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Shane Aspen Real Estate hires two new broker associates

Katherine Sewell and Neil Hight have joined Shane Aspen Real Estate as broker associates.

Sewell grew up in a family-owned real estate business and insurance agency. She completed her Colorado real estate licensure courses at Jones Real Estate College in Denver 1976.

She has managed Aspen Chateau Co. and established Aspen Central Properties. She and her husband, Hight, specialize in representing, negotiating and closing real estate properties on behalf of high-end real estate clients worldwide. Hight has been selling real estate in the Aspen market for more than 20 years.

For more information, call Sewell at 970-948-7291 or Hight at 970-948-7290.

Chamber to present tourism-related seminar on July 31

The Aspen Chamber Resort Association continues its seminar series on July 31 with the topic “The State of the American Traveler and Measuring Metrics That Matter.”

The event is scheduled for the Aspen Square meeting room at 617 E. Cooper Ave. from 9 to 11 a.m. The cost is $25 for chamber members and $50 for nonmembers.

Participants will gain insight into the travel-planning funnel from the top down, starting with how American travelers are navigating the fractured media landscape in the research and planning phase, according to the Aspen chamber.

“You’ll learn best practices for driving conversion by creating and optimizing effective messaging and landing pages and how to focus on measuring ‘metrics that matter’ aimed at improving the (return on investment) of your campaigns across all channels,” the chamber said in a statement.

Carrie R. Koenig, vice president of sales for Miles Marketing Destinations, will be the presenter.

For more information, call 970-920-7169 or visit http://www.aspenchamber.org/member-events/seminars.

Expedia customers rate Limelight as nation’s best hotel

The Limelight Hotel has been named the No. 1 hotel in the United States and the 11th-ranked hotel in the world by Expedia customers, as revealed on Expedia.com’s Insiders Select 2013 list.

The list is an annual ranking of the best hotels on Expedia sites around the world. Of the 150,000 hotels and resorts on Expedia, only 650 hotels made the list, which is based on more than 500,000 guest reviews submitted annually by travelers. The hotels were ranked with a numerical score, and the list was completely independent of advertisers and partners of Expedia, according to a Limelight statement.

The No. 1 spot worldwide went to the One&Only Palmilla Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, followed by Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort near the Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica. The Hotel Teatro in Denver ranked 17th and was the second-highest U.S.-rated property behind the Limelight Hotel.

“Expedia travelers recognize and comment on a great experience regardless of the star ranking,” said Hari Nair, vice president of market management in North America for Expedia. “We’d expect a five-star resort to make the list, but the simple fact that remote, suburban, economy hotels are included in the same ranking tells us these hoteliers deliver a level of service that is worthy of worldwide acclaim.”

For a complete list, visit http://www.expedia.com/p/hotel-promo/insiders-select.htm.

Little Nell Hotel & Residences names new wine director

Carlton McCoy recently was named wine director of The Little Nell Hotel & Residences.

In a statement, the hotel said McCoy, 28, has made an incredible rise through the restaurant industry that began with a high school culinary program for underprivileged children in a dangerous area of Washington, D.C.

McCoy is one of the youngest people in the world to have earned the master sommelier diploma and is the second African-American to do so, the hotel said. McCoy received his diploma in May, joining an elite group of 133 wine professionals who have achieved the highest distinction afforded in the wine industry.

“Growing up, there wasn’t wine on the table at my house, like in many households of the black community,” McCoy said in a prepared statement. “But wine is for everyone. Every time I approach a table or talk about wine, it isn’t coming from a place of snobbery or elitism. It’s about figuring out what people like, finding new things guests might like and spending time with friends and family.”

Through raised in a rough neighborhood of the nation’s capital city, McCoy spent his time assisting his grandmother with her church-based catering business. In high school, he enrolled in the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program, which helps underprivileged youths get a head start on culinary careers. He was awarded a scholarship to The Culinary Institute of America, where he was called to his true passion: wine and service.

McCoy arrived at The Little Nell in November 2011, inspired by the hotel’s Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning program and the property’s reputation as a training ground for master sommeliers.

He follows Jonathan Pullis as the hotel’s wine director.

Coldwell Banker Mason Morse has one of ‘The Thousand’

Carrie Wells, of Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Real Estate, for the third consecutive year has been named as a member of “The Thousand,” a national awards ranking measured by REAL Trends and featured in the Wall Street Journal.

The REAL Trends/Wall Street Journal Top Thousand, in its seventh year, is an annual national awards ranking sponsored by the two publications. Designees are recognized as the top one-half of 1 percent of more than 963,000 licensed Realtors nationwide.

An abridged list of the 2013 designees was published in the Wall Street Journal, and a complete listing is available online at http://www.thethousandrealestateprofessionals.com.

“These leading real estate sales professionals averaged more than 140 closed transactions and more than $50 million in closed sales volume last year,” said Steve Murray, publisher of the REAL Trends/Wall Street Journal Top Thousand, in a statement.

“Given that the national averages are less than 10 closed transactions and less than $1.2 million in closed volume per agent or team, these results speak to the extraordinary success of the Top Thousand,” Murray’s statement said.

Coldwell Banker Mason Morse has four offices in Aspen, Carbondale, Redstone and Glenwood Springs as well as an on-site sales office at the Grand Hyatt Aspen. The company has 55 broker associates and 11 full-time employees.

For more information, visit http://www.masonmorse.com.


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