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SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” The tourism arm of the Town of Snowmass Village has added two new employees to the team in public relations and group sales.

Patsy Popejoy has taken the helm of the town’s public relations efforts related to all aspects of tourism for the overall resort. A part-time contractor role in the past, it is now a full-time, in-house position, created to realize greater efficiencies, reduce costs and increase daily media-related activities in a time when awareness of the resort is more critical than ever.

Popejoy’s responsibilities include planning and implementation of all aspects of the department’s public relations efforts. Increasing brand awareness of the resort, particularly for summer, is at the top of the list, along with creatively communicating lodging specials, getting the word out regarding Snowmass’ increasing groups and meetings product, tapping into online opportunities for a greater presence, and promoting events.

Popejoy replaces Allison Johnson.

Pam Cricenti-Munves also joins the town’s tourism department in the group sales division, filling an open national sales manager position.

Cricenti-Munves comes to Snowmass from the St. Regis Aspen where she has worked since 1995, most recently as the senior sales manager where she was responsible for driving top line revenues on corporate and association accounts in the Midwest.

Cricenti-Munves is responsible for group sales in the northeast region and Colorado corporate accounts.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Karen Allen has been named the sales and revenue manager for the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge and Pool.

Allen is the former sales manager for the Comfort Inn Vail/Beaver Creek in Avon. There, she was responsible for overall room sales and revenue performance, and had a history of exceeding revenue goals for the company.

Allen’s new responsibilities will span the entire property including the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, the Hot Springs Pool, the athletic club, the Sport Shop, the grill and the new Spa of the Rockies. Her responsibilities will include developing overall strategic sales plans; targeting and initiating action plans to secure new and enhanced revenue opportunities through promotions, special events, internal staff sales training, advertising, public relations and sales calls. Allen also will act as a liaison with Glenwood Hot Springs’ outside marketing firm.

CARBONDALE ” Carbondale-based Blue Tent Marketing has announced it will give $3,000 to LiftUp Garfield County and $3,000 to the Children’s Rocky Mountain School.

The Blue Tent Giving Tree is a corporate foundation founded in 2007 by members of Blue Tent Marketing. It provides financial assistance to non-profit organizations that actively address environmental and educational issues by donating $3,000 on a quarterly basis.

For more information about the Blue Tent Giving Tree, or to submit a grant application, visit

BASALT ” More than 40 members of the Basalt Chamber of Commerce convened at its annual meeting held last month at the Roaring Fork Club.

The membership returned its officers, including President David Fiore of Western Peak; Vice President Brad Elliott of Brad Elliott Architects; and Secretary/Treasurer Tony Thompson of Alpine Bank.

Joining the board is Lis Connors, a broker with Chaffin Light Real Estate and Lindsey Carlson, sales and marketing manager for Joseph Freed and Associates.

Lynne Mace, of Toklat Gallery, was honored for her service on the board and her contributions on the marketing committee, as was Brent Wenner, of Wienerdog Kids Toys, for his contributions on the event committee.

In the chamber’s first annual report to its members, it was noted that membership dues grew by more than 15 percent, reflecting the growth in membership to more than 400 members in 2008.

ASPEN ” Aspen and Denver based Rowland+Broughton Architecture and Urban Design was recognized by the Denver Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for the design of the 1305 Ranch residence in Aspen.

The young firm received the award at a luncheon attended by the state’s top residential architects at the historic Phipps Mansion in Denver earlier this week.

The Architects’ Choice Awards recognizes excellence in design and construction of new residential construction, as well as remodeling and renovation projects.

Rowland+Broughton’s goals for the design of the renovation of the ranch house in an established, Aspen mid-century neighborhood were to update the floor plan and every finish, and create a house that speaks to its roots and fits in with its neighbors.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association has announced that nominations are now open for several awards honoring local businesses and individuals.

This year’s gala marks the 16th year for the annual ATHENA award that honors an exceptional local woman or man who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in assisting women in reaching their full leadership potential.

The ATHENA Young Professional Award recognizes an emerging leader who gives back to the community and serves as a role model for young women.

The DECA chapter at the Glenwood Springs High School will present its annual award for local Entrepreneur of the Year, and Schmueser Gordon Meyer will present the Green Business of the Year Award, recognizing a business which has minimized its environmental footprint and encourages the community’s environmental stewardship.

Awards also will be presented to the Large and Small Philanthropic Business of the Year, Bosco Tourism Business of the Year and Chamber Volunteer of the Year.

The Chamber Ambassador Committee will select the Top Brass Awards based on personal or professional achievement, business expansion or milestones of the past year. The accomplishments must have taken place between January and December 2008 to qualify.

Nomination forms are available at The deadline for most applications is March 16. Contact the chamber at (970) 945-6589 for more information.

Award winners will be honored at the chamber’s Annual Awards Gala set for 5:30 p.m. on April 23 at the Aspen Glen Club.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley has chosen Bighorn Toyota in Glenwood Springs as its Business Partner of the Year for 2008.

Bighorn Toyota has played an integral role in Habitat’s work for the past several years, and is being recognized as Habitat’s first-ever business partner. They have shown their support through advertising, promoting the importance of safety for volunteers through safety equipment and keeping volunteers hydrated by purchasing water bottles, coffee mugs and hard hats.

Bighorn’s support has extended form the work site to the ReStore and onto the golf course. For the last three years, Bighorn Toyota has been a major sponsor of Habitat’s annual golf tournament.

Bighorn Toyota plans to increase its support in 2009. For the first time, the dealership will be the title sponsor of this year’s golf tournament, set to take place on June 8 at the Roaring Fork Club in Basalt.

CARBONDALE ” Sopris Surfers, a Carbondale-based, longtime provider of internet services on the Western Slope, is merging with its sister companies from the Front Range under one name ” Skybeam.

Skybeam offers high speed internet and digital telephone service throughout much of Colorado. The combined resources of Skybeam will provide improved services and extended hours of technical support with no increase in cost to customers, company representatives said.

“We are excited to bring the talent of many local ISPs, like Sopris Surfers, under the Skybeam umbrella,” said Scott Perich, general manager of Skybeam. “The economies of scale achieved with this merger will allow us to provide our customers across Colorado with premier Internet and telephone service at a superb value.”

ASPEN ” A new sterling silver jewelry dealer has arrived on the Aspen scene.

Silpada Designs has brought Vivienne Stutsman in to sell their jewelry as an independent Silpada Designs representative.

Silpada Designs is a direct sales company that offers an exclusive collection of handcrafted .925 sterling silver jewelry, and semi-precious and composite stones.

Each piece is handcrafted by six to eight skilled artisans, and no two pieces are exactly alike. Artisans in more than 10 countries around the world work to craft Silpada’s jewelry to its exact standards.

Stutsman offers private appointments, private home trunk shows and sales through her catalog and website

Stutsman also offers a variety of business opportunities to anyone interested in joining her sales team and becoming a Silpada Designs Representative.

Silpada Designs was started in 1997 by its co-founders, Bonnie Kelly and Teresa Walsh. From a small group of sales women, Silpada Designs has now grown to more than 16,000 independent representatives across the country.

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