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Aspen Board of Realtors honors Community Banks

The Aspen Board of Realtors recently selected Community Banks of Colorado as its 2013 affiliate of the year. The award is given to affiliate (non-Realtor) members of the Board of Realtors who best demonstrate integrity and a commitment to excellence in their business and community and who have an outstanding partnership with the board, according to a statement.

“We are honored to be recognized by the Aspen Board of Realtors and believe this award truly reflects our goal of creating meaningful relationships with the communities we serve,” said Tim Laney, president and CEO of National Bank Holdings Corp., the parent company of Community Banks. “Our regional president, Adam Fortier, and his team have done an outstanding job growing our business and demonstrating our commitment to the community and our clients.”

Community Banks has operations in Aspen, Basalt and Glenwood Springs.

Studio B Architects + Interiors receives design award

Studio B Architects + Interiors received an American Institute of Architects’ Western Mountain Region award for design excellence for its linear house outside of Aspen. There were 137 projects submitted, and 13 were selected for excellence, with two awarded in Colorado.

The studio also received design awards from the institute’s West Chapter, which serves western Colorado, for its unbuilt slopeside condominium project in Aspen and the Piampiano Residence in lower Woody Creek.


Realtor opens Happy Real Estate brokerage

After working as a Realtor for more than nine years, Stacey Craft has opened her own brokerage company, Happy Real Estate.

The company is located at 175 Midland Ave. in downtown Basalt. Happy Real Estate specializes in residential sales, commercial leasing and long-term and vacation rentals.

A former real estate marketing coach, Craft has created a comprehensive marketing strategy for brokers to use in targeted areas. The company supports agents with marketing materials and training.

Happy Real Estate is the only firm in the Roaring Fork Valley that offers an 80-20 commission-split structure, the company said in a statement. Contact Stacey Craft at or 970-927-4627 for more information.

Allen elected to board of MS organization

Dr. Alison “Brooke” Allen, neurologist and owner of Roaring Fork Neurology PC and Mountain Neurological Research Center, has been elected to the board of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Colorado-Wyoming chapter.

Allen has been active with the society and has served on the chapter’s Clinical Advisory Committee since 2011. She works to improve health care for people living with multiple sclerosis in rural areas of Colorado and Wyoming.

She also has participated in patient-education programs and made presentations about multiple sclerosis diagnosis and treatment to physicians in the Roaring Fork Valley and is a supporter of the Chapter’s Western Slope Walk MS and Hike MS fundraising events.

Allen opened her neurology practice in Basalt in 2010 and provides a comprehensive approach to multiple sclerosis treatment. She has partnered with other professionals, including a nutritionist, physical therapist and local mental-health specialist, to address the complex and diverse needs of multiple sclerosis patients.

The chapter has offices in Grand Junction, Denver, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins in Colorado and Cheyenne and Casper in Wyoming to serve more than 100,000 people affected by multiple sclerosis in the two-state area.

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