Business Monday Briefs: Mike Kapan to interview Wharton professor, podcaster; Aspen RETT tax collections down |

Business Monday Briefs: Mike Kapan to interview Wharton professor, podcaster; Aspen RETT tax collections down

Wharton professor to interview Skico CEO

Organizational psychologist Adam Grant, author of “Originals” and “Give and Take,” will be interviewed by Aspen Skiing Co. President and CEO Mike Kaplan from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Paepcke Auditorium.

The conversation is part of the Aspen Institute’s Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit series.

Grant, a professor at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, hosts the TED podcast WorkLife, focusing on workplaces from the Boston Celtics and Bridgewater to The Daily Show writers’ room and the International Space Station.

Tickets to the event are $25 and are on sale at, 970-920-5770, or in person at the Wheeler Opera House box office.

RETT collections down

More evidence is trickling in supporting this year’s trend of declining sales volume for Aspen-area real estate — at least when compared with 2017’s performance.

The city’s real estate tax collections were down 50 and 49 percent in August, respectively, for its affordable-housing and Wheeler Opera House funds, according to the city Finance Department’s monthly tax report issued last week.

The RETT’s housing coffer earned $606,463 in August, putting it at $5.47 million for the year, the report said. From January through August, the housing fund is down 18 percent from the same period in 2017 but is still 32 percent ahead of the city’s budget projections.

The Wheeler portion made $323,442 last month. That fund stands at $2.85 million in RETT collections for the first seven months of the year. From January through August, the Wheeler fund is 18 percent behind from the same period in 2017, while it is 30 percent ahead of what the city budgeted.

Architect lands state honor

Architect Beth Held, a senior project manager at Aspen firm Forum Phi, was awarded AIA Colorado’s Associate of the Year at the annual Honor & Design Awards Gala on Sept. 7 in Denver.

“Receiving the AIA Associate of the Year is completely unexpected and I couldn’t be more excited,” Held said. “I am inspired by not only my mentors but also my team members that make each of our projects come to fruition.”

Held’s projects have received both local and national recognition. She is an active member of the Roaring Fork Valley community, a recent graduate of the Roaring Fork Leadership program, a volunteer with nonprofit youth programs and frequently donates her time to provide pro bono architectural services.