Businesses, Bogeys & Bragging Rights


The Businesses, Bogeys and Bragging Rights Charity Golf Tournament happening on Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Vail Golf Club. The VRD is partnering with the Vail Chamber and Business Association for the tournament as an opportunity to bring the community together for a social and spirited day of golf, celebrate a successful summer and contribute to the development of the Vail Valley’s youth. All proceeds from this tournament go directly to the Memorial Fund, and there are a number of ways that you can help support this event, whether you’re an avid golfer or just want to help out a great cause.

It is through the generous support of our community that we are able to strengthen our
youth programs in Vail, which directly affect our local families. Your donation will ensure that the VRD’s youth programming can be accessed and enjoyed by all area children.

We hope you will join us for this fun event, it will be a great way to celebrate the end of an amazing summer season! Thank you in advance for your generosity.


How you can help:
PLAY! (For almost the same price as a regular round of golf)
We currently have a few more spots available for teams and individuals to sign up for the tournament. Cost to participate is $500 per team or $125 for individuals, including carts. Participants will enjoy food and refreshments, as well as opportunities to compete based on performance, spirit and camaraderie. Mulligans can (and should!) be purchased and will include raffle entries for a variety of prizes donated by the community. Each golfer will receive a take-home gift created by VRD youth participants. Following the tournament, an after-party will be held at Los Amigos Restaurant. Register today to reserve your spot as this tournament will sell out soon.
SPONSOR! (For as little as $150)
We also have a number of tournament sponsorship options available, with tee signs for $150 each or $500 for four, a cart sponsorship for $1,500 or become the presenting sponsor for only $2,500. This is a great way to get in front of the Eagle County business community and support a great cause at the same time.
 
DONATE A SILENT AUCTION/RAFFLE PRIZE! (Get rid of those extra gift cards and end-of-season merchandise)
We are also seeking raffle items and silent auction items from individuals and businesses in the community. Everything from restaurant gift cards to hotel stays, art pieces to sporting goods and merchandise are welcome, and will be used to support local youth.
 
SAVE ON YOUR TAXES! (Show Uncle Sam your philanthropic side)
All registration fees, sponsorship’s and donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible.
For more information email us today
Info@vailchamber.org

Businesses, Bogeys & Bragging Rights

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The VRD is partnering with the Vail Chamber and Business Association for the tournament as an opportunity to bring the community together for a social and spirited day of golf, celebrate a successful summer and contribute to the development of the Vail Valley’s youth. All proceeds from this tournament go directly to the Memorial Fund, and there are a number of ways that you can help support this event, whether you’re an avid golfer or just want to help out a great cause.
It is through the generous support of our community that we are able to strengthen our
youth programs in Vail, which directly affect our local families. Your donation will ensure that the VRD’s youth programming can be accessed and enjoyed by all area children.
We hope you will join us for this fun event, it will be a great way to celebrate the end o an amazing summer season! Thank you in advance for your generosity.

How you can help:
PLAY! (For almost the same price as a regular round of golf)
We currently have a few more spots available for teams and individuals to sign up for the tournament. Cost to participate is $500 per team or $125 for individuals, including carts. Participants will enjoy food and refreshments, as well as opportunities to compete based on performance, spirit and camaraderie. Mulligans can (and should!) be purchased and will include raffle entries for a variety of prizes donated by the community. Each golfer will receive a take-home gift created by VRD youth participants. Following the tournament, an after-party will be held at Los Amigos Restaurant. Register today to reserve your spot as this tournament will sell out soon.
SPONSOR! (For as little as $150)
We also have a number of tournament sponsorship options available, with tee signs for $150 each or $500 for four, a cart sponsorship for $1,500 or become the presenting sponsor for only $2,500. This is a great way to get in front of the Eagle County business community and support a great cause at the same time.
 
