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Success Award winners include hotel, brewery, cleaning company
Winners were announced at Friday night's gala Feb. 4, 2011

By Vail Daily staff report/Vail Daily – February 5, 2011

VAIL, Colorado — The Vail Valley Partnership held its annual Success Awards Gala Friday, and named the winners for Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Green Business of the Year and the Corporate Citizenship Award.

Organic Housekeepers wins Green Business of the Year in Vail, Colorado

Organic Housekeepers was honored as the Vail Valley Partnership's Green Business of the Year for 2010 at the Success Awards Gala Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at the Vail Marriott. Pictured from left is Glenn Davis (Alpine Bank Regional President), Organic Housekeepers General Manager Grieta Kinens, Owner Tim Szurgot, Supervisor Rosa Leyva, Owner Cassie Pence, Chris Romer (Director of the Vail Valley Partnership) and Team Leader Elizabeth Chavez.

Photo by the Vail Mountaineer

The winners were announced at the annual event at the Vail Marriott, during an evening that also included dining, music and a silent auction. A portion of the money raised by the auction will be donated to Walking Mountains Science School, the recipient of this year's Nonprofit of the Year award.

The business winners are:

• Business of the year: Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa.

• Small Business of the Year: Crazy Mountain Brewery, which recently celebrated its first anniversary.

• Entrepreneur of the Year: Kelly Liken of Restaurant Kelly Liken.

• Green Business of the Year: Organic Housekeepers, a green cleaning company focused on environmental sustainability.

• Corporate Citizenship Award: Vail Valley Medical Center, for its charitable work in the Vail Valley in the area of health services.

During the event, the Partnership also honored local community member and business leader Brian Nolan for his continued efforts and work within the Vail Valley business community. Nolan's volunteer work includes community service on boards including the Beaver Creek Resort Company, Beaver Creek Merchants Association, Vail Valley Partnership, Eagle County School District, Lionshead Merchant Association and the Vail Chamber & Business Association. He also serves on the Vail Economic Advisory Council, the Vail Valley Foundation Education Board as well as the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors.

“The Vail Valley Partnership is proud to recognize Success Award winners and the entire business community for all their hard work in making our community a special place,” Vail Valley Partnership Executive Director Chris Romer said. “We are especially happy to have the opportunity to recognize Brian Nolan for his years of service to so many civic organizations.”

Attendance this year was good — about 240 tickets had been sold by late Thursday. That's about the same number of tickets sold for the 2010 event.

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