Business Briefs April 24, 2017 |

Business Briefs April 24, 2017

Claudia Craig

Roaring Fork Leadership accepting applications for Class of 2018

Marking 30 years as the Roaring Fork Valley’s foremost leadership and professional development program, Roaring Fork Leadership (RFL) is now accepting applications for its Class of 2018 program.

The annual RFL program entails taking 40 community members through more than 100 hours of training and dialogue critical for personal, professional and community problem solving and effectiveness. Participants take on civic projects as a “laboratory” for practicing new ways of being a leader. The annual program consists of three elements: personal growth and development, skill building, and working in a team on a civic project.

All sessions are held in the Roaring Fork Valley. The class meets monthly from August to May, covering a variety of topics presented by dynamic and experienced educators and trainers in leadership development. Curriculum topics include conscious leadership, mastering performance, crucial conversations and critical thinking/emotional intelligence. Graduates leave with newfound confidence and skills to solve personal, professional and civic challenges.

The application deadline for the Roaring Fork Leadership (RFL) Class of 2018 program is May 31. Applications are available online at

Craig receives Parkinson’s Regeneration training

Claudia Craig, a personal trainer at Midland Fitness, has completed part two of a special certification for helping clients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Midland Fitness recently hosted a Parkinson’s Regeneration Training Clinic taught by PD exercise specialist Karl Sterling NASM-CPT.

Craig is a senior fitness specialist and is a Silver Sneakers certified instructor. Call Midland Fitness at 945-4440 for more information on Parkinson’s Regeneration Training.

Becker promoted at Climate Control Co.

Climate Control Co. of Glenwood Springs has promoted Paul Becker to business development manager. Becker started his HVAC career by working as an electrician on a nuclear-powered submarine while in the U.S. Navy. One of his responsibilities as a nuclear power electrician was taking care of the boat’s heating and cooling systems.

Becker joined Climate Control Company last October as the controls manager with the task of setting up a controls department within the company. System controls and building automation have been his specialty since leaving the Navy in 1994. Building automation is on the cutting edge of technology for the HVAC industry. Becker points to the Internet of Things (loT) as the wave of the future. Soon, he says, every system in your home and other buildings will be connected to and controlled through the Internet.

Becker’s new title means he is responsible for management of all sales, project management and controls operations. When it comes to management style, Becker calls himself a coach. He says his role is to remove obstacles to support the success of others.

Becker is originally from Thornton. He and his wife, Becky, have three grown children and four grandchildren. They are both avid snowboarders, and when the snow melts their attention turns to golfing and camping.

Evans joins Bay Equity Home Loans

Desi Evans has joined the Glenwood Springs office of Bay Equity Home Loans. Desi brings customer service with title and banking experience. She can be reached at 970-330-5010.

Samuels joins RE/MAX Mountain West in Carbondale

After decades of working in the Roaring Fork Valley for county government and a local family foundation, Sara Samuels recently joined RE/MAX Mountain West’s Carbondale office as a broker associate.

She is a homeowner and investment property owner in both the North Fork and Roaring Fork valleys.

Samuels can assist with sales or purchases of commercial, residential or investment property, from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, Carbondale to Paonia and beyond. 

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In Honor of National Volunteer Week April 23-29, 2017

The Glenwood Springs Association of Realtors congratulates its members on giving more than 7,500 hours of time to at least 100 organizations located throughout Garfield County in 2016. Through volunteer service, we come together to make a difference, create change, and build stronger, more vibrant communities.

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