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Business briefs: Local photographer featured on real estate website

Local photographer featured on real estate website

In collaboration with Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty, local photographer Noah Wetzel’s photographs of Steamboat Springs are being featured on the Destinations pages of, or, a leading luxury real estate website.

According to a news release,’s global reach includes more than 18,000 sales associates in more than 835 offices and 63 countries throughout the world. With more than 15 million unique visitors to the website in 2015, 75 million page views and more than 10 million unique visitors to the website in the second quarter of 2016, the website is gaining traction month-over-month. About 45 percent of the site visitors are from outside of the United States.

Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty called Wetzel’s work an eclectic mix of vistas, lifestyle and action shots, with lighting that presents the most iconic, well-known views around Steamboat from a unique, artistically beautiful perspective.

For more information or to view Wetzel’s work on, visit or at Wetzel’s website at

Steamboat banker graduates from banking school

Ashley Kawcak, credit analyst/junior lending officer of Yampa Valley Bank, recently graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, a 25-month banking school which provides management and leadership training for community banking professionals. Kawcak was among 159 graduates of the 66th Annual School Session, hosted July 17 through 29 on the campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder.

GSBC students are recognized by their bank’s executive team as rising stars in their organizations, and as graduates, often continue to become leaders in their respective organizations. A degree in banking is widely recognized by the banking industry at large and is a marker of advanced education, which hundreds of bank-industry professionals from around the country accomplish each year.

“Completing the coursework and projects associated with the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado is a great accomplishment for community bankers around the country,” said GSBC President Tim Koch. “Sponsoring organizations and communities should be very proud of the time and effort our graduates exhibit during their time as a student at GSBC.”

Graduates receive a diploma upon successfully completing six weeks of classroom training in the areas of general management, lending, leadership and human resource management and financial management in banks.

Requirements for graduation also include comprehensive examinations, intersession research projects and participation in a bank-management simulation course designed to provide students with experience managing a bank.

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