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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Superior-based Key Equipment Finance named Steven G. Clyne as northeast regional sales manager. Clyne will be responsible for generating small-to mid-ticket IT equipment leasing and finance sales volume in the region through national channel programs and regional business development efforts. Prior to joining Key, Clyne was Northeast regional sales manager for Leaf Commercial Capital. Previously, he was a director at Patriot Funding Corp., national sales manager at CIT Group Inc., and held a variety of sales and management positions at Citicorp Vendor Finance.
Joseph Jerkovich was named director of marketing for Broomfield-based Accera Inc., a privately held health-care company focused on discovery and development of clinical applications to address acute and chronic neurodegenerative diseases. Jerkovich, who will help spearhead the company’s commercialization efforts of Axona in the United States, previously served as head of the professional marketing group at Novartis Consumer Health.
Gary Ray was named program manager at Boulder-based Innovation Center of the Rockies and will work directly with the University of Denver’s Office of Technology Transfer.
Sarah Rhett, former senior financial aid counselor and VA certifying official at Naropa University in Boulder, was promoted to assistant director of student financial services.
Marlena Rich was named director of business development at Boulder-based Agloves, an apparel startup that makes gloves that enable wearers to use touchscreen devices such as smartphones. Hindsight Marketing LLC does business as Agloves.
Longmont-based UQM Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UQM), a developer of alternative-energy technologies and manufacturer of electric engines, named John E. Sztykiel to its board of directors, replacing retiring Jerome H. Granrud, a retired Army lieutenant general. Sztykiel is president and chief executive of Charlotte, Michigan-based Spartan Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: SPAR) and a member of its board of directors.
Longmont-based UQM Technologies Inc. hired Jim Welsch as account manager. UQM Technologies, Inc. is a developer and manufacturer of high-efficiency motors and controllers for the automotive industry.
The University of Colorado Foundation elected Carl A. “Spike” Eklund of Denver to a two-year term as chairman of its board of directors and Jeremy O. May of Broomfield to a two-year term as vice chairman. Eklund, senior counsel at Ballard Spahr LLP, has served on the CU Foundation’s board of trustees since 2005 in roles including vice chairman and chairman of the membership and governance committees. May, president of financial-services firm ALPS Fund Services, has been a trustee since 2006 and chaired audit and compensation committees. The foundation also elected David C. Baker and Michael F. Imhoff of Greenwood Village, James C.T. Linfield of Boulder and Dawn F. Wood of Denver to three-year terms on the board of directors, and Gary M. Jacobs and Donatella P. Scanniello of Boulder, Michael J. Gerber and D. Randall Weeks of Denver, Michael D. Fryt of Cordova, Tennessee, Edward A. Holloway of Timnath, Nan E. Joesten of Alameda, California, Douglas H. Kelsall of Englewood, David T. Lougee of Great Falls, Virginia, Gary D. Meggison of Lakewood, Brett D. Nicholas of Mill Valley, California, James “Jay” S. Ogsbury of Greenwood Village and David R. Santistevan of Rancho Santa Fe, California, to three-year terms on the board of trustees.
David Brown was named vice president for information technology and business applications for the Denver-based Daniels Fund. He previously served as a financial analyst and information-technology manager for Boulder-based Land Title Guarantee Co.
Mark Biggers was elected to a two-year term on the Community Food Share board of directors. Biggers worked for 33 years at Montgomery Watson, now Broomfield-based MWH Global, most recently as its chief operating officer. Since retiring in 2009, he has served as a community volunteer with nine area nonprofit organizations.
Broomfield-based Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) appointed Andrew Crouch as regional president for North America, with responsibility for operations, marketing and sales. Crouch previously served as Level 3’s regional president for North American sales.
Boulder-based Radish Systems LLC, developer of the ChoiceView platform for sharing visual content in-call with smart mobile device users, expanded its management team. Gary Sonnier, new vice president for business development, has more than 20 years of experience managing technology businesses, most recently as vice president of sales and business development for ArcherMind Inc. Tony Shrader, new director of customer support and professional services, has more than 25 years of experience in the call center industry including stints at Cisco Systems, Chrysler Corp. and MoneyGram International. John Putnam, new marketing manager, specializes in mobile commerce marketing, online digital marketing, and software-developer relations. He founded several consumer-products businesses, worked in the film industry and consulted with startups and early-stage businesses about marketing and product-development strategies.
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