BizBuzz, Feb. 6, 2014

RSW Partners, a Grand Junction-based marketing, advertising and communications agency, recently changed its name to Ryan/Sawyer Marketing

“The change better reflects who the company is and what it does,” said Dan Ryan, a partner in the firm who is also its creative director.

Ryan/Sawyer Marketing specializes in helping businesses grow with an evolutionary melding of traditional marketing experience, new media expertise, business development abilities and creative services, Ryan said.

“As the company evolved over time we realized that our branding had somewhat lost touch with our roots,” Ryan said. “We have a quarter-century history of serving western Colorado businesses and we wanted our name to better communicate that legacy while reflecting the equity the partners have earned in this market.”

The roots of Ryan/Sawyer Marketing go back to 1990 when Dan Ryan founded Ryan & Associates Advertising in Grand Junction. In 1998 Ryan merged the company with Lee Whitney & Associates, a marketing consulting firm, to form Ryan, Whitney & Company. In 2009 Tom Sawyer, a business consultant and marketing strategist joined the partners to form Ryan, Sawyer & Whitney.

In 2011 Ryan and Sawyer began doing business as RSW Partners. Today, the partners are Tom Y. Sawyer, who serves as company president, and Dan Ryan.

■ A team from the City of Montrose returned from Glenwood Springs recently after an intensive, three-day economic prosperity Community Builders Leadership Institute workshop hosted by the Sonoran Institute.

Leaders from Montrose, Dillon, Eagle, Gypsum, Delta, Ridgway, and Gunnison County attended the session in mid-January.

Fostering community, planning for a new economy, and creating lasting prosperity were the key themes of the weekend. All costs other than travel were covered by sponsors.

The Montrose team identified several projects to address during the next five years, including Main Street and Townsend Avenue improvements, a regional transit network, improved broadband services, and municipal code revisions, said Bill Bell, city manager.

Team members included Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Wade Nichols, Community Development Senior Planner Garry Baker, City of Montrose Mayor Judy Ann Files, Innovation and Citizen Engagement Director Virgil Turner, City Attorney Stephen Alcorn, Public Works Director John Harris, Bell and Assistant City Manager Rob Joseph.

“I enjoyed my time at the training because it not only offered usable information to me as a city manager, but it also gave me time with our team to brainstorm and think creatively,” Bell said.

■ A workout center popular with Grand Valley women for the past 17 years is Curves, 2478 Patterson Road.

Curves employs exercise machines specially designed for females to use in a 30-minute, strength-building and cardiovascular workout that helps them stay healthy and enjoy a better quality of life, said owner Kelli O’Neal.

O’Neal said her patrons enjoy the women-only environment because it helps them focus and feel more comfortable.

A potential upgrade for regular Curves members is called Curves Complete, which includes a weight loss plan, exercise program and one-on-one weekly consultation with a weight loss coach certified by the Cleveland Clinic, O’Neal said.

Now Curves clients will be able to add some variety to their routine thanks to health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels, O’Neal said.

Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels is a cutting edge, total body workout that features the Curves Circuit strength training machines in conjunction with functional body weight-based exercises that ramp up metabolism and transform physique, according to a news release.

The workouts boost intensity, build strength, burn fat and prevent plateaus.

“I am so thrilled to be partnered with Curves to provide women with the tools necessary to take control of their health,” Michaels said in the news release. “The workout I’ve developed with Curves incorporates the most innovative, state-of-the-art fitness techniques to build lean muscle, amp up metabolism and kick start weight loss.”

Call (970) 245-7318 for more information.

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