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Business briefs: Leadership institute to host renowned author at forum

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Rychel named #3 at Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate

AVON — Presenting another in its series of life and leadership development seminars, the Vail Leadership Institute’s Annual Forum is an opportunity to learn from worldwide leaders and connect with the institute’s most committed members. This year’s Annual Forum, Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m. at the Beaver Creek Club, welcomes Richard Leider, an internationally recognized executive coach and author.

“The Annual Forum is an incredible opportunity to interact on an intimate level with some of the best leadership talent in the Vail Valley, and quite honestly the world,” said Ross Iverson, president and CEO of the Vail Leadership Institute. “Anybody who is at a point in their life when they’re asking ‘What’s next?’ should be at this forum.”

Participants at the Annual Forum will take part in uncovering Leider’s new program called “Life Reimagined.” Based on his newest book, “Life Reimagined: Discovering your New Life Possibilities,” the seminar explores the idea that each of us has the right and the responsibility to choose our own way, throughout all the years of our lives. For many, this shift happens at midlife, but it can happen at any point. It’s a time of enormous potential, a whole new phase of life.

The Vail Leadership Institute’s Annual Forum has limited remaining spaces. The event is complimentary for all active Leadership Advisory Council members. Current members of the institute’s RoundTable program receive admission for $100. General admission is $325, which includes Leider’s workshop and private dinner following at the Beaver Creek Chophouse.

For more information about the Annual Forum or the Vail Leadership Institute, visit or call 970-926-7800.


Charity kickball tournament needs more teams to play

Don’t miss your chance to join in a favorite childhood game by participating in the 13th annual Evans Chaffee Kickball Classic on Aug. 9 at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion. The Kickball Classic is proving to be one of the Vail Valley’s most anticipated summer events, so make sure you’re a part of it.

Organizations and individuals throughout the Vail Valley are invited to organize a team of 8-12 players to help raise money for The Eagle River Youth Coalition’s Youth Leaders Council. Space allows for only 12 teams in the tournament, so those interested are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Registration fees are $550 per team, which includes 12 kickball T-shirts, 12 breakfast tickets and 12 lunch tickets per team, plus a day full of outdoor fun and great prizes for the top three teams.

In addition to epic kickball action, participants start the day with an all-you-can-eat blueberry (or plain) pancake breakfast sponsored by Casey Concrete starting at 7 a.m. Lunch is at 11 a.m., cooked up by “Cotton” Juedemann. Both meals are open to the public as well as participants. Meal tickets can be pre-purchased through any Evans Chaffee employee or can be purchased the day of the event. 

To register a team, purchase tickets, make donations of items, time or money, or to find out more, call Evans Chaffee Construction Group, 970-845-0466, email or go to


Ski rental firm honored

Ski Butlers Vail has won a Vail Valley Partnership Platinum Service Award for the seventh consecutive year. This award recognizes exceptional customer service. Ski Butlers is the only ski shop in Vail to have won this award for seven consecutive years.

Ski Butlers measures its customer service through the Net Promoter Score, which asks a single question: “How likely is it that you would recommend this business to a friend or a colleague?”

Ski Butlers sets an internal threshold at 90 percent for its Net Promoter Score.

Founded in 2004 in Park City, Utah, Ski Butlers now serves more than 30 North American resorts in Colorado, California, Utah, Wyoming and British Columbia, Canada.

For more information about the Avon branch of Ski Butlers e-mail Chris Gallegos, or call 970-845-2268.


Realtor celebrates anniversary

Sue Rychel is celebrating her 10-year anniversary at Slifer Smith & Frampton. She was recently ranked in the top 250 agents nationwide by The Wall Street Journal. Rychel became a real estate professional in 1978 and has enjoyed putting buyers and sellers together throughout Eagle County during her career. Rychel can be reached at the Solaris office of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, 141 E. Meadow Drive, Suite 206, Vail Village, by calling 970-477-5730 or at

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