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On the move, June 22

Published June 22, 2006 at midnight

Finance

U of C Federal Credit Union's Longmont branch opened March 27 at 1079 S. Hover St. . . . First Community Bank added Steven A. Strunk as vice president/commercial real estate lender for the Colorado Springs area. . . . BKD LLP's Colorado Springs office has been joined by Melissa N. Cooper, Lesley A. Dahl, Chelsea J. Gilmore, Jina A. Mangino, Amanda D. Parker and Jessica J. Walker as staff accountants. They will assist with general tax and audit services. . . . The Staubach Co. appointed Bill -Byrne, Ken Gooden and Mike Rooks as principals. They join Barry Dorfman, Joe Hollister and Bruce Dodge as principal brokers. . . . First Western Trust Bank has added Jeanne Portmann and Mark Phillips. . . . Citywide Banks has named attorney Steven Farber and business owner Richard Saunders to the corporate board. . . . Heartland Bank is expanding its operations with the addition of a mortgage division, Heartland Mortgage. . . . Vail Banks Inc. and its banking subsidiary, WestStar Bank, have annouced that Mimi Hardendorf, vice president, has been named a Banker of Distinction by the Colorado Bankers Association. . . . Mike Baliey, Ralph Manning, Steve Sangalis and Paul Yeoham have formed Progress Equity Partners Ltd., a private equity firm that acquires majority control of well-managed, entrepreneurial, middle-market service businesses. . . . KeyBank National Association (Colorado) has promoted Michelle Field to district operations leader for the Denver area. Field was previously an assistant branch manager at Key's Cherry Creek location. . . . Ward V.S. Cerny has joined Green Manning & Bunch as senior associate. Mark B. Langer has been promoted to associate in the business advisers division. H. Anthony Holmes and W. Andrew Phipps have been promoted to senior analyst. . . . Nathaniel Jones has been hired as north market manager for First National Bank. Jones will be responsible for business development for First National Bank's Main Office. . . . Mick Finnegan joins Valley Bank & Trust as branch president in Longmont. . . . Kristi Nottingham has received American National Bank's Northern Colorado President's Community Involvement Award for 2005. . . . Van Horsley has been promoted to the newly created position of business banking district manager of KeyBank, while Leon Groce and Jim Hitz have been promoted to business banking team leaders. . . . Compass Bank has appointed Cedric Buchanon senior vice president, David Farnsworth executive vice president and Randy Shepler senior vice president. . . . Sandra Turcotte has been named vice president and store manager for Wells Fargo's new store scheduled to open in late June in the Meridian business and residential development. . . . TCF Bank has opened a branch at 9475 S. University Blvd. near the intersection of Highlands Ranch Parkway and South University Boulevard in Highlands Ranch. Also, David Norwood has been appointed to senior vice president, director of commercial banking. . . . Cesco Financial Solutions, a mortgage broker in the Denver Tech Center, launched Quantum Commercial Funding, a commercial lending division. . . . Q Advisors LLC, a Denver-based investment bank, promoted Matt Kanda and Dan Gold to associates. . . . Zions First National Bank promoted Adam "Casey" Gunning to corporate trust officer. . . . Sequel Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital firm, has named Ron Bernal as partner. . . . Craig Fimple has joined Compass Bank's residential construction-lending group as vice president. . . . Key Equipment Finance has named John A. Evans as executive vice president of its Asia Pacific region. . . . Alexander Capital Management Group was joined by Charlotte Petersen as senior equity analyst and vice president. . . Colorado State Bank and Trust hired Randy Dolsby as vice president and treasury sales officer. Leonard P. Rice has been promoted to senior vice president, senior portfolio manager in the trust department. Kristen M. Sundin has been promoted to vice president of commercial banking. Ken Bauer has joined as vice president of commercial banking. . . . Gail Nuth has joined Colorado Capital Bank as assistant portfolio manager. . . . Dr. Kent Van Liere has joined NERA Economic Consulting, an international firm of consulting economists, as a vice president, working out of NERA's Denver and San Francisco offices. . . . First Community Bank hired Cynthia "Cyndi" R. Clark as assistant vice president/branch manager for the bank's upcoming Colorado Springs Academy branch and the current downtown branch. . . .Colorado State Bank and Trust has added Ralph W. Christie Jr. and William J. Sullivan to the bank's board of directors. . . . KeyBank hired Jon Halverson as a new senior business banker. . . . Judith A. Martillaro has been named partner at the public accounting firm Zarlengo Raub LLP in Wheat Ridge. . . . Horizon Banks named Katherine Kaley president of its upcoming Cherry Creek branch. . . .Compass Bank hired Kimberly D. Smith as a relationship manager for private banking. . . .Vectra Bank Colorado has hired Michelle Marie as an assistant vice president and commercial banker in the Vectra Bank branch at 28 ¼ Road. . . . Union Colony Bank has appointed Mike Engrav as vice president, business development officer. He was formerly the bank's Johnstown branch president. . . .The Denver Tech Center's FirsTier Bank has named Lenard Vaughn Jr. an assistant vice president. . . . Mikell Benton recently joined Destiny Lending LLC as a loan officer. Kevin Kim was hired as a senior loan officer. . . . Headwaters MB has selected C.J. Hummel and Toby Nuber to join the firm as principals. Nuber was previously a vice president with Montgomery & Co. Hummel recently founded Galena Capital.

