Vail Valley business briefs, Oct. 15 |

Vail Valley business briefs, Oct. 15

BEAVER CREEK Eagle County is hosting a symposium focusing on resort economics Oct. 16 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Beaver Creek. The forum was planned before the recent stock market crisis.Titled Resort Communities Surviving the Economic Storm, the symposium will provide opportunity to talk about the problems, opportunities, and solutions to issues common to high-end resort communities throughout North America. The morning presentations will be at the Vilar Center. The afternoon breakout sessions are in the meeting rooms at the Park Hyatt on the floor below the ballroom.Featured speakers in the morning sessions include Nariman Behravesh, a National Public Radio commentator who has earned USA Todays top rating for economists; nationally-recognized researcher Jonathan Schechter; and James Chung, president of Research Advisors, a renowned marketing strategy and research firm serving resort industries.Afternoon session topics include: Workforce housing. Implications of runaway real estate values. Growth control. Economic diversification. The local roles of government and the private sector in social issues. Changing demographics Transit-oriented development and mass transit. Environmental stewardship. Eagle Countys Sustainable Communities 2010 initiative.Tickets cost $20 in advance. Admission is $25 at the door. Online registration and additional information is available at

Beaver Creek Golf Clubs director of golf, Dave Lopez, was recently honored as merchandiser of the year by the Colorado Section of the Professional Golf Association. The designation is awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves through hard work and service. For Beaver Creeks Lopez, the honor is a reward for the work and eclectic buying and displaying he and his team offer at the Beaver Creek Golf Club. The foundation of our merchandising philosophy is that the Beaver Creek Golf Club must satisfy the tastes of both our members and resort guests and offer new and exciting products every time our players enter the shop, said Lopez. Our incredible team, led by Katie Storm, created a renewed upscale image for the shop and enhanced the buying experience.The 1,000 square foot Beaver Creek Golf Shop changes displays weekly. A variety of new classic and trendier products constantly flows into the shop, keeping the product line exciting throughout the season. We recognize that there is a very high caliber of competition among resort golf shops in Colorado and were very proud of Dave and his team at the Beaver Creek Golf Club for receiving the merchandiser of the year award, said John Garnsey, co-president of Vail Resorts Mountain Division and chief operating officer of Beaver Creek Resort. Through compelling displays and thoughtful merchandising theyve created a boutique-like atmosphere for members and guests where purchases feel exclusive or youre buying one of a kind. For more information call the Beaver Creek Golf Club, 970-845-5775.

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