Biz to Biz: August 28
The Summit County Business Barometer, a quarterly business survey conducted to measure the economic pulse of our local business community, dropped to a reading of 3.29 for the first quarter of 2007. This week, the Q2 one-line survey will be sent to chamber members and also be available as a direct link from the homepage of Summit Daily News website at http://www.summitdaily.com.The two-minute survey is designed to measure business activity during the past quarter, based on responses from key sectors of our economy. The results are tabulated to provide feedback on the current level of business activity in Summit County and to project confidence levels looking forward. Expanding the survey to a broader audience and incorporating new and better defined business categories to include all Summit County business owners and professionals is giving us a clearer picture of the county as a whole, said Constance Jones, executive director of the Summit Chamber headquartered in Dillon. We hope it will continue to serve as a useful planning tool for the private, public, and non-profit sectors.The Summit County Business Barometer, launched in 2006, is currently sponsored by the Summit Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Summit Daily News, Edward Jones Investments and John Boozer & Associates. Comments and suggestions can be directed to the chamber office at (970) 668-2051 or Mark Nunn, Edward Jones in Frisco at (970) 668-3811. For highlights of past surveys visit http://www.summitchamber.org. Leadville airport featured in magazineThe Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the worlds largest aviation association with 413,000 members, recently featured Lake County Airport located in Leadville in its award-winning magazine, AOPA Pilot. A Day in the Life of Americas Airports appeared in the August 2007 issue of AOPAs magazine, which is the most widely read aviation magazine in the world.What better way to celebrate Americas general aviation airports than to show their diversity on a single day, said Tom Haines, AOPA Pilot editor-in-chief. From floatplanes to helicopters, airshows to charter flights, each airport has something unique to offer and each is a community treasure.Lake County Airport, also known as Leadville, boasts the highest field-elevation of any airport in the United States. The runways 9,927-foot elevation and surrounding Colorado mountain peaks challenge pilots mountain flying techniques. When AOPA Pilot visited on May 19, pilots from across the country were honing their piloting skills upon which they were provided a Certificate of Pilotage for landing at Leadville. AOPA Pilot editors and photographers traveled to 11 airports across the country to observe, participate in, and write about what was going on there on May 19. Along with the special feature article in the August 2007 issue of AOPA Pilot, the project includes a multimedia online component accessible to both AOPA members and nonmembers on the Web at http://www.aopa.org/pilot/dayinthelife.Edward Jones ranks No. 1 among affluent The global financial services firm Edward Jones was named the No. 1 full-service retail brokerage among affluent investors by The Luxury Institute, an independent research institution focusing on the top 10 percent of Americas wealthy. The firm placed at the top of the study and posted above-average ratings on all aspects of the customer experience, according to the four Eagle and Summit county Edward Jones financial advisors. The Luxury Institute study reviewed the firms effectiveness, personnel and environment and said, Edward Jones is the top rated full-service retail broker of the 2007 Luxury Customer Experience Index (LCEI) and is the only brand with above average ratings on all aspects of the customer service experience measured in the LCEI. Were pleased with this ranking, because it supports our belief that all individual investors regardless of the size of their portfolios appreciate the personal, face-to-face service we provide, said James D. Weddle, managing partner of Edward Jones. We strive to provide quality client service regardless of a clients income level. The Luxury Institutes full-service retail study was conducted during June 2007. This study surveyed 1,650 wealthy consumers who use six national full-service brokerages. In a separate study, Edward Jones Web site, http://www.edwardjones.com, was rated the most effective financial brokerage Web site in the April 2007 Luxury Web site Effectiveness Index survey of Financial Brokers. The Luxury Institute said, The Edward Jones site is the top ranked brokerage for ease of navigation, and it scores significantly above average for providing images and pictures that help explain the information being presented on the site. The Web site study compared 14 national brokerage Web sites. Eagle and Summit county advisors include: Charlie Wick, Eagle; Tina DeWitt, Edwards; Todd DeJong, Avon; and Mark Nunn, Frisco.Peak Properties to manage Savory InnDedicated to setting the premier standards of service for homeowners and offering their rental guests one-of-a-kind lodging options and experiences, Peak Properties is pleased to announce that it has signed a management contract with The Savory Inn to operate the premier property located on the banks of Gore Creek in Vail.Housed within hand-cut Montana Timbers, The Savory Inn offers guests 12 bedroom suites. A stunning Telluride Gold Rock Fireplace is the centerpiece of a great room offering plush seating, a spacious dining area and access to a covered patio overlooking the splendor of the Gold Medal waters of Gore Creek just steps away. Peak Properties is the premier management and rental firm in the Vail Valley setting the standard for ultra-luxury lodging opportunities concerning private homes, duplexes and condominiums, said general manager Christine Cavanaugh. The Savory Inn is a unique entity in our portfolio, offering our clients the opportunity to acquire a private inn for their exclusive use. In