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Jeanne Casey, Wendy Harrison, Mike Henry, Paula Kellaway, Todd Leahy, Annie Olsen, Jessica Peterson, Carlos Sanchez and Brenda Ulibarri with RE/MAX Select have earned the nationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR) certification. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) offers the SFR certification to Realtors who want to help both buyers and sellers navigate these complicated transactions, as demand for professional expertise with distressed sales grows.

According to a recent NAR survey, nearly one-third of all existing homes sold recently were either short sales or foreclosures. For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures are the new “traditional” transaction. Realtors who have earned the SFR certification know how to help sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities.

“As leading advocates for homeownership, Realtors believe that any family that loses its home to foreclosure is one family too many, but unfortunately, there are situations in which people just cannot afford to keep their homes, and a foreclosure or a short sale results,” said 2009 NAR President Charles McMillan, a broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Dallas-Fort Worth. “Foreclosures and short sales can offer opportunities for home buyers and benefit the larger community, as well, but it’s extremely important to have the help of a real estate professional like a Realtor who has earned the SFR certification for these kinds of purchases.”

The certification program includes training on how to qualify sellers for short sales, negotiate with lenders, protect buyers, and limit risk, and provides resources to help Realtors stay current on national and state-specific information as the market for these distressed properties evolves. To earn the SFR certification, Realtors are required to take one core course and three Webinars.

Call one of our SFR Certified agents at RE/MAX Select at 928-8999 with your questions regarding today’s changing market.

The financial services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 2 on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For 2010” list in its 11th year on the prestigious list, according to Hollis E. Kelley Jr. Edward Jones also ranked No. 1 for large-sized companies. The full list and related stories appear in the Feb. 8 issue of Fortune, available on newsstands Jan. 25 and currently at http://www.fortune. com/bestcompanies.

Edward Jones’ Fortune rankings include top 10 finishes for eight years and consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003. This is the firm’s second consecutive year in the No. 2 spot.

In naming Edward Jones to the list, magazine editors said: “The investment adviser weathered the recession without closing one of its 12,615 offices or laying off a single employee. Salaries were frozen, but profit sharing continued.”

“This honor is especially gratifying in the face of the adversity and challenges the financial-services industry has faced the last two years,” said James D Weddle, managing partner. “But we were able to stay focused on the long-term because we are a partnership and we know who we are and what we do. We had no layoffs. We had to make some difficult decisions in terms of cutting back expenses, which we did successfully. But when you respect the people who work here, you take care of them – not just in the good times, but in the difficult times as well.”

To pick the “100 Best Companies to Work For,” FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute, a global research and consulting firm with offices in 30 countries, to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on the survey, sent to randomly selected employees. The survey asks questions related to employees’ attitudes about the management’s credibility, job satisfaction and camaraderie. The remaining third is based on a company’s responses to the Institute’s Culture Audit questionnaire, which asks detailed questions about demographics, pay and benefits, and open-ended questions about hiring, communication and diversity.

Currently, Edward Jones has more than 600 positions available throughout the country. The largest positions open are that of financial advisor and branch office administrator. Each Edward Jones branch office includes one financial advisor and one branch office administrator who work one on one with clients in the communities where those clients live.

The Fortune ranking is one of several important honors based on associate input that Edward Jones has received in recent weeks. In early December, the firm was ranked No. 1 in Registered Rep. magazine’s annual brokerage report card for the 17th consecutive year. Last month, Edward Jones ranked No. 10 among the “50 Best Employers in Canada” in the Globe and Mail’s annual listing in Report on Business Magazine. Over the past year, Edward Jones also has received workplace recognitions from dozens of state publications in the U.S.

The Edward Jones website is http://www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www. careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

Deborah Korbel is back doing services at Paradise Day Spa after a two month bout with a broken wrist. Deborah took advantage of the extra time by taking skin care classes with the International Dermal Institute. Deborah completed Dermalogica product line classes for anti-aging (Age-Smart) and skin brightening (Chroma-White) and just recently returned from the International Dermal Institute classes held March 14 and 15 on complete skin care.

This was a compressed course on everything that Dermalogica is, results oriented skin care with treatments that work. In celebration of being back doing services Deborah is offering choice of a free spray-on tan or pedicure (to get ready for spring) with a Dermalogica Skin Care Treatment with touch therapy, Ultra-Sound, LED or Micro-current treatment. Paradise Day Spa is open Monday through Friday with evening appointments. Call (970) 928-9782 for appointment.

The multi-faceted outdoor company and media group “OUTTHERE” has set up shop in the Glenwood Springs area. This very unique company designs outdoor adventure gear and also has been on the forefront of producing adventure television for more than 25 years. Executive producer Kirk Montgomery, one of the co-founders of this company, says, “We have combined a very unique and experienced group in ‘OUTTHERE’ to create all types of media and market our products all based on a lifetime pursuing adventure. Mike Kloser, the legendary adventure athlete and world champion based in Vail, is also a part of ‘OUTTHERE.’ Mike brings years of product knowledge and experience to this team. Look for ‘OUTTHERE’ products and apparel, and for more information on their media services check http://www.outthereusa.com or call (970) 328-3350 or (808) 640-0608.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Alpine Bank membership in the 2010 Green Power Leadership Club, an elite group of Green Power Partners who are demonstrating exemplary environmental leadership.

The EPA Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that supports the organizational procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources. Green power is electricity produced from a subset of renewable resources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and low-impact hydro. Partner organizations must buy green power in amounts proportional to their annual electricity use.

Since the second quarter of 2009, Alpine Bank has purchased 100 percent green electric power directly from their utility providers (where available). The bank became an EPA Green Power Partner in June 2009.

Alpine Bank Vice Chairman and President Glen Jammaron says, “We’re honored to receive this recognition. However green power is a very small part of what we do. We strive to measure all of our green initiatives with efficiency, effectiveness, and durability.”

Additional environmental recognition includes:

• Selected as a 2009 Sustainability Champion, co-sponsored by the Colorado Environmental Partnership (CEP) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

• Designated “Gold Leader” in October 2008 from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in cooperation with the Pollution Prevention Advisory Board and the Colorado Environmental Partnership, for the bank’s environmental leadership. Alpine Bank is the first and only financial institution in Colorado to be recognized with this award by the state for its environmental commitment and continuous improvement.

• Maintained since 2006, “ISO Certification” – the universally recognized standard for environmental management. Certification to ISO 14001 verifies to the community that Alpine Bank has an effective environmental policy in place, that the bank is continuously improving its environmental practices, and that it is working to implement its policy throughout bank operations.

In line with the state of Colorado, Alpine Banks have adopted the following goals to “Green the Banks” by 2012: 20 percent reduction in energy use; 20 percent reduction in paper use; 10 percent reduction in water consumption; and 25 percent reduction in courier fleet fuel consumption.

For more information about Alpine Bank’s Green Team efforts, visit online at www. alpinebank.com.

The Rotary Club of Carbondale/Aspen Glen is now the Mt. Sopris Rotary Club. The name change is to better represent membership in the Roaring Fork Valley and identify the club with its locality and the communities it serves.

Effective Feb. 16, 2010, the Mt. Sopris Rotary Club had its new beginnings. According to John Wells, club president, the general membership agreed that the name should be changed and voted for the change. Wells stated that club members reside or work in the extended valley, from Glenwood Springs to Basalt. The activities of the club have always been in this extended valley, where everyone has a view of Mt. Sopris.

The club meets every Thursday noon at the Aspen Glen Club. Guests and others interested in Rotary are welcome.


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