Family Health West hires new CEO

Phil Castle, The Business Times:  A business executive with experience in the health care and construction industries has been hired as the new chief executive officer of Family Health West in Fruita. Mark Francis will oversee the operations of a nonprofit organization that has grown over the years to include skilled-care and assisted living facilities, […]

Grand Valley restaurants proposed for inclusion in Zagat dining guide

Phil Castle, The Business Times:  Up to 11 Grand Valley restaurants could be included in a what’s considered an influential “Bible” of dining guides. Online voting will continue through May 6 to determine whether or not the restaurants will be included in a new Colorado-specific Zagat dining guide. The implications for the restaurants as well […]

What has you thinking about spring?

What do you think of when you think of spring?  I asked a number of people to say three things that came to mind when they were asked this question.  Some of the answers include:  backyard barbeques, hiking, flowers, warm weather, spring house cleaning, vacation, golfing, and the list went on.  So what did I […]

The top 10 reasons not to plan for retirement

You probably read or hear about some “Top Ten” list nearly every day. But take a moment to read this one. This list is different, and probably not the kind of list you’d expect a Financial Advisor to write.    Reason #10: “I’m too busy” I can’t tell you how often I hear this excuse. […]

Facebook alone is not enough

There has been a recent surge of businesses being advised that Facebook is the only marketing strategy your business needs. I have had conversations with quite a few businesses that have been told that a company can increase its sales by using just Facebook for its marketing. Needless to say, I was shocked.     I […]

Technology makes real estate deals easier

We bought our first piece of real estate, a house, in 1988.  I remember finding the house advertised in the Denver newspaper pullout as a HUD property.  At the time, it was the best way to find a property.  Sunday real estate advertisements were a primary method of marketing real estate. In today’s market there […]

Increasing productivity and talent retention

It is the intention of wise business owners to increase the productivity of their team and to retain top talent. However, many find themselves stumped as to how to actually accomplish this. The most powerful and effective place to start is at the beginning.             When you hire a new team member, they start out […]

Residential real estate market “unbelievable” again

             “Simply unbelievable” was a response I coined back in the late 70’s and early 80’s to respond to questions about our boom and bust real estate cycle.  It was an easy way for me to sound optimistic, and yet still tell the truth.  When one queried “How are things […]

Preplanning funeral helps loved ones

By preplanning, you are relieving your family of having to make important financial decisions during a period of great stress and emotion,” says Abel Chavez, of Callahan-Edfast Mortuary, “At this time, many loved ones may not be thinking clearly, and many, quite frankly, just overspend.”             Preneed services allow someone to meet with counselors in […]

Estate planning in 2012

2012 is an important year for people planning their estates. Changes in the law are coming at us fast and furious from both the Colorado legislature and from Congress. For example, $5,000,000 is exempt from federal gift and estate taxes. For a married couple up to $10,000,000 can be exempt. For wealthy clients this is […]

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