Business Briefs – 1/27/2006

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Experience Colorado Springs announces board members

Experience Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak, the former Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, has selected its 2006 Board of Directors. The nine-member board will replace the 25-member board that has governed the bureau for the past 25 years.

Members include David Harris of Pikes Peak Ghost Town, chairman; Laura Neumann of Cheyenne Mountain Resort, vice chairwoman; Martin Wood of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, treasurer; Susan Edmondson of the Bee Vrandenburg Foundation, secretary; Dorian Ciolek of Room at the Inn; John Washko of The Broadmoor; Larry Vitagliano of the Antlers Hilton; Luke Travins of Concept Restaurants; Nancy Lewis of the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center and Foundation; and a representative of the Colorado Springs Airport.

STAR acquires RINK Magazine, conference, expo

Serving the American Rinks (STAR) has acquired RINK Magazine and the North American RINK Conference and Expo.

STAR is an association that provides education, training and resources to rink members, professionals and venders in the rink and arena industry. It was created in 2000 as a joint venture between USA Hockey and U.S. Figure Skating.

RINK Magazine is a monthly trade publication for owners, operators and suppliers in the rink industry.

BMA seeking nominations for Gold Key awards

The Colorado chapter of the Business Marketing Association is seeking nominations for the 2006 Gold Key awards, an annual event that recognizes business-to-business marketing communications.

There are 47 categories, and entrants do not need to be members of BMA to participate. Entries will be judged on creativity, production/execution, selling proposition and results.

Visit for more information and entry forms.

BLM narrows oil shale research nominations

The Bureau of Land Management has announced the names of eight applicants whose proposals for oil shale research development and demonstration leases have been judged eligible for continued consideration.

The companies are Chevron Shale Oil Company; EGL Resources Inc.; Exxon Mobile Corp; Oil-Tech Inc; Oil Shale Exploration LLC; and Shell Frontier Oil & Gas, whose three separate nominations were each judged eligible.

The proposals were among 20 nominations received in response to a call for proposals for 160-acre leases on public lands in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The next step in the process will be to complete an environmental analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act.

The parcels nominated by Chevron, EGL, Exxon Mobile and Shell are on public lands in Colorado.

Pulitzer-winning author keynote at Cornerstone Arts

The author of “The Metaphysical Club” will be this year’s Cornerstone Arts Initiative keynote speaker at Colorado College.

Louis Menand, whose book won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for history, will discuss “What is the Legacy of Modernism?” at 7:30 p.m. Feb 9 in Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St.

“The Metaphysical Club” is a study of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Williams James, Charles Sanders Pierce and John Dewey. Named for an informal intellectual gathering of philosophers and academics who met in Cambridge, Mass., for nine months in 1872, the book shows how the four men developed a philosophy of pragmatism following the Civil War, a period Menand refers to as “post-Cold War times.”

Menand is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University.

This is the fifth year for the Cornerstone Arts Initiative events. The program stresses interdisciplinary teaching of the arts.

Booz Allen Hamilton, Memorial recognized

Booz Allen Hamilton and Memorial Hospital were honored during the Pikes Peak Coalition of Chamber’s Diversity Awards Luncheon earlier this month.

The awards recognize companies that have incorporated diversity, affirmative action and equal opportunity in their workplaces.

Booz Allen Hamilton received the award in the corporate category. Memorial Hospital received the ward in the government category.

The coalition is comprised of The Black Chamber of Commerce, the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

John Laing Homes voted America’s Best Builder

John Laing Homes has been named one of three of “America’s Best Builders” by Builder Magazine.

The annual recognition, now in its 13th year, is given to homebuilders who demonstrate excellence in finance and operations, marketing, customer service, product and design and community involvement.

BBB offers dispute resolution program

There’s a disagreement. You’re sure you are right; the other party is equally sure it is right. What can you do?

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado has a program designed to help resolve this type of situation. It’s called the Membership Identification Program, and is available to any BBB member with a satisfactory record. The participating member must agree to comply with an equitable dispute resolution process when unresolved customer complaints are brought to the bureau’s attention.