Briefcase September 6, 2013


The Fort Collins City Council will accept applications through Sept. 27 to fill vacancies on 24 boards and commissions. Board members advise the council on issues related to housing, the environment, transportation, planning and development, human resources, utilities, and cultural and recreational services. Applicants may apply to two boards; however, a separate application must be submitted for each board. If appointed, applicants will be appointed to only one board or commission. Applicants must have lived in the city’s Growth Management Area for a year and be a registered voter. Apply online at


Mercedes-Benz of Loveland presented a donation of $2,500 to the PVH Cancer Center and Medical Center of the Rockies Foundation to support the new comprehensive and integrated cancer center being built in Fort Collins. MBOL, the latest addition at the Motorplex at Centerra, presented the check at a private event Aug. 20 attended by 400 people. The PVH and MCR Foundation fundraising goal for the cancer center campaign is $6.1 million, with a campaign end date of June 1, 2015. To date, the foundation has raised more than $3.7 million toward the goal.

A crew of young people from the Weld County Youth Conservation Corps completed an improvement project at Swift Ponds, a regional outdoor education facility owned and operated by the nonprofit Colorado Youth Outdoors. Anadarko Petroleum Corp. donated funds to support WCYCC’s work at the property located east of Interstate 25 between Windsor and Fort Collins.

Fort Collins-based Odell Brewing Co. offered a $5,000 matching gift to Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity’s House That Beer Built home, matching donations on Community Funded through the end of August.


Aims Community College in Greeley received the annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting for achieving a 100 percent pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist examination for the cycle of Aug. 1, 2012, through July 31, 2013.

Attorney G. Brent Coan of Otis, Coan & Peters LLC was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the fields of corporate and real estate law.

Fort Collins-based OtterBox, maker of protective cases for mobile devices, is again among the fastest growing private companies in the United States, landing at No. 416 on the 2013 Inc. 500 list.

The national industry periodical Dance Retailer News featured Prima Bodywear, 123 N. College Ave., Suite 112, Fort Collins, in its September edition, viewable online at The article explains how owner Mary Pat McCurdie, a former dancer with a Ph.D in chemical engineering, transformed the store into a mecca for local dancers and fitness enthusiasts.

Craig Campbell, an agent with Farmer’s Insurance in Fort Collins who has owned his agency in Old Town for 23 years, was named “Rotarian of the Year” by the Fort Collins Breakfast Club for 2012-2013. He has been treasurer of the Fort Collins Rotary Club for the past four years.

Colorado State University geology professor Ellen E. Wohl was selected as a 2013 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union for her continued leadership in the geologic world. Only 0.1 percent of AGU members across the nation are selected to join the ranks of Fellows each year, and this year features the highest number of female AGU Fellows ever selected. Among her current research projects are long-term monitoring of in-stream wood and logjams in the mountainous headwaters of Rocky Mountain National Park, and their effects on channel complexity, productivity of the river ecosystems, and carbon storage.

Matt Brunner, business development officer for Alphagraphics Northern Colorado, was recognized in the ‘Top 10 Sales Persons’, ranking in the fifth spot at the Alphagraphics National Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Rankings are based on salespersons who produced the highest annual revenue in the system for the fiscal year July 2012-June 2013.

Colorado State University received six national awards for innovative communications work. The awards, announced by the national APEX Awards organization, honored Colorado State’s Division of External Relations for a broad range of communications and marketing work, including the Grand Award for Publication Excellence for “InFact Booklet: Colorado State University by the Numbers.”

Fort Collins was named home to America’s safest drivers for the third time in the history of the Allstate Insurance Co.’s ninth annual America’s Best Drivers Report. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 13.9 years, which is 28.2 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.


Bellvue-based Morning Fresh Dairy Farm introduced 12 packs of 4-ounce yogurt for on-the-go snacks or lunch boxes.

Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewing will reveal a new look and feel in 2014 with a portfolio-wide packaging refresh scheduled to hit markets in January. The new design reimagines New Belgium’s iconic and playful watercolor imagery from the past 22 years through a modern lens. The artwork will progress many of the themes celebrated in New Belgium’s labels over the years, which have been hand-painted by founder Kim Jordan’s neighbor, Ann Fitch, since the brewery’s beginnings. The new design, created by Hatch Design of San Francisco, featuring illustration by artist Leah Giberson, will appear on all brands and packages.


The Kruger & Clary CPAs South office, 375 E. Horsetooth Road, Building 2, Suite 101, Fort Collins, has become Key2Accounting and no longer will be affiliated with Dale Kruger and his office. That office will continue to operate from the Howes Street location.


New York Egg on Roll LLC opened in Fort Collins, producing four sandwiches – the Manhattan, containing egg, cheese and hash brown; the Long Island, containing egg, cheese and ham; the Bronx, containing egg, cheese and bacon; and the Staten Island, containing egg, cheese and sausage.

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