DONATE A SILENT AUCTION/RAFFLE PRIZE! (Get rid of those extra gift cards and end-of-season merchandise)
We are also seeking raffle items and silent auction items from individuals and businesses in the community. Everything from restaurant gift cards to hotel stays, art pieces to sporting goods and merchandise are welcome, and will be used to support local youth.
 
SAVE ON YOUR TAXES! (Show Uncle Sam your philanthropic side)
All registration fees, sponsorship’s and donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible.
For more information email:
Info@vailchamber.org

Businesses, Bogeys & Bragging Rights

Businesses, Bogeys & Bragging Rights
The Businesses, Bogeys and Bragging Rights Charity Golf Tournament happening on Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Vail Golf Club. The VRD is partnering with the Vail Chamber and Business Association for the tournament as an opportunity to bring the community together for a social and spirited day of golf, celebrate a successful summer and contribute to the development of the Vail Valley’s youth. All proceeds from this tournament go directly to the Memorial Fund, and there are a number of ways that you can help support this event, whether you’re an avid golfer or just want to help out a great cause.

It is through the generous support of our community that we are able to strengthen our
youth programs in Vail, which directly affect our local families. Your donation will ensure that the VRD’s youth programming can be accessed and enjoyed by all area children.
We hope you will join us for this fun event, it will be a great way to celebrate the end of an amazing summer season! Thank you in advance for your generosity.
How you can help:
PLAY! (For almost the same price as a regular round of golf)
We currently have a few more spots available for teams and individuals to sign up for the tournament. Cost to participate is $500 per team or $125 for individuals, including carts. Participants will enjoy food and refreshments, as well as opportunities to compete based on performance, spirit and camaraderie. Mulligans can (and should!) be purchased and will include raffle entries for a variety of prizes donated by the community. Each golfer will receive a take-home gift created by VRD youth participants. Following the tournament, an after-party will be held at Los Amigos Restaurant. Register today to reserve your spot as this tournament will sell out soon.
SPONSOR! (For as little as $150)
We also have a number of tournament sponsorship options available, with tee signs for $150 each or $500 for four, a cart sponsorship for $1,500 or become the presenting sponsor for only $2,500. This is a great way to get in front of the Eagle County business community and support a great cause at the same time.
 
DONATE A SILENT AUCTION/RAFFLE PRIZE! (Get rid of those extra gift cards and end-of-season merchandise)
We are also seeking raffle items and silent auction items from individuals and businesses in the community. Everything from restaurant gift cards to hotel stays, art pieces to sporting goods and merchandise are welcome, and will be used to support local youth.
 
SAVE ON YOUR TAXES! (Show Uncle Sam your philanthropic side)
All registration fees, sponsorship’s and donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible.

Register today by emailing us at
Info@vailchamber.org

Eagle River Water & Sanitation District honors employees

Professional development and longevity crucial to organizational success

Contact: Melissa Mills McLoota, Human Resources Manager, 970-476-7480

Eagle River Water and Sanitation District recently honored its employees to celebrate outstanding performance, longevity, and certifications earned.

Eight individuals were recognized for extraordinary commitment to the district’s organizational values: Accountability – Parker Newbanks, Service – Mike Medina, Environmental Stewardship – Tom Thompson, Leadership and Continuous Improvement – Glen Phelps, Personnel Dedication – Maria Strausbaugh, Customer Confidence – Siri Roman, Community Partnership – Diane Johnson, and Long Range Planning and Preparation – Dan Siebert. Contract administrator Connie Nunley earned the Employee of the Year award for her enthusiasm, positivity, and unwavering commitment to service excellence.

The annual “Bennie’s Breakfast” began in 1988 when Bennie Atencio became the first employee to reach 20 years of service to the district. Many employees have since worked more than 20 years, including the most tenured employee who retired in 2014 after 41 years. Special recognition was given this year to Becky Bultemeier who retired at the end of May after 29 years as finance director.

