ABA Position on the Applewood Golf Course Proposed Development

The Applewood Business Association has been active in the Applewood community since 1980 Our membership works together to grow and support a positive, business-friendly environment in the Applewood Area. We have taken a stand against the proposed redevelopment of the Applewood Golf Course. Adding 400 homes in the community would have large and negative impact, amongst which are:

  • Dramatic change to the character of our neighborhoods
  • Increase in traffic on 32nd Ave, that is already experiencing issues
  • Likely changes to 32nd Ave between I-70 and Golden that would encroach on existing home-owner's properties and bring even more traffic to the area
  • A dearth of schools in the neighborhood would be exacerbated considerably with 400 new families moving into the area
  • The loss of a golf course and business that is a long-standing member of the community and, in many ways a community gathering place

The Applewood Golf Course is one of the defining icons of Applewood as a community. The loss of this valuable amenity would be a permanent negative impact on the very sense of community in Applewood. The long term effect of which will damage the area economically and negatively impact our member businesses.

2015 Board Election Results are in!

The election of the new board members was held at the June Luncheon. Following is the list of board members for the coming year.

President – Sean Plumb, Bank of the West
1st Vice President – Debbie Hall, Mary Kay Cosmetics
2nd Vice President – Tom Mullinix, Tax Favored Benefits
Secretary – TBD
Treasurer – Lee Knoll, Jr., Knoll & Company, P.C.

Board Members:

Cathy Catrell, POP! Promotions, LLC
Andrew Coonan, H.O.P.E.
Maki DeLaet, EduCyber, Inc.
Janice Holmes, John Tracy Publishing
Megara Pullen, Mehnke Auto Body
Peter Wolf, Abundant Prosperity

Ron Benson, Keller Williams
Kim Naughtin, N2 Publishing
Kim Smith, Central Payment
Mark Tighe, Jr., Waddell & Reed, Inc.
John Tracy, John Tracy Publishing

Congratulations and thank you for stepping up to serve in the board position. We're looking forward to another exciting year at the ABA!

Gear up for the Tournament at Business After Hours

There is no better way to get ready for our 26th Annual Golf Tournament than attending our July Business After Hours at the Applewood Golf Course! Come check out the course, get to know other ABA members as well as non-members, get some pointers from the golf pros. It will be a fun evening!

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2015
Time: 5-7 pm
Location: Applewood Golf Course – 14001 W. 32nd Ave., Golden, CO

  • Great networking opportunity in a relaxed setting at a beautiful Applewood Golf Course
  • Golf Clinic
  • Range balls will be available
  • Drinks & hors d'oeuvres will be served

Please RSVP to Brian Melody (Applewood Golf Course) from the link below

RSVP online NOW!!

ABA Golf Tournament 2015

Applewood Business Association 26th Annual Golf Tournament

When: Friday, August 7, 2015
          12:00pm – Networking Lunch/Registration
          1:30pm – Shotgun Start

Where: Applewood Golf Course – 14001 W. 32nd Avenue, Golden, CO 80401

Golf Entry Fee $300 per team. Individual golfers will be placed on a team for $75. All entry fees include green fees, cart, tee prizes, raffle prizes and lunch. Prizes and awards at 5:30pm!

**Part of proceeds from this year's golf tournament goes to H.O.P.E. and "Save Applewood Golf Course" efforts.

Chair person contact:
Brian Melody 303-279-3003 bmelody@applewoodgc.com

Register to Play >>

Help ABA make this the best Tournament ever! Ways to get involved

  1. Register to play at the tournament (Team, two-some & individual player)
    Register online to Play >>
    Viw/Download Golfer Registration form (PDF) >>
  2. Become a Sponsor (Hole, Major Sponsors: Bronze, Silver, Gold), Golfer's bags, Golfer prizes, & Silent Auction
    View/Download Sponsor form (PDF) >>
  3. Volunteer to help with the planning and/or day-of activities
    Please contact Andrew Coonan of Helping Our People Excel (H.O.P.E.)
    303-762-7986 or info@hope-online.org
Register to Play >>

July Breakfast 5 Minute Spotlight – Juli Parrott

Table Mountain Travel is an independent agency founded in August of 1987.  Our goal is to make the trip planning process easy and to provide the traveler with the best value for their travel experience, whether  it is for a business trip or a vacation.  We are partnered with a larger agency in order to be able to offer tour and cruise specials.   Online travel can be confusing as the choices are endless.  We can make the process as well as the trip seamless and enjoyable.  In addition, we are available to assist with changes should anything go awry during your trip; volcanoes, a death in the family, a stolen passport.  Let us help you to turn your dreams into lifetime memories.



