Promote Your Business in 2015 ABA Directory

Applewood Business Association is compiling its annual business and community directory. This publication is a valuable asset throughout the local community for businesses and individuals alike. Don’t miss this opportunity to promote your company in one of the most anticipated regional publications of the year.

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For more information, contact
John Tracy 303-995-6421

October Business After Hours at Pumpkin Fest

pumpkinfestPumpkin Fest will be held on Saturday October 4, 2014 from 10:00am-2:00pm at Fairmount Park (54th & Quaker), rain or shine.
In conjuction with the fun fall event, ABA is having a Business After Hours there. Please look for the shelter with familiar ABA banner. Bring your family and enjoy the fall activity!

Thanks to Prospect Recreation & Park District for putting on the Event.

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ABA Represented at Jeffco Business Expo

Jefferson County Business Resource Center hosted an event titled "Get Back to Basics! Jeffco Business Resource Expo 2014" on Thursday, September 4, 2014. The event was aimed to showcase many resources and service available to the businesses in Jefferson County to help the businesses succeed and thrive.

Representatives from organizations such as Alameda Gateway, American Job Center, Chambers of Commerce from: Arvada, Conifer, Evergreen, Golden & the West, Ecenomic Development reps from: Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County Commissioners' Office, Jeffco EDC, Jeffco Public Library, South Lakewood Business Association, Colorado PTAC, Wheat Ridge Business Association, West Colfax Community Association, 40 West Arts to name a few.

Among these resource tables are our own Applewood Business Association manned by board members: Sean Plumb (US Bank), Debbie Hall (Mary Kay), and Kim Smith (Central Payment). They welcomed and greeted the attendees and provided information about our organization.

(From left) ABA Board Members: Debbie Hall, Sean Plumb, and Kim Smith
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(From left) ABA Board Members: Debbie Hall, John Tracy, and Kim Smith

October Speaker – Kim Christiansen

Kim grew up in Colorado and graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her first job was as a writer and associate producer for the 6 a.m. news here at 9NEWS. She went on to work as a writer for the late newscasts and eventually made the transition to general assignment reporter. Her first anchor position was on 9News Saturday Morning. She went on to anchor the 5 and 10 p.m. on the weekends with Ward Lucas. She currently serves as a co-anchor of 4 p.m. at 9NEWS and 9NEWS at 9 p.m..

Kim has won four regional Emmy awards for spot news, news writing and news reporting. Kim is also devoted to the fight against breast cancer. She serves as the spokesperson for the Buddy Check9 program and speaks to dozens of community groups about the importance of self-exam and mammography. Kim's sister Keri was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and has taken an active role in our efforts to raise awareness about the importance of early detection. The Buddy Check 9 program has been nominated for a national community service Emmy award.

Kim is a former Miss Colorado and won a special talent award at the Miss America Scholarship pageant. She feels extremely blessed to be living and working in her hometown. She's very close to her family and considers her sister to be her best friend.

Kim Christiansen

Kim Christiansen
Anchor Reporter, 9NEWS


Greg Feith, a former National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator spoke at our September Luncheon.

October 5 Minute Spotlight – Morgan Ferguson

I am Morgan Ferguson and have been a Kitchen Designer for over 29 years. I have spent the last 15 years with Caruso Kitchens. With a Bachelor of Science Degree from Colorado State University in Housing and Interior Environments and numerous related manufacturing sponsored trainings I bring extensive in depth knowledge to your project. Whether it is a remodel of an existing space, a reconstruction of an existing home or a brand new construction, my ability to work with remodelers, contractors and interior designers allows me to bring your dreams to life. One of my kitchens earned an Honorable Mention from the HBA for the 2009 CARE Awards. From custom one of a kind kitchens to personalized relaxing master bath suites and every room in between I can have you enjoying your home while being mindful of product selections, time frames and budgets.

Morgan FergusonMorgan Ferguson
Caruso Kitchens

November Speaker – Drew Litton

This whole thing began with my grandfather reading me the comics as a kid. I grew up with Pogo, Dick Tracy, Little Iodine, Buzz Sawyer, L’il Abner and, of course, Peanuts. I was also one of those kids who would wake up at 6:30 on a Saturday morning just to see the latest episode of Underdog, Secret Squirrel, Top Cat, Woody Woodpecker, Quick Draw McGraw, Mighty Mouse, Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles, Spider-Man and always the funniest one of the bunch, Wiley Coyote and the Roadrunner. Those cartoons and large bowls of Cap’n Crunch were my major source of nourishment in those days. They still are. Yes, even the Cap’n Crunch. And coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

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November 5 Minute Spotlight – Bert Waisanen

Bert Waisanen is an independent insurance adviser for GIA Risk Management in Wheat Ridge. He works directly for clients to match their protection needs with the best carriers in the industry.  His interests include bringing technology tools to the insurance profession to modernize the customer experience with convenience, access and speed and to strengthen the high-value personal advisory relationship.

Bert’s career has engaged both the public and private sides of finance. He began as a congressional aide and fiscal adviser in Washington, DC, specializing in tax and economic development policy, moving to Colorado as a state legislative fiscal analyst. His entrepreneurial spirit drew him into the local food business, where he opened his own locally supplied food market in Jeffco while devising greenhouse growing techniques featured in the Farmer’s Almanac. He returned to the finance industry in 2013 as a licensed insurance advisor. A native of Kansas City, Missouri and educated at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Bert and his family reside in Morrison.

Bert WaisanenBert Waisanen
GIA Risk Management