Biz to Biz: May 8 |

Biz to Biz: May 8

File photoThe Colorado Transportation Commission recently approved a recommendation by the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway Commission to extend the Top of the Rockies scenic byway route approximately 40 miles.

Joanne Hanson, a member of The Summit Association of Realtors, was recently awarded the designation of Accredited Seller Representative. She joins a group of top producers in the residential real estate industry who hold this designation. She is one of 29 such agents in Colorado and is the first in Summit County to become an Accredited Seller Representative.

Hanson has been a Realtor in Summit County for nearly 14 years and is the team leader for the Mountain Living Team, affiliated with Coldwell Banker Colorado Rockies Real Estate in Frisco. She earned her new designation by taking The Accredited Seller Representative course ( It is geared toward providing agents the tools and skills needed to represent sellers in transactions.

For more information, call Hanson, (888) 666-0844.

A group of people who work for Grand Timber Lodge in Breckenridge have been recognized by the American Resort Development Association as some of that group’s Gold Award Winners for 2006. They received their awards in front of hundreds of people in Orlando, Fla., on March 28.

The developers of Grand Timber Lodge also have been recognized by the American Resort Development Association for their achievements as some of the most successful developers in the industry. In addition, Mike Millisor, Rob Millisor and Mike Dudick won the group’s Employer of Choice Award in 2005.

“All our staff members are winners in my book, but it really is great to see some of our brightest stars recognized by the industry,” said Millisor.

The employees who won awards are:

Kate Putnam: Marketing, operational support staff member; Grand Timber Development Company, project/sales team.

Amy Hoffman, administrative staff member.

Lisa Vaughn, resort assistant manager.

Suzeth Hibbert, housekeeping staff member.

The silver medalists at Grand Timber are:

Ginny Vietti, marketing management executive.

Sean Diehl and Melody Feldman, marketing manager team.

Bradd C. Faxon, salesperson.

Robert E. Gibbs, in-house salesperson.

Brian Binge, technology manager.

Rick Tramontana, resort department manager.

Chris Apodaca, maintenance staff member.

Sean Diehl, Affinity Marketing Program, specialty marketing program.

For more informaiton about Grand Timber Lodge, call (888)783-8883 or

The Colorado Transportation Commission recently approved a recommendation by the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway Commission to extend the Top of the Rockies scenic byway route approximately 40 miles. The route, located near Leadville, has been extended to include Independence Pass and will run along State Highway 82 from Twin Lakes to the west side of Aspen at the Maroon Creek Bridge.

“The extra 40 miles from this corridor will be a wonderful addition to this already beautiful scenic byway,” said Transportation Commissioner and Colorado Historic Byways Commissioner Steve Parker.

The Top of the Rockies scenic byway is one of 25 Scenic and Historic Byways in the state. For more information, go on line to

Sacred Tree, a holistic wellness center in Breckenridge, has two new therapists.

Sheryl Strom uses iridology to indicate the potential for disease. She has a background as a nurse and naturopathic doctor.

Dr. Kimberlee Terry, internal and aesthetic medicine, brings knowledge of women’s health and skin care to Sacred Tree. She focuses on skin cancer screenings and women’s exams. Appointments with new practitioners begin in June. For more information, call 453-8558.

The Vail Valley Partnership is looking for interested business owners and or managers to sit on the organization’s business committee.

This is an opportunity to help shape the future goals and objectives of the Vail Valley Partnership, as well as the business community as a whole.

For more information, call Lynn Blake, 477-4023, or reach him by e-mail at

Sallie Williard’s floral business, A Country Garden, in Dillon, received a score of 99.3 out of 100 by “The Knot”, a Web site and planning tool for “destination brides.” The site publishes regional magazines and publishes an annual national “Best of Wedding Guide” for the top flowers, reception venues, photographers, dress shops, cakes, event planners and bands. A Country Garden also earned honors as one of the most recognized vendors in all of “The Knot’s” markets.

“This put us at the top of the list (Best of Florists) for the southwestern part of the country, of which I am extremely proud,” Williard said.

“The Knot” printed testimonials from Williard’s customers, which included: “Sallie from A Country Garden provided fabulous and innovative ideas,” and “She honored my special request wonderfully. I had my mom’s bouquet built into mine, so I could surprise her at the end of the aisle.”

For more information, call 468-0811.

The Vail Valley Partnership will hold a May 17 seminar to inform Vail Valley property managers and lodging staff about the Partnership’s Lodging Quality Assurance program.

Topics will include:

– How the inspection process works.

– How to read an inspection checklist.

– How to determine what upgrades will increase a unit’s rating.

