Business briefcase, Nov. 21, 2013

■ CMU business professor Georgann Jouflas and several of her students recently returned from a national collegiate entrepreneurship conference in Chicago, where club members won first place for best fundraiser and one advanced to the semifinals of a national elevator pitch competition.

Students Dylana Gross, Craton Edwards, Mariah Bison and Ethan Kishi made “elevator pitches” to judges at the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organizations conference that won four out of 60 spots available to compete in the Chicago quarterfinals. Edwards did well enough to advance to the semifinals.

An elevator pitch is a short summary used to sell an idea, product or service.

Jouflas said she was proud of CMU’s showing, especially because, “No other school got more than two spots.”

CMU students Kade Robinson, Anna McGinnis, Matt Bell, Kevin Bell, and Caitlyn Love. also won first place for best fundraiser, Business on the Quad, an event that brought businesses to campus. Proceeds from the event went to fund Entrepreneur Club activities.

“This not only shows what great students we have but also reflects well on our entire faculty who helped (our students) refine their skills to get to this level,” Jouflas said.

■ Congratulations to the Dave Kimbrough Team at RE/MAX 4000 for its recognition as the No. 1 team in the five-state Rocky Mountain Region of RE/MAX International. The Kimbrough Team consists of Dave Kimbrough, Jan Kimbrough-Miller, Danny Kuta, Rowena Boroughs, Toni Ratliff and Glenn Kimbrough.

The team reached number one in sales for the month of September compared with other RE/MAX teams across five states. 

The Kimbrough team was also number one in regional sales for February and number two in regional sales for August and January, Kimbrough said.

“We have an incredible team. It’s not a one-man show. I’m only as good as the people around me. You’d be hard-pressed to find a group of people who know more about real estate and love it more than we do.”

The Pro Bono Project of Mesa County presented the 2013 Charlie Traylor Pro Bono Award to William “Willie” S. DeFord during the Mesa County Bar Association Lunch Monday at Two Rivers Convention Center, The Pro Bono Project of Mesa County announced.

Under an adversary system of justice, judges decide cases based on the best arguments presented to them, DeFord said.

When one side is not represented by an attorney, the best arguments are not presented and the judge is unable to make the best decision, he said.

DeFord is a partner at Dufford, Waldeck, Milburn & Krohn. He is a trial lawyer with broad experience in real estate, commercial and natural resources litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. 

He is also a former member of the Pro Bono Project’s Board of Directors and was president of the organization in 2011. In addition to his service on the board, DeFord regularly represents indigent people for free. 

The Charlie Traylor Pro Bono Award is named for the late Grand Junction attorney Charlie Traylor. Traylor was considered by his colleagues to be a strong spokesman and champion for the less advantaged in the community and a “damn good attorney,” the pro bono project said in a news release.

■ Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced the 2013 appointments to the citizen-based Northwest Resource Advisory Council, which advises the Bureau of Land Management on public land issues in northwestern Colorado. 

Jewell named five appointments to the council. Its 15 members represent various interests.

Carl Conner of Grand Junction is a new member representing archaeological and historical interests. Conner is the president of the Dominguez Anthropological Research Group. He has worked as an archaeologist in western Colorado for 30 years and has personally documented more than 3,000 archaeological sites on BLM lands.

John Justman of Fruita is a new member representing elected officials. Justman is a Mesa County Commissioner active in public land management issues. He has operated a family farm near Fruita since 1973.

Wes McStay of Craig was reappointed as a livestock permittee representative. McStay is a career rancher in Moffat County who is active in natural resource and public lands issues. He has worked closely with the BLM on the Little Snake Field Office Resource Management Plan Revision and has been active in working groups for Greater Sage-Grouse and Sharp-Tailed Grouse. 

Joe Neuhof of Grand Junction is a new member representing the public at-large. Neuhof is the executive director of the Colorado Canyons Association and has worked on public lands issues in western Colorado for nearly a decade. He previously served on the Northwest Resource Advisory Council subcommittee for the Grand Junction Field Office and most recently served on the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area Advisory Council.

Barbara Vasquez of Cowdrey was reappointed representing dispersed recreation. Vasquez is active in public lands issues. She has worked with the North Platte Basin Roundtable and has served as chair of the Division of Wildlife-sponsored North Park Focus Area Committee.

■ Members of Grand Junction’s Freedom Builders Chapter of BNI will celebrate a milestone at their weekly meeting today as they officially announce more than $1 million dollars in business was referred among members during the first 10 months of the organization.

Freedom Builders first met in December, attracting a core group of more than 30 members representing a diversity of businesses from construction to advertising to technology and more.

Freedom Builders meets each Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at 2474 Patterson Road.

Freedom Builders is the first chapter in BNI Northwest Colorado region to have more than $1 million in closed business, said Jennifer Kettlewell, regional executive director.


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