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Daily Staff ReportVail, CO, Colorado

VAIL Rocky Mountain Connections, a destination management and special events company, has earned a 2008 Spirit of Excellence Award Premiere Partner from Carlson Marketing, a global sales and marketing agency. For the past 16 years, Carlson Marketing has recognized top-performing hospitality partners in two categories: Premiere Partners recognizes individuals and Partners in Excellence recognizes companies. Rocky Mountain Connections earned a Partners in Excellence in 2005 and now a Premiere Partners award for its service , program creativity and event execution. Since becoming a Carlson Marketing partner in 1992, Rocky Mountain Connections has run many programs for Carlson from its offices in Aspen, Beaver Creek, Colorado Springs, Denver, Jackson Hole, Telluride, and Vail.Carlson Marketing takes Spirit of Excellence very seriously, both in the extensive evaluation process and in recognizing our supplier-partners who have delivered at or above performance expectations, said Barb Hollister, senior director of industry relations and purchasing for Carlson Marketing. Rocky Mountain Connections planners serve as on-the-site resources helping meeting and leisure planners assure a memorable event. As Colorados largest, independent destination management company, Rocky Mountain Connections provides services including destination management, event production, meeting and conference services and transportation logistics. To learn more about Rocky Mountain Connections, go to or call 720.344.1011.

VAIL Dennis Snow, a former Walt Disney World Company executive, is the keynote speaker for the Vail Valley Partnerships a View from the Top speaker series June 5 at the Vilar Center for the Performing Arts in Beaver Creek. A View from the Top is a bi-annual speaker series on customer service that brings a national expert to the Vail Valley to offer audience members a unique, motivational perspective on how to conduct business. Were thrilled to welcome Dennis to the Vail Valley, and we encourage all area businesses to attend, said Michael Kurz, Vail Valley Partnership president/CEO. Dennis will tap into key branding principles like how all employees from top management to the frontline employees should be your best brand ambassadors and how such a culture can be created. Snows 20-year career with Disney began in 1979 as a front-line attractions operator. As he advanced through the company, Dennis managed various operating areas throughout the park, learning and applying the skills it takes to run a world-class, service-driven organization. The morning begins at 8 a.m. with a light breakfast and brief networking opportunity. Opening remarks begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 11 a.m. Tickets are $20 for Platinum Service Program participants, non-profits and Beaver Creek businesses; $25 for partners; and $35 for non-partners and at the door. For tickets, call Mandi Bender, 970-477-4001 or e-mail

VAIL Vail Valley Medical Center recently announced that Dr. Jeffrey Resnick will be joining the organization as the hospitals full-time plastic surgeon. Resnick is scheduled to start work July 1.Currently in private practice in Santa Monica, Calif., Resnick teaches on the clinical faculty in both the plastic surgery residency programs at UCLA and at USC. He did his undergraduate work at Yale University and medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his training in general surgery followed by plastic surgery at Harvard University at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He completed his training with a fellowship in craniofacial surgery at UCLA. Resnick is known nationally in both the cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery fields. He is board certified as well as an examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has been elected to the prestigious American Association of Plastic Surgeons and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons. The thought of living and working in the Vail Valley presents a great opportunity for me and my family, Resnick said. Vail Valley Medical Center is a superb institution, and Im looking forward to being a part of the medical community in Vail.

BROOMFIELD RockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality have named Russ Craney as the new general manager of The Osprey at Beaver Creek, A RockResort. Craney will start work June 10. The Osprey at Beaver Creek, formerly known as the Inn at Beaver Creek, is undergoing a $7 million renovation this summer and will be relaunched as RockResorts newest addition in time for the 2008-2009 ski season. Craney brings a diverse resume to his new job. In addition to wide-ranging hotel experienct, he has also competed professionally on the US Mogul Tour. In addition, he was a ski columnist for the Vail Daily from 1997-99. In 2000, he entered the hospitality industry as the general manager of Chaps Grill Chophouse at the Vail Cascade Resort. From 2002 until 2005, he served as the banquet manager, assistant food and beverage director and food and beverage director respectively for the Vail Cascade.He joined RockResorts in 2005 as the director of operations for the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera. His most recent experience with RockResorts was as the assistant general manager for the Hotel Jerome. We are excited to welcome someone from within the RockResorts family to the position of general manager of The Osprey at Beaver Creek. Russ proven commitment to the RockResorts standard of excellence made him a perfect fit for this position, said Stan Brown, executive vice president and chief operating officer of RockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality.

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