As a Colorado native from Gunnison and avid outdoorsman, Behling said he wanted his career on the Western Slope. He graduated with honors from Western State College in Gunnison, receiving his degree in business administration. Jeremy began his training with Alpine Bank in July 2005.

He attributes his preliminary success to all of the people of Alpine Bank.

“The culture of this bank is one that allows a person to find their strengths,” he said. “Alpine also provides opportunities to use those strengths to help build the organization. I look forward to many years of fun and building life-long friendships.”



Jeremy is a Rotarian with the Edwards Rotary Club and is a referee for middle and high school football games in the fall.

Tom Krabacher of Vail to banking officer. Originally from Grand Junction, Krabacher attended Western State College in Gunnison, where he received his bachelors of administration degree in business administration, with a double minor in accounting and economics. While at Western State, he was a three-year letterman on the football team. Krabacher enjoys golfing, fishing, and running with his dog.

Alpine Bank is a $1.9 billion dollar organization chartered in 1973 with headquarters in Glenwood Springs. It has 32 Western Slope banking offices serving close to100,000 customers with retail, business, trust, asset management, mortgage, and electronic banking services.

Teri Lester of Gateway Land and Development in Edwards has earned the EcoBroker Certified designation. She completed a training program on the energy and environmental issues that affect real estate transactions.

EcoBroker International’s program helps clients benefit from the energy-efficiency, green, and healthier features of homes and buildings. National surveys indicate that 80 percent of consumers consider themselves green-minded.

“I’m always looking for the best ways to offer my clients the best value,” Lester said. “My EcoBroker training helps me ensure customer satisfaction, my number one priority. From windows to moisture control to energy savings, I now have more resources at my disposal to help my buyers and sellers make better real estate decisions. The EcoBroker designation doesn’t make me an energy and environmental expert, but it allows me to better understand the issues and to convey this understanding to my buyers and sellers.”

Starting Monday, all ECO Transit buses will be outfitted with “smart” fareboxes.

The fareboxes will issue unlimited-ride passes for one-day, three-day and seven-day periods, in addition to the single trip option. Exact change is no longer a problem for boarding passengers; the farebox can print a stored-value card for credit toward future rides and passes.

ECO Transit officials expect the one-day pass to be the most popular. Passengers can now ride all day for the same price as they would for two trips.

“The variety of pass options will provide more flexibility and convenience for the passengers,” says ECO Transit Assistant Director Kelley Williams. “No more worrying about correct change or transfers. You can just buy a pass and board as often as you want.” Williams anticipates that the potential reduction in fares collected will be offset by gaining new riders and greater passenger satisfaction.

ECO Transit’s monthly pass is currently the most affordable and popular fare option. Passengers can now purchase a 30-day rolling pass at any ticket outlet on any day of the month. The farebox activates the 30-day clock upon first use.

ECO Transit officials say they expect significant long-term efficiency benefits; however the learning curve may slow the boarding process for several weeks. Passengers must feed every bill into the farebox, flat and unfolded. Boarding times are expected to return to normal as passengers become accustomed to the new equipment.

Williams believes that the system was implemented right in time.

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