Juli Parrott
Table Mountain Travel Service, Inc.

Member Meeting – July 30 Breakfast

Breakfast – Thursday, July 30, 7:15am – 9:00am

(7:15-7:45 Networking, 7:45-9:00 Program)

The Vista at Applewood Golf Course – 14001 W 32nd Ave, Golden, CO 80401
Cost: $15.00, includes meal
Speaker: Rachel Griffin, Economic Development Specialist,
Community Based Economic Development, City of Lakewood and
Steve Art, Economic Development & Urban Renewal Manager, City of Wheat Ridge

5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: Julie Parrott, Table Mountain Travel

Make Reservations

Member Meeting – July 9 Lunch

Luncheon – Thursday, July 9, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden
Cost: $20.00, includes meal
Speaker: Sarah Landry, Colorado Oil and Gas Association

5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: Sara Mellen, Community Auction Services, LLC

Make Reservations

Join Us for Business After Hours – September 16

More details will be announced soon. The Business After Hours are a great time to network and get to know other members in a more casual setting. Please put the date on your calendar and plan to attend.

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 5-7pm
Location: Teller Street Gallery & Studios
– 7190 W. 38th Avenue, Wheat Ridge CO 80033, (303) 424-9273



August Speaker: Barbara Brohl

Barbara-BrohlBarbara Brohl,
Executive Director,
Colorado Department of Revenue

Barbara Brohl leads the varied functions of the Colorado Department of Revenue. She is responsible for Colorado’s Tax Division, the Division of Motor Vehicles, Lottery, and Enforcement for Gaming, Liquor and Tobacco, Racing, and Marijuana. The department has more than 1,500 employees and annually brings in more than $11 billion in fees and taxes for the state.

Barb also co-chaired the Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force, set up by Executive Order after Colorado voters approved the constitutional amendment that allows for the sale and consumption of marijuana by persons age 21 and older. The amendment also requires regulation of marijuana growth, manufacture and sale. The Task Force was charged with forwarding recommendations to the governor, general assembly and attorney general regarding how to the state should move forward with Amendment 64. In addition, Barb helped to develop legislation and rules around regulatory and enforcement matters for this industry. Responsible for implementing the first-in-the-world regulatory program for legalization and regulation of marijuana for recreational use, Barb is seen as an expert in Marijuana Regulation. She has consulted with governments on both national and international levels to present “The Colorado Model”.

Prior to her move to state government, Barb was an attorney practicing telecommunications law with Qwest Communications, representing the company in multi-million dollar commercial transactions as well as addressing all legal and regulatory matters for a 23-state region. While at Qwest, Barb oversaw the Pledge to Diversity summer clerkship program, supervising 6 – 8 summer associates each summer.

As an elected member of the RTD Board, Barb focused her attention on ensuring the transit-dependent riders’ voices were heard, that small business and minority women owned businesses had opportunities in contracting, and that the financial visibility of the agency was preserved.

Barb continues to be very active in the community. She supports the Denver Health’s “Newborns in Need” program. She has served on a number of non-profit boards, including the Colorado Donor Awareness Council and Advisory Board, The Gathering Place Board, a day shelter for homeless women and children, and currently sits on the Hispanic Advisory Council for Florence Crittenton, an alternative high school for pregnant and parenting teens.

In recognition of her commitment to service, Barb has received several professional, leadership and community service awards. Among them are: the 2008 Colorado Hispanic Bar Association‘s Christopher A. Miranda “Outstanding Hispanic Lawyer” award; the 2009 Qwest Outstanding Service Award for Diversity; the 2010 Denver Health Special Friend Award; 2011 Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Athena Award “Limitless” Finalist; the 2011 Boy Scouts of America Vale La Pena Service Award for “Unselfish service to Hispanic American Young People”; and the 2013 Colorado Women of Distinction Award from the West Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Born and raised in Colorado, Barb has a bachelor’s degree from Regis University of Colorado and a juris doctorate from University of Denver College of Law. She was a judicial law clerk for Colorado Supreme Court Justices Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr. and William H. Erickson. But, her greatest accomplishment is her family, her husband, three children, and five grandchildren.

