Top Brass nominees announced |

Top Brass nominees announced

The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association has received more Top Brass award nominations from the year 2001 than in the 15-year history of the local business awards.”It was a banner year for our community. There were numerous business expansions, remodels and new construction,” said Raelyn Westley, director of membership development for the chamber. “Many of our businesses and community leaders were honored during 2001 with various state awards.” The chamber received more than 20 nominations recognizing achievements, business expansions or milestones of local individuals or companies during the previous year.The chamber Ambassadors Committee selected the Top Brass winners, who will be honored during the chamber’s 15th annual Awards Luncheon set for noon on Wednesday, April 24, at the Hotel Colorado.The Top Brass honorees and their achievements include: Alpine Bank, selected as the top financial services company in the state by Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, ColoradoBiz magazine and Colorado Council on Economic Education; Aspen Glen, recognized as one of seven Club Corp. properties to achieve the Circle of Excellence Award; Colorado West Broadcasting, which converted KGLN radio to a 24-hour Spanish language programming station; Flower Mart, which initiated a holiday delivery program with service clubs receiving delivery proceeds;Glenwood Caverns, recipient of the 2001 Governor’s Outstanding Tourism Initiative Award as well as a top 10 ranking by USA Today; Glenwood Springs Golf Club, voted the top 9-hole golf course in Colorado by Colorado Golfer; Glenwood Springs High School DECA Club, selected as the 2001 Colorado Gold Medal DECA Chapter in competition; Good Health Grocery, which moved to a new downtown location with expanded offerings;Hotel Denver, which built and opened the Denver Centre for offices in the former Rex Hotel location; Mountain View Church, which completed an extensive expansion and renovation project and opened the facility for community events; Office Services Unlimited, which worked to provide jobs to locals when jobs were scarce in late 2001;OutWest Guides, which hosted the first blue grouse television show and earned top review with U.S. Forest Service; Prince Creek Construction, developer and builder of Colorado Plaza I & II for offices and condominiums; Schmueser Gordon Meyer Inc., which accomplished a large goal as part of its long-range strategic plan; and Safeway, which remodeled its store inside and out and added Starbuck’s coffee center.Local Top Brass individuals to be honored include: Robin Clemons, Glenwood Springs city clerk and leader of the Olympic Torch Committee; Dr. Robert Derkash, new president of the National Orthopedic Association; Howard Jay, named National Distinguished Principal for Colorado; Marti Duprey, a community volunteer honored by the U.S. House of Representatives for her selfless contributions to the community; and Peter Sharpe, who started Glenwood Youth Hockey and was influential in building the ice rink at the Community Center.This year’s luncheon also marks the ninth year for the annual ATHENA award.It honors an exceptional local woman who helps other women reach their full leadership potential. The ATHENA winner also must devote her time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community and demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in her business or profession.The 2002 ATHENA winner will be announced during the Awards Luncheon. Some previous ATHENA winners include: Dr. Cynthia Heelan of Colorado Mountain College in 1999, Debbie Wilde of Youth Zone in 2000, and former newspaper publisher Martha Cochran in 2001.Tickets for the luncheon, featuring a menu from London broil to chocolate mousse, are available for $22 for members, $30 for nonmembers and $225 for a corporate table seating for eight. Purchase tickets by April 22 by contacting Shiela at the chamber at 945-6589.The luncheon is scheduled on Secretaries’ Day, so business managers and owners are encouraged to treat their administrative assistants to the community recognition luncheon. The DECA chapter at Glenwood Springs High School also will present its annual award for local Entrepreneur of the Year. Last year’s entrepreneur recognized by the student business marketing organization was Scott Fifer of Resource Engineering in Glenwood Springs.The chamber’s large and small philanthropic business winners of 2001 – Valley View Hospital and Glenwood Automotive Group – also will be recognized. The top philanthropic businesses originally were announced during the chamber’s Annual Ball in early February. For questions or more information on the Awards Luncheon, contact chamber membership director Raelyn Westley at 945-6589 or by e-mail to

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