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Mike Egan, chief executive officer of the Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation, recently announced the hiring of Marc Prisant as the new executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Vail-based nonprofit orthopedic research organization. Prisant has an extensive business background with experience primarily in venture capital, including work with numerous biotechnology and medical-device portfolio companies. Most recently he served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Bluebird Development LLC, where he previously worked with Egan.Marc and I have a successful business track record together, Egan said. When I came to the Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation earlier this year, I recruited Marc to join me because I knew he could help us reach our goals as a foundation and he has known Dr. Steadman for several years.Prisant was living in Spain when he accepted the position and came to work for the Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation in May. An avid cyclist and skier, Prisant also became a patient of the Steadman Hawkins Clinic this past year. I learned first hand how the work done at the Foundation can be applied to benefit anyone who wishes to stay active in life. Ive known Richard Steadman since the early 90s and have always been impressed with his dedication to improving medicine. I simply couldnt say no to this unique opportunity.For more information about The Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation visit

Edward Jones, a national financial services company, was again named the best full-service brokerage firm in the August edition of SmartMoney magazine.The firm received high marks in the four categories surveyed by themagazine: stock picking, customer satisfaction,trust and customer statements.Edward Jones, which rankedNo. 1 in 2005 as well, received five-star ratings in client statements and customer satisfaction. In addition to its own research, SmartMoney used acustomer-satisfaction survey from J.D. Power andAssociates, a trust survey from Forrester Research, a review ofcustomer statements from Dalbar and stock-picking performance reviews from several equity research companies to determine the rankings.The Vail Valley financial advisers for the Vail Valley are: Charlie Wick in Eagle, Tina DeWitt in Edwards, and Todd DeJong in Avon. Edward Jones is headquartered in St. Louis. To learn more, go to

The Vail Valley Partnerships new office in Avons Traer Creek Plaza is the site of the groups July 18 after-hours mixer.The mixer is from 5 to 7 p.m., and is sponsored by the companies that helped create the new space, C&H Construction and Slifer DesignsNo R.S.V.P.s are required. For more informaiton, call 476-1000.

Melissa Whelan became a broker with The Walsh Group and RE/MAX Properties of the Summit in June. Before that, she worked for the company for nearly three years as an administrative assistant.She said she likes the energetic lifestyle. Although she originally comes from Connecticut, she now calls Summit County and Colorado home.In 1999, she graduated with a degree in restaurant and hotel management and culinary arts from the University of New Haven. In 2004, she moved to Summit County with her daughter to be closer to her two sisters and their growing families.

Michael Gerber, author of the best-seller The E-Myth Revisited, will speak at the Vail Mountain School Auditorium July 26 at 8:30 a.m.Gerber will give a brief version of his seminar Awakening the Entrepreneur Within You. Tickets are $20 per person. Gerbers presentation is sponsored by SteamMaster and the Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce. To register, or for more information, call Kat at 827-5555, or Raj, at 904-2409, or go on-line to

The Beaver Creek Lodge has appointed Brian Haemmerle director of food and beverage for both the Beaver Creek Lodge and its popular restaurant Rocks Modern Grill. Haemmerl most recently worked at the Elk Mountain Resort in Montrose, where he was director of food and beverage. There, he managed the dining room, room service and banquets. Before his job in Montrose, Haemmerle worked as director of restaurants for Vail Cascade Resort and Spa in Vail.His holds an advanced level sommeliers diploma from the Court of Master Sommeliers and is studying for his master sommeliers certification. We are excited to welcome Brian to Beaver Creek and look forward to utilizing his extensive wine knowledge and food-management skills to further refine the dining experience here at Beaver Creek Lodge and Rocks Modern Grill, general manager Simon Chen said.

Business travelers often take advantage of free wireless, or Wi-Fi, connections at airports and other locations. A recent release from the Better Business Bureau warns travelers that hackers are taking advantage of this convenience and setting up fake Wi-Fi connections designed to steal personal information and files without you even knowing. Although hackers can and have set up fake Wi-Fi connections in a number of venues, they target airports. While searching for a connection, for example, a consumer might see one simply named Free Wi-Fi. Thinking its Wi-Fi offered by the establishment, they log on. Unfortunately, the network may actually be an ad-hoc network, or a peer-to-peer connection, which means the user surfs the Internet through the hackers computer. The hacker steals personal information and, if the PC is set on file sharing, he can steal documents as well.Airports across the nation, including Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles, have confirmed the existence of ad-hoc networks; at one time Chicago OHare had 20.Tips to avoid the scam include: Never connect to an unfamiliar ad-hoc network even if the name sounds genuine. Make sure your computer wont automatically connect to non-preferred networks. Turn off file sharing when youre on the road. Create a Virtual Private Network for your business. This establishes a private network across the public network by creating a tunnel so no one can intercept the data.For more information on identity theft, fraud prevention and keeping your company secure online, go online to or call 800-564-0371.

