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Local builders group elects new officersThe eagle Valley Home Builders Association recently elected new officers:President: Kyle Hoiland, R.A. Nelson & AssociatesVice President: Bob Angel, Alpine Builders HardwareSecretary/Treasurer: Jake Jacobson, The Gallegos Corporation.To learn more, call 328-2205.

Human Resources Plus of Eagle will host a seminar on interview skills Jan. 30 at the Vail Valley Partnership office in Avon.The seminar will help employers focus on their selection process and help train hiring managers to hire the right people for the right jobs.Business owners and hiring managers should focus on the quality of hires by establishing a systematic interviewing process. This can give their business a competitive advantage, said Hollis Dempsey, co-owner of Human Resources Plus. It is imperative that companies provide their hiring managers the training and tools to hire top performers.The Jan. 30 seminar begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 10:30 a.m. Cost is $50 per person. For reservations or event information, go to http://www.hrplsuinc.com or call 328-2860. A portion of the proceeds will be contributed to local non-profit groups.

Tickets are still available for the Vail Valley Partnerships Fifth Annual Gala and Vail Valley Success Awards on Jan. 25. The event will be held at the Ritz-Carlton at Bachelor Gulch.The theme of this years gala is Fire and Ice. The evening includes dining and drinks, live entertainment featuring the Hazel Miller Band and a live auction hosted by Christies New York.Sponsors for this years event are: Alpine Bank, Comcast, East West Partners, the Denver Newspaper Agency, Open Hospitality Partners, Pinnacol Assurance, Vail Valley Medical Center, Antlers at Vail, FirstBank, The Golden Bear, Vail Beaver Creek Magazine, Vodka14, American Airlines, SaddleRidge, Davis Audio Visual, Republican National Distributors, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Vail Mountain Coffee and Tea Company, The Kessler Collection, Elite Limousine Service, Marriott, 4 Eagle Ranch, Active Communications, Colorado Tents & Events, Icon Estates and Polartec.A portion of the nights proceeds will benefit First Descents, the Partnerships Nonprofit of the Year. For more information call Cameron Lowe, 477-4001 or e-mail clowe@visitvailvalley.com.



Hotels fairly full in the last weekThe Vail Chamber & Business Association recently reported occupancy rates for the following lodges for the week of Jan. 11 18. Antlers: 96 percent. Christiania Lodge: 80 percent.Destination Resorts: 80 percent.Evergreen Lodge: 100 percent for the weekend.Holiday Inn: 80 percent.Lifthouse: 75 percent.Lodge at Vail: 73 percent.Park Meadows Lodge: 80 percent.Simba Run: 71 percent.The Sitzmark: 100 percent.Sonnenalp Resort: 89 percent.Vail Spa: 96 percent.The Wren: 83 percent.

Lakewood-based FirstBank Holding Company reported net income of $99,134,000 on Dec. 31, according to John A. Ikard, president of the holding company. Net income represents a return on average assets of 1.2 percent and a return on average shareholders equity of 17.6 percent. Earnings per share were $753.35. Ikard reported that holding company assets were $8,684,353,000 and deposits were $7,688,742,000 on December 31, up 11 percent and 8 percent respectively from the previous year. Loans were at $3,330,368,000, up 20 percent over last year.FirstBank has 119 locations in Colorado, three in California and three in the Phoenix area. FirstBank is the largest locally owned banking organization in Colorado, serving more than 600,000 customers. Management and employees own a majority of its stock.


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