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CARBONDALE Carbondale-based Blue Tent Marketing was recently authorized to provide Google Analytics configuration, consulting, analysis, and training services. The designation makes Blue Tent Marketing one of a select number of Google Analytics Authorized Consultants (GAAC) listed in the U.S., and the only GAAC partner based in Colorado.Google Analytics is a free web-based analytics program that enables its users to measure the effectiveness of their online marketing programs. A successful Google Analytics installation allows clients to see how users interact with their website, identify where their traffic is coming from, and track the number visitors that convert into new leads or sales. Google Analytics allows companies to connect the dots between their website, organic and paid search marketing, online advertising and e-mail marketing solutions to identify which efforts contribute most to their bottom line.Founded in 2002, Blue Tent Marketing is a privately-held Internet marketing agency that provides website design and development, search engine marketing, and e-mail marketing programs.

BASALT The Basalt Chambers Business After Hours will be held on March 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cathers Home, 155 Southside Dr., suite E. The event is free for members and prospective members. RSVP by calling the Chamber at 927-4031, or e-mail Also, the Basalt Chambers 2009 Business Directory and Visitors Guide will be distributed in May. The deadline for new members to be included in the publication is April 10.

ASPEN Aspen schools and the Aspen Chamber Resort Association have announced the new Student STAR of the Moment program, which recognizes Aspen High School students for exemplary citizenship at school and around town. Aspen Schools Superintendent Diana Sirko and ACRA Director of Guest Service Dorothy Frommer created the incentive program, which awards tokens to students who display outstanding and kind behavior.When a student is awarded a token, he or she is invited to visit the ACRA headquarters and redeem it for a free pass to the Aspen Recreation Center. Other gifts will be available as additional sponsors become involved.

ASPEN Merrill Lynch recently announced that global wealth management financial advisor Donna Di Ianni from Aspen has been recognized as one of the top advisors in Colorado by Barrons Winners Circle on the first Americas Top Advisors: State-by-State list, which was published in the Feb. 7 edition of Barrons Magazine.Measures used to determine the rankings include client assets, return on assets, client satisfaction and retention, compliance records, and community involvement, among others.Previous recognitions for Di Ianni include positions on the Denver Business Journals list of the top wealth advisers, as well as Research Magazines list of the top ranked advisors in America.Di Ianni has been with Merrill Lynch for 25 years and established its Aspen office in 1999. She and her team provide customized solutions for their clients by developing a personalized investment policy encompassing asset management, liability management, estate preservation, and philanthropic planning. Di Ianni serves on the board of Schools Need Active Parents (SNAP). She previously served on the board of the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the national council of Jazz Aspen.Barrons Winners Circle is an independent research organization and does not receive compensation from financial advisors, participating firms and its affiliates, or the media in exchange for rankings.

ASPEN The Sky Hotel in Aspen has hired Kate Brown as transient sales manager. Brown is responsible for driving revenue in the wholesale, corporate, travel agency and package promotion segments.Brown joins the Sky from KB Associates in Longmont, Colo., where she was a revenue management consultant for ownership groups, management companies and individual hotels. Prior to her employment with KB Associates, Brown has worked at the Hyatt Summerfield Suites Parsippany/Whippany in New Jersey; Hyatt Place Boston/Medford; Hyatt Regency Denver; Highlands Inn, a Hyatt Hotel, in Carmel, Calif; and the Millennium Harvest House in Boulder.Brown completed a hotel management and culinary program at Hotel School Montreaux in Montreaux, Switzerland; a hotel management program at Hotel School Les Roches in Bluche, Switzerland; and earned her bachelor of science degree in restaurant and resort management from Colorado State University (CSU). She has taught hospitality courses at CSU and Monterey Community College, and is an alumni ambassador for CSU.

ASPEN Shawn Thomson, president and owner of Rocky Mountain Connections, was recently recognized as a top performer by industry peers at this years Association of Destination Management Executives (ADME) conference. DMC Group, a consortium of destination and meetings management companies, presented Thomson with the Directors Award at the conference for her professional excellence and commitment to mentor new members to help them achieve long-term success. For more than two decades, Rocky Mountain Connections, with offices in Aspen, has coordinated meetings, events and incentive gatherings in the Rockies for local, regional and national meeting planners. From private concerts and guided expeditions to full access to non-public venues and themed outings, Rocky Mountain Connections offers clients support at specific price points.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS Local doctor David Vukelich recently launched Higher Elevations Chiropractic, a mobile chiropractic business. Dr. Vukelich received his bachelor of science degree in human biology and his doctorate of chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minn. Dr. Vukelich specializes in treating muscle and joint pain in backs and necks, as well as osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, plantar fascitis, rotator cuff injuries, and knee, foot, and ankle injuries. He also focuses on disease prevention and management for conditions such as asthma, chronic headaches, high blood pressure, diabetes, and irritable bowel syndrome. He also treats pediatric conditions such as infantile colic, ear infections, bed wetting, and intestinal complications. Higher Elevations serves the Glenwood Springs community and surrounding areas, including Aspen. The business is based on the premise that its difficult for patients in pain to travel to see their doctor. Dr. Vukelich travels to these patients homes, as well as places of employment, including oil rigs.Dr. Vukelich has a massage therapist available during weekend hours and has plans to add another chiropractic physician in the future.

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