Solar energy sales manager earns Toastmaster award

Lou Villaire, sales manager at Atlasta Solar Center in Grand Junction, has received the Competent Communicator Award from Toastmaster International. Villaire completed the self-paced program designed to help individuals improve their speaking and leadership skills in a club environment. Atlasta Solar offers a range of services to commercial and residential customers, including solar and wind […]

Business mentor to serve on Baldridge Award board

Jerry Pradier, president of Progressive Business Development Network in Glenwood Springs, has been appointed to the 2011 board of examiners for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. Pradier is among 500 representatives from industry, nonprofits, professional and trade groups and education and health care organizations who will evaluate applications for the Malcolm Baldridge Award. Examiners […]

Builder announces exclusive agent for Energy Star-rated homes

Christi Reece, a broker associate at Bray Real Estate in Grand Junction, has been selected as the exclusive agent for new homes constructed by Senergy Builders to meet Energy Star standards for energy efficiency. Synergy Builders in Grand Junction constructs single-family homes and townhomes in the Brookwillow Village and Halls Estates subdivisions on 24 1/2 […]

Real estate business honors top agents

Bob Colony and Bobby Ulibarri were honored as the top-performing agents during July at Heiden Home Realty and Associates in Grand Junction. Colony had the most sales. Ulibarri had the most listings. Colony has worked in the real estate industry since 1979 and operated his own firm for 15 years. Ulibarri has worked in the […]


A story that appeared in the Aug. 18 to 31 issue of the Business Times and online at failed to mention a financial services firm that operates offices in the Grand Valley ranks among the best companies to work for in Colorado. Edward Jones ranked No. 1 for a second consecutive year among large […]

Mesa County adds to sales tax exemptions

Starting next year, Mesa County will exempt from sales tax everything from farm equipment to machinery to components used to produce energy. The Mesa County Board of Commissioners voted to amend the sales tax resolution to include all of the sales tax exemptions allowed to counties under state law. The commissioners said they instituted the […]