Business Briefcase, Feb. 6

■ A leading trade magazine named a Grand Junction anesthesiologist to its list of “100 Physician Leaders to Know in the Ambulatory Surgery Center Industry”.

Becker’s ASC Review named Dr. Dennis Johnson, medical director at Grand Valley Surgical Center, 710 Wellington Ave., to the list as a physician leader who helped establish a successful company that supports industry growth.

Becker’s is a Chicago-based online and print publication that focuses on providing business and legal news for ambulatory surgery center owners, operators, administrators and decision-makers, Becker’s said in a news release.

Johnson was selected based on recommendations from his peers and internal research by the magazine’s editors.

“Members of the list do not pay and cannot pay to appear on the list,” Becker’s said. The magazine called Johnson a pioneer in the ambulatory surgery center industry who spent “tireless hours promoting the growth and reputation of (the industry) on a local and national level.”

“The physicians are highlighted not only for their clinical expertise but also vision and leadership in providing a high quality, low cost option for health care,” Becker’s said.

Johnson is the medical director of the center as well as its chief of anesthesia. He is board-certified and earned his medical degree at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City.

Grand Valley Surgical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Its surgeons provide care in a number of specialties, including ENT, ophthalmology, general surgery, urology, orthopedics, gynecology and neurology.

■ U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell recently announced the appointment of several local residents to the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area and Dominguez Canyon Wilderness Advisory Council.

“This council will assist the Bureau of Land Management in collaboratively developing a Resource Management Plan for the NCA and wilderness,” Jewell said in a news release. “I want to welcome our newly appointed council members and salute them for their commitment to public service.”

The council consists of 10 members who will serve three-year terms advising the BLM on the development of long-range management plans for the Dominguez-Escalante conservation area and Dominguez Canyon Wilderness.

The new advisory council members are Bob Janowski of the Grand Mesa Jeep Club and West Slope ATVA; Ralph Files as the Montrose County representative; Kaye Simonson as the Mesa County representative; and Kate Graham of Conservation Colorado.

Encompassing more than 210,000 acres of BLM administered public lands on the Western Slope, the Dominguez-Escalante conservation area is one of the BLM’s 16 conservation areas in the west.

In addition to opportunities for multiple types of recreation, the canyon scenery and desert stream systems located in the wilderness and conservation areas offer many educational and scientific opportunities.

■ Enstrom Candies welcomed Patrick Zachary as director of manufacturing. The former president and CEO of Zachary Confections brings more than 15 years of candy industry experience to the business.

“We’re very pleased to have Patrick join our team at Enstrom. He brings an ideal skill set to help us continue to grow as a significant player on the national scene,” Enstrom president and CEO Doug Simons said in a news release.

Zachary and his family relocated from Indianapolis and were all excited at the opportunity to live in Colorado.

“It has been a lifelong dream of mine to live in Colorado and with this new endeavor with Enstrom, I get to realize my dream and be back in the industry that I love,” Zachary said.

“As Enstrom Candies begins to grow its new wholesale line, Patrick will add his expertise in manufacturing, strategic planning, sales and marketing to the team. It gives us great pleasure at Enstrom to give him the opportunity to continue his work in the confectionery industry,” Simons said.

In related news, Enstrom Candies’ production facility is now a Safe Quality Food Level 3 Certified, accredited hazard analysis and critical control points-based food safety plant.

The safe quality certification is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative, an international initiative that distinguishes food manufacturers as responsible and safe.

Enstrom received the certification in December after months of preparation and extensive audits, Zachary said.

“We are very proud to have achieved Level 3 especially since this is our first time applying for the certification,” he said in a press release. “An accomplishment like this validates all the hard work of our team, their commitment to the company and our customers.”

Obtaining the certification is a key part of Enstrom’s strategic growth plan to expand its wholesale business and continue to explore private label and other opportunities, Zachary said.

■ Armstrong Consultants, Inc., an industry leader in airport consulting services, recently unveiled its new corporate logo and enhanced, interactive website,

The new logo, which suggests wings in flight, was created after several months of discussion and review among the company’s staff. It reflects the company’s commitment to excellence and positive growth as it takes off into the future, President Dennis Corsi said.

Over the past three decades, the firm has been building on its experience and expertise, delivering on projects at commercial service, general aviation, and military airfields across the western United States, Corsi said.

“We’re thankful for the long-standing relationships we have with our existing clients and for their role in helping us reach this milestone. We consider our smaller general aviation projects just as important as our larger commercial service projects and look forward to continuing to serve their needs,” Corsi said.

“We constantly monitor advances in aviation and aerospace technology, dynamic environmental issues, impacts to local economic development, and of course, changes in FAA and state regulations,” Armstrong Vice President David Hartmann said.

Armstrong recently replaced a Denver firm as primary consultant for the Grand Junction Regional Airport, Corsi said.

■ The Point, Colorado Mesa University’s innovative, hands-on, real-life business operated by students from a variety of disciplines, announced the appointment of new managers and an upgraded business mission for the winter term.

New signage, entertainment and celebrity servers highlight the management team’s plans to upgrade the bistro’s image in the eyes of CMU students, said junior Mitch Walker, The Point’s marketing manager.

CMU President Tim Foster and other prominent college officials are scheduled to serve restaurant customers periodically throughout the semester, Walker said.

In addition, The Point, located at 1230 N. 12th St., is making a big push to make its comfortable and spacious meeting room a favored place for college clubs and organizations to host meetings, said senior Amanda May, The Point’s events manager.

The restaurant serves quality food, specialty coffee drinks and adult beverages.


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