Business Briefs November 30, 2015 |

Business Briefs November 30, 2015

From left, back row: DWC representatives Duane Antes, Kevin Gibson, Steve Carver, Lynn Kleager and Mike West; and front row: Gran and Glenda Farnum, middle, are flanked by DWC representatives Mark Groves and Greg Keller.
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Gran Farnum Printing among Dalby, Wendland “Spirit of Western Colorado” award recipients

Dalby, Wendland & Co. recently announced the 2015 recipients of its “Spirit of Western Colorado” award. ColCal Companies (Grand Junction), Gran Farnum Printing (Glenwood Springs), Del-Mont Consultants (Montrose) and Dennis W. Wagner (retired Dalby Wendland principal) each received a bronze eagle statue during a luncheon ceremony on Nov. 6.

From the arrival of Gran Farnum’s grandfather, Henry Farnum, to Denver in 1859 to Gran’s father, William, working as an “ink boy” at the Fairplay Flume during his childhood, the Farnum family has a long history in Colorado.

After graduating from Western State College, Gran became a general manager for a church mail order business that his step-father and mother owned. Soon thereafter, Gran and his wife Glenda moved to Glenwood Springs where they began the lifelong work of learning the printing business. They began with a small building and two printing presses and founded Gran Farnum Printing in 1979. Today, Gran Farnum Printing is known for its exceptional quality work, technological savvy and meticulous detail.

Gran Farnum Printing is a strong supporter of our schools and community. During the last 36 years, it has had its hand in publishing local authors such as Anita McCune Witt, who wrote “They Came from Missouri: The History of Missouri Heights Colorado.” They have also invested in future authors — seventh-graders who authored their own books have had the opportunity to publish them and see how a real printing press works, perhaps inspiring them to their own future writing success.

Since 2004, DWC has proudly and publicly recognized individuals and businesses that create lasting legacies throughout western Colorado. The awards honor the pioneer spirit of the west, which embodies vision, skill, and a can-do attitude that contribute for the better in local communities.

Wilderness Workshop hires Rebecca Mirsky as development director

Wilderness Workshop has hired Rebecca Mirsky of Woody Creek as development director effective immediately. The development director oversees donor relations with existing and prospective members and contributes to the strategy and execution of fundraising efforts.

Mirsky most recently served as the development director at Aspen Film, where she was responsible for cultivating new sponsors and maintaining relationships with annual sponsors and grantors. Prior to that, she was the education director at the Aspen Art Museum. Rebecca has also directed and consulted with several art galleries, principally in Manhattan.

Mirsky is eager to spread the Wilderness Workshop ethos and mission to new donors and the organization’s existing member base. “My experience has equipped me with the ability to speak to a variety of folks and communicate the message about why it’s important to support conservation. Development is about having conversations that connect people’s values with the organization’s mission and programs,” she said.

She will be based out of the Wilderness Workshop office in its Carbondale location in the Third Street Center.

Kaaren Peck completes Community Resource Center’s Nonprofit Leadership & Management Program

Kaaren Peck, director of Volunteer Services and Meals on Wheels at Rifle’s Grand River Health, is a recent graduate of Community Resource Center’s Nonprofit Leadership & Management Program.

After five years at Grand River Health in Rifle, Peck became director of Volunteer Services in 2013. This multifaceted position requires many “hats” as she oversees Grand River Meals on Wheels, Grand River Gifts and Grand River Medical Scholarships along with the ongoing volunteer programing. Drawing on her educational background, she has worked to make the 175 volunteers a major contributing force in Grand River Health’s mission, which is to “increase the health and well-being of local communities.”

Along with 25 other new and emerging nonprofit leaders from across Colorado, Peck completed the nine-month program and expanded her leadership capabilities as well as discovered new management techniques. Peck also cultivated meaningful professional relationships by engaging with her classmates at bimonthly professional development sessions and at the three-day retreat to Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center.

As a graduate of the program, Peck joins a network of more than 700 nonprofit professionals who have participated over the past 25 years. These individuals and their experiences offer invaluable resources to participants. Graduates of the program provide each other with continuing opportunities for professional development and networking to further their development as leaders.

If you are interested in a dynamic leadership experience similar to Peck’s and are interested in joining an extensive network of nonprofit professionals, consider applying to be a part of the 2016 leadership cohort for the Nonprofit Leadership & Management Program. Go to to learn more about program criteria, components and benefits.

Personal trainer Orion Montaine joins Midland Fitness

Orion Montaine has joined Midland Fitness’ team of personal trainers. Montaine graduated from Glenwood Springs High School and also from Mt. Heart Massage School in Crested Butte. He is both a licensed massage therapist and a certified personal trainer, which gives him a unique advantage. He can prescribe exercises based on massage feedback to save his clients time and get them better results. He trains at Midland Fitness to maintain his outdoor athletic passions of trail running, rafting, martial arts and playing for Glenwood’s own Defiance Rugby.

Call Midland Fitness to get started today with Orion at 945-4440.

Land+Shelter celebrates 10th anniversary

Land+Shelter announces its 10th anniversary. The firm has been providing design services to the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the American West since 2005, and looks forward to more years of business. The Land+Shelter team would like to thank everyone for years of collaboration and being given the opportunity to work on some amazing projects. For more information, go to, call 970-963-0201, or email

CMC business workshops and classes

Alice Brouhard shows you how to use your iPads and iPhones to their full potential. Final class is iPhone Crash Course (Dec. 3).

Internet marketing pro Trent Blizzard finishes a new series with Search Engine Success (Dec. 8).

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