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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Boulder-based influencer-marketing technology company BlogFrog hired Jennifer Swartley as head of channel business development. Swartley has more than 14 years of publishing and marketing experience, having previously worked for Meredith Corp., one of BlogFrog’s largest channel partners.
Andrea Chunn and Renee Urbanowicz joined the design department at Melton Design Build. A kitchen and bath design associate, Chunn, who has run her own residential-cleaning business for six years, previously was an intern at a Denver-based residential remodeling company, and has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado and an associate’s degree from the Art Institute of Colorado. Urbanowicz, an interior designer, previously worked at her own design firm as well as one in San Francisco and earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Colorado College, Colorado Springs. She holds a certificate in Interior Design and Interior Architecture from the University of California-Berkeley.
Larry N. Koenigsberg has joined Boulder-based Raymond James and Associates Inc. as senior vice president for investments. He brings more than 35 years of experience in the field.
April Giles was named president and chief executive of the Colorado Bioscience Association after having served as its executive vice president for two and a half years. She will succeed Holli Riebel, who resigned in June to become chief operations officer at the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. Giles joined the association as director of operations in 2006, after having served five years as an executive assistant to the University of Colorado-Boulder Board of Regents. The Denver-based not-for-profit association shapes policies and develops programs to help Colorado’s bioscience and medical-device companies.
John Orwin, chief executive of Affymax, Inc., joined the board of directors of Boulder-based Array BioPharma Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRY) effective Nov. 6. Orwin has led Affymax since 2011 after joining the company in 2010 as its chief operating officer. Previously, he held leadership roles in marketing, sales, and operations for major pharmaceutical companies including Genentech, Johnson & Johnson, Alza Pharmaceuticals, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, and Schering-Plough Corp.
Diane Mercer joined the Boulder-based Innovation Center of the Rockies as the business incubator’s natural and organic program manager. Mercer founded Clementine Studio, a local art space for children, and Clementine Art, maker of a line of all-natural art products for children.
Roger M. Wakimoto, director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, will be the new assistant director at the Directorate of Geosciences, a research arm of the National Science Foundation. In his new role, Wakimoto will lead a federal agency with an annual budget of about $1 billion. Workers at the GEO, as it’s known, in Arlington, Virginia, do research in atmospheric, polar, earth and ocean sciences. That’s similar to the research done at Boulder-based NCAR, which also is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Wakimoto will start the new job in February. Details about who would replace him at NCAR were not immediately available. Wakimoto is a geophysicist with expertise in tornadoes, thunderstorms and other types of severe weather. Before becoming NCAR director in February 2010, he served as associate director for NCAR’s Earth Observing Laboratory.
Boulder-based LinkSmart Inc., a startup that provides text link optimization solutions for web publishers, hired Emmanuel “Manny” Puentes as chief technology officer, leading its product and engineering efforts. A 15-year veteran of the publishing and software industries, Puentes served as CTO of Federated Media Publishing.
Boulder-based Community Food Share added former Longmont City Manager Gordon Pedrow to its board of directors. Pedrow, who will serve a two-year term and may serve up to six years consecutively, has nearly 40 years of experience working with and for elected city councils, which acted as the board of directors for municipalities.
Longmont Humane Society has added Marta Ponder and Gail Frankfort to its board of directors. Ponder is a vice president at Boulder-based Elevations Credit Union, with more than 18 years of experience in the human resources field. Frankfort retired in 2003 as a director of finance for Keebler Co., now part of Kellogg Co.
The Humane Society of Boulder Valley hired Don Shires as vice president for operations. Previously Shires served as a volunteer, donor, board member and vice president of development.
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