New CEOs bring leadership transition to Grand Valley

Although it wasn’t initially planned that way, the latest Business Times coverage constitutes what could be billed as the new CEO edition. By all means, read all about it.

Along with a story about the new chief executive officer at Dalby, Wendland & Co. — which was planned — a story broke about the new CEO at Family Health West. That’s not to mention leadership transitions at St. Mary’s Medical Center and Leitner-Poma of America.

While leading vastly different businesses and health care organizations, the new executives share something in common in their familiarity with their operations and their passion for what those operations do. To review:

Christopher West begins on July 1 his new role as CEO at Dalby Wendland, the largest public accounting firm headquartered in Western Colorado. West is no stranger to the firm, having worked there for the entirety of his 23-year career. Given the rapid changes coming to the accounting industry, among them the increasing use of technology and artificial intelligence in auditing and tax preparation, West expects Dalby Wendland to play an ever bigger role as an advisor in helping clients achieve their goals.

Dr. Korrey Klein has been selected as the new president and chief executive officer of Family Health West in Fruita. The organization operates the Colorado Canyons Medical Center and provides a range of health care services through other facilities and practices. Klein succeeds Mark Francis in becoming just the fourth CEO in the nearly 75-year history of Family Health West. Klein brings familiarity to his new role after serving as vice president and chief medical officer as well as practicing family medicine in Western Colorado.

Bryan Johnson has been selected to serve as interim president at St. Mary’s
Medical Center in Grand Junction. Dr. Brian Davidson, who’d served as president since 2016, stepped down to return with his family to Denver. Johnson joined St. Mary’s in 2016 as chief operating officer and has been responsible for overall operations, physician contracting, service line development and financial performance. He previously worked with Intermountain Healthcare, most recently as administrator of a hospital in Sandy, Utah.

Daren Cole has been promoted to president of Leitner-Poma of America. Cole succeeds Rick Spear, who retired after more than 40 years with the ski lift and cable transportation company based in Grand Junction. Cole joined Leitner-Poma in 2014 in business development and added strategic planning to his duties. He previously held a series of positions at Colorado ski reorts, including general manager of the Powderhorn Mountain Resort east of Grand Junction. Cole described in a news release just what he believes Leitner-Poma provides: “The right equipment for the right job.”

Congratulations to these four leaders. They’ve all got big proverbial shoes to fill. But they’ve also got skills and experience equal to the challenge. We wish them continued success in their endeavors with their businesses and organizations and what that ultimately means for the Grand Valley.