Business Briefs September 21, 2015 |

Business Briefs September 21, 2015

Cherilyn Sackal
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CTL thompson veteran James Kellogg rejoins firm in Glenwood Springs office

James Kellogg has rejoined CTL Thompson, a full-service geotechnical, structural, environmental and materials engineering firm, as a project manager for the Glenwood Springs office, bringing nearly 20 years of experience in geotechnical and water resource engineering to the role.

Kellogg’s expertise in water resource management and engineering, as well as his strong professional contacts, will enable CTL to grow both its Glenwood Springs office and expanded areas of business.

Kellogg began his career in 1997 as a staff engineer in CTL’s Denver office, and he served for nearly eight years as a project engineer and project manager for the Glenwood Springs office. Toward the end of his tenure, Kellogg lent his engineering expertise to Mount Crested Butte, assessing geologic hazards, dewatering, excavation retention and mechanically stabilized earth design for the growing area.

Kellogg left CTL in 2006 to become the lead hydrographer for the Colorado Division of Water Resources (CDWR), where he managed stream gaging, satellite monitoring and streamflow records development, as well as state rules and regulations for dam safety and dam construction. Since 2011, Kellogg has coordinated augmentation plans for CDWR and managed the consultation process between the division engineer and the water court referee.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Kellogg earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master of science in civil engineering with a geotechnical specialty from Virginia Tech.

Health Alliance Fair

Custom Body Fitness, Mountain Family Health Clinic, LiveWell, Backcountry Chiropractic and Gaia Tree Chinese Medicine have come together to present the Health Alliance Fair from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Custom Body Fitness in La Fontana Plaza, 574 Highway 133 in Carbondale. Get an acupuncture session, chiropractic adjustment, body composition, goal setting guidance, eating habits assessment, healthy cooking and shopping classes, blood pressure reading and sugar levels test. These services are worth more than $300 but cost $15 at the fair. Money collected for this event will be donated to the Mountain Family Health Care Access Pool, a fund that can be drawn on when patients are unable to pay for necessary medical supplies or services. Tickets are limited. Go to or call 366-6084 to reserve a spot.

Sackal joins Glenwood Veterinary Clinic

Dr. Cherilyn Sackal joined Glenwood Veterinary Clinic as a small animal and exotic veterinarian. She completed both her bachelor’s and Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine degree at Colorado State University.

Sackal grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Inspired by the West, Sackal transplanted herself to Colorado State University to complete her bachelor’s and veterinary medicine degree. She then went on to work as a small animal and exotics veterinarian in the Four Corners Region at a high volume clinic where she gained extensive experience in emergency, surgery and medicine. She is very excited to be in the Western Colorado Mountains working at Glenwood Veterinary Clinic.

Sackal’s professional interests are small and exotic animal medicine, dentistry, surgery, and preventative medicine. She believes in individualized care and working toward complete health. Her addition to the clinic has enabled Glenwood Vet Clinic to be open for routine scheduled appointments on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon.

Vista Outdoor selects Backbone Media as public relations agency

Vista Outdoor Inc., a global designer, manufacturer and marketer of products in the outdoor sports and recreation markets, has appointed active lifestyle agency Backbone Media as its agency of record for communications strategy and public relations outreach.

With Chairman and CEO Mark DeYoung focused on organic growth and expansion into new markets, Vista Outdoor is actively adding to an already impressive family of brands such as Bushnell, Federal Premium, Savage, Blackhawk!, Primos and Bollé. Vista Outdoor offers products in a variety of individual outdoor activities, including hunting, shooting sports, golf, skiing, hiking, paddle boarding and more.

Since 1997, Backbone Media has worked with clients in the outdoor recreation industry to amplify active lifestyle brands and cultivate lasting connections. The Backbone team will work closely with Vista Outdoor Communication Managers J.J. Reich and Jake Edson for responsive and proactive media outreach to a range of media partners.

Chevron supports early literacy development in Western Colorado through Raising A Reader

Chevron has awarded Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute a grant in the amount of $6,000 to help young children with early reading success and school readiness.

Raising A Reader builds early literacy success by providing a weekly book bag ­and four books each week ­to the families of 2,300 children from Aspen to Parachute. But their work goes far beyond just books. Parents are encouraged to attend workshops where they learn about early brain development and discuss the critical importance of dialogic reading ­ engaging the child in books by encouraging lots of talk, questions, comments and discussion. The grant from Chevron will help with expansion of Raising A Reader’s outreach to low-income families whose children do not attend preschool, and where parents may not fully understand their capacity to prepare children for success in school.

2015 Real Estate Summit to be held in Snowmass

The second annual Mountain and Western Slope Real Estate Summit will be held Oct. 2, at the Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass. The conference is co-sponsored through a joint effort between the University of Denver’s Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management, Daniels College of Business and an exclusive network of Rocky Mountain Commercial Brokers (RMCB).

The speaker lineup is designed to educate and inform the real estate focused audience on many of the facets of the industry and a forecast of what they can expect to see in the mountain communities within the next year. Speakers include Dr. Glenn Mueller (University of Denver) — “Economic Update and Forecast for the Mountains and Western Slope”; Elizabeth Garner (Colorado’s State Demographer) — “Changing Demographic Trends for the Mountains & Western Slope”; Audrey Nelson (internationally recognized speaker on communication) — “The Art of Conscience Communication”; and morning keynote by General George W. Casey, Jr. (RET) Commanding General, Multi-National Force –Iraq and 36th Chief of Staff, U.S. Army. Two panels of local experts will also discuss market trends and public/private partnerships.

Tickets for the Summit are $99 per person ($120 at the door), which includes continental breakfast, lunch and reception following the event. Register at: Craig Rathbun, (970) 948-7060, president of Fleisher Real Estate, is chairman of the event.

Biz-Opoly is Oct. 2

The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort association presents Biz-Opoly on Oct. 2 at the Hotel Colorado. There will be complimentary afternoon business seminars (free and open to the public); networking, music, prizes and entertainment; food tastings from area restaurants; complimentary wine and beer from the Hotel Colorado; and exposure for your business. Cost is $35 per person including lunch and program. For more info go to

CMC business workshops

CMC is bringing its popular business workshop series to Carbondale this fall. Topics include business start-ups, plans, financials and loans. You’ll get a chance to ask your questions and learn from others in these small group sessions. Remaining workshops are: Oct. 1: Business Financials 101; and Oct. 8: Funding Your Business through Loans. Find out more at

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