Business briefs for Jan. 29

Dial411 lands Coast Guard contract

Dial411, a directory assistance company with executive offices in Steamboat Springs, recently landed a major contract with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Unlike the current trend of computerized automated speech recognition systems, Dial411 uses live operators and a unique search method to locate callers' information.

The president and CEO of Dial411 is Daryl Lev. Tom Miller-Freutel is the executive vice president and director of marketing for the firm. The company's services are in use with businesses in health care, marketing, catalogue, education, publishing, finance manufacturing, insurance and legal fields. Dial411 maintains corporate offices in Calabasas, Calif. It has branch offices, call centers and data centers throughout the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.

Stempel, Diehl join Century 21 Ski Town

Chuck Armbruster, managing broker of Century 21 Ski Town real estate office has welcomed two new brokers to the firm.

Bo Stempel has been a resident of Colorado since 1977. He was president and founder of executive search firm Stempel Group, with an emphasis in tech industries. Stempel was a volunteer ski patroller in Winter Park for 17 years.

Michelle Diehl graduated from Jones College in September and became licensed Dec.1 as a broker associate.

She graduated from the University of Colorado in 1990 with a BA in communications and a teaching certificate. She has worked as a front desk administrator with Steamboat Dental group and as an administrator with Yampa Valley Recycles.

Gart Sports store to become privately owned

The Gart Sports store in Steamboat is poised to make the transition to private ownership along with the rest of the stores in the nation's largest sporting goods chain.

The board of Sports Authority Inc. announced last week it had entered into an agreement to be acquired by an investor group led by Green Equity Investors in a transaction valued at $1.3 billion when assumed debt is included.

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