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Marcus Straub owns Life is Great! Inc. in Grand Junction. His personalized coaching and consulting services help individuals, business owners, executives and companies build teams, organizations and lives that are filled with happiness and success. He is the winner of the 2011 International Coach of the Year Award, and is also the author of “Is It Fun Being You?.” He is available for free consultations regarding coaching, speaking and trainings. Reach Straub by phone at 208-3150, by e-mail at marcus@lifeisgreatcoaching.com or on the website at www.lifeisgreatcoaching.com.
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Angela Hildebrand, a certified public accountant, operates Autopaychecks at 441 Colorado Ave. in Grand Junction. John Hildebrand serves as president of business development for the firm. Autopaychecks offers a range of payroll and human resource services and tools. Reach Autopaychecks at 245-4244 or visit the website located at www.autopaychecks.com
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Matthew Kettlewell offers advice, strategies, consulting and seminars related to search engine optimization (SEO) and Internet marketing. Reach him at ceo@kettlewell.net or online at http://MoxDom.com
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Christy Hovland is managing partner at Hovland Marketing in Fruita. Hovland is available for public speaking engagements that inspire your inner marketing genius. Contact her at http://www.facebook.com/hovlandmarketing and follow her on http://www.twitter.com/christyhovland
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Doug May, a Chartered Financial Analyst, serves as director of the Mountain West Region for WealthSource Partners, an investment adviser registered with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. Registration with the SEC doesn’t imply a certain level of skill or training. The opinions and views expressed are those of Doug May and don’t necessarily reflect the opinions and views of WealthSource Partners. All investing involves risk of loss. WealthSource Partners operates an office in Grand Junction at 744 Horizon Court, Suite 350. For more information, call 263-5126 or visit www.wealthsource.com.
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Donna M. Hardy is a principal with Dalby, Wendland & Co., P.C., a top Colorado accounting firm based in Grand Junction. Hardy has worked for the firm for 27 years and offers experience and expertise in tax and business planning as well as accounting systems and procedures and payroll consulting. For more information about Dalby, Wendland & Co., including tax updates, visit www.dalbycpa.com.
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Jennifer Kettlewell has been involved in BNI since 2006 and has been executive director of the Northwest Colorado BNI region since spring of 2010. The largest business networking organization in the world, BNI offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and, most importantly, business referrals. For more information, call 985-4192 or log on to www.WesternSlopeBNI.org.
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Mike Foster is a commercial broker with Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties in Grand Junction. Reach Foster by telephone at 244-6602 or e-mail at mfoster@cbcworldwide.com. For more information about Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties, visit www.grandjunctioncommercial.com.
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Paula and Dale Reece own Crossroads Fitness Centers in Grand Junction with a downtown location in the Alpine Bank Building at 225 N. Fifth St. and an airport location at 2768 Compass Drive. For more information, call 242-8746 or log on to www.crossroadsfitness.com.
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Linda Davidson is a business coach and facilitator in Grand Junction. She also serves on the boards of the Western Colorado Human Resource Association and Colorado Society of Human Resource Management. The WCHRA meets at 11:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month at Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St. in Grand Junction. For more information, log on to www.wchra.org.
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John Hildebrand serves as president of business development for Autopaychecks at 441 Colorado Ave. in Grand Junction. Autopaychecks offers a range of payroll and human resource services and tools. Reach Autopaychecks at 245-4244 or visit the website located at www.autopaychecks.com.
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Chris Allen, CPA, is a principal in Dalby, Wendland & Co., a full-service auditing and accounting firm that opened its doors in downtown Grand Junction in 1948 and is now entering its 63rd tax season. Allen joined the firm in 2006. For more information about Dalby, Wendland & Co., including tax updates, visit www.dalbycpa.com for more information.
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Alicia Williams is an associate attorney with Bechtel & Santo, a Grand Junction law firm that emphasizes employment law services for businesses. Bechtel & Santo will cover this issue and other employment law matters, including those related to Facebook accounts, at the Western Colorado Human Resource Association spring conference and employment law update. The event is scheduled for April 20 at Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction. Reach Williams at 683-5888. For more information about the WCHRA, log on to www.wchra.org.
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Robert Ellis is principal at Ellis CPA, a Grand Junction-based firm that serves closely held businesses throughout the United States. For more information, call 241-5040 or visit www.elliscpa.com.
