Business briefs for Saturday, Dec. 30 |

Business briefs for Saturday, Dec. 30

Deer Valley’s annual Torch Light Parade will take place tonight on the ski resort’s Big Stick run. The parade features ski resort staff descending the slopes in a synchronized display of light and begins at approximately 6 p.m. Complimentary hot cider and cookies will be served to guests.

The parade is best viewed from the upper deck of Snow Park Lodge. Contact Deer Valley at (435) 649-1000 or (800) 424-DEER for more information.

Parkite recognized for hospitality

The School of Hospitality Business Alumni Association of Michigan State University has named Mark van Hartesvelt, partner of Gemstone Resorts International, LLC in Park City, alumnus of the month. The award was presented in recognition of van Hartesvelt’s significant contributions to the school and to leadership in the hospitality profession.

A 1973 graduate of Michigan State, van Hartesvelt holds a B.A. in hotel, restaurant and institutional management, and completed work toward an MBA from the University of Chicago. Van Hartesvelt has built a career as one of the hotel industry’s leading hospitality concept and marketing executives. His 30-plus-year career includes senior management positions with Holiday Inns, Harrah’s, Resorts International, Pratt Hotel Corporation, Guest Quarters and Doubletree. He co-founded Gemstone Resorts in 1994, which today is ranked among the 20 largest hotel management companies. Its managed hotels achieved the industry’s fourth highest revenue per available room, according to a recent independent survey.

Van Hartesvelt is a frequent speaker and author of articles on boutique hotels, management, marketing and food and beverage. He is the author of "Hospitality Administration," a classic college text book on hotels operations and strategy.

Bad Ass Coffee one of nation’s top companies

For the fourth straight year, Bad Ass Coffee company is ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s coveted Franchise 500 issue.

Entrepreneur Magazine publishes its "Franchise 500" edition annually and the coffee chain has been steadily on the rise since its debut on the list in 2002, ranking 256 on the list in comparison to last year’s 349 ranking.

This comes as no surprise to the people of Bad Ass Coffee who provide 100 percent American-grown, Kona coffee, always served with the laid-back, aloha spirit in mind.

The Bad Ass Coffee Company currently offers 52 franchise locations throughout the United States, including one in Park City. For more information visit Bad Ass Coffee online at

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