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EAGLE – The Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce chose the Eagle branch of CenturyTel for its business of the year. “While few people ever give a thought to the small miracle of getting a dial-tone, CenturyTel has very quietly been turning a sub-grade telecommunications system into a 21st Century service that has benefited both Eagle County residents and businesses,” writes Donald Cohen in a recommendation letter. Cohen’s letter was just one of a handful the Chamber received recommending CenturyTel for this year’s Business of the Year Award.”I have had nothing but positive interaction with the staff at CenturyTel,” writes Lisa Kosak of Copy Plus in her nomination letter. “They have come on short notice to Copy Plus to help network copiers, printers, DSL and Cable Internet, keeping my business up and running. Dan, Diane, Geri, Wendy and the gang have always taken great care of us, and we are dependent on them for their services.”CenturyTel, the eighth largest telephone company in the U.S., opened a store at 56 Market Street in Eagle.

EAGLE COUNTY – Gerardo Avila and Gary Pesso have recently joined RE/MAX Vail Valley, Inc. Avila is an associate broker who grew up in Mexico and has lived in the Vail Valley since 1998. He has a degree in business administration from the University Autonoma of Aguascalilentes, Mexico. Pesso, a broker associate, moved to Vail in 1979. He lives in Edwards with his wife and two children where. The couple own The Silver Buckle in Edwards. In the past, Pesso has owned retail shops, managed restaurants, been a commercial pilot, a professional mogul skier, ski coach, low-handicap golfer, real estate investor, property manager and a member of the Precision Lawn Chair Demonstration Team.Pesso can be reached at (970)766-7355.

GYPSUM – Brightwater Club has hired Jim Lindsey to design and build the luxury community’s “amenities” buildings. Lindsey’s background is in building upscale golf-course communities. Lindsey will oversee construction of the Brightwater Club Village. The centerpiece to the village is the Outfitter’s Post, which includes a general store, coffee shop and activity area. Other amenities planned include a “cast-off cabin,” lake house, golf center, wellness center and spa, and clubhouse.Originally from Austin, Texas, Lindsey’s project management portfolio includes major golf resorts, luxury spas, residential communities, malls and country clubs. Examples include a 71-story $200 million office building in Houston, three high-rise residential condominium buildings, and Air France’s first Meridian Hotel.Located 35 miles west of Vail, the Brightwater Club is planning 535 homes on 963 acres with golf, trails, and open space.

Bishop Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning was recognized for outstanding customer satisfaction in the Nexstar Customer Satisfaction Audit program. Nexstar is a St. Paul, Minn.-based organization of heating, plumbing and air conditioning companies. Bishop is a plumbing, heating and air conditioning service contractor that works in the Roaring Fork and Vail valleys. For more information call (970)925-8610 or visit”Bishop is not a plumbing, heating or air conditioning business. We are a customer service business,” says Kristin Ferreira, vice president. Alpine Bank announces officer promotionsEAGLE COUNTY – Alpine Banks of the Eagle/Vail Valley has promoted Marci Colby and Julie Herr to banking officer. Colby, who works in Eagle, has been with Alpine Bank for two years. She graduated from Rocky Mountain College in 2003 with a double major in business management and communications. Colby also is a board member for the United Way.Herr, a Colorado native, has been with Alpine Bank since June, 2000. She is a member of the Eagle’s Lions Club and Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.

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