Taking the High Road
In 1973, a small group of friends and associates opened Roaring Fork Bank in Carbondale, Colorado, with $250,000 in capital. That started a growth trajectory of 38 bank branches in 28 Colorado communities, creating what is now known as Alpine Bank. In 2018, Alpine commemorates the legacy of 45 years in business. To celebrate, we profiled some partner trailblazers. Each is part of the history of Alpine Bank as a customer, community leader, entrepreneur or visionary. Thanks for sharing in our 45-year trailblazing celebration. And as always, thank you for placing your trust in us.
Math & Science Center
In 1990, long before the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) acronym was a catchword, John McConnell was a newly retired physicist who had just relocated to Grand Junction. He volunteered at the elementary school to share his passion for science with kids and eventually created the John McConnell Math & Science Center, hosting 17,000 visitors annually.
Community Agriculture Alliance
In 1999, third-generation rancher Marsha Daughenbaugh was watching Steamboat Springs’ resort business prosper and grow. She decided to bridge the gap between agriculture, recreation and business interests, creating the Community Agriculture Alliance. "I'm so proud we can be a voice for agriculture and help people understand why it's important to protect it."
Vail Jazz Foundation
On an impulse, Vail resident Howard Stone invited some of the world’s best jazz musicians to come to Vail to collaborate over a Labor Day weekend. That event spawned the Vail Jazz Foundation, hosting more than 80 performances annually as well as three wildly popular, hands-on educational programs — Jammin’ Jazz Kids, Jazz Goes to School, and the Vail Jazz Workshop.
Born in Bavaria in 1919, Klaus Obermeyer has had a lifelong love affair with skiing, a sport he started at age three. In 1947, at the urging of his friend and ski school director Friedl Pfeifer, Klaus migrated to what was then a fledgling ski resort in the historic mining town of Aspen, Colorado. There, he built an empire…and he made history.
After visiting Ridgway for the first time, John Billings (known as the "Grammy Guy") felt instantly connected. He immediately set about moving his business, which crafts the venerable Grammy Awards, to this little town, becoming a significant force in growing the palpable arts vibe that has earned the town its distinction as a Space to Create.
Robin Theobald — a fifth-generation Breckenridge resident — has restored 16 historic buildings while helping guide the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. He’s contributed to a business incubator plan to support entrepreneurs. And with Patty, his wife of 37 years, he founded an annual award to honor outstanding contribution to the historic preservation of the town.
Marble Distilling Co.
The morning after her first class at Dry Fly Distilling Institute, Connie Baker called her husband Carey to announce that they would be opening a distillery. That was in 2011. Now, Connie and her team produce spirits from natural Colorado grains and pure alpine water at their custom-built facility, which opened in 2015.
As Glenwood Springs businesses go, there are few as enduring as The Flower Mart. If its walls could talk, they would tell you about romance and weddings, birth and death, loss and triumph. More than simply owning the business, the people at the helm describe their role as stewarding this iconic enterprise.
In the 24 available hours per day, Monday through Friday, the average American spends one-third of his or her time working. Grant Barnhill, founder of SHIFT Workspaces, asserts that the environment in which we work can make all the difference between grinding drudgery and creative flow.