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The Business Civic Leadership Center, a 501(c)3 affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, announced that Alpine Banks of Colorado, with headquarters in Glenwood Springs, is a finalist for a Corporate Citizenship Award. Alpine Banks of Colorado is also a finalist in the category Corporate Stewardship, Small/Midsize Business.

The Corporate Stewardship Award recognizes businesses that integrate economic performance with a sustained contribution to community and social progress.

Mesa County Valley School District No. 51 nominated Alpine Banks, which receives recognition for its social contributions and economic performance for the past year.

“We are honored to be a finalist for such a prestigious award,” said Bob Young, chairman of Alpine Banks. “We are likewise grateful to Mesa County Valley School District 51, who nominated us. Ethical leadership and corporate stewardship are two of the core values that comprise our corporate mission. We are gratified that others recognize our efforts to demonstrate these traits in our community service.”

A committee of eminent Americans, led by Harvard University professor Michael Porter, will select the 2006 Corporate Stewardship Award winner.

Research Magazine recognized Donna Di Ianni of Merrill Lynch Aspen as one of the top-ranked financial advisors in America as part of the “Winner’s Circle” list. R.J. Shook, an independent, third-party expert who has been ranking America’s top advisors for more than 10 years, selected Di Ianni from the top-tier list.

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“This list recognizes people who do business the right way ” with a strong foundation of professionalism and ethics,” Shook said.

Reviews are based on several criteria, including high ethical standards and integrity, excellent client satisfaction and community involvement, as well as assets under management.

Di Ianni has been with Merrill Lynch for 24 years, providing financial planning advice, asset allocation consulting and wealth preservation to individual investors and families. Her client base includes Aspen locals, part-time Aspen residents and investors located throughout the United States and abroad. She advises a variety of Aspen nonprofit organizations on endowments, capital campaigns and other issues related to the strategic management of assets.

Di Ianni, her husband and children reside in Aspen. She is very involved in the Aspen community, serving on the boards of the Aspen Music Festival and School, Schools Need Active Parents and the national council of Jazz Aspen Snowmass.

Deena Ezzell, victim services coordinator at the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, will represent the Colorado Organization for Victims Assistance in the 5th, 9th, 14th and 21st judicial districts.

The position is responsible for identifying victim issues both statewide and specific to this geographical region. Ezzell hopes to accomplish this through regional meetings and increased communication among victim service providers on the Western Slope.

COVA is a nonprofit, statewide organization with more than 800 members throughout Colorado. Membership includes personnel from the criminal justice system, nonprofit organizations providing assistance to crime victims, survivors of crime, concerned citizens and members of allied professions (education, mental health, clergy, etc.).

The organization’s training opportunities first attracted Ezzell, but she committed to it because of its mission statement: “COVA is committed to addressing the needs of all victims of crime by providing support and education for the individuals, systems, agencies and communities in such a way as to honor and preserve diverse backgrounds. … That’s an organization I want to support.”

For more information about COVA, visit http://www.coloradocrimevictims.org, or contact Deena Ezzell at the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, (970) 328-8544.

The Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs has announced Jeannie DiGrappa as its new director of sales and marketing.

DiGrappa has 16 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Most recently, as president of her own consulting business, she assisted numerous high-end hotels and resorts throughout the country with new marketing strategies. Previously, DiGrappa held high-profile sales and marketing positions with major national and international hotels.

“The unique history of the Hotel Colorado certainly sets the stage for her current success, and I am so happy to be part of the team that will direct her future,” she said. DiGrappa is based in the Denver offices of Providence Hospitality Partners, LLC, which oversees Hotel Colorado operations.