Chamber honors exemplary leadership and service
Michael J. Kurth, Summit Bookkeeping & Payroll Inc., was recognized in appreciation for numerous contributions to the Summit Chamber throughout its 25-year history. Kurth was recognized as a founding member of the Chamber Diplomats Committee and for exemplary service as an active volunteer and member of the Board of Directors for six years. “Being a part of the Chamber is rewarding both for my business and me personally. I get satisfaction out of doing things that benefit the Chamber and our community in general,” he said.Bernie Zurbriggen, High Country Real Estate, was recognized for numerous contributions to the Summit Chamber throughout its 25-year history. Zurbriggen was noted for leadership of the Business Improvement Group in 1991-1995, and the transformation into the Economic Development Committee as well as the development and management of our countywide guest information and referral system. The award was in gratitude for outstanding leadership and service, as a Chamber Board member from 1995-2004, and as board vice president in 1997 and board president 1998. He was recognized twice as a distinguished recipient of the prestigious Ben Fogle Memorial Award in 1994 and 1998 and honored as a Lifetime Member of the Chamber.He received a special salute for continued commitment to community service, as a member of Summit County Rotary since 1993, serving on Rotary Board from 1996-2001 and as club president from 1999-2000. He also served as a member and chairman of the Frisco Planning Commission, the Summit County Home Rule Charter Commission, the Board of the Colorado Rural Development Council, the Countywide Planning Commission, and was elected to Frisco Town Council for two terms, as well as mayor of Frisco in 2004. He was involved in formation of the Summit County Telecommunication Consortium in 1999, serving as president until 2004.Zurbriggen’s professional background was in the telecommunications industry holding senior management positions and vice president of marketing for Northern Telecom in 1970s; president of Contel Executone in Texas from 1980-87; and an entrepreneur through USTC from 1987-2002 providing consulting services and national information service products. He’s been a real estate broker since 2002 and co-owner of High Country Real Estate in Frisco.”Throughout all of these endeavors, I have been inspired and assisted by my wife, Bo,” he said.
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