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Erik Williams sits down with Vail Valley Partnership President and CEO Chris Romer (on his Birthday!) to discuss the winter that was and the summer we should expect.  As all destination metrics continue to point upwards Chris discusses what successful businesses are doing in this climate and give us an actual silver bullet for employee attraction and retention!
EngageVail

EngageVail

2022-03-1010:31

Join host Erik Williams as he sits with Town of Vail Economic Development Manager Mia Vlaar and Founder and CEO of Better Destinations Cathy Ritter to discuss the upcoming Vail Destination Stewardship Plan.Over the next nine months, The Town of Vail will be creating a Destination Stewardship Plan, with the goals of:Managing the growth of our tourism economy, protecting our way of life and the natural environment that we all love, and maintaining a world-class experience for our visitors and residents.The Destination Stewardship Plan will be developed through a community-driven process. Hundreds of regional stakeholders will be actively included in the process through a variety of engagements including interviews, town hall meetings, surveys, and focus groups.Learn more at www.EngageVail.com
VVP gets a chance to sit down with Clare Hefferren, Founder/CEO of Callosum to talk personal and professional brands, flow state, life and so much more!  Clare is a sophisticated tomboy and passionate people’s champion. No longer an aggressive Chicago bull in a china shop, she cultivates community by advocating for access to nature & building outdoor industry brands. Through Callosum’s purpose to Make Better Brands for a Better Planet, Clare works with growth-stage companies and nonprofits, with a staff of 3-25, anchored in purpose (or desire to be) who are looking to build awareness and revenue with principles of purpose. Callosum is a strategic firm that guides purpose-driven outdoor brands through the growth-stage of critical strategic thinking, visual elements, disruptive story creation, and brand marketing resulting in measurable cultivated relationships. https://gocallosum.com/Clare Hefferren is the Founder/CEO of Callosum. She’s a sophisticated tomboy and passionate people’s champion, whose focus audience is outdoors brands who have a staff of 3-25 who are looking to build awareness and revenue with the principles of purpose. Her strategic firm guides purpose-driven outdoor brands through critical strategic thinking, visual elements, disruptive story creation, and brand marketing resulting in measurable cultivated relationships. Committed to doing business for good - people, planet, profit - the Comprehensive Brand Build and Brand Boost are signature services. She is based in Vail, CO, and works with clients nationwide. 
Erik Williams gets a chance to pick the brain of Vail Valley Partnership President and CEO Chris Romer about the upcoming legislative session at a state, federal and local level.  What does advocacy look like for our valley and how do we speak the needs of this valley primarily at the state level?  Chris highlights some important upcoming legislation including the unemployment insurance trust fund, housing, paid family leave and other bills we will be watching/advocating for that have direct impacts on the business community in Eagle County. 
Join VVP on our first ever "Plodcast" (it's a thing) where we tour the facility at Medequip in EagleVail learning about all that they do.  Drew Meyer, MSPO, CPO, Managing Orthotist/Prosthetist talks about his journey and unique role in this valley.   See through our eyes as we look at where actual miracles are crafted, allowing people motion or support where they thought they wouldn't have it again.For more than twenty-five years, medical professionals across the nation have come to Medequip as the ideal source for supporting their orthopedic practices, including patient care, insurance billing and DME services. Medequip is an accredited provider and contracted with most major insurance companies and workman’s compensation payers in order to provide high-quality solutions for patients’ orthotic needs, including: orthopedic bracing services, cryo-therapy treatments, ambulatory aid, and other post-operative equipment.Learn more at Medequiportho.com
Three Thank Yous

Three Thank Yous

2021-11-3012:02

The data is showing that we will see more guests this winter than we've ever experienced.  We're also experiencing a shortfall of skilled workers in almost every industry.  How do we maintain the standards of this place that we're all so proud of?  How do we insure that our guests, the economic lifeblood of our community, remember this place for the good experiences and want to return?  Vail Valley Partnership President and CEO Chris Romer discusses a simple strategy that we can all adopt in the spirit of Margaret Mead."Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it's the only thing that ever has."
Join Chris Romer and Erik Williams from Vail Valley Partnership as they discuss their favorite movie quotes and how they apply to business.  From Ferris Bueller to Alien to Rocky to Harry Potter, join these two self-proclaimed "movie nerds" as they compete to find the best quote that speaks to the business needs of the Vail Valley.And, as promised in the episode, here's a link to the podcast that inspired us to take our shot at this.https://podbay.fm/p/waces-chamber-leadership-podcast/e/1634050800
9Health:365