The seminar is scheduled for Thursday, May 17, from 2 ” 5 p.m. at the Evergreen Lodge in Vail. For more information, call Misty VanHeulen, 477-4010 or e-mail

Ron Davis was recently elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Vail Valley Medical Center. Davis, who has served on the center’s board for the last three-and-a-half years, began his term as chairman earlier this year.

“It’s an honor for me to be named as chairman,” Davis said. “Vail Valley Medical Center touches everyone in Eagle County in some way, and it’s a privilege to be working with such world-class physicians, employees and board members.”

Davis has been in the Vail area since 1989, and has lived here full time since 2002.

He was the founder of Perrier Group of America, which began the bottled water industry in the United States with such brands as Perrier, Arrowhead, Calistoga and San Pellegrino. Since selling the company in 1994, he has remained active in other businesses, including venture capital projects.

In addition to the medical center board, Davis also sits on the Vail Valley Youth Foundation board and founded the Guardian Scholars program, which provides full college scholarships to former foster program and disadvantaged youth with psychological, emotional or physical issues.

For more information on Vail Valley Medical Center, visit

Leslie Roubos is the newest member of the Maverick Lending Network team.

Roubos has worked in international finance for over 18 years, spending time early in her career working in Spain and Mexico. She has experience with financial planning, treasury and banking. While in the Vail Valley, she has worked as Director of Finance and Investor Relations at Vail Resorts, Inc. and Vice President of Private Banking at Wells Fargo Bank.

Roubos has lived in Colorado on and off since 1971 and has been an Eagle County resident since 1998. She enjoys skiing, golfing, biking (both motorcycle and the kind that has to be pedaled) and traveling. Roubos is a member of the Board of Directors of the Eagle Valley Family Assistance Fund, the Family Selection Committee for Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties, and the Cordillera Motorcycle Association. She is an avid golfer and is a member of the Country Club of the Rockies and the Arrowhead Alpine Club.

Maverick Lending Network is a Private Mortgage Bank based in Vail, specializing in mortgages for primary and vacation homes, as well as investment property.

To reach Roubos, call 845-7587 or e-mail On the Web, go to

Help-U-Sell Real Estate was recently ranked as the nation’s second best new national real estate franchise by the Swanepoel Trends Report .

Debra Duvall of Help-U-Sell Mountain Realty in Edwards said the brand’s success is because of its ability to provide full real estate services from licensed professionals at a low set fee.

To order a complete copy of the report, visit For more information on Help-U-Sell Mountain Realty, call Duvall, 926-7283.

Land Designs By Ellison, Inc. of Avon participated in the Professional Landcare Network’s (PLANET) recent Student Career Days held at Michigan State University.

An annual event, career days gathers hundreds of students from more than 50 colleges and universities across the country to participate in competitive events, network with colleagues and green industry company personnel, and interview for internships and employment possibilities.

The competitive events were for students enrolled in horticulture programs, and are designed to challenge students based on current industry standards and are judged by green industry companies.

PLANET has more than 4,200 member companies and affiliates, these firms and their employees represent more than 100,000 green industry professionals.

For more information, call Land Designs By Ellison, 949-1700.

Wednesday, May 9 is moving day for the Vail Valley Partnership, as it sets up shop in Avon.

Because of the move, all Partnership staff will have limited access to e-mail and phone May 9 through Friday, May 11.

Diane Travis, technical director of Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute, will hit the road the third week of May to bring a fact-filled seminar to architects, engineers and mason contractors in towns in western Colorado. The institute provides the class and the lunch. The Colorado chapter of the Architectural Institute of America provides the continuing education credits.

The 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. seminar, set for May 25 in Vail, covers both LEED requirements for Green Building certification and the role masonry can play in helping architects qualify for certification. LEED is a rating system developed by the US Green Building Council to evaluate a building’s environmental impact and performance.

Demand for certification from this rating system is growing exponentially. Many municipalities are now requiring LEED certification for any buildings built with public funds.

The seminar will be at Lion Square Lodge, 660 West Lionshead Place, on May 25. For more information, call 970-477-4400, 303-893-3838 or contact or For more information see the RMMI Web site

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently introduced a new online training program for entrepreneurs to provide the fundamentals of starting a small business.

The Small Business Primer Strategies for Success online training is a free course designed to help people thinking about starting a small business or who are in the early stages of running a business.

The Small Business Primer focuses on three key areas to help small business owners (1) determine their business readiness, (2) provide an overview of basic small business principles, and (3) introduce them to Small Business Administration resources.

The Small Business Primer is available through the Small Business Training Network, a virtual campus of business courses, trainings, education resources, learning tools and information assistance at It is a unique training that features an interactive assessment tool to help evaluate readiness for starting a business. It also walks participants through the key steps of business start-up.

Participants that complete the online training have an opportunity to receive a Course Completion Certificate. To evaluate your business readiness, go to and click on “New Free Online Course.”

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