Business file for Feb. 17

<p>Sullivan Agency named 2007 Agency of the Year</p>

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Sullivan Agency named 2007 Agency of the Year

SmartWool Corp. honored the Sullivan Agency as its 2007 Agency of the Year during last month's Outdoor Retailer winter market show in Salt Lake City.

Owned by Mike and Sue Sullivan, the Sullivan Agency has been representing Steamboat Springs-based SmartWool since 1994. The Sullivan Agency has two associates, Allen Bishop and Brian Cornwell. The group directs sales in seven states, including Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. The group grew its business in 2007 by 50 percent from the previous year.

Awarded annually at the Outdoor Retailer winter market show, the SmartWool Agency of the Year Award is an opportunity for SmartWool to thank an agency for outstanding results and superior customer service. Nominations are received from SmartWool employees as well as others on the company's sales force, and selection is based on five criteria: growth, strategic planning and brand support, projection management and business excellence, communication and teamwork.

Nuszer Kopatz arrives

in Steamboat Springs

Nuszer Kopatz, a Denver-based land planning, landscape architecture, architecture and community visioning firm, has established an office in downtown Steamboat Springs in the Old Pilot Building at 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue. The firm seeks to use its integrated services approach to work with local developers on resort and community planning and design.

The firm has been retained to work on several projects in the area, including Wildhorse Meadows and Alpine Mountain Ranch.

Chaos Headwear outfits Honda Session riders

Steamboat Springs-based Chaos Headwear supplied custom-designed headwear for riders, sponsors and staff at last weekend's fifth annual Honda Session at Vail Mountain Ski Resort, a premier snowboard invitational.

The Honda Session, created by the Vail Valley Foundation in 2003, ranked second in the world last winter by Transworld Snowboarding Magazine, and features the Steel and Sky Rails competition for men and women, along with the men's Bud Light Slopestyle event.

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