Business Briefs June 26, 2017 |

Business Briefs June 26, 2017

John Bennett

John Bennett joins Exclusive Athletic Club as branch manager

John Bennett is now lead of the Rifle and Silt locations of Exclusive Athletic Club.

Bennett has an extensive background in training. He is a NASM certified personal trainer, a Golden Gloves coach and cut man for pro boxers and pro MMA fighters. He has been a Silver Gloves champ and a Golden Gloves champ in Minnesota, where he is originally from. He additionally has many training hours in corrective exercise.

Kristine Leahy joins Integrated Mountain Properties as broker associate

Kristine Leahy is a Colorado native whose parents moved the family to Aspen in the early ‘70s and bought a nine-unit ski lodge that remains the family-owned operation. She attended CSU and later moved to San Diego where she was the office manager of a beachfront real estate firm assisting more than 20 agents. She learned all aspects of the real estate sales industry and eventually landed an escrow officer/closing position in Denver. This is when she met her husband, Todd Leahy, and they moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1993, and she continued to close real estate.

Her favorite pastimes include skiing, hiking and biking, thus her priority for living in the Roaring Fork Valley. Glenwood Springs became their home and they raised their two children, Jamie and Travis, and she also worked from home as a bookkeeper for a 42-room hotel she and her husband built, owned and operated in Rifle.

Leahy can be reached at 970-318-1972 or

Cheryl Streater becomes Alpine Animal Hospital partner

Cheryl Streater, lead technician, is a new partner in the ownership of Alpine Animal Hospital. Cheryl came to Alpine from other animal medical and emergency care experiences, including small and large animal clinical work and work with state and federal wildlife agencies. She has been with Alpine Animal Hospital for eight years and currently supervises all of the technical work in support of the doctors. She has been in the profession for 23 years and particularly enjoys the diversity and opportunity to work with animals and their “people” in an effort to support the human/animal bond. She has focused her last few years in organizing the technical team at Alpine and gaining knowledge in business and operations. Becoming a business partner was the next natural step for her, and the doctors at Alpine are excited to have her join the ownership team and bring her unique perspective to the care of patients and their owners.

Cheryl lives in Carbondale with her husband Robert and son Coleman, three (3) dogs and her cat Canoe and loves to bike, kayak, raft and camp.

Savannah Nelson joins Resort Trends

Savannah Nelson has joined Resort Trends as communications coordinator. Through her new position, Nelson will be responsible for various writing roles, from handling promotional materials to advertorial copywriting to newsletter creation.

Nelson, a recent University of Colorado Denver graduate and a Gunnison native, is excited to return to what she considers her home: the Western Slope. At CU, Nelson studied English writing and communication, exploring different forms of media — through her roles as a writer for the Gunnison Country Times, in addition to several titles at the CU Denver Sentry, including copy editor, managing editor, and editor-in-chief.

“My work at Resort Trends will continue to align with the primary goal I set for myself as both a writer and journalist; the most important thing is connecting people, by telling the stories that matter,” Nelson said. “It is one of my passions, and I’m excited to pursue it in western Colorado with a new and fresh perspective.”

As the communications coordinator, Nelson will work closely with the media to ensure that Resort Trends’ clients receive significant editorial coverage. “With Savannah’s help, we will have more time for individualized communication services,” Vicky Nash, owner of Resort Trends, said.

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