Vail Valley business briefs, June 5 |

Vail Valley business briefs, June 5

Daily Staff ReportNewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO, Colorado

Four brokers from Slifer Smith & Frampton’s Vail Valley offices landed in a recent list of the top 100 Realtors in the country, based on 2008 sales volume. The agents, their position on the list and their sales volume, are:• Carroll Tyler (11), $154.9 million.• Tom Vucich (24), $119.7 million.• Sue Rychel (31), $104.1 million.• Cathy Jones Coburn (97), $58.5 million.

Longtime Vail Valley dance, Pilates and Gyrotonic trainer Colleen Downard recently announced she had opened her own studio. The Movement Studio, located above Wells Fargo Bank in Edwards’ Riverwalk center, is the first dedicated Gyrotonic studio in the Vail Valley. Gyrotonic stretches and strengthens muscles, while simultaneously stimulating and strengthening connective tissues in and around the joints of the body, increasing range of motion and coordination. The system is mostly taught on Gyrotonic equipment.Downard is a former dancer and has been a Pilates instructor, nordic ski instructor and hiking guide in the Vail Valley since 2001. She began studying Gyrotonic with former Vail resident and Master Pilates Teacher Barbara Huttner in 2002 and has gone on to study with various Gyrotonic Master Trainers. She has taught Gyrotonic in Boulder, Jackson, Wyo. and locally at the Vail Athletic Club. For more information, call Downard, 970-471-4771 or go to For more information on Gyrotonic, go to

The Vail Valley Partnership’s annual Vail Valley Business Forum is set for July 30 at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Avon. This year’s theme is “Forget the Guess Work, Here’s the Plan.”Vail Resorts CO Rob Katz will be the keynote speaker, panelists for a discussion about current and future economic trends include Don Elliman, Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and Trade; John Ikard, President and CEO of FirstBank Holding Company; and Jim Kauffman, Executive Vice President of Marriott Hotels’ western region.Cost is $40 for Vail Valley Partnership members and $50 for members of other local chambers. All others will pay $80.For more information, call event coordinator Ruthie Carlson, 970-477-4001 or e-mail

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