Steamboat Business Briefs: 3 new employees at Chamber

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The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association welcomed three new members to the Chamber team this month.

Nikki Inglis has filled the open position of public relations manager, Lindy Schwanke will be replacing Sarah Leonard as sponsorship and special events director and Holly Kirkpatrick is the new finance and human resources director, according to a news release.

“The Chamber is proud to welcome these three women to our energetic team,” CEO Tom Kern said in the release. “Nikki, Lindy and Holly all bring with them the skills and passion to help propel Steamboat to realize its potential through promoting our town as an ideal place to visit, live and grow a business.”

Inglis, a University of Colorado Boulder graduate and former Steamboat Pilot & Today reporter, will serve as a spokesperson for the Chamber as well as host media trips and implement public relations plans.

Schwanke has been working in events and marketing for seven years and returns to the Chamber full time after previously serving as a summer intern for two years.

Kirkpatrick, a graduate of Western Carolina University, has worked as an accountant, continued her education at Colorado Mountain College and consulted for companies across northern Colorado.

Donna Mae Hoots joins Colorado Group Realty

Donna Mae Hoots is the newest associate at Colorado Group Realty, according to a news release.

During her 25-year career, she has acquired certifications, including the Realtor Institute, E-Pro and short sale and foreclosure resource programs.

In addition to her real estate profession, Hoots is the manager of Pines at Steamboat Condominium Association, a volunteer for the Steamboat Ski Area Courtesy Patrol, member and past president of the Old Town Hot Springs board of directors, local 4-H leader and volunteer, member of the American Legion Auxiliary and parent volunteer at Steamboat Springs High School.

Routt County real estate market trending upward

April marked the third straight month that real estate dollar volume in Routt County was up by more than 30 percent when compared with the same month in 2012.

Stan Urban, of Land Title Guarantee Co., reported that April dollar volume was $42.18 million compared with $31.4 million in April 2012. The numbers ranked April second in 2013 behind March’s $55.8 million.

Transaction volume also was up 15.12 percent, according to Urban.

April’s numbers were boosted by three homes that sold for more than $2 million.

Steamboat yoga studio to change owners Saturday

The Yoga Center of Steamboat — currently owned by Nina Darlington, Patty Zimmer and Alli Brook — is changing hands Saturday, when Alexandra Pallut Mathisen will become the new owner, according to a news release.

Mathisen, who has lived in Steamboat Springs for 13 years, began practicing yoga in 2003 and began teaching in 2009 after being certified. She founded SoulSpark Journeys, a yoga retreat company, in 2010.

Mathisen said in the release that she intends “to provide a sacred space for education and practices that promote a life in balance: a healthy body, peaceful mind and joyful heart.”

To celebrate the new ownership, the following 45-minute yoga classes will be free Saturday: backbend flow at 8 a.m., vinyasa flow at 9 a.m., yin yoga and meditation at 10 a.m., hip openers at 11 a.m. and yoga nidra at noon. There also will be a drawing to win a pair of pants, a kulae mat and a pass to the fall retreat.

Darlington, Zimmer and Brook plan to continue teaching at the center.

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