On the Market: Big Agnes expands staff to address growing sales

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Big Agnes — Steamboat Springs-based maker of innovative sleeping bags, pads and tents — recently announced in a news release several staff and warehouse expansion steps aimed at addressing the company’s growing sales and distribution.

Key staff changes and additions include the promotion of Rose Alford to be the company’s dealer services manager.

“Rose’s strong relationship with our clients, knowledge of the industry and work ethic all contributed to making this a very simple decision,” Big Agnes co-founder Bill Gamber said in the release. “With this promotion, we’re thrilled to have Rose as our in-house lead with our existing dealership base as well as the point person for all new accounts.”

Kellie Nelson moves from a position in warranty/customer service to dealer services representative for the Southeast, Northeast and Midwest territories. To help facilitate the company’s growing international business, longtime North American Dealer Services Representative Tanya Whitehouse expands her role to include international dealer services. Also joining the dealer services team is Anna Hall, who will provide support for pro and retail sales categories.

New hires in other departments include Rob Peterson and Sarah Uhl. Peterson, who formerly managed Boa Technology’s sponsored ambassador program, joins the customer services team. Uhl, who formerly managed in-house events and wholesale relations at New Belgium Brewing, will join the marketing team in the newly created role of marketing coordinator.

Additionally, Big Agnes completed the purchase of new warehouse space in Steamboat. With the expansion, Big Agnes will shorten supply chain lead times and improve product availability for customers by increasing stock levels of key products and more efficiently meeting sales demands.

“We are investing in the people and processes to drive our business forward and achieve our key strategic goals,” Gamber said in the release. “As a result, we have expanded our office space and nearly doubled our warehouse space to accommodate recent double-digit growth. Our success over the last few years has added to the dynamic atmosphere here at Big Agnes.”

Marci, Tom Valicenti join Colorado Group Realty

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Marci Valicenti

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Tom Valicenti

Realtors Marci and Tom Valicenti have joined Colorado Group Realty in an ownership position, according to a press relase.

“We are thrilled to have Marci and Tom join us here at Colorado Group as they will be a great addition to our quality team of brokers,” broker/owner Nick Metzler said in the release. “With their extensive market knowledge, dedicated service and lasting commitment to their clients, supported by our company’s strong platform for excellence, Tom and Marci are set up to see their long and successful careers prosper, while adding additional value for each client.”

“Our move to Colorado Group was secured by their new affiliations to Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global connection that was important to us, as well as the Luxury Portfolio International network,” Marci Valicenti said in the relase. “Colorado Group Realty’s marketing edge; advertising and multiple office locations were also appealing.”

Tom Valicenti became a Steamboat Springs real estate broker in 1991 and Marci Valicenti in 2001. He has general contracted more than a dozen custom homes in subdivisions including Dakota Ridge, Mountain View Estates, Priest Creek Ranch and Sidney Peak Ranch. Their construction and design experience has helped numerous real estate transactions come to fruition as well as assisted many due diligence inspection items.

The Valicentis think that the Steamboat market is bottoming out and that buyers are determining that now is the time to buy.

“The Front Range market is very active now, experiencing substantially lower days on market and multiple offers” Tom Valicenti said in the release. “This activity will spread to the resort areas; it’s just a matter of time, and these prices won’t last forever. Today’s buyers are end-users, and they are drawn to Steamboat for the lifestyle that it offers.”

Tom Valicenti has served as president of the United Way board and now is on the Expansion Committee of the Old Town Hot Springs. He has coached recreational soccer and volunteers time with the high school tennis teams. Marci Valicenti has served as vice president of the Steamboat Springs Tennis Association and volunteers her time through high school activities, including the Fundraising Chairwoman of the After-Prom Party and assisting the tennis teams. She co-founded Support the Troops, a local charitable foundation that raises donations and sends care packages to American military stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Prudential agents achieve best ratings in Colorado

Prudential Real Estate Network recently recognized the Vanatta Group and the Fryer Team, of Prudential Steamboat Realty, as top performers in Colorado for the first quarter of 2012.

The Fryer Team (Darrin Fryer, Robin Higginbotham, Sharon Pace-Ward and Lisa Ruffino) ranked first in Colorado for residential units sold, according to a press release.

The Vanatta Group (Pam Vanatta, Mark Dudley, Heidi Flint, Anne Mayberry) ranked second in Colorado for gross commission income.

“Despite the limited size of our market, these teams are perennial top-performers in the entire state,” broker/owner Cam Boyd said in the release. “It’s a clear testament to their commitment to their clients and their profession.”

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