Communications

Broomfield-based Leopard, a business-to- business marketing agency, was recognized by the Business Marketing Association with two International Pro-Comm Awards. . . . McClain Finlon Advertising welcomes Lindsay Wakabayashi, business affairs manager, and Lindsay Johnson, assistant media planner. Christa Rost, Carrie Weingart and Tim McCanna joined the creative department. Mark Chamberlain, Lee Perlman and Alison Earnhardt also joined the creative team. Other new hires include Wis Holt, Marianne Reynolds, Hillary Johnson, Shay Davidson Jason Shiskowsky and Michael Call. . . . St. Regis Resort, Aspen, added Anita Savanyu to its sales team. Savanyu is the group sales manager, responsible for the Midwest and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. . . . The Downtown Denver Partnership added two new staff members: Aylene Quale, transportation and special projects manager, and Jenny Sorokaty, marketing coordinator. . . . The Greater Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp. has named David L. White as vice president of marketing. . . . Jeanette McMurtry joined G.A. Wright Marketing Inc. as vice president of marketing. Mile High Racing & Entertainment, the new operator of six thoroughbred and greyhound racetracks in Colorado, has retained G.A. Wright for marketing strategy, branding and implementation of its advertising initiatives. . . . GroundFloor Media Inc. hired Carissa Lester as senior public relations manager. . . . Paiva•Fredricksen Group LLC appointed Richard Adams vice president of sales and marketing. . . . Christine Dauchot joined Maximus as manager of marketing and outreach for Child Health Plan Plus. . . . Lisa Buenzli was promoted to director of marketing for the Roofing Systems Group of Johns Manville, a manufacturer and marketer of building and specialty products. . . . Fort Collins-based Private Escapes Destination Clubs hired Jean Alexander as director of marketing. . . . Lisa Greim Everitt has been hired as senior account manager at the Fresh Ideas Group, a full-service strategic communications firm specializing in the natural and organic products industry. . . . Cactus Marketing Communications has hired Jeff Strahl as senior art director, Chris Cox as senior graphic designer and Matt Chiabotti as a designer. Amanda Osness has been hired as a media buyer and Summer Hershey as an assistant account executive. . . . Interactive marketing agency 90octane LLC promoted Kayla Wagner to senior project coordinator. . . . Lawscomm, a marketing agency, has added Kelly Case as director of client services. . . . Le-Grand Hart hired Donna Crafton as the consumer practice's director, and Gabe Boeckman and Elric Martinez have been hired as senior associates. . . . Bill McLeod has joined OnFiber Communications Inc. as director of marketing and product management. . . . Linhart McClain Finlon Public Relations has promoted Cory Ziskind to senior account executive. . . . SteelStar Corp. of Dacono has hired CTA Public Relations Inc. for the design and production of their corporate brochure. . . . Ckarma, a full service marketing firm that develops marketing strategies and communications for small and mid-sized businesses, has hired Ellen Lidsky and Holly Fuchs to its account management team. . . . Cherry Creek Internet Group has formed a new parent company and brand identity called the Cherry Creek Marketing Group. . . . Richmond Public Relations now represents ERI Economic Research Institute, a Redmond, Wash.-based company providing compensation research reports and software for business professionals throughout the world. . . . Denver-based Mid Tier Partners has appointed Steve Silver as executive vice president of sales and marketing. . . . MemPro Marketing Corp., a marketing support organization, named Seth R. Finley as president.

Hospitality

Chef/restaurateur Kevin Taylor has announced plans for a new dining venue, Prima Ristorante Boulder, opening midsummer at 1801 13th St. in Boulder. . . . The Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau announced the addition of six employees: Sam Ross, membership sales manager; Leah Hatting, convention services manager; Tiffany Hoambrecker, convention services manager; Tessa Taufen, corporate sales manager, West region; Alicia Montoya, convention sales coordinator; and Nikcole Wernert, receptionist. . . . Scott Mason has been named general manager of the 190-room Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa. . . . Kevin Siegrist has been named director of catering for Panzano and the Hotel Monaco. Most recently, Siegrist was catering manager at the restaurant and hotel. . . . The Lodge at Balfour, an independent living community in Louisville, named Jade Hanson activities director. . . . Destination Hotels & Resorts has appointed Donnie Lee as general manager of The Gant condominium resort in Aspen .

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