Colorado Inspection Agency, Colorados leading private provider of building-department services, has changed its name to SAFEbuilt Colorado. Our ownership, staffing and commitment to the state of Colorado remain unchanged, said owner Mike McCurdie. The new name simply describes our mission of building safe communities more clearly and affords us the opportunity to expand into new markets under the SAFEbuilt name.For more than 15 years the staff at Colorado Inspection Agency has provided full-service building department programs, building code plan reviews, complete project support and building code inspections. In 2006, it supported more than $850 million in residential and commercial building valuations, completed 3,500 plan reviews and performed approximately 50,000 inspections. SAFEbuilt Colorado partners in full or in part with more than 40 cities, towns and other governmental jurisdictions from four offices throughout the state, including Vail, Eagle and Aspen. For more information, call Scott Martin, business development manager, at 970-686-7511, ext 114, or visit

After 10 years of a successful legal practice in the Vail Valley, attorney Carol Curtis is joining Wright Mortgage Company as a mortgage broker. This is a natural evolution of Carols professional career, said Arch Wright, president of Wright Mortgage. For the past 10 years she has been an active participant in many real estate transactions. This move will allow her to blend her knowledge of real estate, and its many complexities, with the mortgage brokerage and financial side of the business.Curtis, a Maryland native, has lived in Colorado for the past 32 years attending both under graduate and law school at the University of Denver. She has lived in the Vail Valley for more than 14 years and is currently a resident of Edwards. Her community interests include work as a literacy tutor for The Literacy Project at Eagle Valley Library District and as a pro bono participant with the Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project.

Dan Godec has joined the senior management team as Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer for Community Banks of Colorado, one of Colorados fastest-growing independent banks. With 42 branches and over 400 employees in Denver, on the Western Slope and in California, Godec will provide leadership on lending issues as well as manage the credit function for the institution.We are thrilled that an experienced banker like Dan has joined Community Banks of Colorado, said Don Woods, chairman of the 27- year-old institution. Our goal is to be the largest privately owned bank in Colorado with a distinct emphasis on relationship bankingan area in which Dan has excelled during his banking career. Godecs previous banking experience includes time as President of the Avon-based WestStar Bank from 1999-2006 and, subsequently, as the Regional President of US Bank. A graduate of the University of Colorado, he served as a board member of Vail Banks, WestStar Bank and currently is Chairman of the Colorado Bankers Association. He serves on the Eagle Valley Land Trust, as well as on boards of the Youth Foundation of Eagle County and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.

Paul Cathers, owner of Foreign Accents in Basalt and World Style Interiors in Edwards, has announced the World Style Interiors store will close July 27. The store opened in 2003 and sold home furnishings from around the world, architectural pieces, and also had a full service rug gallery.In order to expand the operations of Foreign Accents in Basalt, it was decided the best way to present our vision would be to merge the Edwards retail store withour brand new retail showroom in Basalt, Cathers said. World Style Interiors store manager Bethany Kaufman will relocate and join the team ofForeign Accents in Basalt. For more information, call 970-927-4041 with any questions or requests regarding rugs.

The Direct Business of the Progressive Group of Insurance Companies, which sells insurance by phone at 1-800-PROGRESSIVE (1-800-776-4737) and online at, announced that it is lowering auto insurance premiums in Colorado by an average of 5.2 percent for new and renewing customers effective July 11 and August 20, 2007, respectively. The combination of the shift from a no-fault to a tort-based system and lower claims costs in Colorado, said Michele Strub-Heer, senior product manager of Progressives Direct Business.This is the seventh time Progressives Direct Business has lowered its rates since July 2003 when the states auto insurance reforms took effect, for a cumulative reduction of nearly 37 percent. The Direct Business sells Progressive Direct private passenger auto insurance online at and by phone at 1-800-PROGRESSIVE.

The Summit Chamber and Colorado Mountain Express support the National Repertory Orchestras Summer Festival with the Corporate Recognition Concert, Classical Favorites, at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 29 at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge.A recent press release acknowleged the corporate partners who made the concert happen, including: Alenda Kresge, Linsco Private Ledger; American Family Insurance, Leslie Wiese Agency; Insurance of the Rockies; Merrill Lynch & Co., private client services, Anthony Jones; OBryan Partnership Architects; Omni Real Estate, Jonathon Nixon; Peak Card Services; SnowHome Properties; Summit Ford; US Bank Breckenridge; Wal-Mart; and West, Brown, Huntley and Thompson. A corporate reception will follow the concert at Images of Nature, 108 S. Main St., Breckenridge.

The Summit Chamber wants more than its 500 current members. Summit Chamber members may have access to small group health plans through United Healthcare, along with a multitude of other benefits.Between July 12 and Aug. 13, the chamber offers new members a discount off their first year of dues, and any current member who signs up a new member will receive a prize.For more information contact the Summit Chamber, 668-2051 ext. 3 or

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