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Chris West is a principal at Dalby, Wendland & Co., a full-service auditing and accounting firm that opened its doors in downtown Grand Junction in 1948 and is now entering its 63rd tax season. For more information about Dalby, Wendland & Co., including tax updates, visit www.dalbycpa.com.
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Dale Beede, a Certified Commercial Investment Member, is broker and partner of Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties in Grand Junction. Reach him at 243-7375. For more information about Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties in Grand Junction, log on to www.grandjunctioncommerical.com.
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Dea Bridge, a military veteran and Certified Professional in Human Resources, works for the National Weather Service. She’s also one of several Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve representatives in the Grand Valley and belongs to the Western Colorado Human Resource Association.
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Les Miller is a broker associate at Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties LLC, 550 Patterson Road, Suite B, in Grand Junction. Miller has leased his own office space in the downtown area for 17 years and recently obtained a real estate license to broaden his experience. Contact Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties at 243-7375 or visit the Web site located at www.grandjunctioncommercial.com.
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Nina Anderson, a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, owns the Express Employment Professionals staffing franchise in Grand Junction. Anderson also belongs to the Western Colorado Human Resource Association based in Grand Junction. For more additional information about the group, visit the Web site located at www.wchra.org.
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Laurie Sinner is director of human resources at Community Hospital in Grand Junction. Sinner holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and draws on 35 years of human resources experience, primarily in health care. Sinner is also a member of the Western Colorado Human Resource Association.
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Tami Jo Russell is creative director and owner of Blue Finn Creative Group in Grand Junction. Russell is a multi-channel digital marketing specialist and designer with extensive experience in multimedia, marketing, e-commerce, and Web/print design. Reach her at tami@bluefinn.net or 712-2423.
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Rob Benjamin is director of managed services at Networks Unlimited in Grand Junction. Reach him at 243-3311 or rbenjamin@itsaboutaction.com. For more information about Networks Unlimited, visit www.itsaboutaction.com.
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Michael Santo is a partner in Bechtel & Santo, a Grand Junction law firm that emphasizes employment law services for businesses. Santo also belongs to the Western Colorado Human Resource Association. For more information about the WCHRA, log on to www.wchra.org.
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Chris Reddin is an entrepreneur who specializes in strategy, finance and marketing. Reach her at christina.reddin@gmail.com.
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Lonnie Knob, branch manager of Envoy Mortgage in Grand Junction, has been serving the home financing needs of Grand Valley and Colorado residents for more than 10 years. A full-service mortgage bank, Envoy Mortgage offers state-of-the-art technology, from e-signatures to automated milestone notifications. For more information, call 424-5585 or visit the Web site at www.envoymortagage.com
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Steven D. Hovland is a certified public accountant and certified forensic accountant with Dalby,Wendland & Co. Hovland specializes in financial statement audits and internal control assessments. Dalby, Wendland & Co., a full-service auditing and accounting firm , opened its doors in downtown Grand Junction in 1948. For more information about the firm., including tax updates, visit www.DalbyCPA.com.
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Connie Schulthies, a certified professional in human resources, works as account manager in the health and benefits division of Home Loan Insurance in Grand Junction. She’s also a member of the board of directors of the Western Colorado Human Resource Association.
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Daniel Hannaher, the U.S. Small Business Administration Region VIII administrator, works out of Denver. Reach him at (303) 844-0505 or Daniel.Hannaher@sba.gov
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Dan Danner is president and chief executive officer of the National Federation of Independent Business. Reach Danner through the Web site at www.NFIB.com.
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Raymond J. Keating is chief economist for the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council. Reach him through the Web site at www.sbecouncil.org.
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Kristin Donahue, a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, operates Employment Dimensions Consulting Services, a human resources consulting firm in Grand Junction. Donahue has helped many businesses implement quality engagement practices. Visit her Web site at www.employment-dimensions.com. Donahue also belongs to the Western Colorado Human Resource Association. For more information about the WCHRA, log on to www.wchra.org.
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Mike O’Donnell is executive director of Colorado Lending Source, the 11th most active certified development company in the United States and the largest lender of its kind in Colorado. It has been providing Colorado small businesses with financing and information for 20 years, helping them to create and retain more than 16,500 jobs across Colorado and to pump $750 million into the state economy. Reach O’Donnell through the Web site at www.coloradolendingsource.org.
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Larry Terrell has been an accountant with Dalby, Wendland for 34 years and has considerable experience and expertise in audits, tax and business planning for a variety of companies including the guide/outfitters, farm & ranch, construction industry, vineyards & wine. His specialties also include strategic planning, ownership/management transition, and benefit plans.
