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Vail, CO, Colorado

AVON ” Larsen J. Wallace has joined Peeples Ink PR, Ltd., as the youngest public relations professional in the country, and perhaps the world.

Wallace, 11, who grew up in and lives in Vail, bring his knowledge of Vail to his new job to highlight the activities and aspects of the town geared toward kids.

Wallace currently attends Eagle County Charter Academy and will be start 7th grade in the fall. He plays soccer for the Vail Valley Soccer Academy and is an avid rock climber. He has extensive knowledge of technology including digital photography, social networking and blogging.

“I want to show kids all the cool things to do in Vail,” Wallace said. “Mainly though, I want to have fun and rock climb, golf and play soccer and skateboard. That sounds like a pretty good summer to me.”

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

In addition to his hosting duties, Wallace will also be responsible for media relations while in the office. He will be crafting a weekly blog speaking to the various activities and events that are available in the Vail during the summer time for kids.

“We’re thrilled that Larsen is joining us this summer,” said Pat Peeples, president and of Peeples Ink. “We host a variety of journalists in the summer as the PR firm for the Vail Local Marketing District. Larsen will bring a fresh perspective for journalists and their families who visit here.”

For more information, call 970-845-8525.

AVON ” The Vail Valley Partnership this week announced the addition of two new professionals to its staff.

Suzanne Sloan, a valley resident since 2001, has been appointed to the newly-created position of development director. Sloan, who has worked in development with Vail Valley Medical Center and most recently the Valley View Hospital Foundation, will head the partnership’s efforts in building relationships with local economic development partners, recruiting event and program sponsors, securing speakers and presenters for the partnership’s events and presenting print and online advertising opportunities to local businesses.

Celine Ver Ploeg is the partnership’s new office manager. Ver Ploeg received her bachelor’s degree from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, and has experience in retail, ski tech and law firm administration and has worked locally with the American Ski Exchange, Wild Bill’s Emporium and Vail Sports.

For more information, call 970-476-1000.

VAIL ” The High Country Human Resources Association, the local chapter of the Society for Human Resources, is celebrating 25 years as a non-profit organization.

The group will be hold a celebration July 10 from 3 ” 5:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Vail. Along with drinks and appetizers, speaker Terri Norvell talk about a powerful technique for focusing on what’s most important in our personal and professional lives and how to take action to obtain results.

“We are proud to have served the human resources community for so many years and look forward to sharing our accomplishments as a chapter”, said chapter president Jennifer Law.

The High Country Human Resources Association represents Eagle, Summit, Routt and Lake counties. The organization supports human resources professionals with programs and networking opportunities.

To learn more, go to

The Board of Directors of the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority recently authorized a new loan program to fund small hydropower projects of 5 megawatts or less.

The agency has authorized $10 million to help local governments with the installation of small hydropower units at their water facilities. The loans would have a term of up to 20 years at an interest rate of 2 percent. The maximum loan amount is $2 million.

For more information, call Mike Brod, 303-830-1550, ext. 15. On the Web, the address is

GRAND JUNCTION ” Rocky Mountain Health Plans has been selected by Goldline Research as one of “The Most Dependable Insurance Professionals of The Western United States” for 2008. The full list was published in the June 30 issue of Forbes Magazine.

“Rocky Mountain Health Plans is the only Colorado company that made the list”, said John Hopkins, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Health Plans. “This recognition demonstrates our commitment to outstanding customer service and reinforces our belief that our customers are the most important part of our business.”

Allen Scott, research director for Goldline Research said Rocky Mountani Health Plans “met or exceeded every expectation we have for holistic, client-centric firms.”

Rocky Mountain Health Plans is a Colorado-based, not-for-profit organization that provides medical benefit plans and services to more than 178,000 people. For more information, call 1-800-843-0719 or visit

EDWARDS ” The financial services firm Edward Jones recently announced the opening of its 10,000th branch office worldwide, according to Tina DeWitt, an Edward Jones representative in Edwards.

“This is an historic firm milestone that represents our increasing ability to serve individual investors from convenient locations with the highest level of service,” said Eagle-based representative Charlie Wick. “We look forward to continued growth bringing our own brand of client service excellence to our current 7 million clients and the many more to come in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.”

The new branch is in Southington, Conn. In celebration of the milestone, Edward Jones also announced a $25,000 donation to a local project that converts old railroad lines into trails.

“The 10,000th office is not our final destination but it is a symbol of our commitment to continue growing and bringing the Edward Jones brand of service to an ever-increasing population of individual investors,” Todd DeJong said.

Edward Jones is headquartered in St. Louis. For more information, go to, or the recruiting site,

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