JCBL Legislative Update

Bipartisan agreement on problems, but not necessarily on solutions

By Jeff Weist, Jefferson County Business Lobby

The Applewood Business Association is an active member of the Jefferson County Business Lobby, the unified voice of 3,000 Jefferson County businesses advocating for public policies that strengthen our economy. We wanted to give you a preview of some of the business issues on which the JCBL is engaging at the State Capitol in Denver as the 2017 Colorado General Assembly gets underway.

The dynamics of the Legislature will, for the third year in a row, be dominated by split partisan control.  Democrats retained control the State House of Representatives while the Republicans hang onto their slim one seat majority in the State Senate. Split control means both parties have to work together to accomplish anything of significance.

Remarkable agreement exists between the Democrats and Republicans on the major problems facing the state – such as inadequate transportation funding and escalating housing costs – but finding agreement on the solutions to such problems have been elusive.

The JCBL’s priorities for the coming year include:

New Transportation Funding: Colorado is one of the few states in the nation not dedicating state General Fund dollars to transportation infrastructure. The Colorado Legislature must find new sources of transportation funding for the short, medium and long-terms.

Attracting and Retaining Skilled Employees: The shortage of skilled employees in Jefferson County and around the State is actually becoming a drag on economic growth. Colorado needs better training for skilled employees. And we need to fix the broken litigation system that is preventing the construction of new, affordable, housing.

Fostering a Strong, Competitive Business Climate: While Jefferson County’s economy is strong today, the Legislature must provide effective economic development incentives, lower regulatory burdens and reduce lawsuits if we are to withstand future downturns.


We will keep you updated on the Legislature’s progress on these important business issues through out the 2017 legislative session.


Jeff Weist can be contacted at

September Luncheon Speaker – Suzanne Asaff Blankenship

Suzanne’s experience with eldercare came the hard way – by doing it. Suzanne is in the second decade of eldercare, managing both her mother's care as well as her in-laws. After countless conversations, discussions and requests for advice, Suzanne decided to share what she discovered with others walking the same path.  Her guidance is practical but delivered with the laughter that makes the journey so much more doable.  Suzanne will have you crying tears of laughter with her quips, her lens of humor and her refreshing honesty.  Her book is short, packed with guidance, resources and real ways to stay ahead of the next eldercare emergency.  You can read it in one night and return to it over and over as needed.

Suzanne has spent her 20-year corporate career in marketing and customer service, leading and training teams at The Coca-Cola Company, Bueno Foods, and Ogilvy & Mather as well as her own consulting firm, Parkin & Blankenship. 

Born in Longview, Texas and raised in Dallas, Suzanne now calls Colorado home. She believes in advocacy, the importance of family, and the need for balance in life. Humor is her favorite resource.




Special Performance from Colorado Lark

The Colorado Lark Flute & Guitar Duo will be performing classical music from 11-12 on Saturday, January 21st at the Four Seasons Farmers & Artisans Market (location: 7043 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033).  The duo is comprised of guitarist Lorian Bartle and flutist Jennifer Pauley.  Sound samples and additional information about the duo can be found on the Colorado Lark web page:

July Luncheon Speaker – Rebecca Winning

Rebecca joined Jefferson County Public Library as manager of communications and public engagement in January 2010; in 2011 she was named communications director. She is responsible for internal and external communications, media and community relations, advocacy and strategic partnerships for the Library. Prior to joining JCPL, Rebecca held leadership positions in communications and investor relations for Quovadx, Inc.; MediaOne Group; U S West; Adolph Coors Company and other public companies. She has served on the board of directors of local chapters of the International Association of Business Communicators and the National Investor Relations Institute. She has received numerous national awards for her communications efforts, including a Gold Quill (highest available award) from the International Association of Business Communicators for her work in corporate media relations for Coors. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from DePauw University (1974), a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Regis University and a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Denver (1979). She has also completed 28 hours of graduate work in business and finance at the University of Denver.


Rebecca Winning, Communications Director, Jefferson County Public Library

May Luncheon Speaker – George Bentley

George Bentley is nationally recognized as an expert author, speaker, aging-in-place specialist and consumer advocate. He is one of the leading legal, business and consumer advocacy minds in the country, once described by US District Court Judge, Henry Woods, as a “true Renaissance Man.”

He is well trained and experienced in the fields of law, business, finances, learning and wellness technologies, personal growth, and human development. He has studied at Harvard Law School and New York University School of Law; and is a former Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver College of Law.

Following the death of his mother in a nursing home due to health issues stemming from a preventable fall, George committed his life to discovering how to avoid this from happening to others. He writes extensively on safe aging and senior health issues and has personally interviewed and consulted with thousands of seniors, their adult children and caregivers.

He recently completed developing the professional education certifications and course work for the professional designation of Certified Safe Bathing Specialist. He also created the Medical Hydrotherapy® Program, a unique and revolutionary therapeutic process designed to fight degenerative age related health problems and assist seniors and the health challenged to remain in their own homes. The program has been so well received by the medical profession that virtually every doctor has prescribed it for their patients who desire to enroll.

