Vail Valley Partnership Annual Success Awards is Feb. 4 |

Vail Valley Partnership Annual Success Awards is Feb. 4

Chris RomerVail, CO, Colorado

I’ve always been amused by the notion of “succeeding in business without really trying.” Who comes up with this stuff? I’ve yet to see the business that can “succeed” without trying – really hard, more often than not. It seems obvious to me that success usually comes to those who work the hardest and who put the most effort into their business.The Vail Valley Partnership is hosting our Annual Gala & Vail Valley Success Awards Feb. 4 at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa. This event, now in its eighth year, recognizes the Vail Valley business community for its collective successes the past year.Please join us in celebrating the success of the business community. All categories (other than Non-Profit) will be announced at the event Feb. 4. This year’s finalists are:Non-profit of the Year:• The Youth Foundation.• Vail Valley Charitable Fund.• Walking Mountains (Gore Range) Science Center.Business of the Year: • Restaurant Kelly Liken.• Resort Technology Partners (RTP). • Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa.Small Business of the Year: • Crazy Mountain Brewery.• Human Resources Plus.• Vail Valley Dental Care.Entrepreneur of the Year: • Kelly Liken of Restaurant Kelly Liken.• Kevin Selvy of Crazy Mountain Brewery. • Lauren Merrill of Alpine Arts Center.Green Business of the Year: • Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability. • Organic Housekeepers.• Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa.Corporate Citizenship Award:• Evans Chaffee Construction.• United Way.• Vail Valley Medical Center. The Vail Valley Partnership is proud to have honored Walking Mountains Science Center as our Non-Profit of the Year for 2010. “Walking Mountains Science Center is thrilled to be the recipient of this year’s Success Awards Non Profit of the Year. We are most grateful for this recognition of our important mission and exciting future plans- the opening of our new science and environmental learning center in the fall of 2011 that will benefit the entire community,” said Markian Feduschak, executive director of Walking Mountains. If you have not yet done so, please donate an item for our silent auction to help Walking Mountains continue their success in 2011 and beyond.Having seen the number of nominations and the quality of the applications, I can safely say that the success of the business community here in the Vail Valley is due to quite a bit of hard work. Congratulations to all nominees.The Success Awards could not happen without the support of our sponsors, including our title sponsor, Pinnacol AssuranceAward sponsors are: Alpine Bank, Denver Post, Vail Daily, Resort Technology Parnters.Other sponsors include: Traer Creek, Bacchus Wine Company, Eprint Solutions, KZYR-The Zephyr, Vail Resorts,Vail Mountaineer, Crazy Mountain Brewery and TV8.To purchase tickets or make a donation to the silent auction, call Jennifer Weintraub, 970-477-4001. I hope to see everyone there!Chris Romer is executive director of the Vail Valley Partnership.

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