Business briefs: Klees named Realtor of the Year in Aspen; hand specialist joins ValleyOrtho |

Business briefs: Klees named Realtor of the Year in Aspen; hand specialist joins ValleyOrtho

Klees named Realtor of the Year

The Aspen Board of Realtors has named Krista Klees as 2020 Realtor of the Year.

Klees, a 30-plus-year broker and the executive vice president of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, was recognized for her contributions to the industry and the Roaring Fork Valley community.

“I’m truly humbled and honored to receive this recognition by colleagues whom I look up to and respect so much,” she said. “From the people and community to the breathtaking landscape, Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley as a whole is so near and dear to my heart. There’s no place I’d rather call home and no real estate market I’d rather work in.”

Klees began her real estate career in Aspen in 1989 as a licensed broker assistant at Coldwell Banker. Three years later, she joined Joshua & Co of Aspen, working her way up to the vice president of operations where she managed more than $3 billion in transactions. In 2015, she founded Palladium Properties, which expanded to three offices in the Roaring Fork Valley before joining forces with SSF in 2019.

“This really is the highest honor a real estate broker can receive, and Krista so deserves it,” said Maria Cook, ABOR’s chief executive officer. “Her professionalism and generosity are unrivaled in her business, volunteer, and personal practices. She’s got a heart of gold and is constantly helping others in the industry and in her community as a whole. She’s kind of a super woman.”

Hand specialist joins ValleyOrtho

Valley View recently announced the addition of wrist surgeon Dr. Michael Potter its ValleyOrtho team.

Potter will see patients out of Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Eagle Healthcare in Eagle, Silt Healthcare in Silt and Willits Healthcare in

Potter specializes in hand and upper extremity, including trauma and problems of the wrist and elbow. He also provides on-call care for lower extremity trauma and general orthopedic issues.

He most recently worked in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he practiced hand and orthopedic surgery at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital for the last five years. He did fellowship training in hand and upper extremity surgery at Stanford University in Stanford, California; and completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated with honors from Duke University Medical School in Durham, North Carolina; and earned a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in molecular biology from Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.