Business Briefs Nov. 2, 2015 |

Business Briefs Nov. 2, 2015

NADA incoming chairman Jeff Carlson, left, and incoming vice chairman Mark Scarpelli pose at NADA’s board meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.
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Glenwood’s Jeff Carlson elected NADA chairman for 2016

The National Automobile Dealers Association’s board of directors has elected Jeff Carlson as chairman for 2016.

“This is a great honor, and I’m eager to lead NADA as we continue the important job of protecting the interests of America’s 16,500 franchised new-car dealerships, and the more than 1 million people they employ nationwide,” said Carlson, who represents Colorado’s new-car dealers on NADA’s board.

Carlson, who is currently serving as NADA vice chairman, is president of Glenwood Springs Ford and Glenwood Springs Subaru in Glenwood Springs and co-owner of Summit Ford in Silverthorne. His term as chairman officially begins in January 2016. The ceremonial event of “passing the gavel” will occur at the 2016 NADA Convention and Expo in Las Vegas.

CASA of the Ninth hires Caleb Howald

Caleb Howald has joined Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Ninth as CASA supervisor. Howald is also a student at the University of Denver’s Western Colorado School of Social Work. To find out more about CASA of the Ninth go to

Mountain Family Health Centers awarded $150,000 to improve primary care

Mountain Family Health Centers recently received $150,000 in grant funding from the Colorado Health Foundation to implement team-based care practices that will strengthen the delivery of integrated care. The clinic’s health care team will work closely with patients to accomplish shared goals within and across settings to achieve coordinated, high-quality care that will improve health outcomes throughout the community.

Josh Rusk MD joined the Mountain Family Health Centers’ team early in 2015 and serves as the Edwards location’s medical director. “The Colorado Health Foundation could not have chosen a better practice (than Mountain Family Health Centers-Edwards) for this grant. The providers and staff here in Edwards are already so engaged and dedicated to the mission of serving patients and the community. Now, even more time and energy can be focused directly on providing care as a unified team. A primary goal will be continuing to develop the notion that everyone in the office has a role in empowering the patient, from the moment a patient walks in the clinic door to the moment they walk out.”

The Colorado Health Foundation will connect Mountain Family Health Centers with a technical assistance provider and provide access to a learning collaborative and practice coach. These tools will help Mountain Family Health Centers advance basic principles of team-based care such as shared goals, clear roles, mutual trust, measurable processes and outcomes, and effective communication.

Vicki Lee Green leaders

Vicki Lee Green Realtors recognizes Tonya Nieslanik for being salesperson of the month for September. Nieslanik has been selling real estate with Vicki Lee Green Realtors since 1997, taking over as owner in 2000.

Michelle James was September’s listing agent of the month. She has more than 20 years’ experience selling real estate in the Roaring Fork Valley. She began selling real estate with Vicki Lee Green Realtors in 1993 and became co-owner of the business in 2004.

Realtor association bestows honors and installs new leadership team

Becky Ciani, broker with Coldwell Banker Mason Morse in Carbondale, and FirstBank of Glenwood Springs were honored as 2015 Realtor of the Year and 2015 Affiliate of the Year, respectively, at the Glenwood Springs Association of Realtors (GSAR) annual Inaugural and Awards Luncheon held Oct. 21 at the Aspen Glen Club.

The Realtor of the Year Award is the most prestigious award given by the GSAR and is an acknowledgment of a distinguished career within the Realtor organization. In addition to activity with the GSAR, the Realtor of the Year is a person who is active at the community level and is successful in business. The Affiliate of the Year Award recognizes a business that supports the GSAR with integrity and a commitment to excellent customer service.

A Distinguished Service Award was also presented to Bob Fullerton of Glenwood Brokers, honoring his dedication and commitment to the Realtor organization as well as his civic involvement with the community.

Officers and directors for the 2015-16 board of directors were sworn in by Alan Lovitt, 2016 Chairman of the Colorado Association of Realtors (CAR). They include chair and CAR Director Bob Fullerton; Chair-Elect Konnie Krahn-Prosence; Immediate Past Chair Erin Bassett; and directors LaPriel Armijo, Mike Dunn, Kent Lohse, Brad Plantz, Brandy Swanson and Phil Weir.

GSAR has been serving the Garfield County community since 1957 and currently has nearly 200 members.

FridgeWize announces strategic move into Kansas City

FridgeWize has expanded with a major move of its operations center to Kansas City. The company looks forward to the benefits of doing business in a major metropolitan area, with a central location in the country being key to the decision.

“Kansas City’s central location allows for more efficient and effective travel to our customers on the East and West Coast, as well as easier access to our national sales team,” said Ryan Grobler, CEO and president of FridgeWize. “This move also allows us to take advantage of Kansas City’s strong pool of talent and cost-effective environment.”

In addition, FridgeWize’s strategic expansion includes a relocation of its corporate headquarters from Glenwood Springs to downtown Carbondale. This move allows for central access to the Roaring Fork Valley as well as growth of its corporate team. FridgeWize is also expanding internationally, with current agents in the United States, United Kingdom, Puerto Rico and Dubai, and client installations stretching into Canada, Mexico and South America. The company plans to see rapid and continued international expansion and corporate growth in the coming years.

FridgeWize has executed an unlimited lease for its new operations center in Lenexa, Kansas, as well as a three-year lease for its corporate headquarters at 225 Main St. second floor in Carbondale.

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