9Health:365

2021-10-2117:29

Vail Valley Partnership sits down with Amy Friel from 9Health:365 to share the "good news" about health care!Building on its 40+ years of preventive health fairs in every corner of Colorado, nonprofit 9Health:365 now offers a new service that makes it easier to stay healthy every day. 365: Comprehensive is the affordable solution that makes preventive health care outrageously accessible for small businesses and their teams. It combines text-based telehealth with unlimited medical guidance and advice for only $80 per person per year.  Vail Valley-based individuals and small businesses can learn more at: https://9health365.org/comprehensive/  and sign up using the code 21VVPmember12 You can also reach out to Amy at amy.friel@9Health365.org Interested in bringing a 9Health:365 health fair to the community in Spring 2022? Amy will happily connect you to the team that can help make that happen. 
VVP was honored to learn from Dan and Michael from Adjusters International about what exactly is a public adjuster, when should you use their services and what are those services.  Listen and learn with us.In their own words:Public Adjusters – advocates on behalf of the insured, not the insurance company after a catastrophic loss: frozen pipes, fire, wind and storm, etc.We interpret the details of your policy, determine coverage, and properly file a full and accurate claim for a fair settlementWe help both Commercial and Residential clients with property insurance claimsWe work with your trusted advisors: contractors, realtors, attorneys, engineers, appraisers, etc.Be sure to review your policy to make sure you are property insured – we’ll be happy to review with you.www.ai-mbc.comDan Jewell – dan@ai-mbc.com / 303-298-2948Michael Stoycheff – michael@ai-mbc.com / 970-390-1727
SpeakUp ReachOut

SpeakUp ReachOut

2021-09-1422:51

Vail Valley Partnership sat down with Erin Ivie and Carol Johnson from SpeakUp ReachOut to talk National Suicide Prevention Month, real stats in Eagle County and what you can do to help someone in need.More information and resources available HERE.SpeakUp ReachOut is a group of individuals who are dedicated to providing suicide prevention, intervention and loss support services to those in need. Services offered include: suicide prevention and awareness education, community connection events, and suicide loss support services. Colorado Crisis Services:1 (844) 493-8255. The Hope Line:(970) 306-HOPE.
Board Service Basics

Board Service Basics

2021-09-0129:52

UPDATE:  Our October 6th date is currently full, we are working another session on Oct 7th.Presented in partnership with the Town of VailWe at Vail Valley Partnership are REALLY excited about these guests.  We've been following the work of Dr Jill McCrory and Dr Steve Swafford with Leadership Outfitters.  These are two nationally recognized educators and they join us for a conversation about a one day program they will be leading called Board Service Basics.  This is coming directly from our interaction with business asking for more community diversity on their boards as well as Community wanting to serve.  We're so excited to have Jill and Steve and their expertise.I’ve added some information below but I’m particularly excited about the 2:30 portion when we dive into local examples.  You know it’s a unique place and previous valley examples help.What we’re planning covering:The “Nuts & Bolts” (organizational structure, governance, tax status, financial documents, Robert’s Rules of Order, etc)Roles & expectations of a board memberQuestions to ask when you’re approached to sit on a board of directorsFinding your passion & strengths as they relate to board serviceUnderstanding communication styles, emotional intelligence and motivating factorsIndividual & organizational valuesManaging healthy conflictWorking in and with teams October 6th (FULL, waitlist in process with possibility of additional session October 7th)Schedule9:30 – 11:30am: Module 1 – Shaping Your Community Serving on a Board or Committee: A good board candidate understands how their passion and strengths can combine with an organizational mission to provide a good board experience. This segment includes basic information on organizational structure, tax-status, governance plus roles of board members and expectations of being on a board.11:30am – 12:30pm: Lunch (included in registration fee)12:30pm – 2:30pm: Module 2 – Developing & Refining Strategic Board Communication & Teamwork: Skilled Boards are made up of individuals who each communicate in different ways. Understanding how one’s own communication influences both harmony and conflict is important for a healthy board. It is also vital to understand the diverse thinking, process, and learning styles of those “around the table” in order to maximize strategic strengths and the human capacity of those serving on the board. You will also gain understanding of the various stages of teams and roles of leadership within those stages, working together as a team, and needs of the team.2:30pm – 4:30pm: Eagle County Case Studies: Hear from local board veterans who have navigated challenging situations during their tenure on a board of directors. These discussions will be interactive and informative.
Author, Coach, Marathoner, CEO and more; Holly Johnson joins Vail Valley Partnership for a discussion of her new book and shares some tangible ways in which business owners, community members and YOU can start feeling better...about everything. Do think feeling good is out of reach?  Feeling good is really quite simple. It comes down to choices. When you think about it, a bad day is really just a series of moments. If you make the shift from a day to a moment, it’s a lot easier to let go and move on. This is when you make the conscious shift to say, how can I feel better? You inherently believe it’s possible or you wouldn’t be here. So, let’s get started and have some fun. Learn more about How to Make Feeling Good Your Priority at work, home, training and life in general.An evolution of founder and director Holly Rouillard Johnson’s 27-time marathon career and 30+ years running two successful PR and marketing firms and serving as a running coach, a COVID calling spurred a desire to expand her feel-good mindset training to a broader audience and help people around the world feel better – about themselves, their work, their relationships and their value. Start your feel-good journey today!
Alicia Gresley, Business Development Manager with Vail and Beaver Creek Resort properties joins us to talk about how the lodging community has fared since COVID and what we can expect in the near future.  We also spend time talking about professional development, career pathways and part time options through Vail Resorts.More information about employment can be found at  https://jobs.vailresortscareers.com/, however, in the words of Alicia, it’s always best to stop by and talk to someone.  Feel free to stop by any of the lodging properties to ask about employment options!
VVP is honored to be joined by Dr. Harlan Austin, a Sport Psychologist with Howard Head Sports Medicine.Dr. Austin discusses what is Sports Psychology, how does it come into play at the highest level of athlete as well as...the rest of us!  From visualization and  mindfulness to easing the anxiety of youngsters in their sports Dr. Austin gives us some tangible and actionable ideas that we can all benefit from.Learn more about Howard Head Sports Medicine HERELearn more about the service from Eagle Valley Behavioral Health HERE
Vista Eagle County

