On the job September 14, 2012


Frederick “Rick” Heath, financial adviser for Merrill Lynch, recently joined the Boulder office. Health received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Delaware and worked in Merrill Lynch’s office in Reston, Virginia, for seven years.

David Lubchenco has joined Boulder-based Chautauqua Capital Management as a partner. Lubchenco will be responsible for client development and service for the Chautauqua International Growth Equity strategy and the Chautauqua Global Growth Equity strategy. Prior to joining Chautauqua, Lubchenco was the executive vice president responsible for sales, marketing and client service at Scout Investments. He has more than 20 years of experience having also worked at Transamerica Investment Management, Janus Capital and Founders Asset Management.


Ron Eller has agreed to join Boulder-based Siva Therapeutics Inc.’s business advisory board. Eller runs his own management consulting and investment firm, Monroe Street Capital, LLC and is a principal with a private equity firm, Top Rock LLC. Eller recently held senior executive positions with Ascent Solar, Hewlett-Packard and Compaq Computer Corp. Also, Dr. Mark W. Dewhirst, an internationally recognized leader in hyperthermic therapy, joined the company’s scientific advisory board.


The Broomfield Resource Center hired Mike Saunders as coordinator. Saunders has a master’s degree in marketing, serves as an adjunct marketing professor at several colleges and is a consultant with the Small Business Development Center. He will provide resources to new and existing businesses in Broomfield.


Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar appointed Michael Barningham of Broomfield to the Front Range Resource Advisory Council, which advisees the Bureau of Land Management Colorado’s Front Range District including the Royal Gorge and San Luis Valley field offices. Barningham will focus on public land issues as they pertain to transportation and rights-of-way interests.


Tom Smerdon has been named interim leader of the University of Colorado’s technology-transfer department. Dave Allen, former associate vice president for technology transfer at CU’s four campuses, said last month that he would leave to take a similar role at the University of Arizona. Allen made $250,000 in the job. Smerdon will make $200,000 in the interim role. He is based at the CU-Boulder campus. The office focuses on licensing intellectual property to companies.

Boulder-based LinkSmart, a provider of text link optimization solutions for web publishers, appointed Mike Stigliano as vice president of business development. Stigliano has 14 years experience in the publishing and digital media industries. Previously, he was the director of business development at Hearst Digital, responsible for partnership development and strategy across the Hearst Magazines’ Digital Media portfolio including magazine brand sites such as Esquire, Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping, as well as standalone digital properties including Delish.com, RealBeauty.com and thedailygreen.com.

Boulder-based InspiringApps hired Donald Ness as a software engineer. He will focus on JavaScript and iOS programming for mobile business apps. Ness received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Texas A&M University and most recently worked at SpeakWrite LLC where he was a software engineer. He was a member of the Peppered Software team when it released Scribe, an app featured by Apple. He has more than 10 years of experience in software development.

Louisville-based Inovonics Corp., a provider of wireless sensor networks, promoted Don Commare to vice president of marketing. Commare will develop, oversee and implement the company’s marketing strategy to ensure it aligns with and meets corporate goals. Prior to his promotion, Commare was director of product management. 


Broomfield resident Gregory Dean Blanchard has been named a member of the 2012 President’s Council of New York Life. Members of the President’s Council are among the top 8percent of New York Life’s elite sales force of 12,250 licensed agents. Blanchard has been a New York Life agent since 1986 and is associated with New York Life’s Colorado General Office in Arvada. He has been named agent of the year on two different occasions, is a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, and served on the board of directors of the Denver Association of Life Underwriters among other achievements.


Gene A. Ciancio was appointed to the Metropolitan Football Stadium District Board for a four-year term. Ciancio is a founding attorney with the law firm of Donelson Ciancio & Grant PC and a devout Denver Broncos fan. Ciancio has served with ACCESS Housing, Westminster Legacy Foundation and the Community Reach Center.


John Paul Sales, wealth-management adviser with Merrill Lynch Boulder, was recently named president of the Boulder Hockey Club’s board of directors.

“I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County hired Adam Million as development coordinator and Daniel Sikkink Johnson as college and career coordinator. Both were AmeriCorps members with the organization. Million will write grants, coordinate marketing efforts, work with Dreamers on their writing, reading and college preparation activities, and collaborate on special events. Johnson will provide case management to alumni Dreamers, coordinate precollegiate, job-shadow and summer internship programs, work with high school students on the college application and financial aid processes, and collaborate on events.


Boulder-based Zeal Optics Inc., a maker of high-tech ski goggles and sunglasses, named John Sanchez president. He previously was with Zeal’s parent company, Maui Jim Inc., a sunglasses maker based in Peoria, Illinois. His previous role at Maui Jim was vice president of product development.

Boulder-based Apex Sports Group hired Todd Poseley as director of sales and marketing, and TJ Larson as national sales manager. Also, Robert Paige was hired as the company’s sales representative for Western Canada.

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