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Joe Luetke of Glenwood Insurance Agency (GIA Group) was among a select group of employees at independent insurance agencies from around the nation to be recognized as a Personal Insurance High Achiever by Travelers.

The Travelers High Achiever award recognizes insurance agency employees who display superior levels of customer service, demonstrate leadership skills, encourage teamwork among their peers and contribute to the overall success of their agencies. Luetke received the award at a recent conference at the Walt Disney Swan Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Luetke has been with the Glenwood Insurance Agency for 15 years. Consumers seeking information about insurance coverage for themselves and their families may contact Joe at Glenwood Insurance Agency at 970-945-9161. The Glenwood Insurance Agency offers a full range of insurance services, including auto/homeowners and personal liability umbrella.

Alpine Bank will celebrate its 40th anniversary throughout 2013 with its official birthday landing on Jan. 23. The bank has big plans to commemorate the landmark and say thank you to its customers, communities, shareholders and employees for four decades of service.

To start, the bank is celebrating 40 years with 40 nights of Colorado getaways in its Backyard Treasure Giveaway contest. The contest kicked off on Jan. 18 and features 20 two-night Colorado excursions to places like Breckenridge, Glenwood Springs, Gateway Canyons, Durango, Steamboat Springs and Aspen, to name a few.

Alpine Bank will also honor its 40th anniversary with continued donations of time, talent and treasure to various local nonprofit organizations. Furthermore, while bank employees are not eligible for the Backyard Treasure Giveaway contest, employee-specific events are being planned for later in the year.

The first Alpine Bank was opened in Carbondale on Jan. 23, 1973, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony presided over by Alpine Bank founder and Chairman Bob Young, Mayor Charles Kelly and bank Director Wally deBeque. The ribbon was made from 50 silver dollars and the money was later donated to Mt. Sopris Park, beginning the bank’s tradition of community philanthropy and involvement.

“It was the Carbondale community that gave Alpine bank its start. That location, which opened with $2 million in total assets in 1973, has now grown to a bank with assets over $130 million today,” said Young. “We will be forever grateful to that community and our customers who provided the impetus for what we are today. Likewise, the support of all our Colorado communities to the bank as well as the bank support to our communities has resulted in a win/win relationship that we hope will continue for another 40 years at least!”

To learn more about Alpine Bank and its community commitment, or the bank’s 40th anniversary plans, visit

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