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John Neil and the Neil-Garing Agency were awarded the “Spirit of Western Colorado Award” by Dalby, Wendland & Co. PC in Grand Junction on Nov. 13.Each year at the firm’s annual meeting, Dalby, Wendland & Co., P.C, a full service accounting firm, recognizes clients who not only excel in business and community with a spirit of integrity, a keen eye for business, and a commitment and compassion for their respective communities, but who also continue to reflect the pioneer Spirit of the West. The firm created the award in 2004.John Neil and the Neil-Garing Agency have been clients of Dalby, Wendland & Co. since 1983. Each year the firm selects three clients from its seven offices in Western Colorado to receive the award. The Spirit of the West recipient is recognized for leadership, skills and vision. “They don’t wait for things to get better, they make them better and that is a good description of the people and businesses we honor each year,” said Steve Carver, president and chairman of Dalby, Wendland & Co. John Neil was presented with a bronze eagle statue, which is symbolic of an eagle’s natural inclination to soar higher and build a strong and strategic home base. Past “Spirit of Western Colorado” award recipients include Berthod Motors, Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge and Pool, Alpine Bank and Grand River Construction.

Neil-Garing Insurance is pleased to announce Wade Flanery has been certified as a Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) from the Insurance and Risk Management Institute. This insurance designation recognizes specialized expertise in construction insurance, and establishes one’s commitment to the construction industry. Only 30 insurance professionals currently hold the CRIS designation in Colorado.The CRIS curriculum consists of five construction related insurance courses and exams. Only those who complete these courses, and maintain their knowledge with an ongoing continuing education program, are entitled to display the CRIS designation to certify their knowledge of construction insurance. In addition to the CRIS designation, Wade holds the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation and has an associate’s degree in business administration, majoring in insurance, from North Central Technical College in Wausau, Wis. Wade has 30 years of insurance experience, and has been with Neil-Garing for seven years. Congratulations Wade!

Gary Higginbotham, a nationally regarded expert in the field of green and sustainable home design, will be holding a major sustainable home design workshop Thursday, Jan. 28, at Glenwood Appliance Center. Higginbotham serves as the green building specialist for Alan Mascord Design Associates – one of the nation’s most prominent home design firms, headquartered in Portland, Ore. “We’re delighted to bring Gary Higginbotham to speak on such an important topic as green and sustainable home design,” commented Ken Jensen, president & CEO of Glenwood Appliance Center. “Events like this give us an opportunity to provide measurable value to our growing list of customers that include builders, designers, remodelers and the general public.”The event, co-sponsored by KitchenAid, begins at 4:30 p.m. Food and refreshments will be provided by Bravo Catering. Admission is free.Nearing its first year anniversary, Glenwood Appliance Center provides a full range of appliance solutions throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. The showroom features live kitchens that empower customers to actually see the full benefit of specific products. For reservations and more information call: (970)928-7155.

WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced Candles & Such Inc. ( has been selected to receive the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards for Wedding Favors and Gifts.The annual Bride’s Choice Awards recognizes and celebrates excellence in quality and service within the wedding industry, as determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from more than 500,000 newlyweds. is among the top 5 percent of all vendors in the WeddingWire community, which includes more than 100,000 wedding professionals across the U.S. and Canada. Awards were given to winners across 19 different service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers. “We are excited to recognize and honor the success of the top wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Community” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “The annual Bride’s Choice Awards program has given us the unique opportunity to highlight the best wedding professionals in each region as reviewed by brides and grooms who have utilized their services in the past year.””We are happy to announce that is among the very best online Wedding Favor and Gift Retailers within the WeddingWire Network, which includes WeddingWire and Martha Stewart Weddings. We would like to thank our past newlyweds for nominating us for the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards,” said candles & Such.Candles & Such Inc. is owned by business partners Leslie Schultz and Kara English and located in the mountains of Western Colorado. Their mission is to offer you a wide variety of unique, creative and affordable favors for your special occasion. Whether it’s for your wedding, a rehearsal dinner, an anniversary party, bridal shower or just a special gift, Candles has that special favor to thank your friends and family for sharing in your special day. For additional information please visit

Annick Pruett, IOM, president/CEO of the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from the Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Since 1921, the institute has attracted association and chamber professionals from across the country to its five university sites. During the four years, most Institute participants attend the one-week sessions at the same site, building valuable relationships with others in the industry. Through a combination of required courses and electives, the institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively. Graduates of the institute receive the IOM recognition, signifying completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn points toward the Certified Chamber Executive or Certified Association Executive certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.Institute is a 501(c) (3) affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is the premier nonprofit professional development program for nonprofit professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

After meeting several social responsibility and business requirements, Gia Group LLC and Independent Agent Angela Sampels and Independent Agent Joe Luetke, with Glenwood Insurance Agency, were authorized to offer the popular insurance program in Glenwood Springs.The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. announced today that it is making its award-winning AARP-branded auto insurance program available through authorized independent agents in Glenwood Springs. Gia Group LLC and Independent Agent Angela Sampels and Independent Agent Joe Luetke, all with Glenwood Insurance Agency, were chosen after satisfying a number of eligibility requirements, which included: demonstrating a commitment to community service; meeting a high-level of business and ethics standards; and completing a training program designed to highlight the needs of the age 50 and over population.According to new research from The Hartford, the majority of AARP members prefer the advice and counsel of a local agent when making decisions about their insurance. Based on this research and strong customer demand, The Hartford is offering the AARP-branded auto insurance program through select, authorized independent agents. These products were previously only available from The Hartford by phone, the Internet and by mail.

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