Biz to Biz: April 10 |

Biz to Biz: April 10

HCBR Staff Reports

GLENWOOD SPRINGS Alpine Bank is teaming up with ShareBuilder, an online brokerage firm, to offer an online investing service for customers. ShareBuilder is a low-cost way for new investors to put aside a set amount of money automatically every month. It eliminates financial minimums that prevent new investors from starting accounts. It also appeals to more sophisticated investors, as the system is a way to supplement long-term investment strategies. Transactions start at $4. Subscription programs offer multiple stock purchases at lower costs per transaction.Customers decide how much to invest $25 or $100 a month. They choose stocks, as well as how much they want to invest and how they would like to fund their accounts.Customers can access their ShareBuilder accounts at and choose to invest among more than 7,000 stocks and funds. Customers who open a new ShareBuilder account and purchase one security will receive a $40 bonus.Breck Realtor named to national resort committeeBRECKENRIDGE Dennis L. Johnson, of Paffrath & Thomas in Breckenridge, has been appointed to the National Association of Realtors Resort and Second-Home Real Estate Committee by National president Pat V. Combs. Johnson joins 46 other resort area and second-home specialists selected from across the country to sit on this committee. The committees mission will be to monitor, review and analyze issues and trends affecting resort and second-home markets. Members also will provide feedback on proposed legislation and regulations.Help-U-Sell Realty in Eagle receives national awardEAGLE Help-U-Sell Mountain Realty received the Best Hometown Office award at the companys annual International Convention and Business Conference in February. The award recognizes offices that have excelled within their local markets. Hundreds of Help-U-Sell real estate professionals attended the convention.Known for its set-fee real estate model, Help-U-Sell is one of the fastest growing real estate companies in the United States.Were delighted to honor Help-U-Sell Mountain Realty with the Best Hometown Office Award, said Bryan Drakulich, chief operating officer of Help-U-Sell Real Estate. Debra Duvall and her teams commitment to excellence and to the needs of todays homebuyers and home sellers has helped consumers save thousands on their real estate transactions this year, with well over $1 million in savings in 2006. Duvall opened Help-U-Sell Mountain Realty in 2003 and has quickly established the office as one of Colorados top Help-U-Sell franchises in total sales volume and quality of service. Her firm represents buyers and sellers throughout Eagle and Summit counties. In addition, Duvall is the exclusive listing agent for Duvall Construction, one of the areas top custom homebuilding firms, which builds in communities including Gypsums Cotton Ranch and Chatfield Corners subdivisions.For more information, call (970) 337-7283 or visit the companys Website, Grace Wellwerts earns new finance certificationAVON Grace C. Wellwerts, president of Rocky Mountain Planning Group, Inc. in Avon, has been authorized by the Investment Management Consultants Association to use the certification mark Certified Investment Management Analyst.Wellwerts began her career in financial services in 1987 and now oversees complex financial planning issues for a select group of clients.Wellwerts new certification identifies individuals who have met the experience and ethical requirements, have successfully completed investment management coursework and have passed an examination covering subjects including investment policy, asset allocation and risk management. Rocky Mountain Planning Group, Inc. is a wealth management firm specializing in the needs of closely held businesses, active and retired corporate executives, and highly affluent, multigenerational families.For more information, call (970)949-9281.Priesthand, Walent join sales staff at the Park HyattBEAVER CREEK A pair of valley residents has joined the sales staff at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. Giles Priestland is now director of leisure sales, while Melanie Walent transfered from the catering department to become the associate director of sales.Priestland comes to the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek after serving as director of sales and marketing for The Lodge at Vail. As the director of leisure sales for the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, Priestland will solicit and manage local corporate accounts, travel agencies and wholesale partnerships.Walent started at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek in 1998, working through various departments before serving as catering and convention services manager.For more information, call (970) 949-1234.Davis joins the Wright Mortgage CompanyEDWARDS Mortgage consultant Sarah Townsend Davis, formerly of Countrywide Home Loans in Avon, has recently joined Wright Mortgage Company in Edwards. Davis has been in the Vail Valley since 1998 and has worked in banking and resort real estate lending since then. She is excited to join the Wright Mortgage Company team with Arch Wright, Heather Burlison and Vicki Brown. Davis can be reached at (970) 331-5200, (970) 766-7500 or at Wing Shoes, Carters come to Summit outletsSILVERTHORNE Red Wing shoes has taken over its future space in the Phase III Outlets at Silverthorne. It has started making improvements and plans to open early this month.Carters has opened in its permanent space at 309 F, near Old Navy.Partnership to host executive director sessionIn conjunction with JVA Consulting, the Vail Valley Partnership is offering the second in a series of two executive director roundtables for nonprofit network partners.This April 24 event is free to the Vail Valley Partnerships nonprofit business partners.To RSVP, call Cameron Lowe at (970) 477.4001 or

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