BUSINESS BRIEFS | Latitude 38 Is Growing
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THE GROWING STAFF of Lattitude 38. (Courtesy photo)
THE GROWING STAFF of Lattitude 38. (Courtesy photo)

TELLURIDE – As Latitude 38 grows, so grows the team, or “family,” as Latitude 38 co-founder Kevin Jones likes to call it. The burgeoning property management and rental marketing firm continues to grow to meet the increased volume of guests it attracts and the ever-expanding property portfolio. In the last 12 months, the Latitude family has more than doubled, adding four new team members to keep pace with the more than 30 new properties that have come on board in that same time period. 

Latitude 38’s mission is simple – make memorable vacations. As Jones says, “It is really a simple business – take great care of our owners’ properties and once we get a guest on the line, make sure that they have a great time – that’s it. If a guest falls in love with Telluride, we know that we have done our job.” It’s clear that this simple model is fulfilling its promise. Since launching little more than a year ago, the company has grown to include some 60-plus vacation rental properties from 6+ bedroom private luxury homes to a boutique hotel property, and the number of families that have fallen in love with Telluride is ever increasing.

The fresh and different company with deep hospitality industry experience thrived even during this past ski season, one of the most challenging on record according to Colorado Ski Country.  “Despite all of the bad news, we had hundreds and hundreds of reservations, and just a single handful of cancellations,” said Jones. “I think it really speaks to the quality of our homes and the services that we provide.”

To help keep pace with the company that Jones says is “growing like crazy,” Latitude 38 recently hired Meaghan Henson, Lucas Durst, Andy Cox, and most recently Emily Wozniak. Hiring locally is consistent with Latitude 38’s boast of being this resort town’s premier property management company “by locals who know Telluride best.” 

Originally from Ouray, Hensen grew up running the trails of Ouray; she brings a burst of energy and experience to the team. Lucas Durst is a newly transplanted New Yorker who brings a deep background in real estate and property management to the team. Andy Cox runs the show on the weekends. Newest to the team is Emily Wozniak, who will be largely focused on sales and guest relations.   

Latitude 38 is a full-service vacation rental agency and property management company based in the historic ski resort town of Telluride, CO. Latitude 38 offers some of the best homes, condos and penthouses in Telluride and Mountain Village, Latitude 38 properties are professionally maintained for owners and packed with amenities and services for guests. To see the complete inventory of vacation rentals and learn more about the company’s homeowner services visit the Latitude 38 Vacation Rentals website.

Allison Nadel Graduates Grom GSBC

GRAND JUNCTION – Alpine Bank would like to congratulate Allison Nadel, as well as Kjerstin Hill, Garret Jammaron, David Miller, Jenny Sauer, and Noel Hansen, on their recent graduation from the University of Colorado’s Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, a 25-month program geared towards community banking professionals.  Each employee spent two weeks of the summer in Boulder completing the challenging curriculum.

“Completing the coursework and projects associated with the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado is a great accomplishment for community bankers around the country,” said GSBC President Tim Koch.  “Sponsoring organizations and communities should be very proud of the time and effort our graduates exhibit during their time as students at GSBC.” 

Nadel,born and raised in Ridgway, she started with Alpine Bank Montrose in 2002, relocating to open the Durango location in 2005, and moving back to Alpine Bank Montrose in 2008. She graduated from Ft. Lewis College magna cum laude in 2007, with a business administration/management degree, and is currently chair of the Montrose advisory board for Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, and a volunteer for special events, and current president of Altrusa International of Montrose. 

Since opening its doors in 1950, GSBC has become the graduate school of choice for community banking professionals.  Its mission is to help community bank executives advance their careers and their organization's performance through education, training, leadership & management skill development and information.  GSBC offers real-world banking curriculum structured around four tracks: leadership and human resources, general management, lending, and financial management.  Alpine Bank President and Vice Chairman, Glen Jammaron, is also chairman of GSBC. 

Alpine Bank is a $2.4 billion dollar, employee-owned organization chartered in 1973 with headquarters in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.  With 36 western and southwestern Colorado banking offices, Alpine Bank employs over 500 local people and serves more than 130,000 customers with retail, business, trust, asset management, mortgage, and electronic banking services.