George is the founder and CEO of Bentley Wellness Technologies, Inc., the nation’s leading provider of high quality fully ADA complaint walk-in bathtubs, transition tubs and safe bathing appliances designed to help keep seniors living independently in their own homes. He is also the creator of Medical Hydrotherapy®.

George Bentley,
Bentley Wellness Technologies, Inc

April Luncheon Speaker – Donald Tallman

Donald Tallman, Executive Director of the Colorado Railroad Museum, has operating, marketing, and financial management experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit arenas, with such organizations as Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Inc., an international management consulting firm, The Newberry Library, one of the largest privately endowed research libraries in the world, General Motors, and Wells Fargo Bank. The Colorado Railroad Museum is recognized as one of the foremost, independently-supported railroad museums in the United States.

Mr. Tallman began his 11th year as Executive Director of the Colorado Railroad Museum in October and has the distinction of being the first non-railfan to lead the Museum. The Museum has made great progress during that time in terms of care and interpretation of its Collections, developing new audiences, expansion of educational programs, and increasing visibility outside the railfan community. Museum attendance has nearly doubled during his tenure, and the Museum’s budget has also grown by over 40%.

Donald Tallman, Executive Director, Colorado Railroad Museum

Mr. Tallman has worked closely with local and state tourism agencies to help them understand the important economic impact of tourist railroads and railway museums to the Heritage Tourism market. He is a community leader and serves on several Boards, including the Budget and Audit Committee for the City of Lakewood, the Membership Committee for the National Western Stock Show Association, the Golden Visitor Center Board and the Board of the Association of Tourist Railroads and Railroad Museums. He is known and respected by both city officials and legislators. Mr. Tallman is a strong proponent of the power of collaboration, and works closely with other cultural organizations in the region to develop opportunities to collaborate on programs.

Donald has a strong background in organizational development, and has served as a consultant to emerging organizations.

Donald has also been active in the arts community, both as a performer and as an administrator for a number of Arts organizations in San Francisco and Denver. A professional singer, Mr. Tallman is in demand as a tenor and performs throughout the Denver metro area. He regularly performs the National Anthem at civic and professional sporting events throughout Colorado.

In his spare time, Donald enjoys climbing the mountains of Colorado as a member of the Colorado Mountain Club and cooking. He and several of his favorite recipes are featured in the cookbook "Denver Men in the Kitchen".

Quarterly Breakfast Meeting – March 30

Breakfast – Thursday, March 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: TBA

Get Your Tickets TODAY! Tux’s or T’s 2017

Dear Applewood Business Association Member,

Please join the Applewood Business Association at our annual ‘Gala’ & Casino Night, Tux’s or T’s!

This special event is on Friday, January 27th at The Vista at Applewood Golf Course. Tickets are $30 per person ($35 at the door) or you can buy a 10 pack of tickets for $250. Tickets are available for purchase from the link below.

Tux’s and T’s is one of the ABA’s two major fundraisers throughout the year. The event features great food from local vendors, drink tickets and a cash bar, as well as casino games, a silent auction and giveaways throughout the evening. It is a great opportunity to support the Applewood Business Association, the Applewood community, and to network with other ABA business members and friends.

The event concludes with the annual unveiling of the 2017 Applewood Business Association Directory and the award prizes for “Best Dressed” and “Casino Champion”. In addition, this year’s event features new ABA Business awards, including ABA Business of the Year, Best ABA After Hours Event, and the inaugural ‘Dana Nass’ ABA Recruiter of the Year Award.

Lastly, the ABA’s special events are a great way to scale up your business’s visibility and marketing opportunities. Please contact Andrew Coonan for event sponsorship information and/or to submit silent auction donations.
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Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season! See you at Tux’s or T’s in the New Year!!

Tom Mullinix, ABA President
& The ABA Board of Directors

When: Friday, January 27, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 9:30 pm
Location: The Vista at Applewood Golf Course
Tickets $30 per person ($35 at the door) or 10 packs of tickets for $250

Fun, Food, Drink, Casio Games and Silent Auction! Bring your Clients, Family and Friends!
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February Luncheon Speaker – Kevin O’Conner

Kevin and his wife, Kathy, have lived on Colorado 38 years – 19 in Lakewood and 19 in Golden. They have three grown children — two in Colorado, and one in Seattle, and six grandchildren. Both have been actively involved with their communities as volunteers in a variety of organizations, including PTA, the Golden History Museums, The Family Tree and the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra. On local Boards, Kevin has served as Treasurer of the Green Mountain Swim Club for 6 years; as Board Chair of the Friends of the Astor House Museum and Clear Creek History Park for 6 years; has held various positions with the Golden Lions Club for 8 years, especially as Chair of the July 4th Lions Park annual event; and Board member of the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra (JSO) for four years — now in his 3rd year as Chair.

