Honoring Excellence and a Commitment to Community
The Vail Centre is excited to announce its third annual Torch Awards. As you know, our goal is to provide learning experiences that inspire personal growth and a commitment to community. And, we feel it is important to recognize those in our community who are demonstrating excellence, providing examples to others and forging a path for our future.
Please join us in the creation of a festive evening with more than 250 business, civic and community leaders.
Lifetime Achievement Award:
Sheika Gramshammer of Pepi’s
Special Remarks for Sheika from Susan Ford Bales
Gregory Doan, Principal of Eagle Valley High School
Eagle Valley High School (EVHS) has received high rankings for four straight years in US News & World Report which tracks academic excellence around the nation. EVHS is seeing unprecedented student growth due to the lower cost of housing and desirable living opportunities in Eagle and Gypsum. Greg is masterfully addressing of this expansion. He is working to create, through EVHS programs, a “home-grown” labor force that can receive skilled training in the fields of hospitality, construction and health care. The work being done at EVHS has garnered the attention and a visit from Bill Gates and his wife a couple of years ago, as well as a visit from Governor Hickenlooper.
Marisa and Kevin Selvy, Founders Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Marisa and Kevin Selvy started a small business in 2010, raising capital and inspiring investor confidence in a rock-bottom economy; they grew their business to be one of the top 50 largest breweries in the nation in just six years. More recently, Crazy Mountain was able to structure a deal with Breckenridge Brewery (built on the fundamentals of craft beer brotherhood vs. global notoriety) to buy their brewing facility in Denver allowing them to grow their business by 800%.
Elyse Howard, Development Director, Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley
Passion and Perseverance. These are the leadership personality traits that describe Elyse Howard. She has lived in the Vail Valley for almost 15 years and in late 2005, Elyse was tapped to help lead Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley as their Development Director. Elyse oversees donor engagement, volunteer support, and is a strong community advocate for affordable housing. Elyse and the Habitat team have built over 40 homes for local families in the past 10 years. Habitat is successful because Elyse and the team offer families a “hand up” and the opportunity to provide a better life for themselves and their children. “Strong and stable homes help build strong and stable communities,” says Howard in a recent Vail Daily interview. “A decent place to live and an affordable mortgage helps homeowners save money, invest in education, pursue opportunities and have more financial stability.”
Kristen McLean, President Leeds Council Student Government
As a senior at the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business emphasizing in Operations and Information Management, Kristen’s passion for business, leadership, and giving back has allowed her to thrive personally and professionally. She was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado and loves to hike fourteeners, ski, and participate in high performance driving events. Currently, she is president of Leeds Council Student Government, an active member of Alpha Kappa Psi, and a recurring Dean’s List Recipient. After graduation in May, Kristen plans to pursue a career in data management and supply chain.