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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Frequent Flyers Productions Inc. in Boulder hired Laura Blegen as executive director. She studied voice performance, acting and stage management in college, and she completed internships at North Short Music Theatre in Massachusetts and The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C. Previously, she was the managing director of Stage Left Theatre in Chicago. Blegan received a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University and a master’s degree in arts administration from the Wisconsin School of Business.
Broomfield-based Urban Settlement Services LLC, doing business as Urban Lending Solutions, hired Ken Harthausen as senior vice president, strategic sales executive, and Julie Bussey as senior vice president of business development. Both are responsible for development and growth of strategic accounts. Harthausen previously was president of the Correspondent Lending department for Chrysalis Holdings’ wholly owned subsidiary, New Day Division. Bussey previously worked as the executive vice president of sales and marketing and was senior director of business development for Integrated Asset Services.
Boulder-based Harbor Financial Group hired Leslie Stewart as office manager. Stewart moved to Boulder from Tallahassee, Florida. Harbor is an independent wealth-management firm established in 1988.
Jane S. Brautigam, Boulder’s city manager was installed for a three-year term as Mountain Plains Vice President of the International City/County Management Association. The association’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by promoting professional management worldwide and increasing the proficiency of appointed city, town and county managers, assistant administrators, and other employees who serve local governments and regional entities around the world. The organization’s nearly 9,500 members from 28 countries also include educators, students and other local government employees.
Broomfield-based Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. a developer and constructor of wind and solar projects in North America, hired Robert Morgan and Glen Davis as chief development officer and chief commercial officer, respectively. Morgan and Davis join RES Americas from Agile Energy, a company they co-founded and led for more than nine years. RES Americas plans to acquire Agile Energy’s key solar development assets. Davis and Morgan each have more than25 years of experience in the global independent power business, including several years with AES Corp.
Broomfield-based Noodles & Co. (Nasdaq: NDLS) elected Jeffrey W. Jones as an independent member to its board of directors. Jones was also appointed chairman the Audit Committee. Jones, the former chief financial officer for Vail Resorts Inc., is a member of U.S. Bank’s advisory board as well as an executive in residence at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado-Boulder. Prior to joining Vail Resorts, Jones held CFO positions with Clark Retail Enterprises and Lids Corp.
Boulder Brands Inc. (NasdaqGM: BDBD) appointed James B. Leighton as chief operating officer. He will oversee operations, including internal and external manufacturing, research and development and food service across the company and will continue to serve on the Boulder-based company’s board of directors as an employee director. Leighton has more than 35 years of operations, general management and manufacturing experience within foodservice, retail and international channels. He has worked for Perdue Foods, ConAgra Foods Inc., Celestial Seasonings, The Hain-Celestial Group and Nabisco.
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