Business briefs: Steamboat designer returns after year spent studying in Italy |

Business briefs: Steamboat designer returns after year spent studying in Italy

— Steamboat designer Valerie Stafford, a partner at Rumor Design, recently returned from a year spent studying in Italy at the Florence Design Academy, according to a news release.

Stafford completed a master’s course in interior design, the release states.

There will be a welcome home reception for Stafford from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rumor Design next to bistro c.v. in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Stafford “sought out the opportunity to broaden her knowledge of design and architecture in order to enhance her work with clients and in the community,” according to the release.

In the release, Stafford states that her experience in Italy has given her “an appreciation for the classics in tandem with an appreciation for the advances in modern design.”

SmartWool ranks 4th for product quality in brand strength study

Steamboat-based SmartWool ranks as one of the top 50 sportswear and apparel brands in the U.S., according to a news release.

The release states that this is the first time SmartWool has made the list compiled by SportsOneSource Consumer Research Group.

“SmartWool is the only merino-based performance brand to join the ranks of Nike, Adidas, The North Face, and Vans on the top 50 list,” the release states.

“SmartWool enjoys immense brand loyalty within core snow, outdoor and run channels,” Mark Satkiewicz, SmartWool’s president, said in the release. “But what this study confirms is that we are successfully scaling SmartWool’s brand promise of uncompromising innovation and quality while resonating with a wider spectrum of consumers.”

SmartWool is ranked 47th on the overall list but comes in fourth in product quality among apparel makers, ahead of The North Face and behind Carhartt, Patagonia and Jordan.

“A top 10 result in product quality just means that we are doing our job,” Satkiewicz said in the release. “We work every day to earn the trust and loyalty of consumers who prioritize quality apparel. Our 100 percent satisfaction guarantee delivers on this commitment.”

Clear Choice Property Care gains status in National Home Watch Association

Clear Choice Property Care, of Steamboat springs, has gained Accredited Member status in the National Home Watch Association, according to the news release.

“The National Home Watch Association was formed in 2009 in order to establish and maintain the highest industry standards for Home Watch and absentee homeowner services throughout the United States and Canada,” the release states.

The release states that CEO Rusty McRight moved to Steamboat after more than 20 years “planning and executing multimillion-dollar projects for a Fortune 500 company.”

“Retiring early and settling into the Yampa Valley has been a unique pleasure; we love the rustic Western atmosphere,” McRight said in the release.

More information about Clear Choice Property Care is available at, by calling 877-259-4438 or emailing

Cantafio Eddington law firm donating part of legal fees to veterans.

Cantafio Eddington will be donating 15 percent of legal fees generated by representing U.S. veterans to “further pro-bono representation of veterans in need and to nonprofit organizations that specifically assist veterans,” according to a news release.

The release states that Ralph Cantafio and Christine Breen are approved by the Office of the General Counsel of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as accredited attorneys to represent veterans.

Cantafio Eddington serves clients in all counties of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming as well as in federal court.

Alpine Bank’s Shanna Woods earns credential through course

Shanna Woods, of Alpine Bank, earned a Certified Regulatory Vendor Program Manager credential through a course provided by the Compliance Education Institute, according to a news release.

“I’m extremely happy to see that Alpine Bank has been proactive and had the foresight to build its staff’s competency in an area of heavy regulatory focus,” Mick Kless, president of the Compliance Education Institute, said in the release. “This course is challenging, and Shanna did exceptionally well. Vendor management will only continue to grow in importance and by completing the CRVPM course, Alpine Bank now has an enhanced level of knowledge to leverage in complying with guidance for third party oversight and staying ahead of the regulatory curve.”

Alpine Bank is a $2.4 billion, employee-owned organization headquartered in Glenwood Springs. It has 37 banking offices across Colorado, including in Steamboat Springs.

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