Biz Briefcase: March 20, 2014

Wells Fargo’s Karen Fischer selected 
a top mortgage consultant in U.S.

Karen Fischer with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage was named a Leader’s Club Producer for 2013. This award honors the top 160 Home Mortgage Consultants with Wells Fargo for the entire United States. Fischer was recognized as a leader in both the total number of loans and the total number of purchase loans closed in 2013. 

In addition to loan volume, Home Mortgage Consultants is also a leader in customer loyalty. Fischer and her associate, Andrea Hickey, were honored at a sales conference in Palm Springs, Calif. Hickey has been with Wells Fargo for 15 years. Fischer has been with Wells Fargo for 17 years and is a multi-year winner of Leader’s Club. 

Fischer is also well known in the community for the Kahlua cake she bakes for every closing, a Wells Fargo spokesman said. 

Summit to highlight western Colorado

manufacturers with demos, shows


With live demonstrations, a trade show and a business showcase, the Western Colorado Manufacturing Summit is set for April 10, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Diane Schwenke said.

The summit will feature a number of presentations and breakout sessions “of benefit every Western Slope manufacturer,” Schwenke said.

Presentations include:

■ Bart Taylor, Company Week Magazine, on the state of the region’s manufacturing sector.

■ Kathryn Lobdell, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and Allen Shipes, BidSpeed, on ways to successfully bid for government contracts.

■ A representative from the Colorado Space Business Roundtable will lead a breakout section on how to do business within Colorado’s manufacturing industry.

■ Steve Pucket, Express Employment on “The Most Dangerous Retention Mistakes Most Companies Make.” 

Dalby, Wendland & Co. named top firm


Dalby, Wendland & Co. CEO Steve Carver announced Monday the firm was recognized by Accounting Today as one of the Top Firms of 2014.

Dalby Wendland, 464 Main St., frequently receives the honor for the Mountain States Region, which encompasses Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming. Only 10 firms for this region were recognized.

Of those, five firms were headquartered in Denver, two in Montana, one in Utah, and one in Wyoming.

Dalby Wendland is the only firm headquartered in western Colorado to attain the award, Carver said.

“Our firm founders, Walt Dalby and Wes Wendland, set the bar early on for the best client service, ethical standards, and highest of technical expertise,” he said in a news release. “We continue to push the bar to help make our clients and communities successful. It is an honor to be recognized as a Top Firm. We are proud of our communities, our clients, and our team members.”

For more than 65 years, Dalby, Wendland & Co, P.C. has been a leader in public accounting and business consulting. With offices in Aspen, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, Montrose, Rifle, and Telluride, DWC is the largest public accounting firm headquartered in western Colorado, Carver said.

‘A La Mode’ big hit as annual fundraiser for Horizon Sunrise Rotary Club


Horizon Sunrise Rotary Club hosted its annual fundraising event, A La Mode, a sweet and savory competition March 13.

Twelve locally owned restaurants created delectable bite-sized desserts for ticket holders. Ticket holders were asked to vote for their favorite dessert. 

The chefs of Family Health West scooped the competition with their desserts, “the ultimate brownie” and “cake shot,” Rotary President Kevin Braa said in a news release.

“The success of our event is based on the generosity of dollars, time and creativity from our local business sponsors, media sponsors and participating restaurants. There support allows us to give back to the youth in our community that need it the most,” Braa said.

Three hundred tickets were sold to the event and more than $15,000 was raised with all proceeds going to youth-focused needs in Mesa County and international causes supported by Rotary International.

Some of the local causes are CASA, Imagination Library, 3rd Grade Dictionaries and the backpack program.


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