Member Meeting – September 14

RSVP for September Luncheon

*** Please RSVP for this meeting by 5 pm on September 8 ***

Luncheon – Thursday, September 14, 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: Suzanne Asaff Blankenship, Author, Speaker, Eldercare Expert
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.

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


Speaker – Karen Addison, Be Smart Guard Your Heart

With a B.A in Clinical Child Psychology and a Master of Science in Public Health, Karen Addison is a knowledgeable and passionate speaker, educator, and author. Her violence prevention and relationship enrichment program “Be Smart Guard Your Heart” teaches youth and young adults healthy relationship formation and abuse prevention skills and reaches thousands of students in classrooms and assemblies.

Karen has authored the book Lizzy Lives In An Angry House, a children’s self- help book on living in an “angry” house. With wisdom and practical experience, she gives readers young and old alike an empathetic approach to recognizing emotionally destructive (scary) relationships and tools to help those living in “scary angry” homes overcome and break the cycle of abuse.

Karen’s expertise extends well beyond the academic. She has experienced unhealthy relationship dynamics both as a child and an adult and knows personally how painful and confusing these can be. Her great sensitivity toward young persons’ hearts as they struggle with conflicting emotions and thoughts at a very vulnerable time in their lives motivates her to reach out to children as well as adults who are trapped in “angry houses.” In line with this ongoing concern, she specializes in helping youth and young adults identify, prevent, and move forward from destructive relationships and learn to live in healthy, positive ways with themselves and others.

Karen has completed numerous advanced domestic violence trainings to hone her proficiency as an advocate for those in destructive relationships and eminently qualify her to counsel, speak, and write about this all-too prevalent situation that affect so many lives.

Registration open for the 3rd Annual Jefferson County Business Resource Expo

Help us kick-off Small Business Resource Week in Jeffco! Join us for libations, great networking and most importantly an opportunity to meet and learn about the many resources available to business owners in Jefferson County – all dedicated to helping you succeed!

Date: Monday, September 18, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Jefferson County Fairgrounds – 15200 W. 6th Avenue, Ste. A., Golden, CO 80401

FREE Attendance for all Jefferson County business owners with invitation or advanced registration. Invitation or advanced registration required. Sponsorships are still available.

Register NOW >>>

August BAH: Down Home Country Hoedown

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Business After Hours this month is hosted by Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market!

Join us for the Down Home Country Hoedown

Featuring local food in our Country Sampler buffet, with music by the Lila Bloom Band
Western Wear Encouraged
Photo booth, and more!

Event Date: 2017-08-24
Starts at: 5:00 pm, Ends at: 7:00 pm

Cost: $10 for ABA members and guests,
$25 general public

Pre-registration/RSVP required? Yes

Location: Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market
Address: 7043 W. 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Contact: Rosalind May, 720-380-8520,

*NEW* Monthly Breakfast Meeting – August 24

RSVP for August Breakfast

*** Please RSVP for this meeting by 5 pm on August 21 ***

Breakfast – Thursday, August 24, 7:30am – 9:00am

The Vista at Applewood Golf Course – 14001 W 32nd Ave, Golden, CO 80401
Cost: $15.00, includes meal

10-minute Speaker: Heather Travis, Globe Getaways

10 Minute Spotlight Speaker – Heather Travis, Globe Getaways, LLC

Heather grew up taking wonderful vacations with her family all over the United States. Camping or condos were the 2 preferred methods to accommodate her family. She never guessed that her future would consist of vacation planning! She decided she would be a teacher at 5 years old and pursued that all through college, both with her education and job choices. She's taught preschool, kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, and 6th grades. So why is Heather not a teacher anymore? Come and find out about her journey to becoming an entrepreneur and a successful travel agent! Turns out that being a travel agent perfectly suits her strengths and schedule and she couldn't be happier!