September Speaker – Holly Green

Holly G. Green – The Human Factor, Inc. / Architect of Pause™ & Thinking to Thrive Expert / Best Selling Author

In addition to being a CEO and Managing Director of THE HUMAN FACTOR, Inc., an experienced business leader and behavioral scientist, and a consultant, Holly delivers highly acclaimed keynote presentations and workshops to tradeshow conventions, industry gatherings, and business meetings. A polished and engaging speaker, Holly has headlined hundreds of gatherings around the world. She is one of the highest rated speakers for Vistage, the world’s largest CEO membership group, and has received three Speaker-of-the-Year awards. Her topic for our luncheon will be

"Using Your Brain to Win in Today’s Hyper Paced World"

Holly G Green


Your brain is your most powerful competitive weapon –if you know how to use it properly.  The human brain is an amazing tool. Yet, many of its built-in thought patterns and ways of working do not serve business leaders well. The brain can process large amounts of information. It has a real talent for forming patterns and connections. And it loves to answer questions and solve problems.  It also has a tendency to see what it expects to see, overlook data that contradicts its prevailing view of the world, and have greater confidence in its decision-making abilities than it should. In order to become more effective leaders, we need a much deeper understanding of how our brain works and how it often gets in the way of winning.

Leveraging the latest in neuroscience, in this session, you’ll get tools, techniques and tips for learning how to:

  • Avoid getting blinded by your own data
  • Make better, more informed decisions
  • Slow down to go fast
  • Question the right answer and explore the second best answer
  • Use your brain to win every day

You’ll practice playing with your brain and walk away with practices you can immediately put to use to be even more successful!

July Breakfast Speakers – Rachel Griffin and Steve Art

Rachel Griffin has been an Economic Development Specialist with the City of Lakewood since 2007. She manages the Community-based Economic Development program, in which small businesses are supported through retention, expansion, attraction and promotional initiatives. Previous to her employment in Lakewood, she has worked at Colorado Housing and Finance Authority and Bonaventure Homes, a single-family home builder and land development company.

Rachel Griffin
Rachel Griffin
Economic Development Specialist,
Community Based Economic Development,
City of Lakewood

Steve Art is the Economic Development and Urban Renewal Manager for the City of Wheat Ridge where he promotes intelligent growth for the community while promoting the values of Wheat Ridge.

Steve was born and raised in California and relocated to this area in 2011.  Before coming to Wheat Ridge, Steve held a similar position in the City of Lincoln located just outside of Sacramento in Northern California.

Steve works regionally with the area Economic Development professionals and is a past board member for the Economic Development Council of Colorado. Steve also sits on the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporations Board of Directors as well as other state and regional groups promoting economic development.

Steve lives in Denver with his wife Peggy and enjoys hiking, diving, golf.

Steve Art
Economic Development & Urban Renewal Manager,
City of Wheat Ridge

July Luncheon Speaker: Sarah Landry

Sarah Landry, Colorado Oil & Gas Association

Sarah Landry, Colorado Oil and Gas Association

Sarah Landry serves as the Director of Operations for the Colorado Oil & Gas Association. In this role, she oversees COGA’s internal operations, events, programs, local engagement, and the Rocky Mountain Energy Summit. Previously, Sarah managed COGA’s local regulatory and community outreach efforts throughout Colorado. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, prior to COGA, she handled communications and outreach within the Louisiana Governor’s Office, including assisting with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response efforts. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

July 5 Minute Spotlight – Sara Mellen

Sara Mellen found her passion for running auctions only after several careers.  After receiving her Master of Arts degree from the University of Illinois, Sara became a government planner.  When that field dried up, she moved to Denver and worked for Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith, Inc., for 15 years, where she became the office computer “geek.”  She started her own computer consulting business in 1998, offering various computer services including Microsoft Office® training, template creation and Microsoft Access® database construction.

In 1999 she was asked to help with the auction at Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden, Colorado.  To help the auction run more efficiently, Sara created a database using Microsoft Access®, which was used for 10 years with great success.  The program was dynamic: when a need was identified, it was added to the database, resulting in an auction system that made it much easier for the volunteers to run the auction in a professional manner.  She took the program and her experience to other nonprofits in the Denver area.

In 2008, she expanded the scope of her auction services, creating Community Auction Services LLC.  She wrote a book, “SOLD:  How to Run a Great Community Auction”  and developed EasyAuction™, a web-based auction database.  Her mission is to provide churches, schools and other nonprofits with the tools necessary to run their auctions in a professional manner using volunteers and existing staff, thus keeping costs minimal and profits high.

Sara lives in Arvada, Colorado with her husband, Art Aspinall.


Sara Mellen
Community Auction Services, LLC
Community Auction Services