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The Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder has partnered with Vail Resorts, Inc., to host the eighth annual Leeds Net Impact Case Competition Feb. 20-21. The competition hosts rising business leaders from MBA programs from around the nation committed to finding innovative solutions to corporate sustainability issues.

The participants of the Net Impact program will help Vail Resorts define its environmental initiative. Eighty-five competitors analyzed a key sustainability challenge provided by an executive management team at Vail Resorts; 20 of those teams have been invited to present their recommendations to a panel of experts in the semifinal round at the Hotel Boulderado on February 20. Five teams will proceed to the finals on February 21, with the top three teams receiving cash prizes totaling $10,000. The team offering the most innovative and effective resolution will present directly to Vail Resorts management.

Landmark Real Estate Group, LLC has announced that Susie Leavens and Mike Leavens have joined the company as associate brokers. Susie specializes in resort property throughout Summit County, Colorado, with a special expertise in Keystone Resort. Susie enjoyed nearly 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate development field, prior to moving to residential real estate when her youngest child graduated from high school in 2002. She previously worked at RE/MAX Properties of the Summit in the Keystone Resort and Silverthorne offices, where she was a Platinum Club member.

Mike Leavens brings to his real estate practice a strong property management and development background, along with his love of the mountains and history of the Summit County Area. Susie and Mike, along with their dogs Niki and Emmy, live on the Snake River between Keystone Resort and the Town of Montezuma.

Also joining as an associate broker is Ray Bruggemeier, who attended the University of Minnesota Duluth . Bruggemeier spent time in Summit County throughout his college career, and after graduation moved to Summit County full time. In 2003 Ray began working for RE/MAX in Keystone.

Ray enjoys skiing, biking, snowmobiling and hockey. Ray and his wife Tara live in Frisco.

The grand opening of Aeropostale at the Outlets at Silverthorne is set for 10 a.m. Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Summit Chamber of Commerce. The new story is in the Red Village, next to Ann Taylor.

Aeropostale is a specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories that principally targets young women and men. Aeropostale, Inc. currently operates over 800 stores in 47 states and Canada.

Friday’s grand opening will feature store specials as well as a “Teens for Jeans Promotion”: Donate a pair of jeans for charity at Aeropostale and receive a 25 percent off coupon on a new pair of jeans at the store.

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The Outlets of Colorado (Castle Rock, Loveland and Silverthorne) won a Shop America Alliance Salutes Innovation award for their 2008 entry entitled: Moonlight Madness Colorado + Style!

Shoppers got an early start to their Holiday shopping as the Colorado Outlets opened at 11 p.m.. on Thanksgiving night. Unbeatable store discounts and a huge insert in all local papers really informed shoppers along with a media plan beginning in October. During the Holiday season, Peggy Ziglin, Colorado’s Fashion advisor and Public Relations Director appeared live on 13 fashion segments to really show viewers the best items to look for from more than 300 outlet stores in the Outlets of Colorado portfolio

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