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Vail Valley Partnership launches pair of new Web sitesThe Vail Valley Partnership this week launched two new Web sites for business and destination information in the Vail Valley, VisitVailValley.com and VailValleyPartnership.com. VisitVailValley.com is aimed at guests. Events, festivals and celebrations will be frequently updated in addition to general destination information. VailValleyPartnership.com, a business-to-business Web site, will be helpful to business partners. The launch of these Web sites reflects the Partnerships attempt to be more relevant to our partners needs and more attentive to our guests desires, said Michael Robinson, Vail Valley Partnership President and Chief Executive Officer.The Partnership will soon launch weddingsinvail.com, an on-line version of the Vail groups wedding guide, and in November, the Partnership will a launch of a newer version of the http://www.vailonsale.com site, an on-line booking agent for last minute Vail Valley lodging deals. All websites, including those yet to launch, were designed by Cubic, a creative agency based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Partnership also owns http://www.golfvailvalley.com, designed by local Web developer http://www.vailpromedia.com. Steve Shanley earns Wealth Management Advisor certificationStephen R. Shanley of Edwards is now a wealth management adviser with Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company.Shanley has been a representative of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network since 1995, and he holds both Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter designations. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company provides financial planning, trust, fiduciary, investment advisory and investment management services and products. Specializing in retirement, education funding, estate and business succession planning, Shanley has extensive experience in building comprehensive plans for individuals and businesses. My mission is to help my clients identify and develop goals; personally, professionally and financially, Shanley said. I work with a team of investment professionals as well as outside legal and tax professionals to create strategic plans that address risk management, wealth accumulation and wealth preservation and distribution.In addition to being a representative of Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, through Northwesterns family of companies, Shanley provides investments, life, disability and long term care insurance and annuities. Shanley is a registered representative of Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC and an insurance agent of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and Northwestern Mutual Long Term Care Insurance Company, Milwaukee, Wisc.Shanley has lived in the Vail Valley for more than 20 years and has held numerous community board and volunteer positions. Shanleys office is in the Edwards Village Center in Edwards, and he can be reached at 926-6650 or by e-mail at stephen.shanley@nmfn.com. His Web address is http://www.nmfn.com/stephenshanley.Organic cleaning company launches a customer Web siteOrganic Housekeepers has launched a new Web site http://www.organichousekeepers.com. Check it out to learn more about the companys full list of services, including the new product-stock service, which will equip your home with earth-friendly products including cleaning supplies, paper products, trash bags and soaps. For more information e-mail tim@organichousekeepers.com.As the Web site evolves, clients will be able to pay bills on-line and receive a free cleaning estimate by filling out an online form.Vendors sought for November downvalley holiday crafts fair The Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the upcoming Holiday Artisan & Craft Fair on Nov. 16 and 17.Vendors can sign up at http://www.eaglevalley.org. For more information, call 328-5220 and ask for Stephanie or call 376-4450 and ask for Michel.Gallegos employee earns certificate in green design workDacia Belisle Woodworth, who works in marketing and sales for The Gallegos Corporation, recently received her LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accreditation.We have always worked to stay on top of new industry practices, and green building is no different, said Gerald Gallegos, owner, founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Gallegos Corporation. Dacia has been with the company for more than six years and is an invaluable team member for our clients who need design assistance. With her LEED certification, she can take her design knowledge up a level.The Gallegos Corporation sells a selection of stone that is quarried and manufactured within 500 miles, reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation. For more information, call 926-3737.Gallego earns a award for worker safety on job sitesFor the third year in a row, The Gallegos Corporation has received a safety award from the American Society of Concrete Contractors for being safer than many contractors.Our employees are conscientious about maintaining safe work practices and keeping their work environments hazard-free, said Mike Haller, The Gallegos Corporations safety director. It is really a team effort and speaks volumes about the workers who work safely. We work closely with our field workers to keep them healthy and prevent back injuries.The Gallegos Corporations OSHA recordable injury rate was 3.03 compared to that of the national average of 6.0. This translates to 13 injuries per 856,104 hours worked, an impressive feat for a company that employs more than 600 employees who work across the Western United States.The Gallegos Corporation is based in Vail, and has offices in Aspen, Denver and Telluride, Sun Valley, Idaho, Lake Tahoe, Calif. and Bozeman, Mont. For more information, call 926-3737. Event raises $8,000 for soccer club The Vail Valley Soccer Club and the Vail Valley Partnership recently hosted the eighth annual Vail Valley Challenge Cup. Profits earned from reservations booked through the partnership totaled $8,000, which will benefit Vail Valley Soccer Club programs. The Partnership is proud to support an organization like the Vail Valley Soccer Club that carries so much integrity and truly enhances the communitys overall quality of life for our youth, said Michael Robinson, Vail Valley Partnership President/CEO.The Vail Valley Challenge Cup, hosted by the Vail Valley Soccer Club, has become one of the premier tournaments in the state. The 2007 tournament saw 121 teams come to the area to compete. FirstBank reports earningsLakewood-based FirstBank Holding Company reported net income of $73.6 million for the first nine months of 2007, according to John A. Ikard, president of the holding company.Net income represents a return on average assets of 1.21 percent and a return on average shareholders equity of 17.7 percent. Earnings per share for the first nine months were $558.88.FirstBank has 119 locations in Colorado, three in California and a new location in Phoenix.FirstBank is the largest locally owned banking company in Colorado, with more than 600,000 customers.


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