Biz to Biz: April 17
Tuesday’s HCBR:Pick up the Tuesday edition of the Summit Daily News or Vail Daily to find the print version of the weekly High Country Business Review.Churman joins Land AmericaLand America announces the addition of Pam Churman to its team as an account manager. She has 12 years of experience in the title and real estate industry. She and Chris Belby will assure that all customers transactions run smoothly. Land America, now with two account managers and with offices in Breckenridge, Frisco and Dillon is even better positioned to meet title insurance needs. Contact (970) 668-9298.Keystone condo breaks recordHeather Wood, from The Wood Team of RE/MAX Properties of the Summit, has just sold a luxury four bedroom condo in the River Run Village of Keystone Resort for a record breaking $2,100,000. The 3,250 square foot penthouse condo in the Mill Creek Subdivision overlooks private wetlands of the Snake River and boasts spectacular views from the ski slopes to Buffalo Mountain. Prior to this sale, the highest priced condo sale in Keystone was a four bedroom condo in Lone Eagle, which sold for $1,874,000 on March 30.The penthouse was listed for only 33 days before being placed under contract and then closed 24 days later on April 10. The average days on the market for a listing in Keystone is 180 days.With only 627 currently active residential listings in Summit County, we have a classic supply and demand scenario, Wood said. The supply is at an all time low and demand remains high. The prices buyers are willing to pay in Summit County should continue to rise.First quarter statistics from the Summit County MLS show a slight drop in total sales volume in Keystone from last year, but the average sold price is up significantly. The total sold volume in the first quarter of 2006 was $27,045,850, with an average sold price of $392,827 per unit. This year the total sold volume for the first quarter was $25,691,791, with an average sold price of $450,733 per unit. Coldwell Banker Bunchman earns premier awardColdwell Banker Bunchman Real Estate LLC, has been named a Coldwell Banker Premier Office, the highest honor given to Coldwell Banker offices. It is the 10th year this office has been awarded this distinguished award.Coldwell Banker Bunchman Real Estate LLC was recognized for its achievement at the Coldwell Banker International Business Conference, held March 5-8, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. The annual event brought more than 6,000 Coldwell Banker sales associates, brokers, managers and employees together for an intensive professional development program and awards ceremony. The Premier Office award recognizes both achievement and teamwork and is the most impressive designation awarded to individual Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation (Coldwell Banker) offices, said Rick Bunchman. Mary Schlegel, office manager, and the sales associate team at Coldwell Banker Bunchman Real Estate have established a standard of excellence for offices throughout the Coldwell Banker system.The National Association of Realtors reported that 2006 was another record year for the real estate industry, and the organization expects demand for homes to remain strong throughout 2007. With Baby Boomers still in their peak earning years, Echo Boomers entering the housing market and strong demand for homes from minorities, immigrants and single female heads of households, demand for homes should remain healthy, said Jim Gillespie, president and chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation. Contact (970) 453-0401.Spay and Neuter monthThe month of April is Spay and Neuter month. Contact your local vet, and ask for the Eagle Valley Humane Society discount, worth $20 off. Call (970) 328-PETS.Vail Valley Partnership welcomes new partners Managed Data: (970) 376-1819 Panorama International Reality: (970) 390-3035 Jay Goodrich Photographer Inc.: (970) 376-8853, http://www.jaygoodrich.comColorado Hot Air Balloon Rides: (970) 468-9280, http://www.coloradoballoonrides.com Wells Fargo Home Mortgage: (970) 926-2456, http://www.wfhm.com Corum Real Estate: (970) 748-0645, http://www.corumrealestate.com Harebrained Marketing: (970) 926-0888, http://www.harebrainedmarketing.com BT Communications: (303) 289-9941, http://www.btcommunications.com Copper Chamber announces openingsThe Copper Mountain Resort Chamber has openings for board members. Members must commit to meeting at 10 a.m. every last Friday of the month. The chamber also has lower commitment openings on its homeowner and business committees. Contact (970) 333-0415.Copper Metro District announces openingThe Copper Mountain Consolidated Metropolitan District is accepting letters of interest from eligible district electors interested in serving on the governing board. The appointee will serve until May, 2008. Letters are due by April 27. For more information, call (970) 968-2537.Summit Chamber increases membershipThe Summit Chamber increased its membership in 2006 by 7 percent, to approximately 600 businesses. It also had a 22.8 percent increase in renewals. If you havent renewed your membership, the chamber urges you to do so quickly to avoid any rejoin administrative fees. For information, call (970) 668-2051 or visit summitchamber.org.Vail Resorts names Ganz new directorVail Resorts, Inc. announces that Beth Ganz will become the companys new director of public affairs, effective June 18. Ganz will oversee Vail Resorts involvement in local, state and federal issues of interest to the company. She will focus on working with various organizations and government agencies on potential opportunities to improve transportation within Colorado as it relates to traffic between the mountains and the Front Range. She also will oversee the companys community giving program, which focuses on charitable organizations that work to improve the lives of youth and the community.Ganz has more than 17 years of experience dealing with issues on a local, state and federal level. Since September 2005, she has been executive director of America Votes, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to increasing voter registration, education and participation in electoral politics. Prior to that, she spent four years as executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado and as political and legislative director of western states for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees for one year. She