Business File for Feb. 10

REI honors Big Agnes

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— National retailer REI has honored Steamboat Springs-based outdoor products company Big Agnes as Vendor Partner of the Year in the Camp/Travel Division. Big Agnes employees collected their award at REI's recent winter Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City.

The awards program, established in 1993, recognizes key vendors for building strategic and successful relationships with REI. The retailer's merchandising divisions nominate companies based on financial performance, community and industry involvement and product quality. REI retail employees vote from the slate of nominees to determine winners.

Cortez-based Osprey Packs, Inc., took the honor for REI's overall Vendor Partner of the Year. Two California firms, Electra Bicycle Company and Mountain Hardware, took awards for the Action Sports and Outdoorwear divisions.

Millennium Bank names hires, promotions

Elizabeth "E.A." Black has been hired as the new financial analyst for the Commercial Banking Group at Millennium Bank in Steamboat Springs. Black will provide financial analysis for commercial credit decisions, commercial loan portfolio management and ongoing support in Millennium Bank's sales and business development efforts.

Black is the former executive director of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.

Black served as district manager for Copper Mountain Metro District in Summit County from 1995 to 2005 and was previously the town manager of Kremmling, Hot Sulphur Springs and Frisco. Black earned her master's degree from the University of Wyoming and her bachelor's degree from Montclair State University.

Additionally, Mary Simmins and Emily Burden have been named assistant vice presidents at Millennium Bank. Simmins joined the bank as its administrative services manager in May 2006, with nine years of bank operations experience. Burden, responsible for the Mortgage Lending Department, joined Millennium Bank in June 2006, where she originated and processed loans in the Steamboat Springs market while also developing mortgage divisions at the bank's five other branches.

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