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Aspen's Ruth Kruger installed as real estate federation president

The U.S. chapter of the International Real Estate Federation held a luncheon in the private delegates' dining room at the United Nations on March 27 to install Ruth Kruger of Aspen as its new president and address the continuing need for cross-border cooperation in international property markets.

In addition to the passing of the president's gavel and regalia, the luncheon featured speakers from the International Monetary Fund, the Center for International Private Enterprise and the Global Indicators Group of the World Bank. The luncheon followed a daylong, high-level global conference focused on global capital flows held in cooperation with George Washington University, an academic member of the federation.

Kruger has traveled the world learning best practices in Asia, Europe and most states in the U.S. She specializes in commercial properties in Aspen and luxury resort properties worldwide. She has served on the real estate federation's board of directors for six years and was founding chairwoman of the Grand Prix of Real Estate, the federation's awards program that celebrates the best in U.S. real estate development. Through the Grand Prix program, she has brought international recognition to four different projects in Aspen.

"I am extremely excited to take the lead for (the real estate federation) at this time of tremendous change and opportunity," Kruger said in a statement. "We have only just begun to capitalize on the vast resources and business connections that (the federation) brings to the international real estate community."

Kruger said she plans to strengthen ties between professionals in North, Central and South America during her term and to help members raise their profiles as trusted and credible global experts in their local markets.

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The International Real Estate Federation is a business network of real estate professionals worldwide. It provides access and opportunity for real estate professionals interested in gaining knowledge, sharing information and conducting international business with one another. With members in 65 countries, including 100 professional associations, 65 academic institutions and 3,000 individual members from all professions of the real estate sector, it holds special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the U.N. For more information, visit http://www.fiabci-usa.com.

Basalt lighting designer wins awards

The Aspen Jewish Community Center's lighting, designed by Robert Singer & Associates and senior lighting designer Jason Diaz, is the winner of the 2015 Illuminating Engineering Society's Guth Award for Interior Lighting Design as well as the Energy and Environmental Design Award.

The Aspen Jewish Community Center combines traditional architecture with modern lines, according to the design firm. Taking advantage of the mountain views, light shines through large picture window overlooking Main Street in Aspen, and custom lighting details throughout the community center highlight architectural features, according to the firm.

To view Robert Singer & Associates' portfolio of residential and commercial projects, visit http://www.robertsingerlighting.com.

Aspen financial adviser earns high U.S. ranking

Donna Di Ianni, a Merrill Lynch financial adviser based in Aspen, was recently recognized on the 2015 Financial Times "Top 400 Financial Advisors" list, published March 25.

Di Ianni's recognition on the list follows her previous recognition by Barron's magazine on its "2015 Top 1200 Advisors" list, published in February.

Di Ianni has been a financial adviser with Merrill Lynch since 1983. She and her team offer advice, guidance and objective, personalized strategies for wealth management. Their clients are high-net-worth individuals, affluent families, successful business enterprises, nonprofit organizations and endowments across the country.

Di Ianni was named one of Barron's top 1,200 financial advisers in 2015 for the seventh consecutive year and one of Barron's top 100 women financial advisers in 2014 for the fifth year.

Di Ianni received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Susquehanna University in 1978 and her Master of Business Administration degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1982. She has served on the boards of Schools Need Active Parents and the Aspen Music Festival and School. She is currently a member of the Society of Fellows at the Aspen Institute and the national council of Jazz Aspen Snowmass.

Di Ianni lives in Aspen with her family and spends her free time skiing, hiking and biking.

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