Business Briefs October 10, 2016 |

Business Briefs October 10, 2016

David Erlich
Photographer: Edyta Sokolowska |

FridgeWize wins RAC Cooling Industry award

FridgeWize, a provider of energy-efficient commercial heating and cooling solutions, received the Innovation of the Year Award at the RAC Cooling Industry Awards.

CEO Ryan Grobler said, “The award is the culmination of huge efforts by the FridgeWize team. We were up against some of the world’s largest companies. We are very proud to accept this award on their behalf and look forward to continued renewable advancements in the future.”

FridgeWize, founded in Carbondale in 2010, has grown to be a multi-million dollar energy efficiency company focused on the most efficient carbon fiber fan blades in the industry, including the Q Blade. Praised by the judges for “innovation in design, innovation in concept, and innovation in material,” FridgeWize continues a tradition of cutting edge technology.

Juan Grobler, senior vice president of sales and marketing, and his team will continue to be centered in Carbondale. Juan said after the award announcement, “We look forward to continue delivering huge savings by reducing the carbon footprint for our customers. We will continue to advance the rapid growth of our business in convenience stores, restaurants, hotels, and large retail companies. Our new initiatives include testing of our fan blades in the oil and gas industry, as well as large office complexes.”

FridgeWize has been recognized for its advancements in energy savings in the past, as the proud recipient of Environmental Leader’s Top Product of the Year in 2015 and as a finalist at the 2015 Platts Global Energy Awards for Commercial Application of the Year. The company is also a finalist in the upcoming ​Energy Awards.

Glenwood Hot Springs employee named treasurer of the Balneology Association of North America

David Erlich, director of spa and retail operations at Glenwood Hot Springs, is among new association officers of the Balneology Association of North America (BANA).

For those who don’t know, balneology is the art and science of bathing in natural mineral waters for health and wellness benefits. It has been practiced throughout the ages in cultures around the globe, especially in Europe and Asia. The knowledge and practice of balneology in North America is comparatively recent. The goal of BANA is to support research and provide education about the healing benefits of soaking in the natural mineral waters of North America for the purpose of personal health.

David Erlich has served on BANA’s board of directors for six months and will serve a two-year term as the association’s treasurer. “I am most appreciative of the opportunity to serve the geothermal segment of the spa industry in this fashion. Balneology is a core component of Glenwood Hot Springs and has been integrated into Spa of the Rockies menu offerings,” said Erlich.

“Glenwood Hot Springs is one of Colorado’s most historic and revered geothermal resources; we’ve seen a resurgence of interest in the practice of balneology. David, in his new leadership role at BANA, will be in a position to help grow this niche market and educate interested parties about the benefits of soaking in general and at Glenwood Hot Springs in particular,” said Jeremy Gilley, director of sales and revenue for Glenwood Hot Springs and the Spa of the Rockies.

As treasurer, Erlich will also be a featured speaker at “Colorado Waterfest,” a BANA sponsored event to be held in Manitou Springs, Sept. 30 through Oct. 1.

For more information about Glenwood Hot Springs, visit For further information on balneotherapy and balneology, as well as association facts and a calendar of events for the consumer to peruse, visit

River Center Community Enrichment Class: Financial Freedom

Are you tired of struggling financially, or just want to learn new ways to save and get ahead? Join us for this four-week class from 6:30-8 p.m. each Tuesday evening at the River Center, 126 N. Fourth St. in New Castle. Dan Niedbalski, from Alpine Bank, will be here to give key lessons on how to save and prepare for financial freedom.

Remaining class schedule is as follows:

Oct. 11: Beginning budgeting and relationships and money. Healing relationships and understanding how money causes problems.

Oct. 18: Beginning budgeting and getting out of debt. Ready, set, flat tire. Debt snowball and how it works.

Oct. 25: Budgeting/getting out of debt/insurance. Protecting your family and other assets. Having a plan.

Register for the class by going to or call 984-4333. Child care will be provided.

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