New Book Cliffs Archaeology Tour 

MOAB, Utah – A two-day Utah archaeology tour with bed and breakfast lodging will be a first for Moab, Utah-based Canyonlands Field Institute. It will probably be a first for just about everyone else in the universe, too, as few, if any, commercial tours of any kind are offered in the Book Cliffs, a remote area north of Moab, UT. 

The Book Cliffs, however, are well known -- at a distance. The imposing, fifty-mile-long wall of cliffs are a major feature of the scenery on any drive along I-70 in eastern Utah. The Book Cliffs stretch between Green River and Grand Junction, and are perhaps most well-known as a hunting wilderness. The new CFI tour features rarely visited rock art and historic sites in the area of Westwater Creek and Hay Canyon, and will be based at the Three Canyons Ranch Bed and Breakfast. 

CFI Co Founder and Director Karla VanderZanden will host the tour along with guest experts, Dr. Carol Patterson, an archaeologist who has conducted research and hosted field schools in Moab, and John Weisheit, a local historian and river activist. The tour will purposefully be kept small in size and exploratory in nature as it is the first time CFI has offered the tour.

Highlights of the expedition will include art rock panels and archaeological sites ranging in age from from Archaic Barrier Canyon through Ute cultures. Other subjects of interest include trapper, cowboy and Basque ranching history, geologic formations, and current land-use issues.

The group will be transported by van and there will be short hikes along upper Westwater Creek in Hay Canyon and several adjacent canyons. Walks will be limited to no more than half-mile round trip, over uneven terrain.

The tour begins and ends at the CFI offices in Moab Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8:30 am with interpretive highlights given on the one-hour road trip to the Book Cliffs. Pre-registered participants driving from Colorado can elect to meet the group at Three Canyons on Saturday morning, thus saving an hour's drive. The tour ends mid afternoon on Sunday, Oct. 6, and CFI promises to get folks back to Moab no later than 5 p.m. Group size is limited to eight participants, so sign up today to reserve your spot. 

For more information visit, email or call 800-860-5262.


Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative Wins $50,000 Colorado Collaboration Award

DELTA – Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative has won the 2013 Colorado Collaboration Award, a prestigious $50,000 prize which recognizes excellence and innovation in nonprofit partnerships.

Managed by Delta-based nonprofit Uncompahgre/Com, the Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative is a partnership of federal and state agencies, including environmental agencies and local utilities, which works to strengthen ecosystems, improve wildlife habitats, and reduce fire danger in Western Colorado’s natural spaces. 

“This collaboration is an outstanding example of how diverse groups with different interests can join together and work toward their common goals,” said Renny Fagan, President & CEO of the Colorado Nonprofit Association. “The level of collaboration they have achieved among local, state, federal and corporate stakeholders is impressive. They are doing remarkable work in Western Colorado to protect the environment, conduct scientific research, educate the public about natural resources, create jobs, and strengthen local economies.” 

“We’re proud and excited to have been selected as the winner of the Colorado Collaboration Award,” said Pam Motley, Director of Uncompahgre/Com. “This prize will help us continue major initiatives such as the Escalante Forest Restoration Project.” 

The Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative’s core partners include the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Western Area Power Administration, and Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association. 

The Collaborative has previously won national awards for its successes in forest restoration, weed management, and fire prevention. The group has also been nationally recognized for its fire prevention work along power lines to improve forest diversity, increase wildlife habitat and keep electricity flowing safely. 

“It can be challenging for nonprofits to work together in partnership with government agencies and businesses,” said Joanne Kelley, executive director of the Colorado Association of Funders and co-chair of the Colorado Collaboration Award. “This award is designed to support and celebrate the collaborations that are succeeding so that others can learn from them.” 

The Colorado Collaboration Award is a prize offered each year by a group of foundations and corporate funders to an outstanding nonprofit collaboration. The award will be officially presented at Colorado Nonprofit Association’s Fall Conference & Exhibition in Denver on October 7.

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