The district acknowledges employees for milestone years of service and recognized 14 employees for reaching five-, 10-, 15-, 20-, and 35-year anniversaries in 2015. Jim Edwards celebrated 35 years of service; Glen Phelps and Cindy Schmidt marked 20 years of service. Mindi McClintock and Angie Horn were recognized for 15 years of service, while nine employees were recognized for five- and 10-year anniversaries.

Long-term employee retention is critical to district operations. “Our employees develop extensive knowledge of the water and wastewater systems during the course of their employment,” said human resources manager Melissa Mills McLoota. “Employee longevity is vital to the district and the community we serve because over time, staff acquires such an intimate understanding of critical infrastructure. We’re fortunate that many employees work for the district for decades and remain so committed to serving our community and protecting the environment.”

The district also acknowledged 26 employees for professional certifications achieved in 2014, which reflects the district’s emphasis on professional development. All staff members are encouraged to seek additional training to boost individual expertise, learn new technology, and stay abreast of industry trends, which ensures excellent public water and wastERWSD ewater system operations for the community.

 

For more information about the district, go to www.erwsd.org.

Finance Director transition at Eagle River Water & Sanitation District

Finance Director transition at Eagle River Water & Sanitation District

 

Contact:            Linn Brooks, General Manager: 970-476-7480

 

 

VAIL, Colo. – Becky Bultemeier, Eagle River Water & Sanitation District’s finance director since 1986, announced her intent to retire late last year. After a national search, general manager Linn Brooks announced the hiring of James Wilkins, who assumed the finance director role March 2. Ms. Bultemeier will remain with the district through May 2015 to support a successful transition.

 

Bultemeier is credited with helping to guide the district through decades of both fast and slow growth, increasing regulatory requirements, and drought-associated challenges. “Becky’s history with the district is hard to replace,” said Brooks. “She was at the ground floor of extraordinary growth in our community and in our organization. She was innovative in planning to meet long term operations, maintenance and capital needs, while smoothing out the associated costs for rate payers and taxpayers.”

 

Wilkins worked at FirstBank of Vail since 1999, most recently as Senior Vice President. “We’re thrilled that James brings not only excellent financial skills, but also deep knowledge about the community we serve,” continued Brooks. Wilkins is managing daily financial matters during the transition period, while Bultemeier is available to assist with broad matters such as the 2014 audits, bonds and long-term planning.

 

The finance director is responsible for overall budgeting, financial planning, accounting, financial reporting and auditing, cash and investment management, and customer rate strategy for the district and the Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority – both of which are local governments. The district manages the regional water authority to provide water service to properties from Eagle-Vail through Cordillera. The combined revenue of the district and authority is $30 million. Revenue sources include service rates and fees, property tax, connection fees, bond proceeds, and grants, while expenses include operations, maintenance, personnel, debt service and a comprehensive capital improvement program.

 

Wilkins brings a broad understanding of financial models and forecasting that is critical to maintaining the District’s strong financial position. Both the district and authority routinely issue bonds so Wilkins’ experience with consumer, commercial, construction and development loans is key to continued success in managing public dollars. Wilkins graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Graduate School of Banking, has a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is fluent in Spanish.

 

For more information, contact Brooks at 970-476-7480.

Town of Vail Community Meeting March 31st

Join us at Donovan Pavilion from 5-7pm on March 31st for the 15th consecutive Community Meeting. Topics will include the success of the Alpine World Ski Championships, the current state of our local economy, updates for ongoing community projects, general Q&A, and much more.

Speakers include:

Stan Zemler, Town Manager
Andy Daly , Mayor
Mike Imhof, Senior Vice President of Operations and Sales for the Vail Valley Foundation
Elizabeth Howe, Senior Director of Mountain Operations for Vail Resorts
For more information, please visit Vailgov.com

VCBA and Think2Perform monthly Business Seminars

8:30-10 am every first Tuesday of the month. Seminars take place at the Grand View Room on top of the Lionshead Parking Structure.

