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Darnauer Group adds new partnerAspen’s oldest full service public relations agency, the Darnauer Group, is expanding.Jeanette Darnauer, president of the strategic marketing and PR firm, announced today that Barclay Lottimer has joined the company as partner and VP of operations and business development. Lottimer comes to the position as the former senior vice president and COO of Good Time Golf Media Group, Inc. a national integrated marketing firm with offices in Seattle, New York and Los Angeles. He brings more than 28 years of experience in strategic planning, creative business development, production, advertising, promotions, PR and media marketing management.Lottimer has built a national reputation for creating and implementing innovative marketing and funding campaigns for nonprofit organizations and companies as Paramount Studios, Lucas Films, MGM Studios, Visa, U.S. News and World Report, Domino’s Pizza, Miller Beer, Philip Morris, MADD, the Seattle Seahawks, Ticketmaster, Alaska Airlines, IMG, and Time Warner. “Barclay is in sync with my mission, which is to educate and inspire companies to succeed by connecting people, resources and ideas, resulting in sustainable, healthy environments,” Darnauer said.Barclay’s responsibilities at Darnauer will include creating and managing new business opportunities, building strategic alliances, managing operations for old and new clients, and assisting in the development of marketing strategies for the agency’s existing clients.GM named for new ski gear rental serviceAspen resident Nathan Ota is the new general manager for Door 2 Door by Christy Sports, a ski equipment rental delivery service in Aspen and Snowmass.The business began four years ago in Steamboat Springs and established a relationship with Christy Sports. The company has established itself in Vail, Breckenridge and Sun Valley (Idaho) and has recently added Telluride, Deer Valley/Park City (Utah), Lake Tahoe and Mammoth (Calif.) along with Aspen/Snowmass.According to Ota, Door 2 Door attempts to eliminate the ski shop line for visitors by delivering gear and service to any hotel or rental accommodation. Snowmass skiers can use Christy Sports on the village mall for assistance during the day, and in Aspen the business will have a technician with a van for help.”It’s a great company founded by skiers that will add to the already high standard of service that Aspen offers visitors,” Ota said. “We will be able to enhance the ski vacation experience in Aspen to another level. We are also looking forward to joining ACRA and being involved in community events.”For more information, call 927-4671.Bluegreen earns residential design awardBluegreen, an Aspen-based landscape architecture and planning studio, received the CCASLA Residential Design Merit Award for its project “California in the Rockies.” Each year the Colorado Chapter of the American Association of Landscape Architects selects a few projects for the award.Bluegreen’s winning entry is a contemporary residence that reflects the client’s desire to have living spaces that blend indoor and outdoor. Elements of the design include a pool, spa and water feature, as well as a strong pattern of streetscape planting.In addition to the strong conceptual design, the CCASLA cited Bluegreen’s creative solutions to Aspen city codes as reasons for the honor. Bluegreen designed a vegetated swale, an environmentally sound alternative to the typical curb and gutter, which catches stormwater from a radius of two city blocks. This is the first design of its kind on a residential lot in Aspen.Locals join lodging association boardThe Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association recently elected officers and board members for 2006-07, including a number of Roaring Fork Valley professionals.The association’s 32 member board now includes Lance Burwell of the Silvertree Hotel in Snowmass Village, Becky Dombrowski of the Snowmass Club, Kjell Mitchell from the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge & Pool, Don Schuster from the Aspen Skiing Co. and Cheryl Spezia from the Inn at Aspen.The Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association has more than 540 members representing more than 40,000 guest rooms throughout the state. Member properties include romantic bed and breakfasts, luxury hotels, affordable motels, ski resorts, cabins, rustic guest ranches, spas, weekend getaway timeshares, and condominium and vacation rental services, ranging in size from three to 1,600 rooms.For more information on CH&LA, visit

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