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Financial advisor Rodney Naylor joins Stifel in Glenwood Springs

Rodney Naylor has joined Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. as a financial advisor in the Glenwood Springs Private Client Group office.

Naylor comes to Stifel after spending the last 23 years in the banking industry (nine in the Roaring Fork Valley area), including eight as a bank president. He holds Series 7 and 66 licenses along with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Active in the community, Naylor volunteers his time to the Glenwood Springs Lions Club.

Stifel’s Glenwood Springs office is located at 2520 S. Grand Ave. can be reached by calling (970) 945-5275 or toll-free at (866) 503-6632.

Valley View Hospital’s Chad L. Kruse Receives national certification

Valley View Hospital Facilities Manager Chad L. Kruse has earned the professional designation of Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM) by the American Hospital Association (AHA). This distinction is a national credential that distinguishes an individual as being among the elite in the healthcare facility management profession.

“Less than 5 percent of health care facility managers in the United States achieve CHFM, so earning this is truly a mark of distinction,” says CEO Gary Brewer. “As a CHFM, Chad has demonstrated that he is a leader in the profession, and we couldn’t be more proud.”

To earn the CHFM, an individual must meet eligibility requirements that incorporate a blend of work experience and education, agree to adhere to the Professional Standards of Conduct, and successfully pass a qualifying examination. The CHFM examination is based on practical experience and knowledge gained both academically and while on the job. Specifically, it tests the knowledge required of a competent healthcare facility manager in the areas of compliance, planning, design & construction, maintenance & operations, finance, and administration.

The CHFM Program supports the community of facility managers, and is designed to provide an objective and rigorous assessment of professional knowledge. For more information, visit the American Hospital Association website at

Local realtor achieves national recognition

Jerome Whalen with Coldwell Banker Mason Morse has been awarded the Accredited Buyer’s Representation (ABR) designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC) of the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

Whalen joins the more than 30,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the ABR designation. All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in buyer representation and an elective course focusing on a buyer representation specialty, both in addition to submitting documentation verifying professional experience.

To contact Jerome Sarge Whalen in the Carbondale office with Coldwell Banker Mason Morse, please contact 970-963-3300. Or for more information about the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council, call (800) 648-6224 or go to REBAC website,

Small business seminars

The Roaring Fork Business Resource Center and Colorado Mountain College will present an informative business seminar series this fall.

Five seminars will be held at Colorado Mountain College campus in Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, and Aspen. Each seminar is $40, or participants can sign up for all five at a discounted price of $175.

The seminars are designed to provide small business owners and entrepreneurs with the resources and tools they need to successfully run their organizations. The final seminar is Public Relations Techniques and Practices on Thursday, Oct. 10, in Glenwood Springs.

For full seminar descriptions, visit Advanced registration is recommended and may be done online or by calling 945-5158.

Hattie Thompson Restaurant & Bar launches Nonprofit Wednesday

Roaring Fork Business Resource Center will be the first of four nonprofits, benefitting from Nonprofit Wednesdays at Hattie Thompson Restaurant and Bar in Carbondale.

Other participating nonprofits will include Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE), Manaus Fund and Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation.

On Wednesday, Oct. 9, Hattie’s will donate 10 percent of each meal/drink tab to help support the Roaring Fork Business Resource Center and its effort on behalf of the small business community from Parachute to Aspen. Diners need to request the donation be made with their server. Hattie’s will be open for lunch (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), happy hour (3-6 p.m.) and dinner (6-10 p.m.). The restaurant is located at River Valley Ranch Golf Course, 303 River Valley Ranch Road, in Carbondale.

Secrets of Small Business Funding

This forum from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 16, introduces entrepreneurs and small business owners to capital resources needed to start or grow their business. This $20 forum takes place at Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Center, 1402 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs. For more information, call 945-5158 or go to

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