Business file for Jan. 14

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Hilton honors local guest service agent

— Hilton Hotels Corp. has honored Nick Schmitz, guest service agent at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Steamboat Springs, with the company's national Spirit Award. The award designates Schmitz, who has worked at the hotel since late 2005, as a top performer within Hilton hotels.

Schmitz was nominated for the award by his peers for being an exceptional role model.

"Nick continues to make outstanding contributions to guests and his fellow team members, showing great enthusiasm in all areas of his work at the hotel," said Kona Ward, general manager.

Hilton Hotels Corporation has more than 150,000 employees and 2,600 hotels worldwide and recognizes only 530 employees a year with the honor. As an award recipient, Schmitz will receive a cash prize, a Spirit Award plaque and lapel pin.

Alpine Bank announces Steamboat promotion

Adonna Allen has been promoted to senior vice president at Alpine Bank Steamboat Springs.

Allen started her career with Alpine Bank seven years ago and is one of the original employees that helped open the branch in 1999. Allen is a fourth-generation Steamboat native. Her family continues to ranch on the Lower Elk River. She earned a master's degree in agricultural economics from the University of Wyoming, is a 2004 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado, and recently graduated from the two-year program of Colorado Agriculture and Rural Leadership sponsored by Colorado State University.

Allen serves as treasurer for Routt County CattleWomen and was selected as the 2006 Routt County CattleWoman of the Year. She also sits on the advisory board for the Community Agriculture Alliance, and the advisory committee to the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Office in Routt County.

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