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On Friday, Dec. 2, from noon to 6 p.m., the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce will host its 2011 Annual Business Conference & Expo: The State of Carbondale & Beyond.The conference will feature nationally renowned economist, R. Dan Brumbaugh, Jr., and new Carbondale Town Manager Jay Harrington as well as a panel discussion with Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky and county staff. There will also be an Organization Forum featuring Carbondale nonprofits, and the Business Expo that will showcase more than 30 local businesses. The event concludes with a networking opportunity with beer, wine and appetizers from Bravo Fine Catering.Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 the day of the event. For more information and to buy tickets, call 970-963-1890 or email sherri@carbondale.com.For more information about the 2011 Business Conference & Expo, and to buy tickets, call 970-963-1890 or email sherri@carbondale.com.

Pam Ruzicka has opened a new insurance agency, Insurance 4 U, LLC. Pam has 12 years experience in the health and life insurance industry and also works with Medicare, accident, temporary and long-term care. Especially during these confusing times of ObamaCare, experience and understanding can be a huge benefit. Pam may be reached at 970-379-9705 or pamruz@yahoo.com.

Glenwood Hot Springs has named Jeremy Gilley as its new director of sales and revenue. Gilley brings with him a proven record of results with extensive experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. “Glenwood Hot Springs is a top vacation destination within Colorado and nearby states, but with addition of the Spa of the Rockies and the growing interest of mineral springs, its reputation is gaining traction worldwide. I am thrilled to be a part of an organization with such a storied past and future potential as Glenwood Hot Springs,” said Gilley.Gilley, most recently served at the director of Revenue at the Hotel Colorado, where he helped contribute to a 26 percent occupancy increase to date in 2011. Gilley graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. Since 2003, Gilley has worked in the hospitality industry in Oklahoma and Colorado building relationships with key corporate, travel and tour companies and growing revenue through a variety of avenues including trend forecasting, yield management and marketing and budgeting strategies. In addition to extensive experience, Gilley brings exceptional people skills to his new position as well. His communication, team building and organizational skills will be a valuable asset in his position as director of sales and revenue.Gilley’s new responsibilities will encompass the entire Glenwood Hot Springs property including the newly remodeled 107-room Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, the award-winning Spa of the Rockies, Glenwood Hot Springs Athletic Club, the Sport Shop and the Grill. He will be responsible for developing overall strategic sales plans, targeting and initiating action plans to secure new and enhanced revenue opportunities, building community relations, as well as for promotions, special events, internal staff sales training, advertising and sales calls. Gilley will also act as a marketing liaison with Glenwood Hot Springs’ outside marketing and public relations firms.



Meier Skis are now available exclusively at Sunlight Mountain Resort. Meier Skis is a new business in Glenwood Springs, founded in 2009, that makes handmade skis from Colorado trees. Matt Cudmore, founder of Meier skis has a passion for hand-craftsmanship as well as a life-long passion for skiing. Cudmore is always on the hunt for the next perfect ski. He found a niche in the Roaring Fork Valley building some of the best skis money can buy. Meier skis is a low volume manufacturer where quality time is spent on every pair of skis. Meier skis are made using a variety of wood species including aspen, poplar, maple, Douglas fir, and of course pine from Cottonwood Pass just outside of Glenwood Springs. The graphics are minimal, so nothing is hidden in the structure or layup of the ski. You can see through the ski to the core. Each pair of Meier skis is unique, just like a snowflake.Visit the Sunlight Ski and Bike shop to reserve a demo pair, place a custom order or buy a pair right off the shelf. Demos will be available at the Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop, 309 Ninth St. in Glenwood Springs, as well as Sunlight Mountain Resort rental shop. For more information please call 970 945-9425.

Donald L. Sturm, chairman and CEO of American National Bank, announces that on Dec. 30, the bank will shorten its name to ANB Bank. “We’re matching our new name with the more innovative banking services we’re bringing to our customers,” said Sturm. “We will continue to be the locally owned bank we always have been. Our people, locations and our personalized service will continue to be right here, to serve our customers.”For more information about the bank, visit the bank’s website at http://www.anbbank.com.



Peg O’Brien, a physical therapist from Woody Creek, has earned a certificate in the “Advances in Shoulder Arthroscopy … Accelerating Recovery, Protocols, and the Pitfalls That Impede Rehabilitation” course, presented by Jesse (Jay) L. West IV, MD, on Nov. 09. More information on that may be found at http://www.aspenphysicaltherapist.com, or by contacting Peg directly at pegobrien39@sopris.net or 970-923-9666.

The Roaring Fork Business Resource Center has received an anonymous challenge again this year from a funder who will match sponsorship pledges received by Dec. 31 dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $20,000.This is a great opportunity to maximize sponsorship dollars before the end of the year, while supporting the center’s mission “to help businesses start, develop, and grow, resulting in job creation and retention, economic growth, and positive impacts on the communities we serve.” Funds will be used to increase the capacity to provide technical and educational assistance; to focus on business development; and to develop research capabilities for start-ups and business owners from Parachute to Aspen. The center is tax-exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, so sponsorships may be treated as a tax-deductible contribution.Call (970)945- 5158 for information.

Dr. Bill Sterett, former managing partner of the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic, has joined the practices of Vail-Summit Orthopaedics. The knee and shoulder surgeon has been treating patients in the Vail Valley for more than 18 years and has a reputation for seeking out the more complex and difficult cases. “I am thrilled to be joining Vail-Summit Orthopaedics; these physicians are some of the best trained orthopaedists in the state,” says Sterett. “VSO’s strong commitment to both teamwork and community service makes this a good fit for me. I look forward to using my background in a collaborative environment to help everyone excel.” Dr. Sterett specializes in ACL reconstruction and complex knee injuries.


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