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Coldwell Banker agents awarded for performance

Thirteen agents who work for Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties in Grand Junction and Montrose have earned recognition from the national Coldwell Banker organization for their sales performance. Pete Baldwin, Jamie Carver, Steven Schiff and Linda Sparks earned International Sterling Society Awards. Cindy Ficklin, Annette Hejl, Jennifer Pedersen, Christi Reece and Eileen Turner won International Diamond […]

Hilltop director chairwoman of nonprofit association board

Michaelle Smith, senior director of learning with Hilltop Community Resources in Grand Junction, has taken over as chairwoman of the Colorado Nonprofit Association board of directors. “It is a privilege to lead this great organization that is so important to the effectiveness of the nonprofit sector in our state.” Smith said. Renny Fagan, chief executive […]

Dentist turned developer turns ski resort dreams into reality

Phil Castle, The Business Times Ron Allred has always followed his dreams, whether that was changing careers, turning ranch land into what’s now Avon or buying a small ski area in Telluride that was losing money and creating one of the top resorts in North America. The Grand Junction High School graduate, dentist turned developer […]

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 […]


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