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Peter. J. Wallison, co-director of American Enterprise Institute’s program on financial policy studies, will be the guest speaker at the Aspen Business Luncheon Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at The St. Regis Aspen Hotel. Wallison’s lecture is entitled “An Insider’s View on What Caused the Great Recession and Where We Go From Here.”Wallison holds the Arthur F. Burns chair in financial policy studies and is a frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. He has also been a speaker at many conferences on financial services, accounting and corporate governance, and is a member of the Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee, the Council on Foreign Relations, the SEC Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting (2008), co-chair of the Pew Financial Reform Task Force, and a member of the congressionally authorized Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. For more details, e-mail

Janice Barker has been promoted to vice president, trust and asset management, at Alpine Bank. Prior to her advancement, Barker served as an account administrator at Alpine Trust & Asset Management since 2003. She has held management and sales positions throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and served as a legal assistant in a Steamboat Springs law firm. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and a Phi Beta Kappa scholar.

Carbondale resident Deborah Witte recently was recognized with the GE Edison Award for residential design. The award, which acknowledged the lighting of a private Aspen residence, was established in 1983 to recognize excellence in lighting design. Projects are judged on the criteria of functional excellence; architectural compatibility; effective use of state-of-the-art lighting products and techniques; appropriate color, form and texture revelation; energy effectiveness and cost effectiveness.Witte received the award in May. She is a principal with the firm Witte-Ayotte, which is based in Carbondale. Business announcements can be sent to

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