Colorado small businesses are less likely to change health insurers for the upcoming year, even as they anticipate continued price increases, according to the second-annual Delta Dental of Colorado Small Business Survey.
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Natalie Riquelme joined Lafayette-based The Creative Alliance as a client services manager.
Previously, Riquelme was a learning and development manager at SDL International, an information technology and services company. She also worked as a project manager for the company. Riquelme earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an International Business Certificate from the University of Colorado-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.
Mimi Goodman was promoted to vice president/trust officer in the wealth-management division of Colorado State Bank and Trust. Responsible for supporting and developing trust relationships in the Boulder area, she is located at the bank’s branch at 1505 Pearl St., Suite 105, Boulder.
Nathan Ewert was promoted to president of consumer banking at Adams Bank and Trust. He has more than 18 years of finance and banking experience. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master’s from Loyola University in
Chicago, and graduated with honors from the Colorado Graduate School of Banking program in Boulder. He is board secretary for the Thompson Education Foundation and is a member of the Loveland Sertoma Club. Headquartered in Ogallala, Neb., the bank has 18 offices in Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas.
Jennifer Pinsonneault, Boulder Economic Council director of marketing and communications, is beginning work as the city of Boulder’s business liaison, giving the city’s economic vitality office greater reach in working with area companies. Pinsonneault’s new job is a two-year, fixed-term position for 2014 and 2015 that will support economic vitality coordinator Liz Hanson.
Naturally Boulder, which nurtures startup natural-foods companies and promotes Boulder and the Front Range as the epicenter of the natural-products movement, announced the results of elections for its 2014 officers and board. Bill Capsalis, founder of MarkEnomics LLC, was elected president. Jennifer Margoles, general manager of 34 Degrees, and Blake Waltrip, chief executive of Quinoa Corp., will be co-vice presidents. Rob Goldstein, shareholder at Polsinelli, was elected treasurer. Edmee Knight, sustainability manager for Alfalfa’s Markets, and Adriane Little, marketing manager for the Earth Balance division of Boulder Brands, will be secretaries of the board. Elected to the board for two-year terms are: Knight; Joe Beauprez, general manager of Eagle’s Wing Natural Bison and president of Phosphene Consulting; Alex Hanifin, head of innovation marketing at Rudi’s Organic Bakery; Clif Harald, executive director of the Boulder Economic Council; Jason Vieth, vice president for strategic planning and business development at WhiteWave Foods Co.; Nicole Vilegi-Sandage, sales and marketing manager at Fresca Foods; and Steve Wangler, vice president for sales at SPINS, Re-elected to second two-year terms were: Paul Raab, senior vice president and partner at Linhart Public Relations; and Mike Van Arsdale, regional sales manager at Presence Marketing.
John P. Hayes, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences dean for Research, was selected as the new dean of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. Hayes, director of the Florida Agricultural Station in Gainesville, will begin his new position at CSU on June 1. He will replace Joyce Berry, who served in the position from 2004 to 2006 and returned to the position in 2009.
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Broomfield-based Famous Brands International, the parent company of TCBY Yogurt and Mrs. Fields Cookies, appointed Joyce Hrinya and Joseph Nasr to its board of directors. Hrinya serves as managing partner of A&R Strategy Partners, a marketing firm. Nasr serves as a director at Z Capital Partners LLC, a private-equity firm with approximately $1.5 billion of regulatory assets and committed capital under management.
Thomas Ruprecht, formerly of New Planet Brewing, was hired as chain sales manager for Longmont-based Left Hand Brewing Co.
The city of Boulder hired Joyce Lira as its human resources director effective April 21. Lira was selected from approximately 300 applicants in a national search. She will assist the city’s 1,200 union and non-union/management employees. Lira has 30 years of human resource experience and was director of human resources for the city of North Las Vegas, Nev., population 223,491, until April 2013. Lira’s annual salary is $148,000.
Carlene Crall was named vice president for human relations at Lafayette-based TRU Community Care, formerly HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties. She has more than 30 years of human-resources experience, including more than 20 in the health-care industry. She previously served on the executive teams of health systems along the Front Range, including Memorial Health System in Colorado Springs and, most recently, Cheyenne Regional Hospital in Cheyenne, Wyo. An Ohio native, Crall graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in hospital personnel administration.
