BizBriefcase, Thursday, May 15

Unfug named private wealth advisor for Ameriprise

Chris Unfug has become an Ameriprise Financial Private Wealth Advisor. Unfug, with an office at 743 Horizon Court, was distinguished as one of only 9 percent of the nearly 10,000 Ameriprise financial advisors to achieve this status, according to a news release.

To become eligible for this status, advisors must be experienced in serving affluent clients, maintain high client satisfaction scores, complete specialized training and achieve superior business results.

As an Ameriprise Private Wealth Advisor, Unfug is focused on providing advice and financial solutions for clients with high asset levels, the news release said.

He is knowledgeable on a variety of topics and strategies including retirement, tax and estate planning, insurance and asset management. Call for (970) 243-9928 or via

Major Mortgage helps out Kids Aid

Major Mortgage hosts the second-annual Major Mortgage Cares Auction today. 

“It’s going to be a Major Mortgage Country Jam-themed online auction in an effort to raise money for Kids Aid Feeding Friends Backpack Program,” Major Mortgage President Ryar Hayward said in a news release. 

Kids Aid delivers food-filled backpacks every Friday to Mesa County School District 51 students who are in need of assistance, Hayward said. 

The online fundraising auction started May 1 and runs through today at 5 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to bid on Major Mortgage Country Jam packages, including two four-day reserve-seating tickets and a campsite.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the auction benefit the Kids Aid program, he said.

“We had great success last year with our auction and our goal is to raise even more money for Kids Aid this year,” Major Mortgage Vice President Bri Renzi said in a news release.

“Many children go hungry on the weekend because their parents are at work, are absent due to their own addictions, or simply don’t have enough money. Oftentimes, the last meal these children have is Friday’s school lunch, and they don’t eat again until lunch on Monday. The Feeding Friends Backpack Program attempts to bridge that gap,” Kids Aid executive director Mike Berry said in a news release.

Ross Bronson named new equestrian manager at Gateway Canyons


Ross Bronson has been appointed equestrian manager to Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, located southwest of Grand Junction.

Bronson will oversee all equestrian operations for The Stables, the resort’s world-class equestrian center, situated on more than 500 acres with a generous network of well-marked riding trails, according to a news release.

“We’re extremely excited about the level of passion for horses and guests’ experiences that Ross Bronson will bring to The Stables at Gateway Canyons,” Gateway Canyons Resort Vice President Rudy Sharp said in a news release. “His experience and ability to work with many different breeds of horses and disciplines exemplifies what an incredible asset he is to the team.”

Boasting 10 years of professional ranch, herd and facilities management experience, Bronson has an established history of success working with and caring for a multitude of horses, Sharp said.

Bronson earned bachelor’s degrees in animal science and business from Brigham Young University, where he spent his time studying and working as the equine student manager at BYU, the foreman at Halo Ranch Outfitters, and most recently from Gunstock Ranch, where he served as the operations manager.

Keller Williams gives back at ranch


Keller Williams Colorado West Real Estate participated in the company’s annual community service effort known as Red Day by supporting Dream Catchers Therapy Center in Loma.

“We feel it is important to give back to the community that supports us, so our company, on a nationwide level, asks every office to participate in Red Day. It is held every year and we were so excited to be helping Dream Catchers this year,” team leader Keith Everitt said in a news release.

Dream Catchers offers therapeutic riding for people of all ages.

The organization is based in Olathe, but recently opened a facility in Loma and is in need of donations as well as work done around the ranch, Everitt said.

About 20 Realtors were at the ranch May 8 working on various jobs and helping to get the new facility off the ground, he said.

“When we heard of the need here, we decided it was important for us to help this program and touch the lives of the locals that support them,” Everitt said.

To learn more about Dream Catchers, go to or call 970-323-5400.


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