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Erika Jones is the Owner and Lead Consultant at Synergy Marketing Consultants, a Grand Junction-based marketing firm that uses a unique hybrid media strategy for helping their clients see their vision of success come to life. Learn more at www.gosynergymc.com or call Erika at 970-812-7030.
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Diane Schwenke has been the President/CEO of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce since 1989. She can be reached at 970-242-3214 or by email at diane@gjchamber.org.
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Theresa Englbrecht is a licensed commercial real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Commercial in Grand Junction. She has five years of experience as a commercial broker in addition to an 18-year career in manufacturing, design, construction, management and sales engineering. Reach her at 244-6655. For more information about Coldwell Commercial Prime Properties, log on to www.grandjunctioncommercial.com.
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Michelle Meagher has worked with Dalby, Wendland since 2005 and is a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, bookkeeper and educator and trainer who specializes in QuickBooks.
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Kevin Price is a financial advisor with Insight Financial Solutions in Grand Junction. He’s also a member of the Western Colorado Human Resource Association. The WCHRA next meets for a holiday celebration scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Dec. 21 at Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St. in Grand Junction. For more information about the WCHRA, log on to www.wchra.org.
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Barbara Burr is human resource director for Mesa County Libraries. Burr also belongs to the Western Colorado Human Resource Association based in Grand Junction. For more information, log on to www.wchra.org.
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Jennifer Gagliardi, a certified Professional in Human Resources, serves as HR program liaison at Hilltop Community Resources in Grand Junction. She also serves as a member of the WCHRA board of directors.
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Sarah J. Fischer, CPA, specializes in Tax planning and preparation services for individuals, and private companies for clients in several industries including auto dealerships, construction, manufacturing and medical practices. She is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants.
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Jean Ann Kochevar is a human resources generalist with Rocky Mountain Health Management Corp., the management company for Rocky Mountain Health Plans based in Grand Junction. Kochevar also serves on the board of directors of the Western Colorado Human Resource Association. Information for her column was obtained from Volunteer Calgary (www.volunteercalgary.ab.ca) and a research brief from the Corporation for National and Community Service (www.volunteeringinamerica.gov). For more information about the WCHRA, visit the Web site at www.wchra.org.
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Kim Last is president of Kimberly A. Last Financial Services in Grand Junction. Working in the financial services industry since 1998, Last holds the CFP, CLU and CLTC designations. Her clients include individuals and small businesses. She focuses primarily on retirement planning, including accumulation, tax strategies, distribution, long-term care and wealth transfer planning. Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Brokers International Financial Services, LLC, Panora, IA, Member FINRA/SIPC. Brokers International Financial Services, LLC, and Kimberly A. Last Financial Services are not affiliated companies. These are the views of Peter Montoya Inc., not the named representative, and shouldn’t be construed as investment or tax advice. Neither the named representative nor broker/dealer offer tax or legal advice. Please consult your financial advisor for more information.
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Lukas Burton is a senior at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction and a member of the CMU student chapter of the Western Colorado Human Resource Association. For more information about the WCHRA, visit www.wchra.org.
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Anne Warhover is president and chief executive officer of the Colorado Health Foundation based in Denver. Reach her at awarhover@coloradohealth.org. To learn more about the 2011 Colorado Health Report Card and its supplement, “Prevention: Strong Investments in Colorado’s Health,” visit the Web site located at www.ColoradoHealthReportCard.org.
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Greg A. Keller, CPA, CFF, PFS, CITP, is a principal and Chief Technology Officer at Dalby, Wendland & Co., P.C. He has been with the firm for 27 years and has special designation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as a Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) for his experience and expertise in technology. Go to www.dalbycpa.com to receive tech tips and tax alerts via the DWC newsletter.
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Darla Fortner is director of human resources at Enstrom Candies in Grand Junction and a member of the Western Colorado Human Resource Association. For additional information, visit www.wchra.org.
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Melissa Hoaglund is a certified public accountant and tax manager with Dalby, Wendland & Co. in Grand Junction. She specializes in individual and business income tax preparation and business consulting with a special focus on the construction and oil and natural gas industries. For additional information about Dalby, Wendland & Co., call 243-1921 or visit www.dalbycpa.com.