Vista Eagle County

2021-07-2322:15

Join Colton Berck, Community Engagement Coordinator and Angleo Fernandez, Chief Culture Officer as they discuss Eagle County's Vista initiative.Learn more and get involved at www.vistaeagleco.comVista is a bold reimagining of how community members and decision makers can work together to produce realistic, effective outcomes. It invites residents and leaders to come together more frequently and conversationally to create solutions. Eagle County will act as the primary convener for Vista in partnership with towns, municipalities, nonprofits, businesses, local organizations, and community members to help facilitate a regional feedback-driven process. While Vista will continue to evolve to meet future needs as they arise, its initial focus is to develop the county’s Comprehensive Plan, promote participation in community development, rebuild the economy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, and improve equitable access. 
VVP gets a chance to sit down with a panel of amazing mental health professionals to talk about peer support programs, sports psychology and overall mental health.  Learn more at www.Eaglevalleybh.orgGET SUPPORT: PEER SUPPORT GROUPSOur Peer Support Group program offers ongoing group oriented care with a qualified and vetted group leader. A peer group is a gathering of 2-10 people with shared experience, to allow for healing through story telling. This is hosted by a trained peer leader to hold a respectful space for all to grow in their recovery. Peer groups can be held in agreed upon spaces generously provided by Vail Resorts, as well as cafes, libraries, or outdoorsWhat is peer support? Peer Support is when two or more people with similar experiences get together in person or electronically to share their experiences, to learn together how to move past the difficulties this has created in their lives, to give each other hope, and to support each other as they do the things they want to do and make their lives the way they want them to be.Why is it helpful? Peer Support is another way in the Eagle River Valley to find a listening ear and a friendly face. It is an opportunity to talk with others who are experiencing similar things in their life. It can be a freeing experience as individuals realize “I am not alone”.Who is it for? Peer Support can be used by anyone with any kind of life experience. 
Rosa Guzman Snyder and Indira Guzman from the Community Language Cooperative join Lauren Emenaker from the VVP to talk about how local businesses can take steps towards language justice. Language justice when it comes to racial justice aims to remove the language barrier and provide full acceptance and recognition of the “whole self” for people of color, allowing for full and unapologetic leadership. In other words, language justice is about giving everyone the opportunity to participate in the language of her/his heart. Learn more about the Community Language Cooperative at www.communitylanguagecoop.com. 
Dave and Matt Vans

Dave and Matt Vans

2021-04-1526:00

Erik Williams from VVP interviews the actual Dave and Matt from Dave and Matt Vans!  Hear how these two entrepreneurs followed their passion in creating this business, navigated the challenges of COVID and manufacturing in the mountains and ultimately found a level of success that they never anticipated...or did they?  Find more info at www.dmvans.com.
Valley Dreamers

Valley Dreamers

2021-04-1211:34

Host Erik Williams interviews Eagle Valley Senior Zaira Najera about the new club Valley Dreamers, the impact they are already making and hears about one of their first events, Destigmatizing Labels.   More info at www.youthpower365.org.
The Hive

The Hive

2021-04-0812:48

Vail Valley President & CEO Chris Romer visits with Makenzie Mueller from Remonov and Co to discuss workforce housing in the Eagle River Valley, including a new concept proposed for Edwards titled the Mtn Hive. This unique and extraordinary concept is a co-living space that meets community needs. Learn more at https://mtnhive.com/ 
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