Vail Valley Foundation names Sarah Franke new senior director of marketing |

Vail Valley Foundation names Sarah Franke new senior director of marketing

Daily staff report

AVON — The Vail Valley Foundation has announced that Sarah Franke has taken the role of senior director of marketing for the nonprofit organization.

“We are very pleased to welcome Sarah to our team,” said Mike Imhof, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. “Sarah is a talented and respected professional in our community. In addition to her strong marketing, leadership, operations and business-development expertise, Sarah is an excellent community collaborator and cares deeply about continuing to make Eagle County a wonderful place to live, visit and work.”

Franke was most recently company president of Group970, the restaurant company known for its Blue Moose Pizza restaurants in Vail and Beaver Creek.

“The Vail Valley Foundation is one of the most respected organizations in our community, and I’m looking forward to joining that very talented team,” Franke said. “It’s a dynamic organization with a wide range of activities, and I can’t wait to get involved in the great work being done by this organization.”

Franke’s official start date was June 1, only days before the Vail Valley Foundation’s GoPro Mountain Games get under way June 8-11 in Vail. The event is concurrent with the ramping up of summer education enrichment programming for YouthPower365 and followed by free concert series at Ford Amphitheater’s Hot Summer Nights and Eagle’s ShowDown Town, the Vail Dance Festival July 29-Aug. 12, and the Ford Amphitheater’s 30th Anniversary celebration concerts featuring Rodrigo y Gabriela and Third Eye Blind Aug. 18-19.

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