Juan Rodriguez, a family medicine physician, joined Banner Health and is seeing patients at the Banner Health Clinic at 1300 Main St. in Windsor. He specializes in sports injuries, pediatrics, adult medicine, preventive care and chronic medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, COPD and asthma. A graduate of Ohio University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, he completed his internship and residency at the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency Program at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood.
Paul Ford was hired as vice president for product and marketing at Boulder-based SendGrid Inc., a developer of a cloud-based e-mail delivery infrastructure. Ford will lead global marketing efforts, overall product strategy and new product creation. He has two decades of technology sector experience, with an emphasis on infrastructure-as-a service and software-as-a-service organizations. He most recently served in senior marketing and business development capacities at Softlayer Technologies, an IBM company.
Brian Campbell, a financial adviser with Northwestern Mutual Insurance Co. in Fort Collins, was appointed as a field director in the Northern Colorado/Southern Wyoming area. He has worked with Northwestern Mutual since 2006, first as an intern while attending Colorado State University and later as a full-time financial adviser and a college unit director. An Arvada native, he received a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in 2007.
Doug Thoutt was named senior vice president for corporate strategy and development at Affiniti LLC in Broomfield, a broadband services provider that serves underserved communities.
Sharon Caulfield, an attorney with Caplan and Earnest LLC in Boulder, was named to the board of the Colorado Chapter of the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management. She has practiced health-care law for more than 30 years. She also has a background in employment law, including health-plan design for public employers, and health-plan denial appeals. She has been selected annually since 2007 to the Best Lawyers in America list, and has been named a Colorado health care Super Lawyer multiple times.
Jessica Groom joined Fort Collins-based Coan, Payton and Payne, LLC, working as a paralegal with Peter Scott and Michelle AmRhein as part of the firm’s estate-planning team. She has worked as a legal assistant and paralegal in Fort Collins since 2004.
Kenneth Amundson joined Boulder-based BizWest Media LLC as vice president for operations. He will oversee internal operations for the company, which publishes business journals, magazines and directories in Colorado and Wyoming. He will divide his time between BizWest Media’s offices in Boulder and Fort Collins. Amundson served as managing editor of the Loveland Reporter-Herald from 1987 to 1998, when he was named assistant to the publisher at Longmont-based Lehman Communications Corp. He was named general manager of the Longmont Times-Call in 2006. In 2007, he became editor and general manager of the Loveland Reporter-Herald, a position he retained until May 2011, shortly after Lehman Communications was purchased by Prairie Mountain Publishing Co. He spent the past two years overseeing publishing operations for Ballantine Communications Corp., a Durango-based operator of newspapers, telephone directories and digital services in southwest Colorado and New Mexico. Amundson and his wife, JoEllen, also own a Curves health and fitness facility in Loveland.
Broker associate/partners Natalie Davis, Cindy Kutin, Kathy Beck, Chris Doyle and Chad Brent of The Group Inc. Real Estate, which has offices in Fort Collins and Loveland, have received awards or certifications. Davis was awarded the Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation by the National Association of Realtors after completion of a comprehensive course in understanding the needs, considerations, and goals of real estate buyers and sellers aged 55 and older. Kutin earned a Quality Service Certification as measured by Leading Research Corp., based on independently validated customer satisfaction survey results. Beck, Doyle and Brent earned a Quality Service Certified Platinum designation for earning 100 percent client service satisfaction rating in 2013.
Re/Max Alliance added five broker associates across its Northern Colorado office locations. Louise Creager, Jessa Unkrich, Mike Engel and Jane Spencer joined the South Fort Collins office. Creager specializes in mountain and rural properties. Unkrich recently moved back to the area after having previously lived in Colorado for 15 years. Engel recently graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with concentrations in marketing and real estate, and joins the Daniels Group team. Spencer, who obtained her license earlier this year, has lived on the Front Range for 15 years. La Junta native John Lowe, new to the Greeley office, obtained his real estate license in 2005.
Ralph Matt Will joined Cassidy Turley’s Fort Collins office as a broker associate. He has 10 years of experience as a licensed real estate broker serving the Northern Colorado area. His in-depth expertise of current market conditions and expansive professional network position him to serve the bourgeoning Northern Colorado market. He previously was president and managing broker at North American Real Estate Brokerage.
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