Business briefs |

Business briefs

Inside Business staff
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” The Aspen Skiing Co. has promoted Bob Bayless to director of worldwide sales.

Bayless has been with the Skico for six years as senior international sales and marketing manager for the U.K., Germany, and other European territories.

Bayless came to the area in 1989. He worked as national sales manager at the Aspen Meadows from 1997 to 2000, before taking over as director of sales at the Hotel Lenado/Sardy House.

He graduated form Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, with a degree in history.

ASPEN ” Travelers who book a room in Aspen owned by ResortQuest will get a free ride this summer.

Guests who book a one-bedroom condo or larger will receive a refund for one full tank of gasoline upon arrival. For those driving a hybrid vehicle, they will receive an extra $10.

The Free Fill gas package is valid through Oct. 31, with a three-night minimum stay. Blackout dates apply. Guests must provide valid gas receipt to receive the refund, with a one-tank, $100 maximum.

To book, call 800-GO-RELAX or visit

ASPEN ” Aspen Valley Hospital’s laboratory and mammography departments were named “Innovation” Award winners in healthcare service quality for 2007 by Avatar International, a leader in healthcare research and consulting.

Avatar administers AVH’s patient surveys and the awards are based on the results of those surveys.

LYONS, Colo. ” Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey has selected Oskar Blues Brewery to supply its distiller’s wash, or mash, for Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, the first ever micro-distilled small batch, straight American Whiskey.

Stranahan’s has chosen Oskar Blues, based in Lyons, Colo., due to the brewery’s ability to produce the whiskey’s four-barley fermented wash.

“We needed a supplier that was committed to the same level of quality that we have developed at Stranahan’s,” said Jess Graber, Stranahan’s founder and majority owner.

The brewery will provide roughly 3,000 gallons of Stranahan’s custom blended wash each week. The wash is produced in the brewery’s Longmont facility and transported to the Stranahan’s distillery in a food-grade tanker.

The wash is then used in Stranahan’s distilling techniques that blend the processes used to make both scotch and bourbon whiskeys.

Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey is the collaboration of whiskey enthusiast Graber and liquor connoisseur George Stranahan, a Woody Creek resident.

Because the whiskey is entirely handcrafted, production is limited, with Stranahan’s producing in a year what some distillers make in a day.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” ICBA Independent Banker, a national magazine of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), has highlighted Alpine Bank as a “Top 20” industry earnings performer.

Alpine Bank, headquartered in Glenwood Springs, was recognized for posting one of the 20 best year-end earnings performances in 2007 for ICBA member banks with more than $500 million in assets.

“Community banks are integral to the economic and civic fabric of thousands of towns and cities across America,” said Cynthia L. Blankenship, ICBA chairman and vice chairman of Bank of the West, Irving, Tex.

Alpine Bank was identified in ICBA Independent Banker’s annual year-end ranking of ICBA members based on the standard industry performance measures of return on average assets and return on average equity.

The magazine compiles its annual member rankings in its June issue from the latest available year-end FDIC call report data.

ASPEN ” The Little Nell has launched its new, redesigned website, which is described as a comprehensive guide for guests.

In addition to rate and availability information, the site offers visitors the opportunity to review the menus of the Little Nell’s restaurants, Montagna and The Tavern, as well as browse through the numerous in-room spa services offered, check on weather conditions on the mountain and plan their day in Aspen with information on all the happenings and events in the town provided in the calendar.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” For the third straight year, Mountain Powersports has earned the distinction of being the No. 1 Polaris snowmobile dealer in Colorado.

Mountain Powersports also is ranked among the 10 best in the western United States and is one of the top three Polaris dealers in Colorado for sales of ATV’s and ranger utility vehicles.

Dennis Davis has owned the Glenwood Springs dealership on Highway 82 for five years. He attributes the success of the business to hard work, selling quality products and most importantly, catering to his clients.

“It’s about service, accessories, having over $3 million of inventory on hand and following up with customers,” Davis said.