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Aspen Affiliates Ltd. reopens real estate office

Aspen Affiliates Ltd. has reopened its real estate offices at 520 E. Cooper Ave., according to the company's president, Neil C. Hight.

Hight can be reached at 970-948-7290 or aspenaff@rof.net. Kathryn Sewell can be contacted at 970-948-7291 or ksewell@rof.net.

Both are currently licensed to practice real estate in Texas, Florida, Hawaii and Colorado.

ACES welcomes Trook as new education director

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Arin Trook has joined the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies as education director. He will direct the nonprofit's regional education program.

Trook brings 20 years of professional experience, including in-class teaching, promotion of ecological citizenship and experiential education. His work has focused on educator training and teacher development. Most recently, he worked as education manager with NatureBridge in Yosemite, where he was in charge of hiring, training and ongoing development of the education staff. This included hiring and managing a staff of 35 educators, planning and coordinating new-staff training and providing year-round in-service training programs.

Trook graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in education and from the University of California-Berkeley with a master's degree in education psychology. He worked as a naturalist and educator for ACES from 1996 to 2000.

"Arin will create and improve ACES' environmental-science curricula for all education programs. He will supervise and mentor ACES' team of educators and staff on best environmental-education practices and coordinate, as well as teach, in-school, after-school and field programs. He will also expand and innovate ACES environmental-education programs," ACES CEO Chris Lane said in a statement.

"Environmental-science education — experiential, holistic education — is a critical tool for sculpting ecologically literate leaders and innovators to address the complex environmental challenges of the 21st century," Trook said.

Trook will manage ACES' nationally acclaimed full-time environmental-science-education programs at Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale, Basalt Elementary School and Aspen Elementary School. He also will oversee environmental-science-education in-school and field programs for more than 42 schools in the region.

Area teachers are encouraged to schedule field programs by emailing atrook@aspennature.org.

Barron's ranks Obermeyer among top finance advisers

Wally Obermeyer, president of Obermeyer Asset Management, was again named to Barron's list of the top 100 independent financial advisers.

Obermeyer Asset Management has been included on the list for seven straight years.

Barron's has been ranking independent advisers since 2007. To be nominated for the listing, firms must complete a detailed survey about their practice. The editors at Barron's focus on total assets under management and revenue generated by the adviser's team, as well as the overall quality of the practice, in constructing its ranking.

Obermeyer celebrated its 15th anniversary earlier this year. The company helps to build and manage investment portfolios for more than 400 families, representing approximately $900 million in assets. It has 11 investment professionals and two regional offices.

SNOWMASS VILLAGE

Anderson Ranch announces new marketing director

The Anderson Ranch Arts Center announced that Stephanie Keister has joined the organization as director of marketing and communications.

The position previously was held by Nancy Wilhelms, who was appointed executive director of Anderson Ranch in June.

With more than 15 years of experience in marketing and public relations, Keister has held prior positions within the tourism, retail and financial-services industries. She holds a bachelor's degree in public relations, with a minor concentration in business management, from Webster University in St. Louis.

"Stephanie comes to us with unique experience in promoting workshops and special events," Wilhelms said. "We feel her specific knowledge of experiential-learning programs will be a tremendous asset in promoting Anderson Ranch as a premier destination for artists looking to further develop their skills. Her social-media knowledge is an added plus in today's communication environment."

Prior to joining Anderson Ranch, Keister was the marketing manager with the Roaring Fork Business Resource Center in Glenwood Springs, where she provided marketing counseling and guidance to small businesses. Her previous marketing experience includes positions with L.L.Bean, Stifel Financial Corp. and Bank of America.

She can be reached at skeister@andersonranch.org.

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