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John Gribben is founder and president of Triad EAP, an employee assistance program serving employers in Colorado and surrounding states. Triad EAP provides support for employers and employees confronted by a variety of unresolved personal and work-related problems. Gribben also belongs to the Western Colorado Human Resource Association. Reach Gribben at 242-9536, 
john@triadeap.com or by visiting the Web site at www.triadeap.com. For more information about the WCHRA, log on to www.wchra.org.
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Bryson Patterson works as a regional trade finance specialist at the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Denver. Patterson comes to Denver from Washington, D.C., where he held a number of positions with the U.S. Small Business Administration, most recently as a management analyst in the Office of International Trade. Reach Patterson by telephone at (303) 844-6623, extension 218, or e-mail at bryson.patterson@sba.gov.
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Kelsey Sharpe is a commercial broker with Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties in Grand Junction. She brings to her duties 12 years of experience in commercial real estate sales and leasing. Reach her at 244-9561. For more information, visit the Web site at www.grandjunctioncommercial.com.
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Deletha Assenmacher works as professional development coordinator for the City of Grand Junction and also serves as diversity director for the Western Colorado Human Resources Association. For more information about the WCHRA, visit www.wchra.org.
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Rob Benjamin is director of managed services at Networks Unlimited in Grand Junction. Reach him at 243-3311 or rbenjamin@itsaboutaction.com.For more information about Networks Unlimited, visit www.wsnu.com.
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Karen Mills is administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reach her through the Web site located at www.SBA.gov.
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Michelle Smith owns Enhanced Perspective, a Grand Junction consulting firm that offers services related to human resource assessments, customized training and meeting facilitation. Smith also serves as president of the Western Colorado Human Resource Association. Reach her by telephone at 314-1029 or through the Web site located at www.getehp.com.
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Karen Levad is executive director of the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation based in Grand Junction. For more information about the group, visit www.suicidepreventionfoundation.org.
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Kelly Sloan is a Grand Junction resident, freelance journalist, small business owner and Centennial Institute fellow on energy and economic policy. He specializes in public policy and political communications.
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Caron Beesley is a small business owner, writer and marketing communications consultant. She works with the SBA.gov team to promote government resources that help entrepreneurs and small business owners start, grow and succeed in their ventures. Follow Beesley on Twitter: @caronbeesley.
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Greg Lopez is director of the U.S. Small Business Administration Colorado district office located in Denver. Reach Lopez at (303) 844-2607 or Greg.Lopez@sba.gov.
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Katharine Fraser is a certified public accountant and audit and accounting manager at Dalby, Wendland & Co. in Grand Junction. She brings to her duties experience in several areas, including health care, manufacturing and nonprofits. She’s a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants. For more information about Dalby, Wendland & Co, call 243-1921 or visit the website at www.dalbycpa.com.
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Beverly Troester, a certified Professional in Human Resources, works for Home Loan Investment in Grand Junction and assists clients in securing and implementing group benefits. Troester also belongs to the Western Colorado Human Resource Association. For more information about the WCHRA, visit www.wchra.org.
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Jaime Martinez is a certified public accountant with Dalby, Wendland & Co. in Grand Junction. Martinez specializes in individual and business income tax return preparation; business consulting; employee benefit plans and tax planning for several industries, including construction, manufacturing and real estate development. She’s a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants as well as a Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce diplomat. For more information about Dalby, Wendland & Co., call 243-1921 or visit the website at www.DalbyCPA.com.
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Elizabeth Echols is administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Region IX, overseeing SBA programs and services in Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii and Nevada. Reach her at (818) 552-3434.
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Jessica Miracle, a senior auditor at Dalby, Wendland & Co. in Grand Junction, specializes in individual and business income tax return preparation; business consulting; and tax planning for several industries, including nonprofits, small business and individuals. She’s a member of the Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction and Young Professional Network and also serves on the development committee for the Museum of Western Colorado and as an instructor for Grand Junction Academy of Dance. For more information about Dalby, Wendland & Co., call 243-1921 or visit the website at www.Dalby CPA.com.
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Nate Fyock is a certified public accountant and supervisor at Dalby, Wendland & Co., a full-service accounting firm based in Grand Junction. Fyock joined the firm in 2008 and specializes in financial statement audits and reviews. For more information about Dalby, Wendland & Co,. including tax updates, call 243-1921 or visit the website at www.DalbyCPA.com.
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Meredith Olafson serves as a senior policy analyst with the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Entrepreneurial Development. She works on special initiatives involving regional economic development and entrepreneurship. For more information about SBA programs and services, log on to www.sba.gov.
