Biz to Biz: July 10
An Edwards family physician has completed initial training on providing effective response to a pandemic flu epidemic.Dr. Phil Freedman, medical director at Colorado Mountain Medical in Edwards, completed the training program at Grand River Medical Center in Rifle. Ada Borg, nurse manager, and Jodi Tonsure, office manager at the Edwards facility, also participated in the program.The Colorado Academy of Family Physicians Foundation is educating family physicians in Colorado on effective responses to a pandemic flu epidemic with a grant from the Colorado Medical Society. The project is part of the Colorado Community Physician Influenza Pandemic Response Plan initiative.Freedman is on the Vail Valley Medical Center Emergency Preparedness Committee and is the adviser for the Eagle County Pandemic Flu Planning Task Force. He formerly served as the Eagle County public health officer.The goal of the training project is to ensure that family physicians and their families, staffs and patients understand what will happen in the event of an influenza pandemic and to ensure that there is a cohesive and integrated health-care response to a surge in patient admissions during such an event.For additional information, call Tina Goldstein at 303-696-6655 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Mark Smith earns top adviser honor from magazineMark Smith was named one of the top-10 outstanding wealth advisers in America by Registered Rep. magazine. Smith is principal of M.J. Smith and Associates, and he maintains a residence in Summit County.The magazine selected winners based on superior performance in money-management, client-service, business-building, peer recognition and philanthropic activities. Smith is the only Colorado adviser on the list. He has been the top-ranked national adviser for Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., for the past three years and manages more than $532 million for his firms clients. Registered Rep. calls Smith the educator. In addition to his own business, Smith helps students from needy families further their education. In 2001, he established a scholarship program at his alma mater, the University of Iowa, for business students from low-income, single-parent families. He also set up an endowment at Iowa Central Community College that will fund two scholarships per year and funds tuition for up to five children a year at his elementary school, St. Paul Lutheran School in Fort Dodge, Iowa. When I was growing up, my single-parent mom worked two waitress jobs to give my siblings and me everything she could, but there was no money left for a college education, Smith said about why he decided to finance scholarships. It was the generosity of others that allowed me to get my degree. Im happy to return the favor.Smith also supports scholarships through the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants. M. J. Smith and Associates provides fee-based asset management services with a comprehensive financial-planning approach, which includes income-tax planning. For more information, call 303-768-0007 or visit http://www.mj-smith.com Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services Inc., member NASD/SIPC.Fourth of July brings big party at Westin in AvonThe team at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa held its second Fourth of July party last Wednesday. About 475 people gathered in the lobby and restaurant of the resort, which is still under construction.The party kicked off with live music by Donnie Z and continued through the night with dinner, drinks and a kidzone that included games and movies. The guests had a prime location to view the fireworks display in Avon in the future hotel gondola plaza. East West Partners, the developer of the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, holds a Fourth of July party every year to thank buyers, brokers, employees and partners.The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa is located at the base of Beaver Creek along the Eagle River, with access to Beaver Creek via the new Riverfront Express Gondola, scheduled for opening during the 2007-08 ski season.Frisco Realtor Amy Nakos completes special trainingAmy Nakos, owner and managing broker of Landmark Real Estate Group LLC in Frisco, recently completed a luxury-home-marketing training course offered by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. The course which covered topics including trends and amenities in todays luxury home product was taught by Laurie Moore-Moore, President of the Dallas-based institute and author of the book, Rich Buyer, Rich Seller! The Real Estate Agents Guide to Marketing Luxury Homes. Nakos, who is also a licensed Colorado attorney, owns Landmark Real Estate Group, LLC with her husband Darren. She specializes in luxury home sales and narketing, new construction sales and consultation and resort properties.For more information, call Landmark Real Estate Group, LLC, 668-1430 or e-mail email@example.com.My Mountain Realtor opens Minturn officeMy Mountain Realtor, LLC, has opened an office at 421 Main St. Minturn, at the new Minturn Lofts building, next door to the Shop n Hop.Were excited to be the only real estate office in Minturn, and to be part of the towns future, said Jay Raiola, managing broker. Were just a few minutes from Vail and Beaver Creek resorts, but since were a smaller office, we can provide very personalized service. Our customers wont get lost in the crowd. The staff has a combined residency of over 200 years in the Vail Valley, hence our motto, Mountain People. Mountain Properties.Raiola is a 23-year resident of Eagle County with 16 years of mountain real estate experience, and her firm is a member of the Vail Board of Realtors and the Denver Metro list.For more information, call 827-5371.Vail Valley Partnership launches golf websiteThe Vail Valley Partnership recently launched a Web site for golf information in the Vail Valley.Coined Golf Vail Valley (www.golfvailvalley.com), the site is designed to provide the user with a one-stop overview of the 16 private and public golf courses from East Vail to Gypsum. Users can browse the sites map to survey course description within seconds.The site is one both the destination guest or the local resident will find of value, as it summarizes those features most important to golfers such as course designer and fee range, said site creator Ryan Iguchi of Vail Pro Media (www.vailpromedia.com). Visitors to http://www.golfvailvalley.com are invited to submit a review of their favorite course. Visitors who post a review by Aug. 1 will be entered to win a Vail Valley golf giveaway, valid for a foursome at the Arnold Palmer-designed Eagle Ranch Golf Club.The site will also provide special vacation packages and promotions.Blues and Art Festival needs volunteersKeystone Neighbourhood Company has asked the Summit Chamber of Commerce to be one of the beneficiaries of the Blues and Art Festival July 14-15.In return for supplying volunteers for the event at River Run, the chamber will receive a donation of $2,000.The money will be dedicated to the chambers community assistance programs.Volunteers must be 21 or older, and in return for their work, will get a festival admission, lunch, a T-shirt and two drink tickets.Volunteer positions are being filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so a quick response is recommended. For more information, call 668-2051, ext. 3 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.Loading and delivery committee members neededTo help make changes to the loading and delivery systems in Vail Village, the town government is forning a committee to discuss the concerns of Vail Village businesses.The committee will include two members of the Vail Town Council (Rod Slifer and Farrow Hitt), Kaye Ferry, Executive Director of the Vail Chamber & Business Association, a representative from the Vail Valley Partnership, one Vail Village resident, and two representatives from retail, restaurant, and lodging businesses, respectively. The committee will also include four delivery drivers. Representatives from the retail and lodging businesses are still needed.For more information, call Pam Brandmeyer at 479-2113 as soon as possible. The first meeting will be held July 19 from 11 a.m. 1 p.m.