Biz Briefcase, Thursday, May 1

New board for associated governments

The Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado elected new executive board officers at its monthly board meeting at Mesa County Workforce Center on April 24.

Garfield County Commissioner Mike Samson was re-elected as the association’s chairman.

Rio Blanco County Commissioner Jeff Eskelson, who served as the group’s treasurer last year, was chosen to be the new vice chairman, replacing Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger, who didn’t seek re-nomination.

Grand Junction City Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem Marty Chazen was eletced treasurer.

None of the positions were challenged and the votes were unanimous.

Executive Director Scott McInnis credited the board’s strong leadership for its success in securing the distribution of federal mineral lease dollars hidden in a state fund.

Call (970) 285-7630 for more information.

Monument group appoints new director


Colorado National Monument Association announced Marilee Langfitt will serve as its new executive director. 

Langfitt has several years experience in nonprofit fundraising, public relations. promotion, and organizing special events. She will oversee the same areas for the association and solicit both individual and business memberships and supervise the Colorado National Monument store at the Visitor Center.

The Association is a nonprofit partnership with the National Park Service, developed to support and assist the Colorado National Monument. The association is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Proceeds from retail operations at the Visitor Center, donations, special events and individual or corporate memberships support educational and interpretive programs and scientific research, helping visitors better understand and connect to this premier geological and recreational gem. 

Colorado engineers elect new officers


The American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado announced its 2014 – 2015 board officers:

Peter Monroe of Monroe & Newell Engineers, president.

Marvinetta Hartwig of Hartwig & Associates, vice president.

Elizabeth Stolfus of Stolfus & Associates,secretary/treasurer. 

Former Council President Rob Refvem of Felsburg Holt & Ullevig will serve as the council’s national director on the group’s national board.

Directors newly elected to the board included Craig Watts of MKK Consulting Engineers; Matt Schlageter of Martin/Martin; and Frank Kohl of Lamp Rynearson & Associates.

This year, the council presented $32,000 in scholarships to 11 outstanding college students pursuing degrees in engineering at Colorado schools this month, includingone from Colorado Mesa University. 

The 2014 recipients were selected from a field of 32 applicants based on their academic records, involvement in student chapters of professional organizations and community service.

The Council awarded a $2,000 scholarship to Gavin Downey of CMU. Other recipients included KC Schulz, a mechanical engineering student at Colorado School of Mines and Jared Leventhal, a civil engineering and business administration student at the University of Colorado Boulder.


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