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Steve Gammill is an estate and business planning attorney in Western Colorado. Gammill is a nationally recognized teacher of strategic and tactical planning to lay persons and professionals alike. What sets him apart is his emphasis on story based planning. He has practiced for nearly 50 years and sees clients by appointment only. To learn more or contact him, visit www.stevegammill.com.
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Marguerite Salazar is the U.S. Health and Human Services Regional VIII administrator.
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Becky Ripper is human resources coordinator at High Country Energy Services in Grand Junction. She’s also public relations and marketing director for the Western Colorado Human Resource Association.
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Sarah Menge is a certified public accountant and manager at Dalby, Wendland & Co., a full-service accounting firm based in Grand Junction. Menge specializes in audit and accounting services for clients in several industries, including benefit plans, construction, insurance and non-profits. She’s a member of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants. For more information about Dalby, Wendland & Co., call 243-1921 or log on to the website located at www.DalbyCPA.com.
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Tim Whitney is a broker associate at Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties in Grand Junction who brings more than 30 years of experience to the team. For more information about Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties, call 243-7375 or visit www.grandjunctioncommercial.com.
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Matt Varilek is the newly appointed administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Region VIII, a six-state region that includes Colorado. Reach him at (303) 844-2607.
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Lisa Thon-Kollar is a certified public accountant and tax manager at Dalby, Wendland & Co., a full-service accounting firm based in Grand Junction. Thon-Kollar is a member of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She has experience in tax planning and preparing federal and state income tax returns for individuals, businesses, trusts and estates. For more information about Dalby, Wendland & Co., call 243-1921 or log on to www.DalbyCPA.com.
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William Kain is an attorney with the Grand Junction law firm of Kain & Burke. Besides his law degree, Kain holds post-doctorate degrees in estate planning and elder law as well as tax law. For more information, call 241-2969 or visit www.kainlaw.com.
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Veronica Daehn Harvey is communications manager at the Mesa County Health Department. Contact her at veronica.harvey@mesacounty.us. It’s also possible to connect with the health department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/healthymesacounty and on Twitter @MesaCountyHD.
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Bridget Weston Pollack is director of marketing and communications at the SCORE Association. Pollack is responsible for branding, communications, marketing and public relations efforts. More information about SCORE is available online at www.score.org.
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Jay Stanfield, a certified public accountant with Dalby, Wendland & Co. based in Grand Junction, has worked as an accounting professional for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Dalby, Wendland & Co, he developed an accounting and tax practice specializing in financial statements and tax reporting for the construction industry. For more information about Dalby, Wendland & Co., call 243-1921 or log on to www.DalbyCPA.com.
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Holly Webb is a human resources and risk management assistant at Ute Water Conservancy District in Grand Junction. She’s also diversity and inclusion director for the Western Colorado Human Resources Association.
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Erin Duckworth is a certified public accountant with the audit team at Dalby, Wendland & Co. based in Grand Junction. Duckworth specializes in audits for the construction, financial, health care and manufacturing sectors as well as for employee benefit plans and governments. She is a member of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. For more information about Dalby,Wendland & Co., call 243-1921 or visit the website at www.DalbyCPA.com.
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Sabrina Hoyt is a certified public accountant with Dalby, Wendland & Co. in Grand Junction. Hoyt brings to her duties experience in tax return preparation and planning for individuals, businesses and nonprofits. She’s a member of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. For more information about Dalby,Wendland & Co., call 243-1921 or visit www.DalbyCPA.com.
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Katie Worrall is a commercial real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties in Grand Junction. Reach her at 244-6600. For more information, visit the website located at www.grandjunctioncommercial.com.
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Dave Knutson retired from a career in human resource management in government, nonprofit organizations and privately held corporations. He still serves as a senior consultant with Generator Group, a Portland-based firm that helps businesses acquire, develop and engage talent. Knutson also belongs to the Western Colorado Human Resource Association. For more information about the WCHRA, visit www.wchra.org.
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Shelly Williams, a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, serves as district director of the Colorado Society for Human Resource Management and is a past president of the Western Colorado Human Resource Association. For more information, visit www.wchra.org.
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K. Murray works as a community moderator with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information about the SBA and its programs and resources, visit www.SBA.gov.
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David Leavitt is regional communications director at the U.S. Small Business Administration Region VIII office in Denver. Reach him at David.Leavitt@SBA.gov.
