Biz Briefcase: March 27, 2014

Matthew Tulin

Jan Erickson

Tulin named chief financial officer 
at Mind Springs Health

Mind Springs Health announced this week Matthew Tulin has been named chief financial officer for the company.

Tulin will be responsible for financial planning, reporting, revenue cycle management and facilities, said Sharon Raggio, president and CEO.

“We are very excited to have Matt join our team” Raggio said in a news release. “Not only does he bring with him great CFO experience from large health care systems, he is also community-minded and has a passion for our mission.”

A licensed Certified Public Accountant, Tulin comes to Mind Springs Health with more than 20 years experience in health care finance and operations.

He previously served as chief financial officer for multi-hospital health care systems in Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee and, most recently, Utah, Raggio said.

He is now charged with overseeing all financial activity for the parent organization, Mind Springs Inc., the 13 Mind Springs Health outpatient offices and West Springs Hospital, the only psychiatric hospital on the Western Slope. 

Tulin will also serve as CFO for West Slope Casa, the designated managed service organization for the Western Slope.

“I am impressed with the leadership of this organization and its strategic, long-term vision to keep their core mission statement and values intact. I am enthused about this opportunity, as well as collaborating with our health partners and community leaders” Tulin said in a press release.

Holding a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alaska, Tulin said he looks forward to getting involved locally and enjoying the all of the outdoor activities the Western Slope offers.

Erickson small business person of year

Jan Erickson, president of Janska, a Colorado-based clothing manufacturer, has been selected Colorado Small Business Person of the Year.

Erickson and winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam will gather in Washington May 15 and 16 during National Small Business Week where one of them will be selected as the 2014 National Small Business Person of the Year.

While in Washington the winners will have opportunities to meet with top SBA officials and national business leaders, small business administration officials said.

As a young girl, Erickson often tagged along with her dad, a minister who visited church members who no longer could get out and about. 

It was during one of her visits as a lay minister that Erickson met a woman who, due to a series of strokes, lost her ability to dress in the beautiful things in her closet. 

One night, Erickson said she had a dream about a jacket design that would be comforting and beautiful and easy to wear — a jacket that would keep her friend warm and give her back a sense of style. 

As soon as Erickson had the jacket made up, other ideas for soft, warm, simple styles that would enhance dignity flooded in. It was the beginning of what would later become Janska, Clothing that Comforts, a fast-rising and popular women’s fashion label found in more than 900 specialty gift and clothing boutiques and 10 catalogs in the U.S. and Canada.

Erickson’s community involvement includes volunteering at First Congressional Church, serving on the board of directors at Silver Key Senior Services, and volunteering at Pikes Peak Hospice.

“We are honored to be able to recognize Jan Erickson as the 2014 Colorado Small Business Person of the Year,” Colorado District Director Greg Lopez said in a news release. “Her commitment to providing jobs ... is unwavering.”

Hartline earns Spirit of CARE Award


The DoubleTree by Hilton announced this week that Hilton Worldwide honored Andrea “Andy” Hartline, the local hotel’s housekeeping floor supervisor, with the company’s Spirit of CARE Award.

The award designates Hartline as a top performer within DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels.

Nominated by her peers because of her exemplary loyalty, attitude and service, Hartline continually exceeds expectations of both customers and fellow team members, General Manager Per Nilsson said.

Less than one percent of all DoubleTree by Hilton team members nationwide receive this honor each year, Nilsson said.

Hartline was nominated for the award by her peers after proving to be an exceptional role model, he said.

“Andy continues to make outstanding contributions to guests and team members, showing great enthusiasm in all areas of her work at the hotel,” Nilsson said. “We are proud of her recognition. Employees like Andy create a welcoming and exceptional experience for guests, which impacts other team members and creates a domino effect of great service.”

Hartline has been in Grand Junction for three years since she relocated from Bakersfield, Calif., to be close to her family. “She has worked at the hotel for 18 months,” Nilsson said. “She has over 40 years of experience in housekeeping and was practically raised in the hotel business.”

Hartline and her husband, Frank are members of the Grand Junction Gold Prospectors Association where she serves as the treasurer. “I love working here at the DoubleTree because because I just truly love people,” Hartline said. 

Hartline started with the hotel in September 2012.

“She has played an active role in raising the SALT scores at the property, by mentoring her staff and empowering employees to be the best that they can be,” Nilsson said.

Doubletree by Hilton Hotels, which has 50,000 employees and more than 280 hotels worldwide, recognizes less than 100 employees a year with this honor.

As a recipient of the award, she will receive a cash prize of $500 and other special recognition throughout their career with Hilton Worldwide.


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