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Johnson Capital is pleased to announce the opening of its Vail office. Thomas D. “TK” Klein has been named managing director along with Michael A. Cantwell of Johnson’s Denver office. Mr. Klein has 27 years experience in the financial services industry, and is a founder and major shareholder of Millennium Bank and Millennium Bancorp Inc. He has extensive experience in the mortgage banking industry and has served in a variety of executive positions over the last 16 years. Mr. Klein is the founder of The Klein Group, a private mortgage banking firm located in Edwards. Mr. Cantwell founded the Denver office of Johnson Capital in 1995. As president of the office, he is in charge of new business production and the development of new capital programs. During his 33-year career in commercial real estate, he has developed, managed and leased his own commercial portfolio. A licensed real estate broker, he majored in real estate at the University of Wisconsin. The Vail office will focus its efforts on business development in the mountain resort communities of Vail, Aspen and Steamboat Springs, and in Summit County. Johnson Capital services include debt placement for permanent, construction, repositioning and acquisition financing as well as joint venture equity placement. Johnson Capital has extensive experience in all property types. The Vail office will blend its local marketplace knowledge and understanding of resort economies with the national capital expertise of Johnson Capital. For more information, go to

GrassRoots TV12 welcomes Ashley Allison back to its full-time staff. With the new title of program development, Ashley will help eliminate any barriers local citizens may encounter in producing their own television program. Her experience in all aspects of television production, including camera operation, lighting, directing, marketing, programming and distribution, will help community producers realize their dreams of creating television.Ashley was formerly studio and programming director at GrassRoots TV12, which she earned after a 1-year intern position. She resumes her position on staff after taking a year sabbatical to pursue production opportunities with PBS in Washington, D.C., and New York City as the assistant producer of Kidscook Production LLS. For more information about GrassRoots TV12 programming, call Ashley Allison, 925-8000, ext.10.

Blizzard Internet Marketing Inc. of Glenwood Springs was recently awarded the 27th position in a list of the “Top 30 Organic Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Firms in the World.” Companies in contention for the awards consisted of global SEO organizations from across the industry. The ranking follows many years of hard work and dedication to following accepted optimization techniques for Web site design, promotion and hosting. SEO is defined as the process in which a Web site is put together to obtain optimal results in organic search engine rankings. Blizzard was founded in 1997 by Trent and Susan Blizzard. The company has more than 60 dedicated employees in its Glenwood Springs office. Blizzard also offers services that include tracking software and e-mail marketing applications. For more information about Blizzard Internet Marketing Inc., please contact us at 928-7875.

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