Vail Valley Business Forum and Expo is July 29 |

Vail Valley Business Forum and Expo is July 29

Join the Vail Valley Partnership at our 4fourth annual Vail Valley Business Forum at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek July 29. The event also includes a Business Expo that allows local businesses to network and display their products and services to attendees.

The event starts with the expo, followed by a 30-minute keynote address, then a 90-minute panelist question and answer session in which attendees can ask questions of our expert panel on the topic: “The new economy, what’s next and how you can adapt.”

Keynote Speaker Thomas Frey has started 17 businesses and has helped with the development of hundreds more. He presents a rare blend of reality-based thinking coupled with a clear-headed visualization of the world ahead.

Frey takes a much larger view of the playing field, including shifts in governance, system changes, evolving attitudes and human conditions and much more.

“The greatest value in understanding the future comes from spotting the major cultural, demographic, societal, and economic shifts early and translating them into viable business strategies,” Frey says.

After the keynote address, panel speakers will share their expertise ranging from business-to-business trends to general marketplace challenges to legislative challenges to economic realities to travel trends. Guests are encouraged to submit questions in advance.

Panelists include:

• Kelly Brough, CEO, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. Brough is the newly selected President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. Previously, she worked as the Chief of Staff for the City and County of Denver, after serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of Accountability and Reform. During her career, Brough’s work has focused on improving public sector performance and service delivery and developing stronger working relationships between the public, non-profit and private sectors.

• Ralf Garrison, President, The Advisory Group/Mountain Travel Research Program. Garrison’s Advisory Group Inc. is the overarching destination mountain travel marketing services company from which a family of travel-related businesses has evolved, including the Mountain Travel Symposium, the Mountain Travel Research Program, and the Central Reservations Association of Destination Resorts.

From this unique vantage point, Garrison leverages his unparalleled access to destination travel market data by speaking and writing about forces at play in the industry and the strategic implications for success in this new reality.

• Walter Isenberg, CEO/President, Sage Hospitality. Isenberg is co-founder of Sage Hospitality and serves as the company’s president and CEO. Based in Denver, Sage specializes in the operations, development and capital transactions of hospitality real estate. Sage owns and operates 54 hotels in 23 states ranging from large urban full-service hotels to smaller select service suburban properties. Isenberg directs all company operations including property management, development and finance.

• Don Morostica, Director, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. As Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Marostica brings a singular mix of experience, energy and dedication.

As a business owner, he understands what businesses need to grow and prosper. As a public servant, he understands what it takes to foster an environment that attracts new employers and supports existing employers.

Since his appointment as Executive Director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade in July 2009, Marostica has traveled throughout the state, gathering the best ideas and best practices from Coloradans in every community. He listens to everyone, from managers of large corporations to start-ups, venture capitalists to educators, non-profit CEOs to sole proprietors.

Tickets to the Vail Valley Business Forum are available for $40 (Vail Valley Partnership members), $50 (other chamber or business association members) and $80 (non-members of any Eagle County business association or chamber). Booths for the Business Expo are available for $100 and include one ticket to the forum.

RSVP to Jennifer Weintraub at (970) 477-4001.

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