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Businesses take flight: Firms tap technology to offer aerial imaging services

Ben Skogen, owner of  AeroScout, demonstrates the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle. The Grand Valley company uses emerging technology to offer services to customers in the agriculture, construction, energy and real estate sectors. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Ben Skogen brings to his business a background in technology both as a former Air Force technician who worked on aircraft electronics and, subsequently, a software developer. Skogen believes it’s a fitting combination in running a business that uses an unmanned aerial vehicle and computer software to provide a range […]

Entrepreneur: Sky’s the limit for drone technology

Mike Nevins, owner of MountainSky Aerial, prepares his UAV for flight. The business is the 12th for Nevins, a serial entrepreneur who also worked for the Grand Junction Police Department. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Mike Nevins has worked on the cutting edge of technology before — he began his career at the beginning of the revolution in personal computing, in fact. Nonetheless, Nevins admits he has no idea where the growing use of unmanned aerial vehicles will lead or what the future holds for […]

Promoting prosperity: Development director passionate about adopted hometown

Robin Brown oversees the Grand Junction Economic Partnership and its efforts to bring companies and jobs to Mesa County. While Brown is new to economic development, she brings to the role of executive director what she describes as a passion for the community as well as her experience in promoting the area and its lifestyle. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times As the daughter of an Army officer and later an officer herself, Robin Brown never lived for long in any one location. “I’m not from anywhere,” she says. But after retiring from military service and moving with her husband to the Grand Valley, Brown realized she’d developed a different perspective: […]

Making a better place: Bank executive takes on added role as chamber chairman

Clay Tufly oversees the operations of Alpine Bank in Mesa County as regional president. Tufly also plays other roles in promoting the local business community, including chairman of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for the coming year. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Clay Tufly has watched over the course of his life as Grand Junction has grown into what he calls “a community that has a lot more to offer.” More than an observer, though, Tufly says he’s strived to play various roles in that evolution through his banking career and involvement […]

120 years and counting: Home Loan nears another business milestone

Jamie Hamilton oversees Home Loan Insurance and Home Loan State Bank in Grand Junction as chairman and chief executive officer. Home Loan, which marks the 120th anniversary of its founding on Dec. 23, continues to provide a range of insurance and banking services. Hamilton attributes the longevity to a diverse operation, talented staff and ongoing commitment to serving customers and the community. (Business Times photo by Phi Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times It’s 1897. William McKinley has begun his first term as president of the United States. A gold rush has lured prospectors to the Klondike region of northwest Canada. And inventor Thomas Edison has received a patent for the kinetoscope. In Grand Junction, two lawyers with entrepreneurial and political ambitions launched a […]

Energetic endeavor: Trade group president promotes industry

Chris Clark looks over a map in his office at Laramie Energy in Grand Junction. Clark, Piceance field manager for the company, also serves as president and chairman of the board of the West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association. Clark expects natural gas production to grow in the region as firms find ways to operate more efficiently. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle

Phil Castle, The Business Times Chris Clark touts the importance of natural gas production because of its role in sustaining modern life — not only burning gas to generate electricity, but also using gas to make the plastics that go into so many products and fertilizers that grow food. Add to that the contributions of […]

Solving problems: Teacher recognizing for STEM efforts

Phil Johnston — a teacher who coordinates the science, technology, engineering and math program at Central High School — demonstrates a three-dimensional printer students use for various projects. The Colorado Technology Association selected Johnston as its 2017 Educator of the Year. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times While Phil Johnston works hard to prepare high school students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math, he says the so-called STEM program he coordinates involves something more basic. That’s teaching students to apply what they learn to solve problems. It’s an approach for which Johnston has become a […]

Destination innovation: Tourism director reflects on her career

Debbie Kovalik plans to retire in February after working 28 years as the first and only executive director of what’s now Visit Grand Junction. Among its other endeavors, the tourism marketing organization operates the Grand Junction Visitor Center — according to Kovalik, the only facility of its kind in Colorado located along an interstate highway. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Debbie Kovalik has devoted nearly 30 years to enticing visitors to the Grand Valley while also bringing respect to an industry she considers a vital component of a healthy and diversified economy. Looking back on her tenure as the first and only executive director of Visit Grand Junction, Kovalik considers […]

Making cities smarter: Firm applies technology to pilot project

Jim Finlayson, information technology director for the City of Grand Junction, demonstrates how aerial photographs and maps combine to display the location of underground pipelines. ProStar Geocorp has joined with the city on a pilot project to locate and manage infrastructure. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Page Tucker already considers Grand Junction a smart city because of the ways technology and information are used to improve efficiencies and, in turn, the quality of life. But Tucker believes his company can help make Grand Junction and other cities even smarter in more precisely locating and managing buried […]

Center of business: Services cater to growing clientele of entrepreneurs

Amanda Jimerson, an assistant at the Business Incubator Center, and Jon Maraschin, executive director of the Grand Junction facility, look over a display created by one of the tenants. In offering a range of services and resources to entrepreneurs, the center has in turned helped promote economic development in Western Colorado, Maraschin says.

Phil Castle, The Business Times Just like the entrepreneurs starting ventures at the Business Incubator Center, Jon Maraschin constantly evaluates whether or not he’s meeting the needs of his customers. As executive director of the center, Maraschin’s customers happen to be the business owners leasing space, taking classes, borrowing money from a revolving loan fund […]


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