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Daily Staff ReportsVail, CO, Colorado

VAIL The Vail Valley Partnership this week announced two additions to the organizations partnership and sales teams. Mandi Bender was named events coordinator. Bender most recently worked for Keystone Resort in the position of concierge sales. Her background includes event coordination, client services and resort management.The sales team added Jessica Stevens as group-sales coordinator. Stevens recently worked at the MGM Mirage resorts of Las Vegas, where she worked in leisure sales and marketing. Most recently, she worked as a guest- service ambassador in Beaver Creek during the 2007-08 winter season. Her focus at the Partnership will be participatory sports and social, military, educational, reunion and fraternal groups. Were extremely excited to welcome our new additions, all whom demonstrate professionalism and excitement, adding to our already talented staff, said Michael Kurz, Vail Valley Partnership president and chief operating officer. Each will be introducing themselves to the community, partners and strategic alliances in within the following days and months; we hope all partners welcome them as they begin working to elevate our programs and effectively, efficiently garner group business.Bender can be reached at Stevens e-mail is

ASPEN Shawn Thomson, president of Rocky Mountain Connections, a destination management and special-events company, has appointed James LaFemina to vice president of sales and marketing and Shannon Lindquist to sales and operations coordinator. Based in the Denver office, LaFemina manages corporate sales and marketing efforts in addition to office projects for the companys six locations in Denver, Vail, Telluride, Aspen, Colorado Springs and Jackson Hole, Wyo. LaFemina will manage new supplier relationships, company branding, Web site and collateral design, advertising and public relations in addition to directing the sales team. Based in Vail, Lindquist will provide account coordination and logistics support for the Vail office and help with corporate initiatives. She will support marketing and public relations and client program fulfillment in addition to managing the companys lead generation management system. Rocky Mountain Connections has grown to the point that we needed dedicated resources to centralize key sales and marketing initiatives and keep company efforts on track, Thomson said. James and Shannon bring a wealth of talent, motivation, personality and contagious imagination that Im confident will further advance our foothold in the Rockies.To learn more, go to

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