Business Briefs March 27, 2017 |

Business Briefs March 27, 2017

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Massage therapist Lizz Arias joins Midland Fitness

Massage therapist Lizz Arias has joined Midland Fitness. Arias received her training from the Lotus Education Institute in Carbondale. She has also earned her BA in communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Arias works with Midland’s chiropractors and personal trainers to help with recovery. Call Midland Fitness at 945-4440 for more information.

Alpine Bank’s Gena Cooper awarded the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) designation

Gena Cooper, vice president of Alpine Bank Wealth Management, was recently awarded the CTFA designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers, a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association.

The CTFA designation is awarded to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field of wealth management and trust. To qualify for the CTFA certification, individuals must have certain levels of experience and education in the trust profession, pass an exam and agree to abide by a code of ethics. The CTFA exam covers many areas including fiduciary and trust activities, financial planning, tax law and planning and investment management and ethics.

Cooper has been with Alpine Bank for over 17 years and has been involved in all aspects of trust and investment work. She currently oversees wealth management activities in all Alpine Bank locations on the Western Slope and in the Denver metro area. In addition to the CTFA designation, she holds an MBA from San Diego State University.

Nate Rand joins Exclusive Athletic Club as fitness director

Nate Rand has joined Exclusive Athletic Club as fitness director. Rand’s approach to training is a direct reflection of his 10 years of extensive educational background and mastery of fundamentals and advanced training techniques. His attention to detail has created an individual style of training ethic that revolves around the concept of “quality over quantity.” Also with his continuing participation in state and nationwide events, he is more than willing to share his ideas, training methods, and programming to get there.

Sherri Smart joins Grand Hair Designs

Stylist Sherri Smart has joined Grand Hair Designs. She grew up in Glenwood and has recently moved back after living and doing hair in Cherry Creek North for 25 years. Smart is a nationally and internationally certified hair colorist. She is highly educated in her field and enjoys staying on the cutting edge of hair color, men’s and women’s haircuts, styling, special occasion updos, and the latest products. Contact Sherri at 303-579-1282 or stop by 818 Grand Ave. Wednesday through Saturday.

Pinnacol Assurance Issues $50M in General Dividends to Denver County Employers

Pinnacol Assurance, a workers’ compensation insurer, will distribute $50 million in workers’ compensation dividend checks this month to its policyholders.

More than 53,000 employers throughout the state — roughly 94.2 percent of the company’s policyholders — will receive a dividend in recognition of maintaining safe workplaces. Dividend checks are calculated based on the policyholder’s premium size and performance. The average 2017 dividend check will be $941. Checks will be delivered to employers in March and April.

In Garfield County, more than $1 million will be awarded to employers this year.

This is the second year in a row Pinnacol has issued a general dividend, a result of its financial health and stability. With the 2017 declaration, Pinnacol has now returned $556 million in total general dividends to Colorado employers.

Jeff Zimmerman joins Cheryl&Co. Real Estate

Jeff Zimmerman has joined Cheryl&Co. Real Estate A native of Western Colorado, Zimmerman brings personal knowledge of the market to his customers. He has held his real estate license since September 2016.

Johnson joins RE/MAX Country

Benton Johnson has joined RE/MAX Country as a full-time real estate agent working in Garfield and surrounding counties. He is located in the Glenwood Springs office and previously worked in the steel mill industry for 20 years and owned a restaurant. He is a cabinet designer, and his hobbies include old cars and inventing things. In his spare time, Benton volunteers for Feed My Sheep, Extended Table and Early Childhood Literacy.

Business After Hours celebrates grand opening of Royal Mini Storage’s new location

The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association invites chamber members and their guests to attend March Business After Hours with host Royal Mini Storage, at its grand opening from 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 31, at 1097 County Road 116 by the Glenwood Springs Airport. 

Start the weekend off with business colleagues and friends and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine. Enter to win door prizes and remember cash for the $5 drawing.

The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s Business After Hours mixers are a part of the chamber’s network development. The event is free to all Glenwood Springs Chamber members and their guest. For information on how to host a Business After Hours contact Joni Bates, VP Membership Development, at 945-1514 or

Sanderson leads RE/MAX Country

Deborah Sanderson was RE/MAX Country’s top sales agent for February. Sanderson has been in the real estate industry since 1988 and in 2004 opened Home Town Real Estate Co. in New Castle. In 2005 she purchased a RE/MAX franchise and now owns multiple RE/MAX Country offices.

Sanderson holds the CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) designation, is a member of national, state and Glenwood Springs Association of Realtors as well as the National Association of Residential Property Managers and is a licensed Community association manager. Being a Colorado resident for all of her adult life, she has extensive knowledge of the area, market and trends of Western Colorado.

Deborah has been recognized by RE/MAX for the following accomplishments: RE/MAX Executive Club member for 2006, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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