Member Meeting – January 8 Lunch

Luncheon – Thursday, January 8, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden
Cost: $20.00, includes meal
Speaker: Amira Watters, JCBRC (View her bio >>)

5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: Andrew Coonan, H.O.P.E.

We are excited to announce Lorian Bartle of Lorian Bartle Strings has offered to play an intro demo at our January ABA meeting as our Members and guests register and get settled in. What a great way to kick off the new year 2015 with music and ABA!

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ABA December Luncheon Recap

Kim Naughtin unwraps her White elephant gift at Applewood's annual Christmas Luncheon 12/11/14

Kim Naughtin unwraps her White elephant gift at Applewood’s annual Christmas Luncheon 12/11/14

ABA members enjoyed the Annual Holiday Luncheon on December 11, 2014. The white elephant gift exchange brought many laughter and excitement. The money raised through “steals” and auctioning of the last and second to last numbers raised money to help with the local hunger relief effort of h.o.p.e. (Helping Our People Excel). Members also brought non-perishable food to be donated to our local food bank. Our December Luncheon has been an opportunity to network with more relaxed setting among members and guests. Debbie Hall of Mary Kay was an emcee/Mrs. Santa for the gift exchange.

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.

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

2015 Tux’s or T’s

~ Dress Up – Dress Down or Mix It Up but Just Come Dressed ~

Join us for Fun, Food, Drink, Casino Games and Silent Auction

Date: Friday, January 30, 2015
Time: 5:30 – 9:30 pm
Location: The Vista at Applewood Golf Course

$25 per person or 12 pack of tickets $250 >>

Great Deal from Denver Tux! – Get one admission and one tux rental for the event for $50 >>

Bring Clients, Friends and Family
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Thanks to our Sponsors:

Knoll & Company, P.C.

All the Above
US Bank

Tux's or T's Trophy presented to the Casino Winner 2013

Tux & T's
2014 Best Dressers:
Van Wedgwood – RE/Max Alliance
Lo Wedgwood – Your Insurance Specialists

Abundant Prosperity Associates, LLC
Erica and the Honey Badgers
Applewood Golf Course
Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric
BluIron Photography
EduCyber, Inc.
Great Western Bank
Keller Williams
Debbie Hall – Mary Kay Cosmetics
PRIMERICA Financial Services / S.E.A.L. TEAM
Zeman Sells Inc / Keller Williams Realty Downtown
7eFit Spa Wheat Ridge

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Silent Auction Items Needed

Tuxes or T's is just around the corner. This annual dress up or dress down event will be held on the evening of January 30st at The Vista at Applewood Golf Course. We have an excellent opportunity for you to get some additional exposure. We are collecting items for the silent auction. Whether you'd like to give away a night or two at your condo, make up a gift basket, or donate some kind of sports memorabilia, we'd love to have your donation. Contact Brian Melody at or (303) 279-3003 to arrange your donation!

ABA November Luncheon Recap

Drew Litton 11.13 luncheon   ABA presentation of check to HOPE

Sports cartoonist, Drew Litton, spoke at our November Luncheon. He shared his talent drawing some sports celebrities while he talked about some stories being a sports cartoonist and humor in his life. The cartoons were donated to our upcoming Tuxs or T’s event in January.


ABA president, Sean Plumb (US Bank) presented Executive Director, Andrew Coonan of H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Excel) with $2000 check. The money was a portion of the proceeds from our Annual Golf Tournament. The ABA is pleased to support the local organization who help people in need in our community.

January Speaker – Amira Watters

Amira assumed the role as Executive Director of the Jefferson County Business Resource Center in June 2014. She is also a business owner and has operated a holistic healing clinic in Lakewood for the last 17 years. Previously, Amira worked for The West Chamber Serving Jefferson County and successfully filled numerous staff positions as well as helping to develop many of the programs the chamber currently offers. Amira has a strong background in marketing, fundraising, business development, program development and community outreach. Amira is committed to serving the business community by sharing experience and knowledge with others and thoroughly enjoys “brainstorming” with business owners, helping them discover solutions to the many potential challenges and opportunities that come with owning a business. Amira is passionate about making a difference in the world and enjoys helping people reach their success goals and realize their vision.

Amira Watters, Executive Director
Jeffco Business Resource Center

January 5 Minute Spotlight – Andrew Coonan

Helping Our People Excel (h.o.p.e.) is a nonprofit hunger relief organization. h.o.p.e.'s Mission is to support those in need living in the Denver-metro area through coordination of community resources. In the summer of 2001, h.o.p.e. was born with a handful of volunteers providing food to 15 to 30 individuals per week. Now, h.o.p.e.’s Pantry distributes healthy, nutritious food to more than 300 people weekly at our Client Choice Pantry in Lakewood. On average h.o.p.e. registers more than 30 new client households per month.

This year h.o.p.e. is proud to have been selected to participate in Hunger Free Colorado’s Full Pantries, Full LivesLeadership Institute. The Institute is a collaboration of hunger relief agencies sponsored by The Denver Foundation to increase efficiencies in the Denver-metro area’s community food system. In addition, h.o.p.e. was honored to receive funding from the Gates Family Foundation and the International Association of Drilling Contractors, Denver Region for the extensive remodel of our new building on South Broadway. A ribbon cutting on Tuesday, December 2nd in special recognition of ColoradoGives Day will commemorate the opening of h.o.p.e.’s new facility.

Mr. Coonan is a native from Golden, CO. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a Master’s Degree from University of Colorado Denver. He has worked in the nonprofit industry for more than ten years, serving with leading hunger relief organizations including Food Bank of the Rockies, Metro CareRing, and Hunger Free Colorado. He is pleased to continue this important work as Executive Director of h.o.p.e.

Member Meeting – February 12 Lunch

Luncheon – Thursday, February 12, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden
Cost: $20.00, includes meal
Speaker: Holly G. Green – The Human Factor, Inc. / Architect of Pause™ & Thinking to Thrive Expert / Best Selling Author (View her bio >>)

5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: Alan Davis, Breaking Well Media

The Colorado Lark Duo will be providing background music for the February luncheon as members and guests register and get settled in. The duo is comprised of ABA member/guitarist Lorian Bartle and flutist Jennifer Pauley.

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February 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!

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

Save the Date! – ABA Business After Hours on Feb. 18, 2015

Kenly Goonan with PRIMERICA/ S.E.A.L. TEAM will be hosting a Business After Hours on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Kenly's office is located at 3000 Youngfield Street Suite 150 Wheat Ridge, CO 80215
More detailed informatin to come.

Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.

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