addition to the 12 individually decorated platinum rated guest bedrooms and Great Room, the Inn provides clientele a commercial kitchen, media room, a wine cellar/room, wireless internet, a 12-person private outdoor hot-tub and ample parking. The Inns design, reminiscent of the Adirondack Lodges of days gone by using materials native to the Rocky Mountain West, provides clients with approximately 9,000 square feet of unparalleled luxury and privacy minutes from the slopes of Vail. For more information about Peak Properties, call (970) 479-9990 or visit http://www.peakpropertiesvail.com.Slifer Smith & Frampton welcomes new brokersSlifer Smith & Frampton is pleased to announce that T.A. Williams, Robin Hall and J.T. Tollett have joined the company as brokers.Both Williams and Hall will be working out of the Frisco office at 421 Main St. J.T. Tollett will join the Breckenridge office located at 117 S. Main St. Williams will be bringing his extensive experience in professional sales as a store manager for Ensignal in Silverthorne and blending that with his familiarity of the Slifer organization through working as an office coordinator in the Keystone office for the past year and a half. His past work experience also includes positions with Cricket Communications, TAG Wireless and the Cherry Hills Country Club.Hall most recently worked for Vail Resorts Development Company as a financial analyst, for more than three years, where she was responsible for financial management for the companys Summit County office. She has also held management positions with Vail Resorts and Gap Inc. Hall was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area and is a graduate of the University of California-Davis.Tollett has worked for various real estate firms, including positions as a broker associate for RealEstateColorado.com, and as a real estate agent and real estate assistant for Regency Realtors. Since August 2006, he has sold over $6.7 million worth of real estate. He was born and raised in San Antonio, obtained his Texas realtor license while in college and is a graduate of the Texas Tech University.Verizon expands broadband networkWireless customers in more Colorado ski destinations now have access to the latest high-speed business and entertainment services on their wireless phones, laptop computers and other wireless devices thanks to Verizon Wireless. The new capabilities come with the expansion of the companys Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision (Rev.) A network to more popular winter destinations, enabling both its BroadbandAccess and V CAST services. The company expanded its high speed wireless data network earlier this year to include Aspen, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Vail.The companys enhanced high-speed wireless service, with average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits, is geared towards mobile professionals, business customers and on-the-go students. BroadbandAccess users have the ability to get their corporate information as if they were attached to the information via a high-speed wired connection but with the freedom of true mobility. For example, customers with Rev. A-compatible devices can download a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment the equivalent of a small PowerPoint presentation or a large PDF file in about eight seconds and upload the same-sized file in less than 13 seconds. The companys consumer-oriented multimedia service offers V CAST subscribers music and short content on demand, including cutting-edge 3D games, music, videos, news, weather and sports.The broadband network expansion has something for everyone on the go, said Melanie Braidich, regional president of Verizon Wireless. BroadbandAccess lets our business customers experience a truly untethered mobile office experience. With V CAST, consumers have access to the most comprehensive selection of downloadable music, high-quality videos and coolest 3D games found anywhere. With this recent expansion, coverage now includes the following communities and points-of-interest in Colorado:n Copper Mountain, including village and ski arean Keystone, including town and ski arean Loveland, including ski arean Snowmass, including ski arean Steamboat Springs, including town and ski area.Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States. Today, its entire nationwide CDMA 1 x EV-DO network has been enhanced to Revision (Rev.) A technology that reaches more than 210 million people. The company has invested more than $529 million in its Colorado network in the past five years to ensure network reliability and expanded coverage, capacity and capabilities.For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to http://www.verizonwireless.com.Aspen, Eagle make top-destinations listA private-jet service on Tuesday included two Colorado resorts areas on a list of the top 10 favorite summer leisure-travel destinations of its well-heeled customers.Cleveland-based Flight Options LLC said Aspen ranked No. 2 on its list, with Las Vegas in the No. 1 spot. Aspen, the company said, offers summertime visitors renowned music festivals and an excellent culinary reputation.The airport at Eagle, which serves nearby Vail and Beaver Creek, was ranked No. 5. The area offers championship golf and a world-renowned music festival, Flight Options said in a statement.Four of the top 10 summer leisure destinations on the Flight Options list are Rocky Mountain resort areas.The complete list: No. 1, Las Vegas; No. 2, Aspen; No. 3, Jackson, Wyo.; No. 4, Hailey, Idaho (serving Sun Valley); No. 5, Eagle; No. 6, Scottsdale, Ariz.; No. 7, Napa, Calif.; No. 8, Nantucket; Mass.; No. 9, Carlsbad, Calif.; No. 10, East Hampton, N.Y. The list also included Santa Fe, N.M., as an up-and-coming destination.Flight Options, a subsidiary of Waltham, Mass.-based Raytheon Co., sells fractional private-jet ownership and travel memberships and operates more than 140 aircraft.
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