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Two works from People’s Press were selected for recognition in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

“Phlogs: Journey into the Heart of the Human Predicament,” by George Stranahan and Nicole Beinstein Strait, was named the runner-up to the grand-prize winner for nonfiction out of 60 categories and also winner for Coffee Table Book/Photography. Doug Rhinehart’s “Desert Adagio” was selected as a finalist in the Coffee Table Book/Photography category.

As a recipient of these awards for independent authors and publishers, People’s Press will be given prize money, trophies and featured in a catalog that will be distributed at Book Expo America. This is the first year that People’s Press has entered the Indie Book Awards.

People’s Press is based in the Roaring Fork Valley. Through community-based publishing, the boutique production company has more than 30 titles in its catalog, with an emphasis on people and the stories they tell.

For more information about this and other titles from People’s Press, visit

Stefan Peirson of Aspen has helped create a firm based in Scottsdale, Ariz., that will specialize in sales, marketing and strategic planning of luxury real estate in the U.S., Caribbean and Europe.

Peirson and Sean Zimmerman teamed to create Strategic International Advisors. Their focus will include private residence clubs.

Peirson previously worked selling interests at The Residences at The Little Nell in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Club in Basalt. He said the front-line sales experience and success of the principals of SIA separate their firm from others in the industry.

“I am looking for the sales associates who make sales when no one else is,” said Peirson. The firm’s approach will be to assume the responsibility of protecting the developer’s reputation, and that will include creating a compelling story, servicing the consumer and delivering the product.

Current projects managed by SIA include: Olamar, Cabo San Lucas B.C.S.; Celeste, Huatulco, Mexico; Grand Regina, Cabo San Lucas B.C.S.; VidaMar2 and VidaMar Residencial, Acapulco, Mexico.

SIA Living has offices in Aspen, Scottsdale and Cabo San Lucas. Its website is

YouthEntity Alpine Bank is now open and servicing students in the Colorado River and Roaring Fork valleys. The new mobile branch marks Alpine Bank’s newest branch expansion on the Western Slope.

The FDIC approved Alpine Bank in February to operate a mobile branch out of the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valley nonprofit, YouthEntity, student center at the Bridges High School building in Carbondale. The new branch collaboration provides hands-on financial literacy enrichment in a real-world learning environment.

The bank is scheduled for regular hours of operation in the fall to accommodate students heading back to school. Schools, teachers, parents and students who are interested in attending a class or workshop can contact Kirsten McDaniel at for more information.

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