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Jessica Lawrence is human resource advisor at Patterson-UTI Drilling in Fruita and director of the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation with the Western Colorado Human Resource Association. For more information about the WCHRA, log on to the website at www.wchra.org.
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Sheri Heath is a broker associate with Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties in Grand Junction. Reach her at 244-9543. For more information about Coldwell Commercial Prime Properties, log on to www.grandjunctioncommercial.com.
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Eric Giltner is a senior area manager with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information about available resources and assistance from the SBA, visit www.SBA.gov.
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Lisa Martin serves as vice president of human resources at Hilltop Community Resources in Grand Junction. She also belongs to the Western Colorado Human Resource Association in Grand Junction. For more information about the group, visit www.wchra.org.
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Mike Park is a broker associate and property manager with Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties in Grand Junction. Reach Park at 243-7375 or visit the Web site located at 
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Carlene Goldthwaite, a certified senior professional in human resources, is president of Create Real Growth, a local consultancy specializing in organizational effectiveness, talent management and board development. Reach Goldthwaite by e-mail at crg.llc@bresnan.net. Goldthwaite also belongs to the Western Colorado Human Resource Association based in Grand Junction. For more information about the group, visit www.wchra.org.
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Daniel Estes is a summer intern at the Mesa County Health Department and a student at Colorado Mesa University studying communications and psychology. Connect with the health department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/healthymesacounty and on Twitter @MesaCountyHD.
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Chelsea Wells is a health promotions specialist for the Mesa County Health Department. For more information about promoting worksite wellness, call her at 254-4105, e-mail healthymesacounty@mesacounty.us or visit www.healthymesacounty.org.
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Dean Harris is an associate with the Bechtel & Santo law firm in Grand Junction. Reach him at 683-5888 or visit the Web site at www.bechtelsanto.com. Harris also belongs to the Western Colorado Human Resource Association based in Grand Junction. For more information about the group, visit www.wchra.org.
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Tony Gagliardi is Colorado state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, a small business advocacy organization with offices in Washington, D.C. and every state. For more information about the NFIB, visit www.NFIB.com.
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Ed Krey is president of Employer Representatives, a Grand Junction-based third party administrator that specializes in managing and processing unemployment insurance claims for employers of all sizes. Reach Krey at 243-7789. Krey also belongs to the Western Colorado Human Resource Association. For more information about the WCHRA, visit www.WCHRA.org.
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Whitney Roseberry is a nutrition consultant and personal trainer at Crossroads Fitness Centers in Grand Junction. Crossroads operates locations at 225 N. Fifth St. and 768 Compass Drive. For more information, call 242-8746 or visit the Web site at www.crossroadsfitness.com.
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Misty Aaberg manages the Peer Assistance Services substance use, misuse and abuse prevention for working adults program in Grand Junction. She also serves on the Western Colorado Human Resource Association board as diversity director. For more information about the WCHRA, visit www.wchra.org.
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Kate Goddeyne is a communications specialist at the Mesa County Health Department. Contact her at kate.goddeyne@mesacounty.us. It’s also possible to connect with the health department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/healthymesacounty and on Twitter @MesaCountyHD.
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Stan Nakano serves as acting administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Region VIII, overseeing programs and services in a seven-state region that includes Colorado. For more information about the SBA, visit www.SBA.gov.
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Terri Sassano, a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant, is a senior tax accountant with Dalby, Wendland & Co., a full-service auditing and accounting firm based in Grand Junction. Sassano specializes in multi-state income tax returns as well as payrolls, including W-2 forms and financial analysis for small C corporations, S corporations, limited liability companies and sole proprietorships. For additional information about Dalby, Wendland & Co., visit the Web site located at www.dalbycpas.com.
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Jill Derrieux is executive director of finance and business development for Mesa County Partners. For more information about Partners, call 245-5555 or visit the Web site at www.mesapartners.org. 
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Brian Bray is managing broker of Bray Commercial in Grand Junction. For more information, call 241-2909 or visit the Web site at www.braycommercial.com.
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Drew Johnson is a senior fellow at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance and a columnist at The Washington Times.
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Matt Jennings is associate director of the Western Colorado Conservation Corps. For more information about the WCCC, call 241-1027 or visit the Web site located at www.wcccpartners.org.
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Christopher Chavez is an SBA regional communications director who works out of Denver. Reach him by e-mail at christopher.chavez@sba.gov.