  • Getting Results; Individual and Organizational Goal Achievement – April 7
  • Improving Performance; Effective Individual and Organizational Decision Making – May 5
  • Time Management; Planning and Using Your Time Effectively – June 2
  • People Development; Conducting Effective One on One’s – July 7
  • Leading an Effective Meetings – August 4

 

Intercept Insight offers marketing research insights

Business name: Intercept Insight, LLC.

Location: Avon.

Date Opened: June 2009.

Owner: Jason Roberts.

Contact: Call 970-331-1086, email jroberts@interceptinsight.com or visit www.interceptinsight.com.

What goods or services do you provide? Intercept Insight is a full-service marketing research company. We specialize in conducting research through data collection to provide clients with the best and most reliable information, giving them the tools they need to make effective management, product development and investment decisions. Intercept Insight identifies, measures and explains key metrics that provide numerical support for financial impacts, performance, strengths and weaknesses, and areas for improvement.

We also provide the services and support necessary to identify consumer awareness, attitudes and loyalty. Measuring and understanding these key metrics provides data-based support for investment in new opportunities, investment in existing products or services and customer recovery, which leads to increased profitability.

We have conducted research for special events in the Vail Valley for the past five years. The information we provide ensures the events have the tools needed to continuously improve, market effectively and recruit major sponsorship partners.

What’s new or exciting at your place? Two things: We have decided to take more than five years’ worth of data and create a unique reporting tool to allow much of the data (in aggregate) to be easily accessed by the community. The idea is based on the need for a portal for event producers, boards, committees and businesses to access the data and evaluate performances based on benchmarks, evaluate demographic and geographical trends of visitors and allow for segmentation of the data to meet individual needs for strategic marketing and sponsorship partners.

Second, we are proud to announce that the Vail Valley Foundation selected Intercept Insight to be its research partner for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. We identified who attended the races, where they came from and how impactful their visit was to the local and regional communities.

Generally speaking, the idea is to develop a research format that can be used to help structure and improve events of this caliber. Our team was on the ground speaking with those who were at the races and attending the local apres and concert celebrations. We were honored to work with the Vail Valley Foundation, and were excited to have a major role in this world-class event.

What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? Intercept Insight works with each client individually to define the objectives of their research. Once the objectives are defined, we work with the client to develop the methodology for execution of the project. Teamwork and communication is our strong suit. We utilize the most current statistical and survey writing software, as well as online and handheld survey tools. This helps us to be efficient with our time and provide the most cost-effective solutions to our clients. Intercept Insight provides services that produce opportunities, measure performance and increase accountability, which sets us apart from other marketing research companies.

What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? Intercept Insight’s philosophy is to follow the Golden Rule — treat others as you would like to be treated. We consistently exceed our client’s expectations by accommodating their needs and then giving a little more. Whether it is our staff’s personal and professional demeanor (particularly during in-person research), our willingness to be flexible and hands-on or the insights we unveil mining through data we’ve collected, Intercept Insight strives to consistently exceed our client’s expectations.

Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: Originally from Iowa, my family and I have been in the valley for more than 15 years. I spent 10 years working for Vail Resorts in accounting, product management and marketing research. Marketing research became my passion, and because I saw the need for high caliber and sophisticated marketing research throughout the Vail Valley, I decided to create Intercept Insight, LLC. I currently hold several Statistical Package for the Social Sciences certifications, and I have recently been awarded two valuable Professional Researcher Certifications through the Marketing Research Association. A large portion of my research experience is within resort communities, specifically with special events, ski and snowboard, golf, hospitality, transportation, community development and retail/rental.

Intercept Insight is a proud member of the Marketing Research Association, the International Festivals and Events Association, the Vail Valley Partnership and the Vail Chamber & Business Association.

