Anthony M’s Visions in Gold Business After Hours

Come join in the fun of networking, relax, enjoy free fine wines and drinks, catered delicacies to tempt your taste buds.
Bring your friends in to see our newest creations.
Register to win some fabulous door prizes.

Date: April 19, 2017 5-7pm
Cost: Free
Location: Anthony M's Visions in Gold Jewelers
Address: 6789 W. 44th Ave. Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Member: Anthony M’s Visions in Gold
Contact: Gayle – 303-424-1881, Gayle@visionsingold.com
Submitted by: Gayle@visionsingold.com

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Tux’s or T’s 2017 – Thanks to our Sponsors!

2017 Tuxes or T's Gala was a huge success!

Special kudos to Andrew Coonan, Morrison Holdings, LLC, for heading up this event. Your time and talent is greatly appreciated. The 2017 ABA Business Directory was unveiled at the event and was also mailed out to the 25,000 neighboring businesses and households.

The annual business awards were presented that evening to the following members:

2016 Business of the Year – Prospect Recreation and Parks District
2016 Best Business After Hours of the Year – La Cave Wine Bar & Boutique
2016 Dana Naas Recruiting Award – John Tracy, John Tracy Publishing

Congratulations!

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Thank you to all our sponsors to make this event a great one.

Classics by Gloria, Papa Murphy's Pizza

Desserts provided by

The Vista @ Applewood Golf Course
Gold Mine Cupcakes
Classics by Gloria

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 jeff@weistcapitol.com

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.

 


Suzanne Asaff Blankenship
Author, Speaker, Eldercare Expert

 

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

Member Meeting – May 11

Luncheon – Thursday, May 11, 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: George Bentley, Bentley Wellness Technologies, Inc
5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: Rosalind May, Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market

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.
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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".

Member Meeting – April 13

Luncheon – Thursday, April 13, 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: Donald Tallman, Executive Director, Colorado Railroad Museum
5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: Andy Deitel, Sports & Entertainment Marketing Group

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

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

March 5 Minute Spotlight – Cindy Rayfield

Cindy Rayfield wants to help people escape the job situations they hate. She is a senior franchise consultant with FranNet Colorado, a nearly 30-yearold national franchise consulting firm which helps people in career transition. She has a background in business ownership herself as a start up business owner.

 

Cindy acquired an interest in franchising shortly after college when she dove in feet first in an attempt to purchase an expensive retail franchise with no money, no education, and no guidance. She now has a passion for helping others learn the right way to invest in a franchise business.


Cindy Rayfield
FranNet

As a franchise specialist for FranNet, Cindy consults with clients in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana, helping them to find the perfect franchise through an exclusive matchmaking process. She meets with people in career transition to first determine if business ownership is an option for them. If they are right for franchise ownership specifically, Cindy offers face to face consulting in the local market to find the right business match. No other franchise consulting firm offers these types of unique services.

Cindy conducts free franchise educational seminars and webinars both regionally and nationally. Seminars and webinars are conducted in partnership with career transition agencies, Small Business Development Centers, SCORE offices, regional libraries and community colleges. She is a graduate of the University of Denver, School of Communication, and resides in a suburb of Denver, Colorado.

March Luncheon Speaker – Dave Aguilera

Dave is a Colorado native. He is an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist born in Pueblo. He has worked in every television market in the state and has been at CBS4 a long time .. since 1993!

Having lived through and reported on many major weather events, including everything from droughts and floods to blizzards and tornadoes and has seen how the weather deeply affects people. He has been a TV and Radio broadcaster in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region since 1986.

He is, perhaps foremost, an optimist, which is a good thing to be when people tend to blame you for the bad weather. But no matter what the sky is doing, Dave looks forward to coming to work, and he always tries to bring a little sunshine into the lives of his audience, no matter what it’s doing outside.


Dave Aguilera
CBS 4

As far back as his senior year in high school, Dave knew he wanted to work in television, but he assumed it would be delivering news. After graduating in 1987 from Colorado State University/Pueblo (formerly University of Southern Colorado) with a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communications/journalism, he found his direction shifting. His interests were definitely looking up – literally. Everything Dave wanted to know was now in the sky. He went on to earn a Certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University.

He holds the American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation, a professional recognition of the quality of his weather broadcasts. Among radio and television meteorologists, the CBM designation is sought as a mark of distinction and recognition.

Dave is a member of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorology Society and holds the Television Seal of Approval from both organizations.

Dave has worked as a weather anchor at KRQE-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico; KOAA-TV in Pueblo/Colorado Springs, Colorado; and at KREX-TV in Grand Junction, Colorado. He also worked as a news reporter/anchor for KHOW-Radio and KOA-Radio in Denver, and as a Disc Jockey for KCCY, KRYT and KDZA, in Pueblo. In September 1993, Dave accomplished the goal he had set for himself in college by joining CBS4 as a meteorologist.

Dave spends a lot of his time every year teaching thousands of elementary school children across the Front Range. Encouraging students to become part of the CBS4 team by becoming Junior Weather Watchers.

Dave participates in and emcees numerous fundraising events for nonprofit groups throughout the year. He feels the community has given him so much and this is his way to give back.

His hopes for the future are to continue to work for CBS4. Living in Denver, which he thinks is the “greatest city in the country,” means playing golf when the weather is nice, skiing when it’s snowing, and coaching his kids soccer and basketball teams in-between.

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: Dave Aguilera, CBS News
5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: Cindy Rayfield, FranNet

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