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Coldwell Banker Bunchman Real Estate was ranked in the Top 10 nationally for the office size category of one to 10 agents for September 2007, based on adjusted gross commissions.

"Coldwell Banker Bunchman Real Estate exemplifies the standards of excellence for which Coldwell Banker affiliate offices are known," said Judi Vessa, Western Region, regional director for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. "It is an honor to recognize Coldwell Banker Bunchman Real Estate with this exceptional award."

Coldwell Banker Bunchman Real Estate was founded by Richard Bunchman in 1976. It is a full-service real estate company with nine licensed real estate brokers.

The office is located at 137 S. Main Street, Breckenridge and can be reached at (970) 453-0401. Coldwell Banker Bunchman Real Estate has been an affiliate of the Coldwell Banker System for 31 years.

Three exceptional Breckenridge employees and one Breckenridge business were recognized for outstanding customer service by Friends Welcome on Wednesday, Oct. 24, during the Breckenridge Resort Chamber Ambassador Mixer, held at The Village Hotel in Breckenridge. September winners were described as employees that went the extra mile and a real strength of the Breckenridge community.

Breckenridge employees can be nominated for the Friends Welcome award by visitors, co-workers or supervisors or residents for demonstrating exceptional guest service at their place of work. Rewards for the three chosen employees include $100 worth of gift certificates for use in a variety of businesses in Breckenridge and a parking pass from the town of Breckenridge.

In addition to honoring three outstanding guest service employees, Friends Welcome honored A Mountain Sanctuary Day Spa as the Business of the Month. It will automatically be entered, along with the 11 other monthly winners, to win the Business of the Year Award. Each winner will receive a free insert in the Breckenridge Resort Chamber monthly mailer and recognition at the BRC Ambassador monthly mixers.

The Friends Welcome customer service training program is free to Breckenridge businesses and takes approximately 60 minutes to complete. Employees and businesses receive a certificate noting that they are Friends Welcome certified. Anyone in the community who exemplifies exceptional guest service may be nominated to receive the $100 worth of gift certificates that are awarded monthly.

The outstanding employees that were recognized and rewarded Wednesday night were:

Scott Lypson - Marriott's Mountain Valley Lodge

"Scott went out of his way to find us an accessible room," said Jana Grimes of Austin, Texas. "He showed us how to get around town, offered advice on restaurants and even brought our attention to the coupons in the local paper. He did all of this with a great attitude and friendly smile. He made us feel like we were his most important customer."

Scott Allen - Breckenridge Central Reservations

"An elderly couple came into the office wanting to book a winter reservation. Scott came out to help them. They were very particular about what they wanted. Scott would find them something and then they would change their priorities. Scott was so patient and understanding. He worked with them for over an hour until he found them what they wanted," said Jennifer Goldstein of Breckenridge.

Erin Webster - A Mountain Sanctuary Day Spa

"Erin listened to exactly what I needed and wanted in a massage. If all employees in Breckenridge cared as much as Erin does then I think we would have more return visitors," said Vicki Goodwin, of Denver. "Erin has perfected what the visitor is looking for on vacation and that is being treated special."

A Mountain Sanctuary Day Spa

"The atmosphere, service and attention to detail are perfect here," said Scott Bartel of Wisconsin. "The couple's massage we received was so wonderful and effective. We then had dinner served to us in their loft, looking out over the mountains was a perfect ending. Kim knows how to make the experience very special."

This month alone, the staff at "A Mountain Sanctuary Day Spa" received 17 Employee of the Month nominations.

Nominations for the Friends Welcome Rewards and Recognition Program are currently being taken. Rewards for the next outstanding nominees will be given at the BRC Ambassador October mixer. To obtain a nomination form or find out more about the Friends Welcome Program, call the Friends Welcome Director Dianne M. Trausch at (970) 453-5070.

