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VVCTB’S Ian Anderson joins Carbondale PR firm

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VAIL – The Vail Valley Chamber & Tourism Bureau (VVCTB) announced that its director of communications and marketing, Ian Anderson, will leave to work at Backbone Media in Carbondale. After 7 years with the Chamber, Anderson will depart on July 28.”Ian has been a strong asset to our team and while we’re disappointed to see him leave, his dedication and commitment to the organization has opened a terrific opportunity for him to pursue,” said VVCTB President Michael Robinson. “His care and concern for the organization is evidenced even in his graceful exit from the VVCTB. While I’ve only had the pleasure of working with Ian for a short time, I know that he is leaving big shoes to fill.”Anderson began with the VVCTB in 1999, serving as visitor center manager, communications manager and finally director of marketing & communications. During his tenure, the VVCTB launched both visitvailvalley.com and vailonsale.com as well as the Vail Valley Wedding Guide and the Official Vail & Beaver Creek Visitors Guide. He helped to establish the Viewpoint online newsletter with over 3,000 local subscribers, and worked closely on the $1.8 million Vail Local Marketing District campaign. Anderson also managed the public relations campaign for the Teva Mountain Games, generating over $1 million in media exposure in 2006.”I’ve had a tremendously positive experience at the VVCTB,” said Anderson. “The decision to leave was not an easy one, but I am thankful to have gained invaluable communications skills that afforded me a fantastic opportunity to work at an agency like Backbone media.”Backbone Media is a Carbondale, Colorado based public relations and media planning agency specializing in the outdoor and active lifestyle markets. The company represents over 20 brands from around the globe including Polartec®, Black Diamond Equipment, Estancia Vineyards, and Cloudveil Apparel.Apollo Partnership acquires Aspen property ASPEN – Apollo Real Estate Advisors’ Real Estate Fund V, L.P. and Austin Lawrence Partners have acquired a 124-acreparcel in Aspen for $48.5 million.It’s the largest real estate transaction in Pitkin County history. Located in the Roaring Fork Valley, the property, currently operated as the Bar/X cattle ranch, is approved for 13 single family home lots.Recent regulations introduced in the City of Aspen and Pitkin County have severely limited single family home opportunities, decreasing both the number of permits issued and the allowable size of homes to be developed, according to Apollo.”Given that residential development is limited, this parcel offers an excellent opportunity. The partnership already has taken reservations for several of the lots at attractive prices,” said Richard Mack, Apollo’s managing partner.Closebehind, at least in terms of price, is a 949-acre ranch south of Carbondale that sold for $47 million, one of the largest and most expensive land deals in Pitkin County history.The deal took roughly eight years to complete and includes hundreds of acres of open space, according to local real estate agent Joshua Saslove, who represented the sellers, Richard and Debbie Jelinek.The Crystal Island Ranch is bordered by the Crystal River, Prince Creek and Thomas Creek, Saslove said, and sits near the base of Mount Sopris. The U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management administer much of the land nearby.The complex deal involved the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails program, the Conservation Fund, the Jelineks and the Aspen Valley Land Trust. The ranch once encompassed roughly 1,700 acres, but the land has been divided several ways, with some pieces sold to conservation organizations and others preserved with conservation easements. Overall, some 1,400 contiguous acres have been protected.The marketing materials for the Crystal Island Ranch described it as “the epitome of an idyllic mountainescape,” with a private lake, boat docks, a horse barn, party pavilion, lake cabins, riding arena and 10 miles of trails. The property includes a 12,000-square-foot home. For the $47 million purchase price, the new owner will also be able to build four more homes on the property.SteamMaster to host tour of its new divisionMINTURN – Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., North America’s leading network of quality, independent property damage restoration contractors, announced that SteamMaster Restoration & Cleaning, a DKI member, will host a facility tour to mark the opening of their new division, Colorado Basement Systems.Colorado Basement Systems, to be based in Minturn, will focus on basement drying, dirt crawl space sealing, mold and musty odor removal and more.The tour will take place in conjunction with the Colorado Basement Systems launch party on Friday. As part of the event, SteamMaster will be hosting 20 DKI members from 13 states.The DKI members will be in the Vail Valley in the area for a conference in Avon from July 20-22.As a DKI member, SteamMaster will be able to call on other DKI network members in the event of a large scale disaster or loss. That means SteamMaster can handle small- and large-scale jobs.For more information, visit http://www.steammaster.com.Vote Coates for event planner of the yearVail- Vail resident Dana Coates of Eventmakers International of Stuart, Fla., is one of the seven finalists for Event Planner of the Year.You can support Coates by voting for her at http://www.event-solutions.com/spotlight/vote/. Voting began June 1 and ends at midnight July 23. Anyone may vote but only one vote may be submitted from an e-mail address. First place honors are awarded on Aug. 23 at the Spotlight Awards ceremony at the Event Solutions 10th annual Idea Factory convention at the Denver Convention Center.Coates was a full-time Vail resident from 1990 to 1996 before relocating to Florida and she has remained a summer resident of Vail for the last 16 years. A tennis enthusiast, Coates spends her summers on the courts playing with friends and hiking.Coates is the 2006 Soroptimist International of Stuart Woman of Distinction winner in the business category. This prestigious annual award is one of the top honors a Martin County woman can receive.To be eligible, industry professionals must submit a 250-word profile of three events. Judging criteria include scope, caliber, technical challenge, creativity, innovation versus budget, management skills, teamwork and meeting and exceeding client expectations. A photo must accompany each event. Nominees must also write a 300-word essay about an interesting challenge faced in 2005 and how the challenge was met and exceeded client expectations. A panel of industry experts reviews all the entries and chooses the top finalists in each category.During last year’s voting, the top voting category, caterers, received 13,000 votes. The lowest number of votes per category was 9,000.George and Dana Coates purchased Eventmakers International from founders and owners Phil and Kathy Spier in 2001. Eventmakers International is a full service event planning, catering and rental company that caters events throughout the state of Florida.LASIK surgery available in Glenwood SpringsGLENWOOD SPRINGS – LASIK eye surgery is available at 20/20 EyeCare in Glenwood Springs.20/20 EyeCare and Dr. Lawrence Spivack have created Western Slope Laser. Beginning this summer, Dr. Spivack will travel to Glenwood Springs each month to perform LASIK at the 20/20 EyeCare office.LASIK (laser in situ-keratomileusis,) uses a laser to change the curvature of the cornea and results in vision correction with a quick recovery time and fewer side effects and complications than other vision correction methods.20/20 EyeCare is the only eye care center in Glenwood Springs to offer LASIK surgery.Dr. Spivack founded the Spivack Vision Center in Denver in 1980. He is a pioneer in the laser surgery field and has personally performed nearly 40,000 laser procedures. He is one of the few doctors who is certified to train other surgeons in laser procedures.20/20 EyeCare is located in Glenwood Springs at 3122 Blake Avenue in the Roaring Fork Marketplace near Wal-Mart. Call 945-2020 or visit http://www.eyecare.net.Vail, Colorado


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