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Alpine Bank has some staff transfers and promotions to announce.

Bruce Robinson will now be working in the Colorado River Region as a customer relationship manager with a focus on existing bank customers and prospects in the 50 + age demographic. In conjunction with this age group, Robinson will be working with Alpine Trust and Asset Management in developing customers that have identified investment and estate planning needs. Robinson continues as a member of Alpine’s board of directors and is now officing in New Castle half time.

Robinson’s duties as regional president are being filled by Jay Rickstrew, president of the Rifle location. Rickstrew will office mostly in Rifle, but plans to be in Glenwood two days per week. Rickstrew began his career with Alpine Bank Carbondale in 1994, working as a loan officer. He was promoted to manager of the Rifle bank shortly after. His new duties as regional president of the Colorado River Region include overseeing the banks in Battlement Mesa, Rifle, New Castle and Glenwood Springs.

Angela Meraz, senior vice president at the Alpine Bank Basalt, is now working in Glenwood Springs serving in their loan department. She specializes in commercial lending.

Farrah Roberts, senior vice president, joins the Basalt bank, having been in Carbondale for many years.

Erkko Alm is pleased to be moving back to the Roaring Fork Valley to work as a lending officer in the Carbondale location. He is transferring from the Dillon Alpine bank.

Doug Peate, assistant vice president in the commercial loan department in Glenwood Springs, has moved to Alpine Bank Aspen to continue his lending duties there. As a former Aspen resident, he is excited to be returning.

Ryan Gilbert, a management trainee and most recently an I.T. officer with Alpine Bank, will join the Rifle location as a banking officer.

Alpine Bank customers can look forward to the same great service and outstanding community involvement with all of these exciting changes.

Paradise Day Spa/Gallery located at 2520 Grand Ave. (by the 27th Street bridge) now features local fine arts, crafts and a gift shop. Feast your eyes on acrylic, oil, pastel and mixed media paintings, fiber art, pottery and jewelry. The gift shop features locally made candles, cards, soaps, cremes, lotions, scrubs, bath salts and gift packages. Help us support the local economy and artists by buying local.

WPX Energy announced that Jeff Kirtland, formerly of the Mesa County Valley School District 51, will join the company’s community relations staff beginning March 26. Kirtland, who lives in Grand Junction with his family, will work from the company’s office in Parachute, covering Garfield and Rio Blanco counties. He will join the company’s existing communications staff of Susan Alvillar and Sheree Walcher. WPX Energy was formed at year-end 2011 after the exploration and production unit of Williams became a separate, independent company. WPX’s headquarters are located in Tulsa, Okla., with a regional office in Denver. Overall, WPX employs more than 1,200 people, including 400 in Colorado. More information is available at

Blue Tent Marketing is excited to announce that it has recently hired Tom Kenyon, a 15-year design and marketing veteran of the Roaring Fork Valley. In his role as creative director, Kenyon will lead clients with brand development, management and creative strategy in the digital domain. His addition to the team significantly reinforces Blue Tent’s evolution into a national, full-service digital agency.

Kenyon joins Blue Tent from Hyperseed Interactive, where he was partner and creative director. Prior to Hyperseed, he was owner of Kenyon Design works, a graphic design company serving clients throughout the Roaring Fork Valley for more than 10 years. Kenyon has developed brands and executed campaigns for many national and local businesses and organizations and brings proven expertise in graphic design, branding and marketing strategy.

“We’re thrilled to have Tom on our team,” says Josh Lewis, VP of marketing at Blue Tent. “We’ve worked with him for years and know firsthand that his talents in design, branding and marketing strategy will be a tremendous value to our clients.”

Mountain to Mesa Home Builders Association (M2M) affirmed the 2012 appointment of its board of directors and its February Executive Committee Meeting and would like to welcome the seven newest members joining its professional ranks in January.

“M2M is entering its third year since the chapter began and is steadily growing in the number of members and quality programs,” said Sue Hibbs, executive officer. Hibbs also serves as executive officer for M2M’s sister chapter, Eagle Valley Home Builders Association (EVHBA) and is the executive officer council chair of the Colorado Association of Home Builders (CAHB).

The 2012 board of directors comprises Randell Johnson, president (Neenan Archistruction), John Silich, vice president for the Roaring Fork and Crystal River valleys (Silich Construction Inc.); Shawn Binion, vice president for I70 and the Colorado River Valley (Bookcliff Survey Services Inc.); Debbie Harte, director (Styles Kitchen and Bath); Fred Cooke, director (Lorax Construction Inc.); Susan Horning, director (mortgage loan officer); and Bob Jenkins, director (Sandhill Developments).

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