Colorado-based East West Partners and Morgan Stanley Real Estate announced the acquisition of Three Sisters Mountain Village, a 1,800-acre partially completed Canadian Rockies resort community near Banff, Alberta. East West Partners will work closely with the existing management team to complete development of the resort.

"Three Sisters is unique because it is the only approved destination resort in an area completely surrounded by 2.8 million acres of protected public parklands," said Harry Frampton, founding partner of Vail-based East West Partners. "This presents an amazing opportunity as well as an awe-inspiring responsibility to create something of the highest quality and environmental sensitivity."

"The Banff-Canmore area is one of the truly great natural areas of the world located in the backyard of Calgary, a city undergoing an economic and cultural renaissance," said Terry Minger, chairman of Three Sisters Mountain Village. "Under the leadership of East West Partners, Three Sisters will become an integral part of this renaissance by creating a world-class, four-season resort community that will serve as a center for adventure, health and wellness, sport, education and the arts, welcoming Albertans as well as an international clientele to its doorstep."

Debt financing for the acquisition will be provided by HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations, headquartered in London, England.

East West Partners' Roger Lessman will relocate to the Three Sisters area from North Lake Tahoe to serve as managing partner of the company's operations in Alberta. Since 2000, Lessman has served as managing partner in charge of EWP's North Lake Tahoe operations. Lessman also has strong ties to Colorado, where he directed mountain resort operations as well as numerous real estate development projects.

The Three Sisters Mountain Village resort community is being purchased from Don Taylor, a Calgary, Alberta businessman and primary owner since 1999.

The 1,800-acre Three Sisters Mountain Village is located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the Bow River Valley and at the gateway to Banff National Park and Lake Louise.

Grand Timber Lodge and The Christie Lodge in conjunction with the Breckenridge Golf Club hosted the Colorado Site's Christel House Open, the largest single-day, charity golf tournament in the world to benefit The Summit Foundation and the Children of Christel House earlier this year.

It was an incredible and unique day of golf for players across the globe as the common goal was to raise funds for charity. With a Casino Night, live and silent auction and a sold out golf tournament, Grand Timber Lodge raised more than $28,000 for one local and one global charity organization.

Kit Armour, general manager of Grand Timber Lodge and Gold Point Resort claims that it was a team effort and the cohesiveness of the Grand Timber Lodge, Gold Point Resort, and Christie Lodge staff that led to the success of the event.

"It was an amazing day! Being part of a world-wide event taking place on six continents, across 22 time zones, on 23 courses all on the same day was an extraordinary experience," Armour said.

The mission of the Christel House is to help children around the world break the cycle of poverty and become self-sufficient, contributing members of the society. www.christelhouseopen.org/aboutCH.asp.

The Summit Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents and guests of Summit County and neighboring communities. The Summit Foundation granted nearly $800,000 in grants and scholarships over the last 12 months back to our local communities. www.summitfoundation.org.

Landmark Real Estate Group, LLC is pleased to announce that Heather and Dan Wood have joined the company as associate brokers. Heather has five years of real estate experience in Summit County with specialized knowledge in Keystone and Silverthorne real estate. Dan is a former Copper Mountain ski patroller and long term Summit County local and brings two years of real estate experience in Summit County to the group.

Heather and Amy Nakos, owner and managing broker of Landmark, hold the record for the highest price condo sale in Summit County. The condo is a penthouse in Keystone's River Run Village and sold in April 2007 for $2.1 million. Heather represented the seller, and Amy represented the buyer in the transaction.

Both Heather and Amy are Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialists (CLHMS) and have completed specialized training to build expertise in the marketing of upscale homes and estates. Information and an international membership list can be found at www.CLHMS.org. Members are also listed on the Wall Street Journal's RealEstateJournal.com website.

Dan joins Darren Nakos, co-owner of Landmark, in the commercial sales and leasing division, and the real estate development division.

Landmark Real Estate Group, LLC is a boutique real estate firm located at 111 Main Street in Frisco. Its website is landmarkregroup.com, and the toll free number is (866) 400-6767.


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