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The Kessler Collection, which owns the Beaver Creek Lodge, announced recently that Simon Chen has been hired as general manager of the lodge.Before taking the job at the Beaver Creek Lodge, Chen was the chief operating officer at the Skylar Management Co., where he was responsible for seven restaurants with revenues in excess of $20 million per year. He also handled marketing and public relations, the companys Web site, project management on all new openings, human resources and vendor relations. Before that, Chen was the hotel manager at the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa in Vail.The Beaver Creek Lodge has earned AAAs Four Diamond rating, is on Conde Nast Travelers prestigious Gold List and Travel and Leisure magazines T+L 500 list.For more information, call 845-9800.

Realtor Lori Maphies of Century 21s Frisco office recently earned her Home Staging Expert designation. Potential home buyers make up their minds about a property within the first 10 seconds. That is why staging a home is such an important job.Home staging is the art of preparing a home going on the market to show off its best features in the most positive light. The objective is to make a house look as good as possible to as many potential homeowners as possible, increasing its chances for a quicker sell at the highest price. Through furniture arrangement and organization rooms can be transformed by using the homeowners own furnishings or by adding special accents.Maphies provides home-staging services to her clients and to other Realtors in Summit and Park counties. For more information, 1-800-548-0021, ext. 204 or 389-7597.Maphies e-mail is

Scott Czarniak has joined the management team as senior vice president of Community Banks of Colorado, in Avon. With a dedication to local communities and a commitment to operating as a true community bank, Im confident that the flexibility and responsiveness of the bank and its employees will bode well for both local individuals and businesses, Czarniak said.With nine years in the financial-services industry including public accounting and banking, Czarniak will focus on new-business development and will specialize in commercial real-estate and construction lending.We are extremely fortunate to add Scott to the Community Banks of Colorado team, said Dan Godec, executive vice president and chief lending officer.Czarniak is currently a board member of the Avon Business Association and has been involved in events for Habitat for Humanity, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.For more information, visit

Once a year the Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers vote on the best projects of the previous year. At this years ceremony, Slifer Designs walked away as the recipient of two first-place finishes, one for a residential project in the Hummingbird Lodge at Bachelor Gulch and the other for the Brightwater Clubs private fly fishing clubhouse in Gypsum, the Cast Off Cabin. The Hummingbird project is extremely modern for the mountains, said Amy Lee Casey, interior designer and project manager at Slifer Designs. It was fun to work on and its nice to be recognized for a modern project in the heart of the mountains.The Cast Off Cabin won first place in the commercial category less than 10,000 square feet. This is the second award for this particular project, which recently won a gold medal at the 2007 American Resort Developers Associations annual event in April. Its awesome to be recognized for two projects which are so different in scope, especially by our peers, said company owner Beth Slifer. The contrast between the Hummingbird modern condo and the rustic, cozy Cast Off Cabin shows the depth of our designers and what we are able to create for our clients.For more information, call 926-8200.

To commemorate the opening of Alpine Banks new Frisco location, Larry Reavis, regional president of Alpine Banks, will host a grand opening celebration June 30 from 12 to 4 p.m.Merle M. Klocke has been appointed as vice president/branch manager of the Frisco location. He brings more than 24 years of banking expertise with him. Since moving to Summit County with his family in 1998, he has been an active part of the Summit County community. He currently sits on the board of directors and finance committee for the Summit County Builders Association. Alpine Bank is a $2 billion organization chartered in 1973 with its headquarters in Glenwood Springs. It has 34 Western Slope banking offices serving more than 100,000 customers with retail, business, trust, asset management, mortgage and electronic banking services. Alpine Bank was 2001 Colorado Company of the Year as named by Colorado Biz Magazine and the University of Denver Daniels College of Business as well as a six-time winner of the Best Companies for Working Families Award from Colorado Parents Magazine. The Banks community efforts have been highlighted by ABC World News Tonight, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the American Bankers Association.For further information, call Noel Hansen at 970-513-5906 or e-mail

The Vail Valley Partnership recently announced the addition of Chris Romer to its organization as Director of Marketing. Romer joins the Partnership with 10 years of experience in destination sales & marketing.We are extremely excited to welcome Chris to our team, said Michael Robinson, Vail Valley Partnership President and CEO. He brings a combination of local knowledge and innovative thinking to the Partnership, and will be a great addition to our leadership team.Romer was most recently Director of Sales and Marketing for Destination Resorts. Prior to his role at Destination Resorts, Romer was a sales manager at The Charter at Beaver Creek, and held sales positions at Lion Square Lodge and Vail Resorts.For more information, call 476-1000.

The first edition of Colorado Mountain News Medias new monthly E-Newsletter is now available. CMNM, which owns the Vail Daily and Summit Daily News, is working with Spark Creative in Avon on the project, which has been developed to bring information to advertisers and local businesses. More than 4,500 e-mail addresses are currently in the new database, which was compiled from addresses submitted by the advertising departments of CMNM newspapers and other sources. An option to sign up for the newsletter will be added to the daily websites and the CMNM portal site. There are actually five different versions of the E-Newsletter, called Competitive Advantage. Each is market specific, to include Summit, Vail, Glenwood, Aspen, and Grand Junction. You can view all five on the first link below, or just your market. The Web addresses are:

Myriam Enterprises, a custom home builder in Summit County for 24 years, will build a new office building at Farmers Korner. Formerly the Swan Mountain Inn, Myriam is revamping the old structure and plans to relocate all of its operations from Keystone to the new location in early August.The construction preserves part of the original structure, while an addition will add a conference room wing and office spaces for company staff. Over the next few weeks the building is scheduled to receive a new exterior finish including stonework, roofing, trim, and paint.Architect Marc Hogan of Baker Hogan and Houx, and interior cesigner Cindy Gray of Interiors by Design, both of Breckenridge, participated in the project.Homes by Myriam Enterprises have been featured in magazines including Log Home Living, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, and Log and Timber Style Magazine.For more information, go to or call 468-6190.

The new Lakota at Winter Park neighborhood has taken reservations for all 16 homesites and a significant number of townhomes and duplexes within the first month of availability. Lakota has been developed by Hermes Resort Properties of Edwards, a company with more than 15 years of development and construction success in resort communities including Beaver Creek, Cordillera, Red Sky Ranch, Arrowhead and The Cliffs Communities in the Carolinas.For more information, call 866-340-1430 or visit

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