Great opening night at Championships Plaza

Wow! What does everyone think about the tremendous event, the 2015 Vail/Beaver Creek FIS Alpine World Ski Championships? Just reminiscing a little bit, I have lived in Vail Valley since 1974. I do remember the 1989 and 1999 World Championships. As I recall, the Opening Ceremonies back in 1989 were a parade through town ending up at Golden Peak. What was memorable in 1999 was the large set of bleachers at the Vista Bahn (now Gondola One). Anyone wanting to watch racers flying down Pepi’s Face to come to an unbelievable screeching stop could see it all.

ELECTRIC ATMOSPHERE

That was yesteryear! I am writing this after attending the Opening Ceremonies a week ago. What a difference a decade and a half makes! The ambiance and energy created at the Solaris Championships Plaza was not only super-charged, it was electric. That is, electric in two ways. The spirit of the crowd for one, but the technology used to give the spectators the ability to see what was happening was fabulous! To open this great two-week event was the famous Lawn Chair Demonstration Team, who we normally only see in the annual Vail America Days Parade on July 4 (I believe I recognized at least one of the team members). Also coming into the arena was the Organizing Committee (important people that worked tirelessly on this event), a marching band playing live music, flags of every nation and a fabulous synchronized fireworks show from Golden Peak and Lionshead. Great show. There will be many more.

BEWARE OF SHOPLIFTING

In many European countries it is permissible to consume alcohol when you are younger than 21. Many people assume it will be the same here in Colorado. Unfortunately, it is not.

Some items of interest for businesses during this two-week time frame (and all year actually) are preventing shoplifting and preventing underage drinking. For retail businesses, beware of potential shoplifters. I am sure all retailers are quite diligent in preventing shoplifters. Cameras are a great tool, but employee diligence is the most important. Cameras can take pictures, but that is often after the fact. It helps, but the best prevention method is employee service, saying hello and goodbye to each customer — knowing what the customer is doing. Trusting your instincts if a customer is acting strange. Make sure the customer knows you are watching. If you think there is a problem, calling the non-emergency police line is crucial. The faster you get to the police the better. The Vail Police Department is great in coming to assist you if you have a problem.

DRINKING AGE

For bars and restaurants there is a different problem. At this time of year for the World Championships there will be many, many people from all over the world — especially Europe. In many European countries it is permissible to consume alcohol when you are younger than 21. Many people assume it will be the same here in Colorado. Unfortunately, it is not. It is especially difficult when parents are with their underage adults. The parents often try to buy drinks for their kids. Remember that is verboten!

CHECKING IDS

I learned a new method of trying to show an ID the other day. A parent had taken a picture of their child’s ID on their phone! That is not “proper ID.” The actual document, driver’s license, state ID or the best, a passport, is necessary. It cannot be determined if an ID has been altered in a picture. It is much easier to determine a problem on the actual document. It has come to my attention that there will be extra law enforcement people checking your establishment to make sure you are asking for IDs and checking the IDs. There can and probably will be sting operations where law enforcement will test your establishment to make sure you are checking IDs. The most common approach is a young person asks for a drink — but when asked for an ID, says I left it in my car, or left it in my room, or left it at home or forgot it, etc. Just politely explain to them that they need to somehow go and retrieve the ID in order to be served alcohol. Have them get the actual document and do not accept a picture on a phone!

Also, there is a concern from the Fire Department in regard to occupancy in your establishment. This probably applies to later in the evening. This is a safety concern. If something happens it is important that everyone can get out of the location quickly for everyone’s safety.

It has been a great first week of the Championships and I hope you all are anticipating a great final week. Hope there are gold medals for USA racers!

Michael Staughton is the owner of Slope Enterprises, which operates the restaurants Los Amigos and Russell’s, both located in Vail Village. He is a board member for the Vail Chamber and Business Association. Stay informed and stay involved. If you are not already receiving the VCBA weekly newsletter, email us at info@vailchamber.org to start receiving it. If you are interested in finding out more about the VCBA and what we have to offer businesses in Vail, call 970-477-0075. Based in Vail Village, our office is located on the top of the Vail Transportation Center — feel free to stop by and say hello.