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Rebecca Weitzel is a wellness coordinator and consultant at Hilltop Community Resources in Grand Junction. A professional in the health and wellness industry with more than 20 years of experience, Weitzel has partnered with Health Links, a nonprofit worksite wellness initiative of the Colorado School of Public Health, to bring free advising and kick-start funds to Mesa County businesses. For more information, contact Weitzel at 244-0698 or rebeccaw@htop.org or log on to the Web sites at
www.healthlinkscertified.org or www.healthtopwellness.org.
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Cindy Farnsworth, a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, serves as human resources manager for Mesa County Libraries in Grand Junction. She also serves as work force readiness director for the Western Colorado Human Resource Association. For more information about the group, visit www.wchra.org.
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Mary Cornforth Cawood is a health promotions manager with the Mesa County Health Department. Contact her at mary.conforth@mesacounty.us. It’s also possible to connect with the health department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/healthymesacounty as well on Twitter @MesaCountyHD.
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Christine Feller is a benefits advisor with Aflac in Grand Junction and a member of the Western Colorado Human Resource Association. For more information, visit wchra.org.
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Jennifer Wright is a senior tax accountant with Dalby, Wendland & Co., a full-service accounting firm based in Grand Junction. For more information about the firm, call 243-1921 or visit www.dalbycpa.com.
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Sid Squirrell, a Certified Commercial Investment Member, is a broker associate with Bray Commercial in Grand Junction. For more information, call 241-2909 or visit www.braycommercial.com.
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Joanna Stortz, a Certified Professional in Human Resources, works as an employment specialist with the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction. Stortz also serves as public relations and marketing director for the Western Colorado Human Resource Association. For more information about the WCHRA, visit www.wchra.org.
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S. Lorrie Ray works as director of the membership development department at the Mountain States Employer Council, an organization that offers human resource and legal services to help businesses manage their relationships with employees. Ray submitted this column on behalf of the Western Colorado Human Resource Association. For more information about the WCHRA, log on to www.wchra.org.
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Betsy Markey serves as administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Region VIII, overseeing programs and services in Colorado and five other states. For more information about the SBA, log on to www.SBA.gov.
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Kirstin Guptill is an employment specialist with the ReHire Colorado program for Hilltop Community Services in partnership with the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction. ReHire Colorado works to match unemployed job seekers with potential employers through internships and on-the-job training. Guptill also serves as certification director for the Western Colorado Human Resource Association board of directors. For more information about WCHRA, log on to the Web site at www.wchra.org.
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Krystle McAllister is a property management administrative assistant with Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties in Grand Junction. For more information, call 243-7375 or visit www.grandjunctioncommercial.com.
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A former White House energy adviser, Jack Rafuse is principal of the Rafuse Organization, which advices associations, businesses and government agencies on energy, security and trade issues. Reach him at www.jackrafuse.com.
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Briton Wright works as a human resource manager for Lowe’s Home Improvement and also serves as work force readiness director for the Western Colorado Human Resource Association. For more information about the WCHRA, log on to www.WCHRA.org.
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Amy Moore is a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties in Grand Junction. Reach her at 250-8614 or rebrokeramy@gmail.com. For more information about Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties, visit www.grandjunctioncommercial.com.
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Sam Suplizio is a broker associate with Bray Commercial Real Estate, which operates offices at 244 N. Seventh St. in Grand Junction. For more information, call 241-2909 or visit www.braycommercial.com.
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Billie Hartley is a small business owner, employment specialist at the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction and member of the Western Colorado Human Resource Association and Society for Human Resource Management. For more information about the WCHRA, visit www.WCHRA.org.
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Maria Contreras-Sweet is administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information about the SBA, visit www.SBA.gov.
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Komal Goyal is managing partner and chief executive officer of 6eTechnology, a company based in Broomfield that provides a range of information technology services. Reach her through the website at www.6etech.com.
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David Vindiola has an extensive background in wellness and nutrition. He is a certified nutritionist and group cycling instructor at Crossroads Fitness in Grand Junction and owner of The Wellness Branch. Crossroads Fitness operates a downtown location in the Alpine Bank Building at 225 N. Fifth St. as well as an airport location at 2768 Compass Drive. For more information, call 242-8746 or log on to the website located at www.crossroadsfitness.com.
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Katie Smith is a health promotion specialist with the Mesa County Health Department. Connect with the health department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/healthymesacounty or on Twitter @MesaCountyHD
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