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Phillips concerned with transportation

Veronica Whitney
Bret Hartman/Vail DailyAmy Phillips will be on the November ballet for Avon Town Council.

AVON – Amy Phillips believes her 17 years in the hotel business in the valley could come in handy on the Avon Town Council.”Having first-hand knowledge of what the guests who are coming to this community are looking for would be beneficial,” said Phillips, one of six candidates vying for one of three seats at the Avon Town Council. “I would like to represent some people from a different perspective – the guest perspective.”Phillips, 44, who now sells advertisement for Vail-Beaver Creek magazine, said she is running not because people haven’t been doing a good job on council, but because some friends encouraged her to run, she said. “It’s important to make sure there’s enough of a choice. We have six candidates who are very diverse and different,” Phillips said. “The Town Council has done a good job in certain areas. I want to provide a voice for people who otherwise wouldn’t have one.”Catering to resort guests is among the things to be improved, Phillips said.”Avon needs to do a revitalization on the village core, and having someone on council who is in touch with the people who are coming to the area can help,” said Phillips, who has lived in Avon 11 years.Walking to workTo Phillips, who sits on the Avon Comprehensive Plan committee – which reviews future growth – the redevelopment of the town’s core is going to be vital given what’s happening on the east end of town at the Village at Avon, the largest retail development in the county.”Redevelopment) will be essential in order to keep Avon’s tax base at a manageable level,” she said.

Transportation is another issue Phillips said needs some attention.”Many people who work at Wal-Mart don’t have cars. They’re probably walking to work at 5 a.m.,” Phillips said. “Transportation is a countywide issue – in order to make it an affordable community, it’s important to streamline the countywide bus system.”To accomplish that goal, the county and towns need to work together, she said.”We need to make it were it is more convenient to live and work in Avon,” she added. “There are a lot of people who live and work in Avon, but not as many as there could be.”East end representationPhillips moved to Colorado with Hyatt Hotels in 1985 and to Vail in 1986. She started at the Westin Vail in June 1987, where she worked as a conference services director until July 1996. She lived in East Vail, Wildridge, Eagle-Vail and West Vail until 1993, when she and her husband and moved to Avon. She continued in corporate event and meeting planning until June 2003. “Part of my decision to get out of that industry was a desire to be more involved in the community,” said Phillips, who now sells advertising for the Vail-Beaver Creek magazine.Avon architect, Paul Miller, 43, said he’s excited that Phillips, his neighbor, will represent the eastern end of Avon, which hasn’t had much representation on council in the past years, though two other candidates – Kristi Ferraro and Tamra Underwood – also live in the area. “(Phillips) is very intelligent and has a strong grasp of the issues at hand,” Miller said. “She’s able to assimilate those issues and put them in perspective.”

Phillips also has been a volunteer event chairman for the Grand Taste at the Taste of Vail for the past 12 years. In 2002, she started volunteering for the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and has been on the board of directors ever since. She is currently the vice president of the gardens.”I’m always very well prepared for a meeting,” she said. “Being on the comprehensive plan committee has been an interesting process. Because of my involvement in that process, I think I understand the issues in front of us and I’m well prepared to make a decision.”Tracy Stewart, an Avon resident, said Phillips is a great choice for council.”She’s very honest, up front, hard working and self motivated,” Stewart said. “I trust her work and her judgment.”Staff writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454 or Vail Colrado

Age: 44Family: Husband, Bill Phillips; stepchildren, Greg, 22, and Holly, 24; grandson Izaac. Puppies, Samson, Xena & IsisPlace of birth: Minneapolis, Minn.Profession: After 20 years in hotel and event planning, I recently changed careers to advertising sales for Vail-Beaver Creek Magazine.Recent favorite book: I read a lot. From Dean Koontz to Pat Conroy. Anything on the Oprah list and classics from Ayn Rand, Hemingway, Steinbeck, Tolstoy.Favorite food: What ever Bill cooks is the best. Crab cakes, lobster Bisque, green chili, lamb curry, you name it. He cooked professionally for several years and if he makes it, it is great. I absolutely love really good cheese with dried fruit and nuts.Favorite beverage: Wine, usually red.Hobbies: Snowboarding, snowmobiling, gardening, softball and reading.Where did you meet your husband? We met at the Westin Resort in Vail, now the Cascade Hotel and Spa. It was 1990 or so, Bill was sous chef in Alfredo’s, I was in conference services, we have been together since BB&B on April 2, 1991. We were married at 4 Eagle Ranch in Sept. 1992.What two people, dead or alive, would you invite to dinner? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Sir Isaac Newton.

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