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VP and loan officer marks 20 years with mortgage firm

Rick Hamm, vice president and loan officer at Unifirst Mortgage, has passed the 20-year milestone in his career with the Grand Junction company. Hamm has worked in lending and finance since 1984 and joined Unifirst Mortgage in 1997. He’s also been named a top producing loan officer through the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority. Unifirst […]

West Slope bank executive announces retirement

Kris Gardner, a Western Colorado banking executive who’s worked in the region for more than 40 years, plans to retire on April 30. Gardner, chief administration officer of Alpine Bank, will end a 42-year career with the bank that’s included work as a teller, bookkeeper, cashier, loan officer, manager, vice president and president. She was […]

Fruita UPS driver honored for safety record

Scott Jelouchan of Fruita is among 27 UPS drivers  from Colorado inducted into the Circle of Honor in recognition of delivering packages for 25 or more years without an accident. “My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus and for the countless lives they’ve saved,” said Kenneth Cherry, president of the […]

Real estate firm honors best-selling agents

Chris Pinson and Cynthia Castaneda were honored as the top agents for February at Weichert Realtors-Heiden Homes Realty in Grand Junction. While Pinson posted the most closed transactions for the month, Castaneda had the most new listings. Weichert Realtors-Heiden Homes Realty operates offices at 735 Rood Ave. For more information, call 245-7777 or visit

Mind Springs Health names VP of information technology

Charles Andrews has joined Mind Springs Health as vice president of information technology. Andrews coordinates and develops information and technology systems for Mind Springs facilities in Western Colorado, including the West Springs psychiatric hospital in Grand Junction. Andrews also serves as a security officer in overseeing patient records security policies and procedures. Andrews brings to […]

Executive earns trust and advisor designation

Gena Cooper, vice president of Alpine Bank Wealth Management, has earned the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designation. The Institute of Certified Bankers, a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association, awards the CTFA designation to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field of wealth management and trust profession, pass an examination and agree to abide […]

Home Loan Insurance announces addition

Dennis Derrieux has rejoined Home Loan Insurance in Grand Junction as vice president of business strategy, while Sean Rubalcaba has joined Home Loan as a commercial account executive. Derrieux worked for Home Loan from 1996 to 2006 as a commercial insurance producer specializing in workers’ compensation. He subsequently worked for Pinnacol Assurance as an agency […]

Property managers attend conference in Denver

Cindy Hoppe, manager of Bray Property Management, and Chris Thompson, a commercial property manager with the Grand Junction firm, attended the 2017 Property Management Conference and Expo. The event in Denver included presentations on regulatory and legislative permitting, protecting the images of properties and attracting the next generation of property managers. “The conference attracted a […]

Freelance tutor offers computer instruction

Christella Kay offers instruction in using computer programs, the Internet and social media platforms as a freelance tutor in the Grand Valley. Kay brings to her instruction her training as well as her experience as an adjunct professor at a local community college. She offers instruction through personalized, in-home tutoring sessions and small group training […]

Professional opens financial and insurance practice

Gale Foster has opened a financial and insurance services practice in Grand Junction. Foster has aligned with NYLIFE Securities and New York Life Insurance Co. She works out of the Home Loan State Bank Building located at 205 N. Fourth St. Foster brings to her practice more than 20 years of financial and banking experience […]


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