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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Advertising agency TDA_Boulder hired Samantha Johnson to serve as the ageny’s media director. Previously, Johnson was communications director at Saatchi & Saatchi in Los Angeles, where she worked on the launches of the Toyota Tundra and Toyota Prius. This past February, Johnson received a Working Mothers of the Year award from the Advertising Women of New York.
Citywide Banks hired Blake Peterson to lead its branch bank in Boulder at 1611 Canyon Blvd. Peterson has three decades of financial and banking experience and was born and raised in Boulder. Peterson previously was vice president and principal relationship manager at Wells Fargo & Co. bank branches in Boulder. He also has held commercial lending roles at offices of U.S. Bank in Denver, Vectra Bank in Boulder and Wells Fargo in Denver. Peterson is a board member of Impact on Education, a nonprofit foundation that supports schools in the Boulder Valley.
Boulder-based AmideBio LLC, a privately held biopharmaceutical company, hired Dr. Conrad Hummel as director of business development. Hummel has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry leading research and development, and business development teams. Most recently, he was at Array BioPharma Inc. where he was responsible for the outlicensing of research stage therapies and the establishment of new research partnerships. Prior to Array, he was a research scientist at Amgen Inc. He started his career as medicinal chemist at Glaxo in North Carolina.
The Louisville Chamber of Commerce added Sarah Giammaria, Jose Gonzales and Deb Kolaras to its board of directors. Giammaria handles public relations and event planning for Trailhead Wealth Management LLC. Gonzales is general manager of Hampton Inn/Louisville. Kolaras is owner of Marketing Java, 20-year old agency that provides marketing, web and social media consulting services and support. She is finishing her term on the board of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.
Boulder-based Rally Software Development Corp. (NYSE: RALY) appointed David Huberman as general counsel. Huberman will lead Rally’s worldwide legal affairs, including corporate transactions, licensing, intellectual property, general corporate matters, governance and compliance. He has more than 15 years of experience negotiating complex transactions, forging strategic relationships, and handling a broad range of legal and regulatory matters for private and public companies. Most recently, he served as general counsel and corporate secretary at Broomfield-based Webroot Inc., and prior to that, was assistant general counsel at Intrado Inc. in Longmont.
David Ziegert became general manager of herbal tea company Celestial Seasonings Inc. Nov. 1. Ziegert, who has been with Boulder-based Celestial Seasonings for 19 years, takes over for Peter Burns, general manager since 2008 and president since 2011. The company did not give a reason for Burns’ departure.
Michael Helmstetter joined Mental Health Partners as major gifts manager. He is responsible for developing relationships to increase charitable support for Mental Health Partners, a nonprofit community mental health center serving Boulder and Broomfield counties for more than 50 years. Helmstetter has managed giving programs for multiple nonprofits in Boulder County for more than 10 years and also has a business background in technology and real estate development.
Boulder resident Greg Watson joined AMA Enterprise, a division of New York-based American Management Association, as regional director for the central United States. Watson will direct the delivery of learning solutions to organizations headquartered in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Texas. Watson has 12 years of experience in the talent-management industry, most recently as an account executive with AchieveGlobal in the Pacific Northwest. Watson is a graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder.
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