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Daily Staff ReportVail, CO, Colorado

Edwards resident John Horan-Kates will hold a book-signing and discussion about his new book, The Keys to Leading: Integrating Head with Heart, on Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. at The Bookworm in Edwards.The book focuses on the most important principles and practices of leading in organizations and communities. Questions for leaders include: What do you stand for? What is the foundation of your leadership approach? Whats really important to you?Horan-Kates believes leaders know the answers to these questions at an intellectual level, but dont talk about them very often, and most have never expressed themselves in writing on these important elements of leadership.Organized around well-known principles of leadership, this journal uses a week-to-week format. Leaders are asked to express their thoughts on integrity, commitment, purpose and other fundamental leadership principles. The exercise of writing out ones deepest thoughts can be clarifying, therapeutic and often eye-opening, Horan-Kates said. It is about both what great leaders have said, but more importantly, its about what you have to say. Horan-Kates has more than 35 years of leadership experience, ranging from service as a naval officer in Vietnam to numerous posts in the ski industry. He started out as the controller for the Kirkwood Resort in northern California before serving as marketing director at Keystone, and then vice president of marketing for Vail Resorts. He was a founder and first president of the Vail Valley Foundation. He is a founder of the Vail Leadership Institute and assisted in the development of the Vilar Center for the Performing Arts in Beaver Creek. For more information on The Keys to Leading or the Vail Leadership Institute, call 926-7800, or e-mail: The Vail Leadership Institutes Web site is

Jo Ellen Nash, President of Nash and Company, was recently a featured speaker at The Luxury Conclave, a gathering of the top luxury real estate agents in North America. The event was hosted by The Wall Street Journal, Unique Global Estates, Unique Homes Magazine and CKG International. Nash did a presentation about luxury marketing. Other key speakers were Lore magazine editor Anne Randolph, branding expert Laura Ries and Web site expert Brad Carroll.The conference also launched CKG Internationals newest coaching program for luxury agents, which Nash has been asked to lead and coach. Nash walked away with the conferences two top honors, the Luxe awards for Best Personal Branding and Best Personal Real Estate Website.I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to my entire team for their contributions to our marketing and Web site creation, Nash said. Their awesome input, creativity and talents inspire me to always reach for the next level.Nash and Company, is in the Riverwalk in Edwards. The companys Web site is

If youve been to the new Spago restaurant at the Ritz Carlton in Bachelor Gulch, you may have wondered who did the construction work. The $3 million project was led by Evans Chaffee Construction Group.The project began in the spring of 2007 and was completed on time for a Thanksgiving opening. The construction team included Evans Chaffee Construction Group, Zehren & Associates Architects, owner representative ARC, and interior designer Tony Chi & Associates of Tokyo and New York City. I really appreciate the great, professionally handled relationship we had with Evans Chaffee Construction Group on the Spago project, said Mark Ferguson, executive chef at Spago. It was a challenging project, requiring much effort, time and passion. The design is intricate and the result is high quality and unique, thanks in large part to the dedication of Evans Chaffee and the project team.For more information about Evans Chaffee Construction Group, go to

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