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The Summit Association of Realtors held their annual installation of officers on Friday, Aug. 10.

Kouri Wolf of Wolf Real Estate in Frisco was inducted is the new chair.

The association honored Bonnie Smith Allen of Exclusive Mountain Retreats as broker of the year.

The association honored Karen Wray of the Summit Daily News as affiliate of the year.

Keller Williams Mountain Properties is proud to introduce two agents to their professional team in the Frisco office, Tanya Beyer and Gina Dupre. Both ladies bring with them a great working knowledge of the local market.

“I’ve lived in the county for six-and-a-half years and know the area very well plus the benefits of owning a home in the mountains,” Beyer said. “I joined the Keller Williams team because of the extensive, ongoing training as well as the support they provide agents. They are well established and have a great reputation for providing excellent customer service to all clients. I’m committed to providing that same high level of service.”

“I bring professionalism and market knowledge to all of my clients,” Dupre said. “I am a very enthusiastic, caring person and I go above-and-beyond to make sure buying or selling your home is a pleasant experience. I chose Keller Williams because of the extensive ongoing training and continuing education. The culture at Keller Williams is very unique; it is a real team.”

For more information contact Beyer at (970) 406-1190 or and Dupre at (970) 333-0047 or Or call the Keller Williams Mountain Properties Frisco office located on Main Street at (970) 368-7000. Visit the website

Centura Health, Colorado’s largest health care provider, announced that Peter E. Makowski will join the organization as chief executive officer of St. Anthony Central Hospital in late September.

In his role, Makowski will provide leadership and oversight for operations at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver in preparation for moving the facility to Lakewood – the new St. Anthony West Hospital – after more than 100 years at its present location.

Makowski currently is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, a joint operation between Catholic Health Initiatives and Trinity Health.

Makowski’s more than 25 years experience in health care leadership includes hospital and integrated system management with a strong background in strategic planning, mergers and community health benefit initiatives for nonprofit and religious affiliated organizations.

“Peter is a highly respected executive with an innate ability to build board, physician and staff support in achieving organizational goals in a mission driven environment,” said Gregory Burffit, president and CEO of Centura Health. “We are confident in his ability to advance the legacy of one of Denver’s oldest and most progressive hospitals to a state-of-the-art medical facility designed to meet the growing health care needs of the metro area.”

Makowski replaces former St. Anthony Hospitals CEO, George Zara, who was with the organization for five years.

Friends Welcome Program recognized three exceptional Breckenridge employees and one Breckenridge business Wednesday Aug. 15 during the Breckenridge Resort Chamber (BRC) Ambassador Mixer, held at Alpine Bank in Breckenridge.

July winners were described as employees who went the extra mile and added a real strength to the Breckenridge community.- Breckenridge employees can be nominated for the Friends Welcome award by visitors, co-workers, supervisors or residents for demonstrating exceptional guest service at their place of work.

Rewards for the three chosen employees include $100 worth of gift certificates for use in a variety of businesses in Breckenridge and a parking pass from the town of Breckenridge.

In addition to honoring three outstanding guest service employees, Friends Welcome honored The Marriott Mountain Valley Lodge as the Business of the Month. It will automatically be entered, along with the 11 other monthly winners, to win the Business of the Year Award. Each winner will receive a free insert in the Breckenridge Resort Chamber monthly mailer and recognition at the BRC Ambassador monthly mixers.

The Friends Welcome customer service training program is free to Breckenridge businesses and takes approximately 60 minutes to complete. Employees and businesses receive a certificate noting that they are Friends Welcome certified. Anyone in the community who exemplifies exceptional guest service may be nominated to receive the $100 worth of gift certificates, awarded monthly. The outstanding employees that were recognized and rewarded Wednesday night were:

Lee Lockwood, Peak-a-Boo Toys

“We were looking for toy rubber band guns for our kids. Peak-a-Boo Toys were out of them. Lee called other stores in Breckenridge and located some for our kids. WOW!! Talk about service,” said Karen Schilling of Denver.

“Lee greets everyone with a smile. He is polite, courteous and great with all the kids. He will check back in inventory for items not on the shelves and he will hold items for me till I can get to the store. He is one of those people who you hope to see when you go into the store. And, he knows everything about everything that is carried in the store,” said Lee Chandler, of Breckenridge

Sarah Wetmore, Big City Blues

“Sarah is the perfect ‘Go Ski’ model. She always greets you with a sincere smile and hello and has a way of helping you find the perfect outfit every time! Sarah shares lots of good fashion tips with me. She also recommended some great restaurants and then called my hotel to have the courtesy van pick me up!” said Kyle Haggert, Las Vegas, NV.

“I am a very difficult person when it comes to my clothing, and I do not like to spend a lot of money on clothes. Sarah was so genuinely honest while I tried on different items. I left very happy, satisfied and confident with my purchases because of Sarah!” said Lauren Ross, of Breckenridge.

Lindsey Branner, Marriott Mountain Valley Lodge

“Fabulous activities director! Lindsey had an overflowing crowd at her desk and she made each family feel very relaxed while they waited for her to help them. And once it was your turn, she asked all the right questions and got you set up in all the right activities,” said Jacqueline O’Malley-Satz of New Hampton, NY

“Lindsey started helping us before we even got to Breckenridge. This was our first vacation with our grandsons. She helped to make it very enjoyable for us and the kids by putting us in the activities that we could all enjoy together! This trip was “TOPS”!” said MaryJo Rogers, Lincoln, Neb.

Marriott Mountain Valley Lodge

In the past two months, Marriott’s Mountain Valley Lodge employees have received 17 nominations for Employee of the Month. In talking to some of these employees they all said the same thing. They love working for this company because of the team effort, positive atmosphere and management support. They look forward to going to work everyday.

Nominations for the Friends Welcome Rewards and Recognition Program are currently being taken. Rewards for the next outstanding nominees will be given at the BRC Ambassador September mixer. To obtain a nomination form or find out more about the Friends Welcome Program, call the Friends Welcome director, Dianne M. Trausch at (970) 453-5070.

The Summit Chamber has sent out its quarterly Summit County Business Barometer Survey. Please take two minutes to complete the survey, sent to your e-mail or available at

In appreciation for completing the questionnaire, your business or organization will be entered in a quarterly drawing for a 2007-08 membership. Winners will also be featured in the Chamber Connection E-Newsletter.

Please complete the survey before Wednesday, Aug. 29.

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