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Rebecca Heaton joined Boulder-based marketing and public-relations firm Pivot Communication LLC as an account executive. Heaton previously worked as a communications specialist, managing regional and national media relations for clients in the health, wellness and active lifestyle industries. She has also managed editorial and production processes for several magazines and websites, including Women’s Adventure Magazine, Competitor Magazine and The National Sports Network.
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Ben Ault was promoted to managing director of Boulder-based private equity firm Grey Mountain Partners. Before joining the firm in 2004, Ault worked with the mergers and acquisitions group of Goldman Sachs in New York. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and management and holds a master’s with merit from The London School of Economics and Political Science.
The University of Colorado-Boulder’s law school hired Brad Udall as director of the recently renamed Natural Resources Law Center, which now is called the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and Environment. Udall, who will start April 1, is director of the Western Water Assessment, a joint project of CU-Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Will Toor, former Boulder County commissioner from 2004-2012, has been named transportation program director at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project. The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, or SWEEP, is based in Boulder and promotes energy efficiency in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Toor replaces Bob Yuhnke, who retired from the position in December.
Industry consulting veteran Brown Thornton was named by Broomfield-based engineering company MWH Global Inc. to lead its management consulting team’s energy sector for the Americas region. Before joining MWH, Thornton worked for Science Applications International Corp. and the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Four volunteers have joined Mental Health Partners’ board of directors: Sandy Cavanaugh, vice president for community and business relations at Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette; John F. Truhlar, investment counselor at CAP Advisors LLC in Boulder; retired energy CEO Jerry Gollnick; and Leslie Hughes-Lind, a therapist at Aurora Mental Health Center in Aurora. Mental Health Partners provides community mental-health services to residents of Boulder and Broomfield counties, regardless of ability to pay.
Charles Tomeo was named vice president for worldwide channels and technical sales at Broomfield-based Webroot Software Inc., which delivers Internet security as a service. Tomeo has nearly 20 years of security experience including nearly eight at Webroot. Before joining Webroot, Tomeo was a senior systems engineer at Finjan Software, an enterprise web security solution company acquired by M86 Security in 2009.He also was an assistant vice president for IT in the private client group at Merrill Lynch.
Mike Mrlik was named vice president for operations at CraftWorks Restaurants and Breweries Inc. and president of its Old Chicago chain. Mrlik will relocate from Austin, Texas, to CraftWorks’ office in Louisville. CraftWorks’ three principal operating units are Old Chicago, Gordon Biersch and Rock Bottom. The company maintains dual headquarters in Louisville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Mrlik will lead Old Chicago’s brand refresh as 55 locations roll out a revamped menu with 40 new items including a thin-crust pizza. Mrlik was president and chief executive of Austin-based Mr. Gatti’s LP, vice president at Boston Market and chief operating officer of Einstein Noah Restaurant Group.
Bruce Sewell, senior vice president and general counsel at Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: APPL), was named to the board of directors at Broomfield-based Vail Resorts (NYSE:MTN). Sewell will serve on the board’s audit committee.
Attorney Michael K. Bolton has joined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in Denver where he will focus on serving clients in the oil and gas, and other energy sectors. He will be based in Denver, but he will conduct business from the law firm’s office in Boulder as the work dictates. Bolton previously was with DLA Piper in Houston, Texas. The firm also hired Shannon Golden-Schubert to work in its intellectual property practice in Boulder in the technology and licensing transactions group. She has more than nine years of experience in technology, life sciences and e-commerce. She previously was with Boulder-based Berg Hill Greenleaf and Ruscitti LLP. She began her Boulder-based practice as associate corporate counsel at Replidyne Inc., an anti-infectives drug discovery company.
Industry trade group Naturally Boulder’s new board of directors is headed by Ellen Feeney, an executive at WhiteWave Foods Co. (NYSE: WWAV) in Broomfield. Bill Capsalis, a 25-year marketing veteran, and Sonja Tuitele, vice president for communications at Aurora Organic Dairy Holdings LLC, will serve as co-vice presidents. Frances Draper, associate vice chancellor for strategic relations at the University of Colorado-Boulder, is the group’s new treasurer, and Jennifer Margoles, an executive at 34 Degrees LLC, is secretary.
The Boulder Writers Alliance announced its 2013 officers: Philip Tobias, a Boulder business communications provider, was re-elected president. Karen Bowen, a senior technical writer at LogRhythm Inc. in Boulder, was elected vice president. Chris Petrizzo, an instructional designer and trainer with CLIQ Solutions in Broomfield, was elected treasurer. Established in 1991, BWA is a nonprofit organization of communications professionals in Boulder and throughout Colorado.
Boulder County CareConnect elected Sheila Powell chairwoman of its board of directors and Martha Meshak vice chairwoman. Both have served on the board since 2011. Powell is senior director of community relations for HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, and Meshak is an elder-law professional who created Elder Resources Inc. in 2008. BCCC promotes the security, comfort and independence of seniors and adults with disabilities.
Michael Ryan started Jan. 14 as interim president of EAGLE-Net Alliance, an intergovernmental entity building a 4,600-mile, high-speed fiber-optic network. He replaces Randy Zila, who stepped down at the end of 2012 because of family health issues. Ryan has more than 16 years of executive telecommunications experience, including 12 at Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) in Broomfield, where he held several senior executive positions. Most recently, Ryan served as vice president of deployment and capital management at Open Range Communications Inc., a telecommunications company in Greenwood Village.
Louisville-based CableLabs, a nonprofit research and development consortium for the cable industry, appointed Wayne Surdam vice president for communications. Surdam has a wide range of experience in personal computer, software, networking and telecommunications industries. He expanded companies into Europe, south Asia and the Pacific Rim, including the rebuild of Hewlett-Packard’s global public-relations program and management of its global customer advisory councils.
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