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

January Luncheon Speaker – Rick Roberts

Rick Roberts is the President of Legacy Grace Community Development Corporation. He is an Entrepreneur, having founded 12 companies and 2 non-profits. He is the Author of 16 books- including Chosen To Forgive (released in January 2017) and I’ll Be Your Father (release date Fall 2017) . He has been a Non-profit Manager for 25 years. He has managed his Construction company for fourteen years and was a Restaurant Manager previously. He is also a Professional Speaker, Consultant and Trainer. He helps the homeless and others through his roles as Co-Chair of Heading Home, and the Leadership Committee of Power of Partnership, both in Jefferson County, Colorado. He also has served as a Jail Assistant Chaplain for 17 years. Rick is one of the finest singers in Denver! To schedule an inspirational speaking, consulting or training appointment around business, nonprofits or unique leadership strategies, please call 720-774-4677 or write to


Rick Roberts
Legacy Grace Community Development Corporation

November Luncheon Speaker – Dr. Jon Kedrowski

Jon grew up in the Vail Valley Colorado and is a local ski mountaineer, professional guide, and adventurer.

He climbed every Colorado 14,000 foot peak by the time he turned 18, and has Skied from the top of nearly every Colorado 14er.

He has over 500 ascents of the Colorado including he has twice climbed each of the 58 Colorado 14ers in one season both in 2005 in 40 days and 2011 in 95 days When he became the first person to spend the night on the top of every Fourteener Summit and has recently released his book called "Sleeping on the SummitsColorado Fourteener high Bivys".  He has climbed every 14er at least 5 times and has as many as 25 ascents of some of the popular 14ers including Elbert, Grays, Torreys, and Quandary, as well as Bierstadt.

John is a veteran of nine major climbing expeditions to peaks above 20,000 feet including climbing four of the seven continental summits.  He will be guiding a trip to Kilimanjaro in 2014 for his 5th Seven Summit.

He recently accomplished climbing to the summit of Everest in 2012 after having turned around only 800 feet from the top the week before.  His story was featured on DATELINE NBC in a Documentary.

He Earned his Ph.D. In 2010 in Mountain Geography from Texas State University San Marcos and has spent time Climbing Mt. Rainier in WA over 15 times.  In 2009 Jon Climbed the three Highest Volcanoes in Mexico (18,000' high) in only 5 days.

He is currently working on a sequel to Sleeping on the Summits, called SOSII, which will be released later this year.


Dr. Jon Kedorwski
Ski Mountaineer, Professional Guide,
and Adventurer
Climb Your Everest

October Luncheon Speaker – Daria Mann

Daria Mann, M. Ed, CCHT will speak to the Applewood Business Association sharing a few techniques to help members and guests gain confidence in speaking, improve performance in sales and marketing techniques, set and achieve goals, and reduce anxiety or stress. She will also address myths and misconceptions about hypnosis and its' use as an evidence-based form of therapy. Daria served in the education field for 23 years as a teacher of both elementary and preschool age children, early childhood director, youth group leader, and community liaison. She spent four years learning the financial industry as a salesperson for life insurance and mutual funds developing many additional skills setting goals, learning sales techniques and how to mange personal finances, and being part of a dynamic team working for herself, but not by herself. She hired a million dollar earner for a year as her personal mentor receiving emails on a daily basis, unlimited texts, and meeting face to face with him monthly to build a business. She is a wife, a stepmother of two adult children she helped raise and two children of her own that are teenagers.
She always had an interest in counseling but was not sure she would be able to leave the clients issues in the therapy room. Filled with life experience, intuition, and empathy she decided to go to school for a year (500 hours) to learn how to be certified clinical hypnotherapist finding it is her passion to serve and work with clients who desire change. Daria served another 1500 hours of internship with a clinical psychologist gaining the title advanced clinical hypnotherapist. She opened her own practice, Metro Denver Hypnotherapy, just South of the Cherry Creek mall and enjoys success knowing her clients are successful! She works with adults, teens, and children helping them allow their mind to use its incredible power to create change they desire in their thoughts and behaviors. She is continuing her education working on another master's degree to achieve the goal of being a licensed marriage and family therapist in addition to using hypnosis as a tool for change for individuals and groups. Hypnotherapy is an amazing tool helping clients cross the bridge from the conscious mind and speak directly to the subconscious mind to help achieve the desired outcome quickly and effectively. Daria works with children, teens, and adults to help them quit smoking, lose weight, reduce pain, anxiety, depression, phobias, bad habits and more! She uses the approach of being client-centered and solution focused. She always offers a free phone consultation to answer any question about hypnotherapy and see if hypnosis may work for the issue a client is struggling with.

Daria Mann, M. Ed. CCHT
Metro Denver Hypnotherapy