Business After Hours: Business Exit Strategies 2020 and Beyond

Join the ABA, Bank of the West and Bank of the West Wealth Management Group for a themed networking opportunity. Sean Plumb will talk briefly about the business climate. Steve Starzec of our Wealth Management Group  and Eric Sanderson in our Wealth Planning Strategies in the Wealth Management Group will have a few minutes to talk about how to plan for succession and then retirement. We will have some other experts there in the business sales arena. We're planning on nearly 100 people so RSVP early, as we will limit the number to 100. The cost is free for ABA members and Sponsor guests, $15 for non-members.

Date: May 5, 5-7pm
Location: Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden
Cost: Free for ABA Member, $15 for Non-ABA member

Questions? Please contact Sean Plumb at

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May 5 Minute Spotlight – Elements Massage

Janine and John began with Elements Massage as franchise owners in November 2013 adding the Denver West (Promenade at Denver West) studio in September 2014.  Elements Massage is a national franchise based in Highlands Ranch with over 200 studios nationwide and 16 in the Denver Metro area.

Founded by Michelle Maruniak who is a licensed massage therapist as well as an occupational therapist. Elements is the only national massage brand to be founded by a massage therapist.  That DNA provides us our direction.  We do massage only.  No fancy add-ons or up-sells.  Therapeutic massage is our specialty.

The big WHY

Why get involved in a retail service business after almost 30 years each in corporate IT? It all comes down to the direct, positive impact of helping others. In IT we get involved in helping people who help other people or who provide a service. IT is seldom the point. We are removed from the end user.

Massage is a holistic enabler that has a direct benefit. We see it on the faces of our clients each and every day. Whether our clients are in training for the next triathlon or marathon or just working out the kinks from a weekend volleyball or golf match, we see the benefit.

Our front desk staff has been singled out as a reason people visit us. We recently had a first time client who came in because she heard about how friendly, personable and helpful our front desk staff was. Then she had her session and became a member on the spot.

John Fornarola, Elements Massage

John Fornarola
Elements Massage



Help us celebrate the Flag Day


June 14, 2016

The Applewood Business Association invites you

to help celebrate Flag Day.

Here’s how you can participate:

Sponsor an American flag for $25.00 to
be displayed along Youngfield Street.

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The American Flag prize, donated by Lori Bush-Engel of Modern Woodmen of America is 3’ X 5’ and comes with a pole and stand. It is all cotton and intended as an indoor display flag.


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Business After Hours – Golf Clinic at Applewood Golf Course!

applewoodgc~ Save the Date for the Business After Hours ~

When: Thuesday, July 28, 5 – 7pm
Where: Applewood Golf Course
What: ABA Business After Hours in preparation for our 27th Annual Golf Tournament in August

Golfers and non- golfers, join us for an evening of networking at the beautiful Applewood Golf Course! Free range balls and Golf Clinic at 5:45pm provided by our host, the Applewood Golf Course. Come in to get a few pointers to brush up your swing and prepare for our Annual Golf Tournament. Get to know your fellow association members at more relaxed settings. Snacks provided by our host with cash bar.

Come find out what is planned for our tournament, and new programs!


June Breakfast Speaker – Sarah Maxwell

Sarah has been with Stride since 2004 and has served as Stride’s Executive Director since June 2010. She has worked, in a variety of different positions, in the non-profit field since 1994 and holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. She also serves on several non-profit boards and community groups. She has lived in Colorado since 1980.

Sarah has thirteen years experience in self-sufficiency programs (primarily in management), five years experience with a substance abuse agency providing direct client care, two years experience within public mental health agency providing direct client care, and thirteen years of experience working with homeless families.

Find out more about Stride >>

Sarah Maxwell
Executive Director, Stride

Member Meeting – June 30 Breakfast

Breakfast – Thursday, June 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: Sarah Maxwell, Stride

Networking Excercise led by Peter Wolf, Abundant Prosperity, LLC


Member Meeting – May 12 Lunch

Luncheon – Thursday, May 12, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden

Cost: $20.00, includes meal
Speaker: Jason Slowinski, City Manager, City of Golden
5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: John Fornarola, Elements Massage

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).
  • 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.

West Chamber: The Business of Marijuana Bus Tour & Panel

Tuesday, May 3, 7:00am-12:30pm, Denver West Office Park, 1626 Cole Blvd, Bldg 7, Lakewood, CO 80401

Join us as The West Chamber of Commerce provides information and experts to help clarify Colorado's marijuana industry. We only have 50 seats on the bus, so make your reservation ASAP to tour a grow operation and a retail facility. After the tour, guests will listen and engage with a panel of experts providing information about the business, the law, the enforcement of policy and employers / employees rights. Click Here to register. The cost is $55 to attend and registration includes breakfast and lunch. Click Here for more info.

February Luncheon Recap

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

Holly Green's presentation at our February Luncheon provided those who attended with tools and tip 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

Human brain is an interesting thing. Just a little mindset change can bring incredible productivity and positivity. Thank you, Holly, for adding another tool in our toolbox to work on our business!

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May Speaker: Jason Slowinski

Jason T. Slowinski was appointed City Manager in September 2015 and is the ninth City Manager in the City of Golden’s history.
Immediately prior to joining the City of Golden, Slowinski served as Village Manager for Lake Zurich, Illinois (2012-2015) and Assistant City Manager/Acting City Manager for Des Plaines, Illinois (2008-2012). Slowinski lives in Golden with his wife, Stephanie, and two school-aged daughters. Slowinski is recognized as a Credentialed Manager by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Slowinski earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a law degree from The John Marshall School of Law in Chicago. He has also completed graduate studies in public administration at Northern Illinois University.

Jason Slowinski
Jason Slowinski
City Manager, City of Golden