Business Briefs February 29, 2016 |

Business Briefs February 29, 2016

Tammy Jacques
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Stephens named director of AVLT

Suzanne Fusaro Stephens, longtime associate director of Aspen Valley Land Trust, has been named as the new executive director of the conservation organization.

Stephens is a Roaring Fork Valley native and graduate of Aspen High School. She holds a degree in biology from Reed College and worked as an intern and naturalist at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and as the director of land conservation at Roaring Fork Conservancy before joining AVLT in 2003.

Stephens replaces longtime executive director Martha Cochran, who left AVLT at the end of last year.

Aspen Valley Land Trust works with landowners to permanently conserve land in the Roaring Fork and Middle Colorado River valleys for agriculture, open space, wildlife habitat and public recreation. In her work at AVLT, Stephens has specialized in the ecological, legal and financial aspects of land conservation transactions. She has raised more than $4 million in grants for conservation easement acquisitions and overseen the conservation of more than 85 properties.

Stephens has also played a critical role in AVLT’s state and national leadership in establishing best practices and standards for land conservation, and serving on a policy committee furthering state conservation goals.

During a 2011 sabbatical, Stephens researched and developed a concept plan for viable conservation models for a 60,000-acre ranch on the Laikipia Plateau in Kenya. The ranch was successfully conserved in 2015.

Stephens lives in Carbondale with her husband, Jeff, and daughter Harbour.

Erickson Home Services available in Glenwood

Erickson Home Services and Management now offers property management services in Glenwood Springs. Erickson Home Services is a full-service management company that has been providing property management services in the upper Roaring Fork Valley for over 20 years. Services include property management, property maintenance, construction management, cleaning services for residential, vrbo, construction site and commercial offices. For more information visit

Former Olympian Tammy Jacques joins CPA Solutions

Have you ever had a former Olympian handle your accounting and tax prep? Now you can. Tammy Jacques, longtime local and former member of the Olympic Mountain Biking Team and United States Cycling teams for road and mountain biking, recently joined CPA Solutions as a certified public accountant. Licensed for seven years, Jacques continues to apply her athletic drive and work ethic to her career as a CPA in a key position at CPA Solutions. The firm’s Glenwood Springs office is located on Eighth and Cooper in the Chadwick Building.

After a decade of traveling the professional road and mountain biking circuit that took her all over the world, Jacques is glad to be settled in the mountains of Colorado, along with her two children, and working for CPA Solutions. Since its inception in 2010, CPA Solutions has been providing service in payroll, bookkeeping, planning, and consulting to tax preparation, IRS representation, and business strategy and alignment.

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