Member Meeting – June 11 Lunch

Luncheon – Thursday, June 11, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden
Cost: $20.00, includes meal
Speaker: Tom Hoby, Director of Open Space and Parks, Jefferson County

5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: Anna Timmons, Evergreen Rolfing

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ABA April Luncheon Recap

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ABA President Sean Plumb of Bank of the West and Vice President John Tracy of John Tracy Publishing presenting the donation check of $500 to Andrew Coonan of H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Excel).   April speaker Kim Christiansen of 9 News talked about her carrer as an Anchor Reporter on 9NEWS

May 5 Minute Spotlight – Mike Herman

Mike Herman is founder of Golden Wealth Solutions, Inc.– a  financial services firm in Colorado. He specializes in helping you accumulate, preserve and transfer family wealth through comprehensive wealth strategies.  Mike has earned the Chartered Financial Consultant professional designation.

Mike frequently conducts focus groups on retirement planning strategies and accumulating wealth. He has been a speaker at local associations on a variety of insurance and financial topics. Mike has also contributed articles to various industry magazines on values-based financial planning issues. In addition to these activities, Mike also teaches various classes for the American College and the Life Underwriter Training Council.

Mike is currently volunteering for the Wheat Ridge Feed the Future Backpack program, which provides food to children every weekend of the school year who are on the free or reduced lunch programs.

Mike Herman

Michael Herman, ChFC, LUTCF

Mike is a native of Colorado and lives in Golden. He shares his life with his loving wife Pamela and their two children, Sydney and Elijah. They enjoy sports, camping, traveling, golf and spending family time at home.

Mike served as a volunteer firefighter with the Wheat Ridge Fire Department for over 20 years. He served all offices including Deputy Chief, Assistant Chief, Captain, Lieutenant, board member, pension board member, and arson investigator.

Mike is committed to creating clarity and peace of mind as he partners with his clients in reaching and implementing each individual’s financial goals.

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: $20.00, 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

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Member Meeting – May 14 Lunch

Luncheon – Thursday, May 14, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden
Cost: $20.00, includes meal
Speaker: Greg Feith, NTSB National Transportation Safety Board

5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: Michael Herman, Golden Wealth Solutions

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Pushing Up Business (PUB)

EXCITING CHANGES for ABA-PUB = Pushing UP Businesses Meet-Up!!

Starting in April 2015, we are going to once a month on 4th Tuesday at 1:30 pm Perkins on Simms and W Colfax Ave. Click HERE for more information for the PUB program


**** Need Volunteer Speakers ****

For the ABA-PUB=Pushing UP Businesses Meet-ups for April, May, and June.  You get to speak for 25 minutes. Tell us about yourself, what you did before you started your business, why you wanted to start it, what you achieved last year, & what you want to achieve in 2015 & beyond.

Please call/text/email:

Click HERE for more information for the PUB program

 ABA-PUB now meets once a month on the 4th Tuesday at Perkins on Simms & W Colfax at 1:30 pm.
next ABA-PUB  Tuesday April 28th.

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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.

June Speaker: Tom Hoby

Tom Hoby, Director of Open Space and Parks, Jefferson County

Tom Hoby, Director of Open Space and Parks, Jefferson County

Mr. Hoby was appointed as Director of the Parks and Open Space Division in March of 2010. As Open Space Director, Mr. Hoby works closely with the Board of County Commissioners, County Manager and Open Space Advisory Committee. He oversees the management and operations of the sales tax-funded program and the four sections that make up the Open Space Division: Administration & Education Services, Communications, Park Services, and Park Planning and Construction. He is a 30-year veteran of the parks and recreation industry, and is a graduate of Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Outdoor Recreation Administration. He is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, and has been active as a member of many industry committees.

June 5 Minute Spotlight – Anna Timmons

Anna Timmons is a certified Rolfer®, board member for the International Association of Structural Integrators, assistant instructor at the Rolf Institute and the proud owner of Evergreen Rolfing. She has two offices, one in Wheat Ridge and one in Evergreen.

Rolfing® structural integration is a highly skilled modality of hands on therapy that works with the soft tissue of our bodies. Through it's brilliant process of sessions, it helps to relieve pain by opening, realigning and hydrating our connective tissue, and bring us back into balance so that we regain comfort. Both of Anna's offices are relaxing and quiet places where clients are invited to reconnect with their bodies again. Anna lives in Evergreen with her husband and loves every day that either involves working with clients and/or unplugging in the outdoors.

Anna Timmons

Anna Timmons
Certified Rolfer™
Certified Structural IntegratorCM
Evergreen Rolfing

May Speaker – Greg Feith

After 20 years of government service at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Mr. Feith “departed the government pattern.” Technically too young to enjoy the spoils of retirement, he is engaging in his second career using his experience to enhance aviation safety and security in the private sector. During his tenure with the NTSB, Mr. Feith served in a variety of positions, including Air Safety Investigator (Field) Unit Supervisor, Regional Director, and Senior Air Safety Investigator. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He holds an Airline Transport Certificate with over 3,000 hours of flight time; and owns a Piper PA-24-260 Comanche. Greg served as the Investigator-In-Charge (IIC) of the NTSB “Mr. Feith was awarded the 1996 Laurel Award from Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine in the category of “Outstanding Operations” for leadership during the conduct of the Valujet Airlines investigation in the Florida Everglades; and received the 2001 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Distinguished Alumni Award for “extraordinary distinction and success in the field of aviation and achievements". Currently, Greg Feith consults on aviation safety and security matters, instructs at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; contributes articles to Business & Commercial Aviation magazine including “Avoiding the Beast Below”; and has been working as the technical advisor and actor in a number of television programs. He appears regularly as a guest aviation safety and security expert on NBC, MSNBC while maintaining a busy speaking schedule. visit and

Greg Feith
Greg Feith