The American Society of Quality will present the Gryna Award for innovative contributions and achievements in quality to John Latham, director of the Monfort Institute at UNC, at its annual world conference in Indianapolis in May. He is being honored for authoring the paper “Management System Design for Sustainable Excellence: Framework, Practices and Considerations,” which appeared in the Quality Management Journal. The Gryna Award is given for the paper that has made the largest single contribution to the extension of understanding and knowledge of the philosophy, principles or methods of quality management during the past year.
Weld County and Colorado State University Extension hired Elsa Romero as a peer educator for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education. Romero recently received training at CSU and will be responsible for conducting community classes in nutrition, food safety, stretching food dollars and the importance of physical activity in Weld County. For more information on the classes, or to register for upcoming SNAP-Ed classes, call Ellie Betts at 970-988-9234.
Susie Magnunson of Eaton received the Outstanding CattleWoman of the Year award at the Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Florida in February. Standing as a lifetime achievement honor within the organization, the American National CattleWomen recognized Magnuson for her approximately 25 years of service to the beef industry and to the group. Magnuson served as president of the American National CattleWomen organization in 2004, as president at the state level in 1995, and as parliamentarian in 2012 for the women’s group that focuses on education and promotion of the beef industry. She owns a farm and ranch on Weld County Road 33.
Emily Wiedeman of the financial-services firm Edward Jones in Eaton has been certified by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, and authorized to use the mark CFP(R). Wiedeman successfully completed CFP Board’s initial certification requirements, which include completion of financial planning coursework and passing a comprehensive examination. Individuals who hold CFP(R) certification must agree to meet ongoing continuing education requirements and uphold its code of ethics and professional standards.
Lee Fotsch was named to Waddell & Reed’s annual Circle of Champions conference, recognizing the asset management and financial planning firm’s top financial advisors. Fotsch has been in the financial services industry for 15 years, and works with clients in the Fort Collins community on long-term investments. He has been with the company since 2011, and earned a CMS graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Otis, Coan & Peters LLC announced attorney Jacob W. Paul has joined the firm. Paul has more than three years of experience helping small and growing businesses protect business and intellectual property rights. Prior to law school, Paul worked in the banking industry, where he assisted business customers with loan documentation and closings. While in law school, Paul served as a law clerk in the 17th Judicial District in his home town of Brighton. He received his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Fort Collins-based Workspace Innovations Ltd. announced the addition of Gavin Kaszynski as its chief financial officer. Kaszynski joins from his private consulting practice, and has also spent time in the commercial banking, IT and manufacturing industries. Gavin earned his MBA from the University of Houston and will help Workspace as it expands its presence in the office furniture, workspace design and commercial logistics lines of business.
The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce announced Kevin Jones as the new business advocacy coordinator. In this role, Jones will represent the chamber in various public and government meetings, advocate on behalf of the business community to local elected officials and staff several chamber governmental affair programs and committees. Jones’ numerous years of experience as a business professional, most recently as the sales manager at Signarama in Fort Collins. He has served in leadership roles for several local organizations including The Fort Collins Downtown Business Association, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery and the Larimer County Small Business Development Center.
Vision Graphics Inc., a printing company with an office in Loveland, announced that Mark Steputis, president and CEO, has been named a finalist for CEO of the Year by ColoradoBiz Magazine. Steputis was honored at a reception held at Walker Fine Gallery among several business leaders in Colorado. Now in its eighth year, the ColoradoBiz CEO of the Year award recognizes leaders who show outstanding professional achievement and community impact through their career-long body of work. Steputis has led the company to acquire Eagle:xm, a marketing solutions provider, and grown to become one of Colorado’s 250 fastest growing privately-owned companies and one of the top 400 largest printers in the country.
United Way of Larimer County announced today that Judi Terzotis, president and publisher of Coloradoan Media Group, and Suzanne Peterson, vice president of Peterson Energy Operating Inc., will serve as campaign co-chairs for the 2013 community campaign. United Way campaign co-chairs are business and community leaders who serve as advocates for United Way of Larimer County’s vision and support its fundraising efforts by leveraging relationships within the business community.
Eric Thompson, CEO and president of The Group Inc., was named president of the Poudre School District Foundation in January. The nonprofit foundation aims to bring together resources in the community to spark innovation in teachers and students in the Poudre School District. Thompson, who has served as The Group’s president since 2009, also volunteers as the vice president of broker connections for the Colorado Association of Realtors.
The Group Inc. announced that Christina Huff has joined as a broker associate and partner at its Loveland office. She is a graduate of Thompson Valley High School and attended the University of Wyoming. She has worked in the construction business in Northern Colorado for over 20 years.
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