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CARBONDALE – Greg Williams has been added as a partner at Backbone Media, a public relations and media agency servicing clients in the outdoor and active lifestyle areas.Williams joins partners Penn Newhard and Nate Simmons in leading the agency. Williams started at Backbone in 2005. He worked in the public relations department then re-launched the firm’s media division.Under his leadership, the media division has expanded to six full-time staff with more than a dozen clients, including New Belgium Brewing, Eddie Bauer, Aspen Snowmass, SmartWool, Polartec, Outdoor Research, La Sportiva, Far Bank, Boa, and Black Diamond. In the last 24 months, the media division has expanded its capabilities to optimize advertising dollars across print, digital, out-of-home, radio and television.”I am thrilled to join the leadership team at Backbone and serve the wonderful clients and people we work with at those brands,” said Williams. “We have the strongest team we have ever had at Backbone.”Prior to Backbone Media, Williams was the director of advertising sales for Climbing Magazine, admissions director for the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, and a founding partner in one of the country’s pioneering climbing gyms, The Philadelphia Rock Gym. He lives in Carbondale with his wife Carolyn, daughter Sage and son Luke.

ASPEN – Rowland+Broughton Architecture and Urban Design has added two designers to its Aspen office. Interior designer Becky Garrett brings more than six years of interior design experience in the Roaring Fork Valley to the firm. Her design talent comes from working on a myriad of projects including custom residential, hospitality and commercial projects. Garrett spent a year consulting on a variety of residential interior design projects. She is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in interior design from Syracuse University. The firm has also added Aspen native Elizabeth Hansen to its team. Hansen brings more than seven years of architecture and interior design experience to the firm. Having grown up in Aspen and lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for a majority of her life, Hansen has a solid understanding of design and construction in the region to the firm. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Master of Architecture degree in 2006. Prior to that, she received a Bachelor of Architecture with honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

ASPEN – Mike Tierney, president of Aspen Solar Inc., was recently certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, NABCEP, in Solar Thermal Installations. NABCEP is the national certification organization for professional installers in the field of renewable energy. Tierney and Aspen Solar Inc. are now the only solar company in the Roaring Fork Valley to have acquired both national, (NABCEP) and state, (CoSEIA) certifications in solar thermal installations. Aspen Solar Inc. is also state and national certified for high-efficiency radiant floor heating systems, and solar PV systems. Aspen Solar Inc. has provided solar thermal, solar PV, and radiant floor heating systems on the Western Slope of Colorado since 1983. Tierney has served on national, state and local Renewable Energy Boards, and was appointed to serve on the Governors Renewable Energy Task Force in 1996, under Gov. Roy Romer. For more details e-mail or call (970)925-3659.

ASPEN – Holland & Hart recently announced the arrival of Alison Eastley to the firm’s Aspen office.Eastley, an Aspen native, is an associate with a practice focusing primarily on water rights, land use and real estate. Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Eastley worked as a legal intern at the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Rocky Mountain Institute. She was also a student attorney with the University of Denver’s Environmental Law Clinic.Eastley holds a Juris Doctorate and LL.M. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

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