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

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.

View/download flyer >>


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

JCBRC: Free ReferenceUSA Demonstration

Work Smarter – Not Harder:  ReferenceUSA Training

Reference USA is a FREE database service that you can use to find sales leads, download and print lists, marketing research, employer research and MORE!

Two classes and locations to choose from– Don’t miss it!

Date: November 17, 2014, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Arvada Library – 7525 W. 57th Avenue Arvada, CO 80002
Cost: Free – registration encouraged  Click to Register >>

Date: November 19, 2014, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Belmar Library – 555 South Allison Parkway Lakewood, CO 80226
Cost: Free – registration encouraged  Click to Register >>

Please click HERE to download the flyer for more information >>

February 5 Minute Spotlight – Alan Davis

After retiring from the military Alan Davis took over the head of sales position for Breaking Well Media. With his first degree in Civil Engineering Alan was intrigued with who signs create a first impression for a business.

Breaking Well Media allows for anyone to get their most important communication, message or advertisement to a huge audience without much expense.

His work with signs has led Alan and his wife are working on a huge project in the community which will come to fruition around the middle of 2015 and if successful will give over 500 people meaningful careers and will create a whole new industry in Colorado.

Alan lives in Applewood and has one child and two step children—Libbie, Bryan, and Aelana. He has one grandson Taegan.


Alan Davis
Breaking Well Media

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