The Partnership Podcast

The Partnership Podcast

Dive into the latest happenings in the Vail Valley direct from the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Vail Valley Partnership brings you the scoop on business news and current issues to advocacy alerts and community conversations.


September 19, 2023 17 mins

Erik is joined by Vail Valley Partnership President and CEO (and University of Colorado Alum!) Chris Romer to talk about the player-centric coaching style of new head football coach "Neon" Deion Sanders.  Coach Prime's innovative and immersive style is taking the college football world by storm and Chris breaks down for us how that parallels our business here in the  Vail Valley and what we can apply locally.

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Erik gets a chance to sit at the feet of the master, local legend Steve Leigh, when it comes to on-air presence, local radio strategies and the future of radio ('s not going away...hyper-local content works!)  Let Steve's rich baritone voice wash over you while both entertaining and educating on what the local radio landscape looks like...and will the robots take over?  Listen and find out!

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August 29, 2023 14 mins

Vail Valley Partnership's Christy Beidel and Erik Williams discuss the Modern Youth Apprenticeship Program CareerWise as well as CareerX, the career exploration services from Eagle County School District.  Learn how your business can take advantage of our growing workforce pipelines that are putting our students into positions that are serving both them and the companies they work for.
Christy and Erik also discuss the upc...

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August 23, 2023 29 mins

This podcast was originally recorded in 2021, but this amazing course is offered annually. For upcoming course dates, visit

We at Vail Valley Partnership are really excited about these guests. We've been following the work of Dr. Jill McCrory and Dr. Steve Swafford with Leadership Outfitters. These are two nationally recognized educators and they join us for a conversation about a one-day program they ...

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August 2, 2023 24 mins

VVP's Erik Williams steps just a bit out of his comfort zone to receive a wellness IV live on the podcast.  If you've always wondered what it feels like?  What are the medical benefits?  Why is taking vitamins in this manner so much more effective?  If I'm not an extreme athlete, does this make sense for me?  Well...Erik asks all of the above and more while having the process done.  Listen to learn about this incredi...

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July 25, 2023 13 mins

Erik heads down the road here in Riverwalk to the Diamond Building to visit Orisek Brothers Accounting.  Joe and Chris Orisek join him to talk about the importance of professional bookkeeping services in the valley and what are some of the most often asked questions by small business?
They also discuss how Joe and Chris came to be in this place, what it's like working with family (spoiler: more perks than pitfalls!) and wh...

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July 11, 2023 25 mins

Erik thoroughly enjoys this conversation with Vail Jazz Artistic Director Drew Zaremba about his history, vision and all things jazz.  Like an improvised piece of music, they both let this conversation unfold and carry them in it's wake:)  Drew talks about the importance of legacy, the incredible work that is being done in the local schools and of course previews what he's looking forward to most for the Labor Day Party t...

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July 3, 2023 17 mins

Erik get a chance to sit with Charlotte Lin, Sustainability Coordinator with the Town of Avon to talk about everything they are doing around sustainability and hold on because Avon is quickly moving in some very positive directions!  Charlotte shares some stories from her past life as a climate scientist studying tundra ecosystems in the Canadian Artic and how she's taking those lessons and applying them to her work here.  She...

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Erik has the honor of sitting down with two of the amazing staff at Your Hope Center, Executive Director Carrie Benway and Clinical Director Dr Teresa Haynes, PsyD. to both celebrate being named the 2023 Vail Valley Partnership Best Non-Profit by their peers in the business community but more importantly to talk about their ongoing and vital work.  Both are quick to point out what a difference an excellent staff makes and how impor...

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Erik gets a chance to sit with Marc Brennan, Ph.D. Vice President and Campus Dean of CMC Vail Valley to discuss their latest win in the 2023 Success Awards, Best Place to Work.  Marc discusses not only the reason for the best place to work (hint: it's the people!) but also what CMC means to the people of this valley and how our local community college is meeting our needs in extraordinary ways. 

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Erik gets a chance to chat with former Vail Police Chief and this year's Vail Valley Partnership Chairman's Award recipient Dwight Henninger.  Dwight reflects on his years in the valley, the importance of a strong team and community partnership and also advocates for more resources dedicated to first responders.

Vail Valley Partnership (and the community!) thank Dwight for his service.

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Erik gets a chance to sit with Christine Holmberg, Executive Director and have an awesome conversation about where Foresight has come from, where it's going and how you can get involved, particularly in the upcoming summer programs.  Learn more about all of that below!

​JUNE 19-21 AND JULY 10-12, 2023

Foresight Adventure Guides for the Blind is thrilled to offer another opportunity for b...

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May 18, 2023 15 mins

Erik gets a tour of the Venture Sports warehouse from Owner/Operator Mike Brumbaugh, meets some of the team and learns about all things spring biking in the valley.  From what you need to get the machine up and running again, to some of the newer technology coming out, best trails, hero dirt, favorite road rides and more, they cover it all.  While Erik struggles to keep up with Mike's wit and and wisdom, all will benefit from ...

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Feed neighbors in need and get tax credit and marketing benefits? It’s a win-win!
 More than 38 million Americans lack reliable access to nutritious meals. In Eagle County alone, over 8,700 community members are food insecure. Meanwhile, 108 billion pounds of food go uneaten in the U.S. — the equivalent of 40% of the country’s food supply.
 REcover, a program of Eagle Valley Community Foundation’s The Community ...

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April 18, 2023 15 mins

Erik is joined by Vail Valley Partnership's own Anna Robinson to talk about the LEAD Eagle Certification.  They discuss who this is for, what the programs entail and why the certification came about in the first place.

New in 2023, Vail Valley Works is pleased to introduce the LEAD Eagle Certification (Leadership Education And Development). This certification is awarded to individuals in Eagle County who show a commit...

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What does it take to make it long term in this valley?  What does it take to put down roots in this place and see them grow?  Erik is joined by Bratzo Horruitiner, Executive Director of My Future Pathways and Seth Ehrlich, Executive Director of SOS Outreach to talk about the idea of BELONGING in this community.  Through the lens of their individual organizations as well as a greater community lens, these gentlemen share experiences...

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April 4, 2023 17 mins

Erik heads over to Walking Mountains Science Center to learn more about this year's Climate Action Week...or 10 days...c'mon it should be everyday!

He's joined by Elizabeth Baer, Sustainability Fellow and Will Barror, Climate Action Coordinator and they discuss highlights from the upcoming week and how this initiative only works with COMMUNITY behind it.

Find out how you can get involved HERE.

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Erik heads to Cooley Mesa Detailing for a tour and conversation with owner Chris Baddick.  They discuss a number of different business issues including the joys and challenges of taking over a family legacy business.  Chris also discusses how a former professional cyclist came to work in the auto business and how he and his team can work towards positive social and environmental outcomes.  As Chris shares, the rental car experience...

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Erik is joined this week by John Burns, owner/operator/co-founder of Slalom Fox cocktails.  Based in the Front Range but with a strong mountain presence, John recounts the story of how this company came to be, what challenges they faced building their dream and how it is moving into the future.   They talk candidly about challenges around brand awareness, local market share and running a small business with a regional and statewide...

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Erik is joined by Shannon Grant, Director of Post Secondary Learning and Career Readiness for Eagle County School District and Carolyn Tucker, Regional Business Services Coordinator for the Colorado Workforce Center to discuss WORK WEEK!
It's not Shark Week, it's Work Week.

Work Week 2023  March 28 – March 30

Join us for the new, week long spring hiring event! Over 100 business positions available. Explor...

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