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Aspen Land & Homes names new presidentAspen Land & Homes Sotheby’s International Realty recently announced that Mike Russo will join partners Rochelle Bouchard and Raifie Bass as managing partner and president effective immediately.Russo has been executive vice president of the Sotheby’s International franchise, Aspen Land & Homes, since 2006. Previously, Russo was the regional vice president with Sotheby’s International Realty based in New Jersey. Russo has closed multimillion-dollar franchise agreements by negotiating mergers and acquisition terms with independent real estate brokerages. Now, his focus is honing the company’s vision, strategic marketing and managing overall business operations.”Without a doubt, marketing a home is a unique and demanding business,” Russo said. “Our strength at Sotheby’s International Realty is geographic and demographic marketing. In 2006, Aspen Land & Homes Sotheby’s International Realty represented successful market buyers in 65 percent of our transactions.”

Behrend leaves TV AspenTV Aspen recently announced the resignation of news director and anchor Bonnie Behrend, effective March 2.Bonnie is leaving the station’s local news effort to start her own Aspen-based production company, Bonnie Be Producing. Bonnie also will continue her heavy Web presence and weblog at Bonnie Be Producing, Bonnie will apply her television reporting, writing and production skills to independent programs, including programs telling the stories of homes, new and historic, in Aspen and Roaring Fork Valley. She also will expand the first edition of her program “Winning with … ,” in which she featured the rags-to-riches story of a local businessman. She also will continue to produce, host and distribute nationally a syndicated radio and television news, talk and information show from Aspen.Bonnie has been news director and anchor of TV Aspen since April. Her news career has taken her to CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Court TV, CBS, and WFAA-TV in Dallas and KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh.

Jerome appoints new director of marketing and salesOn the brink of a $45 million renovation, the Hotel Jerome has tapped Katherine Huske as director of marketing and sales. Huske comes to the hotel with more than 20 years in the hospitality industry and a talent for innovative marketing and strategic sales.”It is an honor to have the opportunity to work for a visionary hotelier like Steve Bartolin [CEO and president of the Broadmoor, the hotel’s sister property],” Huske said. “I am delighted to be a part of the Hotel Jerome family at this integral time in history, as we prepare for the renovation in spring 2007 and look forward to the hotel’s flourishing future.”Huske joins the Hotel Jerome from Huske & Associates, where she was president, supervising the development and success of her clients including Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa, Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa, Tahoe Mountain Resort Lodging, Aspen Lodging Co. and East West Resorts among others.Huske lives in Carbondale, with her husband, Brett, and their 17-year-old son. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and has continued her education with MBA courses at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.

Johnson Capital opens Vail officeJohnson Capital is opening an office in Vail. Thomas D. “T.K.” Klein is managing director, along with Michael A. Cantwell of Johnson’s Denver office.Klein has 27 years experience in the financial services industry, and is a founder and major shareholder of Millennium Bank and Millennium Bancorp Inc. He has experience in the mortgage banking industry and has served in a variety of executive positions over the last 16 years. Klein is the founder of the Klein Group, a private mortgage banking firm in Edwards.Cantwell founded the Denver office of Johnson Capital in 1995. As president of the office, he is in charge of new business production and the development of new capital programs. During his 33 year career in commercial real estate, he has developed, managed and leased his own commercial portfolio.The Vail office will focus on business development in Vail, Aspen, Steamboat Springs and Summit County. Johnson Capital services include debt placement for permanent, construction, repositioning and acquisition financing as well as joint venture equity placement. Its capital sources include money center and regional banks, life insurance companies, pension funds, conduits, global investment banks, mezzanine funds, hedge funds and government sponsored enterprises.Johnson Capital is one of the largest real estate investment banking and commercial mortgage brokerage firms in the nation. The firm has 18 offices nationwide. For more information, go to


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