Business briefs for Dec. 4

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Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Director of Marketing Doug La Placa will return to his home state of Michigan after accepting a position as senior director of marketing operations at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City, Mich.

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is a major Midwest conference destination with 660 rooms, 49,000 square feet of conference space and 54 holes of championship golf. The three courses at Grand Traverse bear the names of Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and William Newcomb.

In Steamboat, La Placa was responsible for advertising, development and execution of resort promotions, marketing for major television events, strategic partnerships and more.

The position has been advertised, and Vice President of Marketing Andy Wirth will begin interviewing candidates immediately.

Schubert-Akin named

to leadership group

Jennifer Schubert-Akin, owner of Marathon Accounting Services, was among 65 Coloradans recently named to the 2005-06 class of the Leadership Program of the Rockies.

LPR, chaired by former Congressman Bob Schaffer, brings together emerging leaders from a variety of backgrounds to learn how principle-centered leadership can have a positive effect on their communities. Alumni of the program include Interior Secretary Gale Norton and Lt. Gov. Jane Norton.

Schubert-Akin is chairwoman of the Routt County Republican Party.

Ortega Shunny newest addition to local office

Annamarie Ortega Shunny is an eighth generation native of the Southwest and the newest broker owner at Colorado Group Realty. After graduating from Stanford University, Ortega Shunny had a successful real estate business for eight years in New Mexico. She is a Certified Residential Specialist, a designation 10 percent of Realtors have obtained. After meeting her future husband, she moved to Steamboat in 2001.

As a violist for the Steam--boat Chamber Orchestra and Quartet, Ortega Shunny has an appreciation for the arts community in the valley.

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