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Vail Valley Partnership eager for new season

Greg Repetti
Vail, CO, Colorado

A new season is upon us, and at the Vail Valley Partnership an exciting time is upon us, which in turn means an exciting time awaits all business and community partners. As chairman of the board of governors, the governing body that oversees the organization’s main program of work, I look forward to the organization’s future with confidence and enthusiasm.

But because we live in the present, I’d like to take this opportunity to inform you what partners can expect to see from us in the near term. Today kicks off one of many weekly columns you’ll see authored by a Partnership board member. When our search to select a new president ends, that candidate will be thoroughly introduced. In the interim, we hope partners will get a hint of the leadership behind the organization through these columns and come to realize (if you don’t already) that the Partnership is working for you and is committed to seeing you succeed.

For those of you looking for proof that the Partnership is working for you, partners are invited to attend the annual meeting Dec. 19 at the Antlers of Vail. The annual meeting, which will recap 2007 achievements, kicks off at 4 p.m., with the December mixer immediately following at the Vail Chophouse. The night is a win-win: Connect with the Partnership first and then connect with other Vail Valley professionals at the mixer while getting a sneak peak at one of the Arrabelle’s main restaurants before it opens to the public.

What else is in store for 2008? In keeping with five years of tradition, the annual gala awaits partygoers Jan. 25. This year, the gala will take a few untraditional steps with new attractions and features including a new “Fire and Ice” theme.

We’re also proud to announce that the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch will serve as the event host. Those who have attended in years past know that the night recognizes best business practices in the Vail Valley with the Vail Valley Success Awards (formerly Success Connection Awards).

New this year are two award categories to be handed to the “Green Business of the Year” and “Entrepreneur of the Year.” The Partnership will keep the public and partners informed how to purchase tickets.

On a grander scale, there’s a lot to dance about for those of us working and living in the Vail Valley. Just off the heels of another successful Birds of Prey World Cup, where 2013 hats and beanies (an effort to cheer the resort’s bid to host the 2013 World Alpine Ski Championships) were in as much force as the cowbells, Beaver Creek again wooed the world’s attention, reinforced with NBC’s coverage of the races. And Vail lost no time continuing this mountain momentum with Snow Daze, which carries into this weekend and brings more A-list entertainment to the valley.

The Partnership, as the official resource and advocate for business and tourism, is aware business and tourism walk hand in hand in this unique destination we live and do business in. The board of governors also walks this walk, and we are geared up to not miss a step.

Greg Repetti is chairman of the Vail Valley Partnership board of governors.

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