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Vail Valley (V2) Land & Homes Sothebys International Realty opened its newest location at 105 Edwards Village Blvd., Suite D106 in Edwards.Sothebys International Realty has a unique history of working with the most discerning buyers and sellers, said V2 Land & Homes Sothebys International Realty president Mike Russo. Marketing luxury homes for a resort destination is extremely different from other types of real estate marketing.Its team of brokers includes Thomas Banner, a 25-year veteran of the Vail Valley and former owner of Banner Sports and Josh Lautenberg, a 15-year resident who passes along his understanding of the unique local demographics to his clients.I believe success in life is a result of building and honoring relationships with sincerity, honesty and flexibility, Lautenberg said. After spending more than 20 years traveling to the Vail Valley as a visitor and homeowner, Linda Gilbert became a permanent resident a few years ago. With 26 years of real estate experience, she strives to build lasting relationships with her customers by providing professional, caring service.A visitor to Beaver Creek since the age of 3, Jennifer Neary has been with V2 Land & Homes since its inception. Throughout the years, shes not only seen the Vail Valley change for the better, but has also grown with the advances in technology. There is a huge demand for luxury properties in the Vail Village, she said. Being a part of Sothebys International Realty allows me to work with potential customers through their worldwide internet network.

V2 Land & Homes Sothebys International Realty has named Mike Russo as the new managing partner and president.Russo has been the executive vice president of the Sothebys International franchise, V2 Land & Homes, since 2006. Previously, he was the regional vice president with Sothebys International Realty based in New Jersey. Russo has become an expert in closing multimillion dollar franchise agreements by negotiating mergers and acquisition terms with independent real estate brokerages. Now hes focusing on honing the companys vision and strategic marketing and managing overall business operations.Our strength at Sothebys International Realty is geographic and demographic marketing, he said.

Keller Williams Mountain Properties introduces its first official Summit County real estate office, located at 605 Main St., Frisco.As the fourth largest real estate franchise company in North America, it has quickly expanded its ranks of real estate professionals serving Summit and Eagle counties to more than 90 brokers. The company also plans to open an office in Breckenridge.We are supported by a strong national company, and we are very fortunate to have a professionally trained instructor, Liz Rourke, at the helm, said Holly Perry, team leader of Keller Williams market center in Eagle County. She provides each of our brokers with the ongoing education and tools they need to create a successful business and serve their clients with the greatest of skills.

Colorado Mountain College (CMC) and Alpine Bank are partnering with a new CMC card to help students overcome financial barriers.Each time the card is used, Alpine Bank donates 10 cents to the CMC Foundation for general scholarships that will benefit nontraditional students. Though the average full-time CMC student is of traditional college age (18 to 21 years old), the majority of the community colleges students attend part time. The average part-time CMC student is a 36-year-old woman who holds at least one job, in addition to taking two classes.These students dont always have access to the same financial assistance as traditional-age students, so these scholarships will be most welcome, said Alexandra Yajko, CEO of the CMC Foundation. This program is just one more way Alpine Bank has partnered with CMC in meeting the learning needs of western Colorado over the past several decades, and we are honored by their generosity.Alpine Bank started the Loyalty Visa Check Card program in 1997 to reward customer loyalty and to benefit students, teachers and schools needing classroom support. Since its inception, it has benefited thousands of students, with more than $1 million in funding. In 2004, the program expanded, featuring three new card categories that support local nonprofit groups and projects: arts, community and environment. These cards have contributed an additional $100,000 to local efforts.Summit landscapers win awardsColorados top landscape industry association, the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC), recently honored two Summit County-based landscape contractors and four innovative landscapes in Summit County. Silverthorne contractor Alpine Gardens Landscaping took home two grand awards for water features and use of colors with perennials, as well as an award of excellence for wall construction. Silverthorne-based Neil Lunceford won an award of excellence for the use of color with annuals.Colorados landscape professionals were recognized for creating the landscapes found at homes and businesses throughout the state at ALCCs 2006 Excellence in Landscape Awards banquet held Jan. 24 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. These winning landscapes provide an exciting preview of the states landscaping trends for the year ahead, said Kristen Fefes, ALCC executive director. Categories ranged from Xeriscape and landscape construction to renovation, water features, special areas, maintenance, wall construction and use of color. A record-number 136 entries were submitted.Bell updates websiteBell Policy Center has updated its website (www.thebell.org). The site holds more than 450 documents, including reports, briefs, commentary, letters, newsletters, opportunity notes, press releases, press coverage, legislative status reports, information about the Bell and its research and links to other organizations and resources. The new site has been four months in the making. The goal was to allow users to search for documents and information in a variety of ways.Managed Data moves into EdwardsDavid Dempsey started Managed Date of Edwards, a company specializing in outsourced data backup services. It specializes in total outsourcing of the data backup process for small and medium sized businesses in the area. The company model is based on using software to send backed up data securely to a data center in Glenwood Springs. The data center features a 40 plus mbps redundant connection to the Internet, which is approximately 40 times faster than a normal DSL line. The data center is temperature controlled, secured and monitored by video surveillance. It also shares Valley View Hospitals generator based backup power supply. To minimize the chance of data loss, Dempsey says the Glenwood server copies itself to a server in Edwards. New attorneys move to Dillon officeIn February, Lohf, Shaiman, Jacobs, Hyman & Feiger PC, Attorneys at Law cut the ribbon and moved into a new office in the Dillon Tech Center. The firms main office is located in Denver; partner Jeff Hyman lives in Summit County.CCL Construction opens in AvonCCL Construction Consultants, Inc. appointed Robin Wolfhard to open its new office in Avon. The company provides project management, evaluation of delay and additional cost claims, network scheduling and facilities consulting. Wolfhard earned his bachelor of environmental design in architecture from the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned his law degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He specializes in forensic analysis of construction and design defects and has helped resolve numerous construction disputes in Colorado, Arizona, Nevada and California. Most recently, he was project manager for a general contractor in the Vail area, focusing on assessment and correction of problematic construction.Stage-Fright.com debuts posters and T-shirtsStage-Fright.com, an online retailer of movie posters, costumes, T-shirts and fun gifts, recently debuted new and classic movie T-shirts and funny T-shirts on its online store. The company is located in Breckenridge.Our movie T-shirts and funny T-shirts have been best sellers for years, said Stage-Fright.com founder Kris Eliopoulos.The company also unveiled dozens of new posters, featuring classic movies. The line includes hard-to-find music band posters and advertising posters, with an emphasis on vintage ski posters, as well as posters featuring iconic actors.Our extensive line of posters now features almost every genre of movie you can imagine, Eliopoulos said. We not only offer posters from classic movies and todays greatest films, but we now also carry a wide variety of classic band posters and vintage advertising posters.Study finds resort living desirableV2 Land & Homes Sothebys International Realty revealed that a national luxury realty study found a large percentage of luxury home buyers are interested in homes on or near golf courses, and a significant percentage would like to live on or near ski slopes. The national survey conducted by Global Strategy Group, entitled Seeking a Luxury Lifestyle, was commissioned by Sothebys International Realty Affiliates, Inc. and Architectural Digest magazine.Of those surveyed, 48 percent would like to live on or near a golf course, 28 percent want to live on or near ski slopes and 45 percent want to buy near aquatic activities.Approximately one in three (32 percent) of those surveyed know the characteristics and amenities they desire and would search in a number of geographic locations to find the home that matches what they want. The survey was mailed to household incomes of more than $100,000, with homes valued at a minimum of $500,000.


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