Business briefs: Steamboat passive house wins Professional Builder Design Award

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— The Superinsulated Mini passive house on Diagon Alley in downtown Steamboat took the bronze award for urban infill in the 2014 Professional Builder Design Awards.

The home was designed and built by Erik Lobeck’s firm, workshopL, and has been featured in the summer 2013 issue of HomeLink Magazine and the 2012 Green Building Tour.

It’s only 650 square feet and relies on a natural gas fireplace for its primary heat source, while design elements such as R-100 insulation add to the home’s energy efficiency.

Lobeck said he found out about the award last week and hopes it will help get the word out about the passive house design in which he specializes.

Occupancy, revenue up for mountain resort areas

Things are looking good for mountain resorts after a strong holiday season, according to mountain travel research firm DestiMetrics.

Mountain resorts across the nation saw a 6.2 percent increase in occupancy and a 12.3 percent increase in revenue for December, according to a news release.

Western resorts saw a 6.5 percent increase in occupancy compared to last year and a 13.3 percent jump in revenues.

Booking pace for Western destinations also was up 6.1 percent during December, according to the release.

“With a good early start and strong holiday season behind us, we can confirm that our earlier expectations have been met,” DestiMetrics Director Ralf Garrison said in the release. Now, the post-holiday booking pace has picked up, and with it, prospects for a strong season of destination travel are continuing to look positive in most regions.”

Steamboat is not included in DestiMetrics’ analysis because not enough local properties participate.

Heckman named director of Denver-based group

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Ryan Heckman

Former Olympic Nordic combined skier Ryan Heckman has been appointed as the executive director of Quarterly Forum, a Denver-based leadership organization, according to a news release.

Heckman succeeds Carolyne Hyde, who founded the organization in 1999 and transitioned to the new role of chairwoman with the start of the year, the release states.

“Ryan is an outstanding businessman, and will assure Quarterly Forum’s legacy of business and civic leadership in Colorado,” Hyde said in the release. “Our members will benefit greatly from Ryan’s experience building successful businesses and his connections with the next generation of Colorado business leaders.”

Heckman has been a private equity investment for 17 years and lived in Steamboat Springs while he was attending The Lowell Whiteman School and training for the U.S. Ski Team.

After leaving Nordic combined, he graduate with honors from the University of Colorado.

“Thanks to Carolyne’s tremendous vision and passion for bringing leaders together, Quarterly Forum plays a unique and vital role in Colorado’s business community,” Heckman said in the release. “I’m honored to lead an organization that was created for our state’s most influential executives — I am driven to help our members do amazing things together.”

Ski Butlers in Steamboat makes real estate purchase

Ski Butlers Steamboat ski rental company has purchased commercial space in Steamboat Crossing Commercial Condos, according to a news release.

The new space on Mid Valley Drive off Pine Grove Road is minutes away from Steamboat Ski Area, the release states.

“This move shows the strong growth we have been having,” Glen Traylor, owner of Ski Butlers Steamboat, said in the release. “This will allow us to meet our high demand, including having more skis, team members and vehicles. This move is also about our customers, who will experience even faster support calls.”

Ski Butlers, which has operated in Steamboat since 2010, will have walk-in retail and fitting for the 2014-15 ski season, according to the release, and delivery operations will continue from the back of the warehouse location.

Dragnev becomes Colorado Group Realty broker/owner

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Martin Dragnev

Martin Dragnev is the latest broker to become an owner at Colorado Group Realty, according to a news release.

Dragnev is a graduate of the University of Economics in Varna, Bulgaria, the release states, and he joined Colorado Group Realty in 2008.

He was named “Rising Star of the Year” among Colorado Group Realty brokers in 2011, has been involved in Leadership Steamboat and is a local liaison for the Colorado chapter of Young Professionals Realtor Network, according to the release.

“Martin commits the time from day to dawn for the direct benefit of his clients and ensures a great experience through the closing and beyond, which is a rare attribute I have not seen often in this business,” Colorado Group Realty broker/owner Nick Metzler said in the release.

“The last five years have been very rewarding to me, personally and professionally, and I’ve fallen in love with the business and people who I’ve happily found dream homes and investments for,” Dragnev said in the release.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206, email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @MLSchrantz

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