The JSO is a 75-member non-profit volunteer orchestra, presenting the many challenges that face all non-profits, such as fundraising, marketing and Board membership to fit the diverse needs of the organization. Kevin and Kathy have been attending JSO events for about 20 years as their daughter plays in the first violin section. They have been actively involved as volunteers for about 8 years. Kevin initiated the JSO’s King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card Program in 2009, which has raised more than $35,000 since its inception. A similar program for Safeway cards has added more than $3,000 since being brought on-line in 2014.

Kevin and family came to Colorado from Delaware in 1978, when Kevin was offered a position at the Solar Energy Research institute in Golden, which later became the National Renewable Lab (NREL). In the last 16 years at NREL he worked in the field of alternative fuels for transportation. He was honored as the “Father of the Alternative Fuels Database”. He is an active bicyclist, loves traveling, time with family, and especially enjoys his woodworking pursuits. Kevin has an MA in sociology and urban affairs from the University of Delaware.


Kevin O'Conner, Chairman of the Board, Jefferson Symphony Orchestra

Member Meeting – March 9

Luncheon – Thursday, March 9, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden

Cost: ABA Member $20.00, includes meal (Non-member is $25)
Speaker: TBA
5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: TBA

IMPORTANT – please read:

  • If you are a member, you must be logged into your account by clicking on the yellow "Member Login" button on the right to get a member pricing. If you are a sponsor and are using your meeting voucher, please login to apply your voucher.
  • Guests are welcome! If you are new to ABA, we'll even buy your lunch for the first time. Guests may visit our meetings up to 2 times before they join the ABA (Must purchase ticket the 2nd time for $25).
  • The deadline to RSVP for meetings is 5pm on Friday before the meeting date. If you RSVP after that time, we can not guarantee your meal.
  • Starting 1/1/2016, if a member (includes sponsor with vouchers) shows up without RSVP, they will be charged $25 instead of member pricing. We would like to be considerate of our caterer. We appreciate your cooperation.
RSVP for March Luncheon

Member Meeting – February 9

Luncheon – Thursday, February 9, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden

Cost: ABA Member $20.00, includes meal (Non-member is $25)
Speaker: Kevin O'Conner, Chairman of the Board, Jefferson Symphony Orchestra
5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: Dr. Nick Kapustka, REALM Chiropractic

IMPORTANT – please read:

  • If you are a member, you must be logged into your account by clicking on the yellow "Member Login" button on the right to get a member pricing. If you are a sponsor and are using your meeting voucher, please login to apply your voucher.
  • Guests are welcome! If you are new to ABA, we'll even buy your lunch for the first time. Guests may visit our meetings up to 2 times before they join the ABA (Must purchase ticket the 2nd time for $25).
  • The deadline to RSVP for meetings is 5pm on Friday before the meeting date. If you RSVP after that time, we can not guarantee your meal.
  • Starting 1/1/2016, if a member (includes sponsor with vouchers) shows up without RSVP, they will be charged $25 instead of member pricing. We would like to be considerate of our caterer. We appreciate your cooperation.
RSVP for February Luncheon

February 5 Minute Spotlight – Nick Kapustka

Dr. Nick Kapustka REALM Chiropractic

Dr. Nick Kapustka, REALM Chiropractic

Dr. Nick Kapustka graduated from Sherman College of Chiropractic in 2004 where he earned the honors of Magna Cum Laude and the Rising Star award given to a recent Sherman College graduate who has demonstrated exceptional achievements and service in the community. Dr. Nick's focus on education came from growing up in a household with two amazing teachers as his parents. He has lectured both internationally and locally on a wide variety of health and life topics. Dr. Nick first learned about the importance of a healthy functioning body during an internship in a pediatric oncology unit in Madrid, Spain. From that point on, it was his mission to learn as much as possible to be able to help as many people as possible.

Dr. Nick has been a part thousands of family's health journeys and truly enjoys supporting parents and children in their specific health needs. You will often see hi-fives in the office or children showing off their latest achievement to Dr. Nick because he simply wants to celebrate the small stuff.

When Dr. Nick is away from the office, you will find him spending time with Dr. Rachel and their “magic man” of a son, Noah. He also enjoys spending time with friends, gardening, running, practicing American Sign Language, spending time in nature, reading, and playing and coaching basketball.

Find out more about their family practice at

Realm Chiropractic Ribbon Cutting

Come and experience a health-filled ribbon cutting and grand opening. Healthy drinks, snacks, and door prizes will be given out. Realm Chiropractic is focused on Functional Correction for all walks of life from pregnant mothers and newborn babies to professional athletes looking for the edge in competition. The first 50 people will be given a special gift. Come and experience the difference in Realm Chiropractic. Actual ribbon cutting at 5:30pm. More information about Realm Chiropractic at

Date: January 26, 2017, 4pm – 7pm
Cost: Free
Location: Realm Chiropractic
Address: 98 Wadsworth Blvd unit 124 Lakewood, CO 80226
Member: Realm Chriopractic
Contact: Realm Chiropractic 720.722.3357
Submitted by: Realm Chiropractic