Business Briefs May 22, 2017 |

Business Briefs May 22, 2017

Lauren Plaza

Lauren Plaza joins Exclusive Athletic Club

Lauren Plaza has joined Exclusive Athletic Club and will be teaching yoga and barre classes at the New Castle and Rifle locations.

Plaza is originally from Chicago and has a background in teaching group fitness as well as a degree from the University of Stevens Point-Wisconsin in health promotion and wellness. In her spare time you may find her dangling from aerial silks or frolicking in the mountains.

Call 970-945-9107 for more information.

YouthEntity recognizes contributors on Financial Educators Day

Carbondale-based nonprofit YouthEntity recognized the efforts of two financial educators and advocates in the Roaring Fork Valley on Financial Educators Day, the last Friday of April. Ian Bays, president of Alpine Bank’s Carbondale branch, and Danielle Howard, CFP and owner of Wealth By Design. Financial Educators Day recognizes individuals who are actively working to improve the financial capabilities of people in their communities. As contributors to the financial capabilities of youth in our community, they received a Certificate of Appreciation from the National Financial Educators Council.

Ian Bays contributed leadership and participation in launching YouthEntity’s “I am financial knowledge.” program in its early years. His help and support, along with that of virtually all of the employees at his branch, helped make the program the success that it is today. Danielle Howard has a passion for bringing personal financial literacy to people of all ages including kids and has served as a volunteer for YouthEntity. Without dedicated volunteers like her, YouthEntity’s financial literacy programs would not have blossomed as they have. Last academic year, over 1,830 students participated in a personal financial literacy workshop and this number is expected to grow by almost 1,000 students this academic year.

YouthEntity served over 2,700 students last academic year. In addition to personal financial literacy workshops for grades 5 and 8 and high school students, the organization offers ProStart, YouthChefs Baking & Pastry Arts and Design Team for high school students, My Career. My Life. for middle schoolers and Lemonade Day for grades 2-8. YouthEntity is an award-winning nonprofit in Carbondale that provides real-world learning experiences helping students graduate job ready, career ready and life ready. Visit to learn more.

For more information about Financial Educators Day, visit

Lauren Hoffman receives Parkinson’s Regeneration training

Lauren Hoffman, 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.

Sterling travels around the U.S. to inform personal trainers, physical therapists, neurologists and caretakers about the latest PD research in regard to exercise. He works closely with doctors and scientists at New York University and Stony Brook University to find solutions for PD patients.

Call Midland Fitness at 945-4440 for more information on Parkinson’s Regeneration training.

Professional Auto Body Earns Official Certification and Prestigious Top Automaker Recognition

Professional Auto Body has been certified by Assured Performance, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization for maintaining the right tools, equipment, training and facility necessary to repair participating vehicles according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Adding to its credentials, Professional Auto Body is officially recognized by FCA, Assured Performance, GM, Hyundai.

To become certified and recognized by the various automakers, Professional Auto Body passed the rigorous certification process essential to help ensure a proper and safe repair of the new generation of advanced vehicles. Less than 5 percent of body shops across the nation are able to meet the stringent requirements to become officially certified and recognized.

Edward Jones named Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance

Edward Jones has been named one of the country’s Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune magazine and consulting firm Great Place to Work, ranking as the No. 4 large company. It was also the top-ranked full-service financial firm among all 40 companies on the list.

“We are proud of this recognition and the workplace we have built where we recognize that our success is the result of the contributions from our associates,” says local Edward Jones financial advisor Hollis Kelley. “As a growing firm, always seeking to attract and retain top talent, we build our workplace upon our values, our culture and our clear focus on serving our clients.”

Rankings for the Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance were based on feedback from more than more than 62,000 people working at leading financial firms. Employees at recognized organizations report high levels of trust in their management and greater loyalty as well as camaraderie and pride in what they do.

Edward Jones associates also rated the firm highly on issues of leadership strength and integrity, opportunities for professional growth and support for work-life balance. In 2016, Edward Jones ranked No. 6 on this list.

Clinton Carroll joins Roaring Fork Property and Mike Dunn as associate broker

Clinton Carroll has joined Roaring Fork Property and Mike Dunn as associate broker.

Born and raised in Alaska, Carroll has always had a passion for outdoor activities and sports, which naturally brought him to Colorado in 1998, where he graduated with a finance degree at Fort Lewis College. After college he worked in Denver as a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial working with individuals on retirement planning, investing in the stock market, and life insurance.

In 2006 Carroll and his wife, Jaime, moved to the Roaring Fork Valley where he worked as a commercial banker, financing new residential construction and commercial property from Aspen to Rifle for the last 10 years. Carroll graduated from the Armbrust Real Estate School in 2016. He can be reached at 970-989-3079 or via e-mail at

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