2010 Economic Summit to draw national brands

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Summit speakers

A partial list of 2010 Economic Summit speakers:

■ Brian Collins, president of Intrawest

■ Don Marostica, executive director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

■ Ryan Wood, Sweetwood Cattle Co.

■ Todd Musselman, Timberline Leadership

■ Melyssa Glassman, creative director, New Belgium Brewing Co.

■ David Belin, director, RRC Associates

■ Charles Coonradt, chairman of the board and CEO of The Game of Work

— The 2010 Economic Summit will deliver global, national and local perspectives with a few glamorous brand names thrown in May 19 and 20 as area business leaders gather to explore “Emerging from Recession in a Changed Environment.”

Offering dual keynote ad­­dresses will be Don Maros­tica, director of the state Office of Economic Develop­ment and International Trade, and Intrawest President Brian Collins.

Collins is expected to talk about the changes in consumer behavior as North American econ­­omies e­merge from the economic crisis.

Meagan Coates, Steam­boat Springs Cham­­ber Resort Asso­­cia­­­­tion community development manager, said this year’s Economic Summit speakers have been assembled to cover real estate, financial, tourism and entrepreneurial aspects of the economy.

Collins works directly with the president and chief operating officer at each of Intrawest’s destination resorts, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. President Chris Diamond among them, to develop the resorts’ master plans.

Earlier in his career, Collins was a principal and chief operating officer at Millennium Partners, where he oversaw the development of seven Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton projects.

Chamber Ex­­ecutive Vice Pres­­ident Sandy Evans Hall said Marostica might bring as many as 20 of his staff members to Steamboat for the Economic Summit at The Steamboat Grand. In addition to attending, they will present resources that can help Yampa Valley entrepreneurs grow their businesses, she said.

Ryan Wood has made the transition from founding Under Armour executive to the operator of a Routt County natural beef ranch, Sweetwood Cattle Co. He can be expected to talk about how Under Armour preserved its momentum in the post-9/11 economic slump and what it’s like to shift gears and oversee a family startup at a ranch in the lower Elk River Valley, Coates said.

Wood brings a global perspective after helping Under Armour expand its business in Europe as president of international operations based in Amsterdam starting in 2006.

“I was talking to Ryan this morning, and we joked about how he’s gone from wearables to eatables,” Evans Hall said.

Melyssa Glassman, creative director of New Belgium Brewing Co., will give a luncheon keynote May 20. She will talk about how her company uses social media to strengthen its brand identity in a 26-state region.

“We’ll also be serving some New Belgium beer during the wine, beer and cheese social after the summit,” Evans Hall said.

There also will be several panel discussions during the summit that are designed to help local businesses navigate the difficult financing/lending markets, Evans Hall said.

And one of the most in­­­sightful presentations of the day may be the talk RRC Associates Director David Be­­lin gives on the chang­ing tourism envi­­ronment, she added.

RRC has been doing polling and data analysis for the Chamber and Ski Corp. for years.

Belin will describe the changing desires of vacationers in terms of how much they are willing to spend per day, how far they will travel and what they want from mountain resorts. Evans Hall said she expects his remarks to help the local audience understand where Steamboat fits into the overall picture in the spring of 2010.

— To reach Tom Ross, call 871-4205 or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com

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