managed the first reelection campaign of Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette in 1998 and went on to become executive director of the Colorado Democratic Party for two years beginning in 1999.Ganz holds a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and a bachelors in political science from Duke University in Durham, N.C. She and her fiance, Mitch Phillips, live in Denver. Johnson joins Colorado TrustThe Colorado Trust announces the addition of Deidre Johnson to its staff in the role of assistant program officer. Johnsons work for the foundation will include gathering and synthesizing a wide range of information related to its grantmaking on health and family issues. The Colorado Trust is one of the states largest foundations. Its grantmaking focuses on providing a healthy start in the first years of life; keeping kids safe, healthy and engaged as they grow; ensuring quality health care; and making Colorado a place where all people can thrive. For more information, visit http://www.coloradotrust.org. CDOT and Pavetec Construction win awardThe Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and PaveTec Construction Company of Silverthorne have been awarded the 2006 “Best in Colorado” Asphalt Pavement Quality Award in the Stone Matrix Asphalt award category for the Eisenhower Tunnel Overlay on Interstate 70. The award was presented recently at the 13th annual Best in Colorado Asphalt Pavement Awards Dinner and Program. With the heavy use of studded tires and chains, CDOT has historically looked into durable pavement surfaces for the Eisenhower and Johnson tunnels. A harsh mix design was selected, consisting of very hard and angular aggregate asphalt pavement. The contractor placed this material in the tunnels in September 2006 following the heavy tourist season traffic. Given the tight working quarters and low clearance, the contractor and materials supplier produced and placed more than 12,000 tons of the best looking stone matrix asphalt projects in the state.Alan Adams, owner of PaveTec Construction Company and Mitch Olsen, project coordinator accepted the award.The Colorado Asphalt Pavement Best in Colorado Quality Awards are presented annually to recognize the quality efforts of asphalt producers, contractors, agencies and owners in the state. Nominations are judged on overall quality and smoothness. A total number of 60 nominations were received for the 2006 award program. The awards dinner was held in conjunction with the 34th Rocky Mountain Asphalt Conference and Equipment Show at the Holiday Inn Denver International Airport Feb. 28. Approximately 1500 people attended the conference. For more information, contact Tom Peterson at (303) 741-6150.The award program is sponsored by the Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association (CAPA), which is devoted to the development, improvement and advancement of quality asphalt pavement. Summit Chamber awards annual honorsThe Summit Chamber presented its 2006 awards Thursday, April 12 at the Silverthorne Pavilion.Dean Stjernholm, of Summit Mobile Chiropractic, earned chamber diplomat of the year. He relocated his business to Frisco after 14 years in Silverthorne and added a mobile service for visitors without transportation. He has been a long-time chamber advocate and served in many leadership roles.Hannah Lennon, senior marketing director for Breckenridge Ski Resort, won volunteer of the year. She has served as the chambers secretary, worked on its marketing committee, worked with Summit County CrimeStoppers and started Suncare Summit, a event to raise awareness about the importance of sun protection.Edward Jones won small business of the year. Mark Nunn successfully introduced the brand name and concept of offering investment counseling on a local level to Summit County residents. He teaches a series of 10 free investment classes at Colorado Mountain College and offers ongoing free classes at his office in Frisco. He also works with local schools to introduce saving and investment concepts to young children. He helped create the Summit County Business Barometer to provide guidance for local businesses.Ken and Mary Deshaies, owners of SnowHome Properties, earned entrepreneur of the year. Ken Deshaies serves as a chamber representative for the Mountain Real Estate Update, an annual event put on by the DU Daniels College of Business, Burns School of Real Estate. He serves on the board of Summit Public Radio and on the panel for Our Future Summit. He also earned the lifetime membership award from the chamber.Integrated HealthPlan Solutions, under CEO Ed Pittaways vision, earned strategic partner of the year. Pittaway helped create the chambers group health insurance program.Copper Mountain Resort won regional business of the year. One of its most significant accomplishments in 2006 was the growth of the environment program, which involved purchasing renewable energy credits to offset 100 percent of the resorts energy use. Its also a strong community partner with a number of nonprofits.Vail Resorts earned the international business of the year award. Its most significant business accomplishment in 2006 was the BreckConnect gondola. It partners with the town to address childcare needs, cooperates with the development of the Blue River corridor adjacent to the Sawmill and Parkway properties and co-sponsors local events to draw visitors. Its 2006 cash and in-kind donations totaled $675,000. In 2007, it plans to contribute $835,000 to the community.Dennis Flint, CEO of High Country Health Care, won the presidents award, given for exemplary leadership and service to the chamber and the community. He was instrumental in bringing the hospital to Summit County and attracting numerous sub-specialty doctors to the area. He helped create the chambers community health plan. He also partnered with Summit High School to engage disadvantaged and ESL students by developing a bilingual medical preparation program and consulting on the construction of a new technical wing at the school.Eric Turner, general manager of The Lodge & Spa at Breckenridge, 2006 chamber board president and co-founder of Sovereign Hospitality International, earned the Ben Fogle Award. The award recognizes individuals for their strong service to the business community. Turner helped launch the chamber health plan, represented the private sector on the I-70 coalition and donated time, space and food to nonprofit groups in the community.