Di Ianni recognized on financial advisers list

Donna Di Ianni, of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, recently was honored on Barron’s “America’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors” list.

The list was published in the June 10 edition of the magazine. This is the fourth time that Di Ianni has made the list. She is senior vice president of wealth management and a financial adviser for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management’s office in Aspen.

Di Ianni has been with Merrill Lynch since 1983. She and her team offer advice and objective, customized strategies across the spectrum of wealth management, according to a company statement. Their clients are high-net-worth individuals, affluent families, successful business enterprises, nonprofit organizations and endowments across the United States.

Di Ianni also was named to Barron’s “Top 1,000 Financial Advisors” list in 2013 for the fifth consecutive year. She received her bachelor’s degree from Susquehanna University in 1978 and her Master of Business Administration degree from Penn 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.

Ski Butlers to offer bicycle rentals, deliveries

Ski Butlers Aspen will provide bicycle rentals soon along with delivery and shuttle services.

Bike Butlers will launch Aug. 9, the company said in a statement.

Aspen-area hotel and lodge guests can rent bikes from Bike Butlers and have them delivered to their place of stay and picked up when they are finished. Customers also will have the option to be picked up along with their bikes and dropped off at another location in the valley.

For questions, call 970-300-4912 or email


Schuessler appointed director at Heritage Park

Nancy Schuessler recently was appointed executive director at Heritage Park Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility.

“Nancy is the perfect fit as executive director of Heritage Park,” said Dan W. Gauger, vice president for Life Care’s Long’s Peak Region, which encompasses nine facilities. “She has spent the last four years with Life Care preparing for this opportunity, and she is more than ready.”

Schuessler previously worked as the social services director at Life Care Center of Greeley. Prior to that appointment, she served at another skilled nursing facility as a certified nursing assistant, social worker and activities director. Schuessler also served as director of a nonprofit organization in northern Colorado from 2001 through 2007.

Schuessler earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Colorado State University and later earned a master’s degree in clinical sociology from the University of Northern Colorado.

Heritage Park Care Center, located at 1200 Village Road, is one of 22 skilled nursing and rehab facilities in Colorado operated or managed by Life Care Centers of America.

Anderson named partner at Backbone Media

Backbone Media, a public-relations and media agency in the “active lifestyle” field, has named Ian Anderson as a partner.

Anderson, who serves as the firm’s public relations director, joins partners Penn Newhard, Nate Simmons and Greg Williams in leading the growing agency, the company said in a statement.

“Over the past seven years, Ian has been instrumental in helping the agency grow, bringing more systems and process to our client relationships and leading many of our new business developments,” partner Nate Simmons said.

Headquartered in Carbondale, with offices in Denver and Jackson, Wyo., Backbone targets and engages the active lifestyle market for more than 50 category-leading brands such as Eddie Bauer, SmartWool, Black Diamond Equipment, Polartec and Sperry Top-Sider.

Founded in 1997, Backbone has 30 employees with expertise in public relations, media planning and buying and social media.

Prior to Backbone, Anderson was the director of marketing and communications at the Vail Valley Chamber & Tourism Bureau. He also is a founding board member and past president of First Descents, a free outdoor adventure camp for young adults with cancer.

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