Business briefcase, Nov. 28, 2013

Avant-Garde Wealth Management has announced a merger with May-Investments Management, a Colorado registered investment advisor located in Grand Junction. May-Investments will be merged into Avant-Garde Advisors, an investment advisor registered with the SEC.

One of the biggest short-term advantages of the merger will be the availability of added resources to help conduct investment research, which May-Investments previously handled on its own.

Doug May will join Avant-Garde’s investment committee of portfolio managers who conduct concerted research across multiple disciplines.

“Doug and his team’s addition to our firm will help us as we grow our Mountain West presence and will only solidify a stronger foothold in another major market in Colorado for Avant-Garde,” said Jon Dubravac, CEO of Avant-Garde Wealth Management.

The staff of May-Investments will make up the new Mountain West Team and continue to serve clients from the same office location.

The new Avant-Garde Mountain West Team includes May, director of the Mountain West Region; Barbara Traylor Smith, private wealth advisor; Diane Gigliotti, office manager; and Lisa Mauser, retirement concierge.

Avant-Garde is headquartered in Denver with advisors in San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Los Angeles, Scottsdale, Ariz., and now Grand Junction.

■ Pinnacol Assurance, a leading Colorado workers’ compensation insurer, recognized Grand Junction-based C5 Medical Werks at its sixth-annual Circle of Safety Awards this month.

A total of 60 policyholders from across the state were honored for their exemplary performance in safety, loss control and financial and claims management, but only one from Grand Junction was recognized.

C5 is a Multiple Year Winner because of its commitment to workplace safety, from leadership to front-line employees, said Jim McMillen, Pinnacol safety director.

“By implementing a safety program and actively encouraging safe behaviors, they help ensure the success of their business and employees in a safe environment,” McMillen said in a news release.

High Country Beverage is pleased to announce the promotion of Mike Freyman to branch manager in Montrose.

Freyman joined High Country Beverage in 2000 as a route salesman in Gunnison He advanced to salesman for the Gunnison-Crested Butte territories, a position he held for seven years.

In 2008, he was promoted to craft manager for the Western Slope, which required him to oversee all special events for the entire territory.

In 2012, Freyman took on the challenge of managing the business from a different side as marketing manager.

“Over the past 14 years, it’s been amazing to watch Mike grow into a great leader. I am very proud of Mike. He has worked his way up in this company through hard work and dedication,” said Cody Carlson, general sales manager of High Country Beverage, Western Slope Division. “I look forward to watching him guide the Montrose organization to the next level.”

Don and Deyon Stephens were presented the Distinguished Alumni Award during the President’s Dinner at Colorado Mesa University in October. Deyon Stephens was on hand to receive the award on behalf of the couple, who cofounded the global charity, Mercy Ships.

CMU President Tim Foster presented the bronze statuette of a maverick designed by an art faculty member and poured at the CMU on-campus bronze foundry, a replica of the large bronze statue in the middle of campus known as Maverick Circle.

“Don and Deyon provide a great example to all of us on how to combine our skills with our passions to make a difference in the world,” Foster said. 

Deyon Stephens graduated from the inaugural nursing program at Mesa College in 1966 and received the Colorado Nurse of the Year award.

Founded in 1978, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1 billion, impacting more than 2.42 million direct beneficiaries.

Each year Mercy Ships has more than 1,600 volunteers from more than 45 nations, including surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort.

■ The Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse project was recognized by ENR Mountain States 2013 Best Projects Awards as the Best Renovation/Restoration project in the Colorado area.

More than 80 projects were entered into this year’s Best Projects competition. Projects were judged on design and construction quality, their contribution to the community and industry practice and how well teams overcame unusual challenges through collaboration and innovation.

The modernization of the historic, 41,000-square-foot facility in Grand Junction preserves the building’s historic character while transforming the landmark into one of the most energy-efficient, sustainable buildings in the country.

Just last month, the building achieved the highest LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Design-build contractor The Beck Group and design architects and engineers Westlake Reed Leskosky acknowledged the federal government’s goal to be carbon-neutral by 2030 and to create, through the project’s design, a green proving ground, demonstrating how to make an existing historic building perform at net-zero energy 17 years ahead of schedule.

ProSpace Interiors marked 45 years serving western Colorado on Nov. 1.

The firm’s showroom is located at 634 Main St. in Grand Junction, and its administrative office and warehouse is located in Delta.

Tom Huerkamp, president and CEO, started the firm in November 1969 with $500 that he had borrowed. He is still active in the business on a daily basis.

Today ProSpace provides commercial office and health care furniture from Durango to Steamboat Springs and Vail to Moab. The firm also has done projects in Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Idaho and Oregon.

In addition to selling and installing furniture. the firm offers complete space planning and design services with state of the art CAD drawings and color renderings.

Court Appointed Special Advocates recently appointed former Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland as its new executive director.

Rowland worked more than two decades in the child welfare field. Most recently, she served as Mesa County commissioner and on the Board of Human Services.

Prior to that, Rowland worked for the Mesa County Department of Human Services.

During her time at the department, Rowland worked in the child welfare division as part of the intake unit investigating allegations of abuse and neglect.

In addition, Rowland served as the department’s first volunteer program director and also its public information officer.

Rowland is no stranger to non-profit management. In 2000 she cofounded Strong Families, Safe Kids, now known as The Parenting Place, a local non-profit dedicated to strengthening families and preventing child abuse.

Rimrock Chiropractic announced Dr. Greg Haitz has been elected as a director at large for the Colorado Chiropractic Association. Directors serve a two-year term.


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