Inside Business: On the move
Aspen, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE ” Carolyn Williams, of Colorado Educational Consulting, has been accepted into the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). The IECA is a professional membership association for college counselors and educational consultants in the United States.
The IECA requires at least a master’s degree, three years of admissions counseling experience, and experience working with scores of students before their application for membership can be considered.
The IECA also requires extensive campus visits. On average, IECA members have visited more than 150 campuses each, and visit an average of 35 campuses annually. Once accepted, the IECA helps members maintain skills through meetings, workshops, training programs, and information exchange with colleges, schools, programs and other consultants.
Williams began her college counseling practice in Carbondale after working for more than 13 years in public and private schools. She helps students find and apply to appropriate colleges, gap year and summer programs.
She has a master of education from Harvard University, and is a graduate of Dartmouth College. She has counseled hundreds of students throughout the world. She has worked with clients located in Canada, Korea, China, Chile, and South Dakota.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Eric Gardey has now become Alpine Bank’s controller.
Originally from Michigan, he attained a BA from Alma College, a MBA from Indiana University, and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking Wisconsin.
Starting with Alpine Bank in 1988 as a management trainee, Gardey grew up with banking in his blood. His father is a retired banker and his sister, wife, father-in-law, and stepdaughter are all banking professionals.
He has worked in the Aspen and Glenwood Springs branches doing audit, consumer lending and administration work. He is a former member of the Glenwood Springs River Commission, is a C.A.R.E. volunteer, and Four Mile Ranch HOA board member.
Alpine Bank is a $2.6 billion organization chartered in 1973 with headquarters in Glenwood Springs. With 37 western and southwestern Colorado banking offices, Alpine serves close to 100,000 customers with retail, business, trust, asset management, mortgage, and electronic banking services.
ASPEN ” Joanne Harrison and Wendy Lucas of Wendy Lucas and Co. have established a new company called “A Preferred Property.”
A Preferred Property is now serving the Aspen to Rifle area as Accredited Staging Professionals (ASP).
Harrison and Lucas are the only ASPs in the valley and are among a growing network of approximately 15,000 professional “home stagers” worldwide, who are providing sellers with the knowledge and tools they need to sell their homes faster, or for more money.
They completed the ASP training course provided by StagedHomes.com, where they received instruction and were required to demonstrate techniques on a listed home.
By properly showcasing a house before it is brought to the market, homeowners will sell their home faster and at a higher price.
A 2008 study showed that staged homes sell in 31 days or less on average in today’s market. The same study revealed that homes that are not staged take an average of 161 days to sell.
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