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Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” George Hart is the new president of Alpine Bank in Snowmass Village.

Hart, the former senior vice president of the Aspen branch, is assuming much of the leadership role of the Snowmass Village location as regional president Stan Kornasiewicz is retiring part-time from the bank’s day-to-day operations. Kornasiewicz will continue his role and he also will remain on Alpine Bank’s board of directors.

Though Hart has lived in Snowmass Village for more than 25 years, he originally hails from San Francisco and Ross, Calif. He attained a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and his MBA from the University of Southern California. Hart has been married to Sarah for 31 years and they have two grown children, Derith and Ross, and two grandchildren, Grace and Lily.

Hart has been a Rotarian since 1991, and has served on The Christmas Wish Board for many years.

ASPEN ” Stephen Bossart, capital asset project manager for the city of Aspen, is among a select group of senior-level real estate professionals who recently completed the Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate (AMDP) at Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Mass.

Since its launch in July 2001, the AMDP has graduated executives, entrepreneurs, and senior managers drawn from all parts of the real estate industry and from around the world. Graduates of the program, which covers a six-week period spread out over one year, earn a certificate and full alumni status at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

The program provides an opportunity for participants to learn from Harvard University faculty and eminent practitioners in the field. The AMDP’s curriculum combines general management education with real estate development, finance, strategy, and personal leadership topics.

SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” Michael Voss has joined Related WestPac as director of sales.

Voss oversees the sales program and leads the sales team for all residential properties in the new Base Village in Snowmass, including The Little Nell Residences at Snowmass and Viceroy Resort Residences at Snowmass.

Voss joins Related WestPac from Steeplechase Development Partners in Aspen where he served as director of marketing and sales, and was responsible for sales and marketing strategies and investor relations for both the Aspen and Steamboat properties.

Voss is a graduate of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, a real estate agent and is a graduate of the Roaring Fork Leadership program.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” All Alpine Bank locations across western Colorado have offset 100 percent of their electricity usage by purchasing “green” power from local utility providers, and through the Colorado Carbon Fund.

John Gitchell, Alpine Bank’s Green Team environmental consultant and local business owner of Sustainable Business Solutions, put the accomplishment into perspective.

“The emission of CO2 from the combustion of fossil fuels is widely recognized as the leading cause of global warming,” he said. “Green power is generated from renewable sources of electricity, like wind, solar and hydropower ” not from coal-fired power plants. Through the purchase of available green power for electricity and carbon offsets through the Colorado Carbon Fund, Alpine Bank is effectively eliminating 3,396.73 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually.”

Alpine Bank is headquartered in Glenwood Springs, but its Aspen branch has taken energy reduction a step further by purchasing “Canary Tags” to offset 100 percent of its natural gas usage in addition to electricity. The branch purchased 80.9 tags, offsetting 80.9 tons of CO2, and is currently the only business to go “carbon neutral” through the city of Aspen program.

Canary Tags are the first municipal carbon offset program in the United States. Each tag costs $20 and represents an offset of one ton of CO2 through renewable energy and carbon mitigation programs.

ASPEN ” Rocky Mountain Connections, a destination management and special events company with an office in Aspen, is defying economic conditions by expanding into to Park City, Utah.

Shawn Thomson, president and owner, opened the new office in December to better serve the company’s clientele and to build relationships with future partners, including the St. Regis Deer Crest and the Deer Valley Montage Hotel.

Similar to Rocky Mountain Connections’ six other offices throughout Colorado and Wyoming, the Utah office will provide all-inclusive, customized corporate direct and incentive programs for local and out-of-state meeting planners.

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