On the Job September 27, 2013
Gary Mitchell, managing partner of Denver-based accounting and consulting firm Anton Collins Mitchell LLP, which has an office in Boulder, will step down Oct. 1 after 31 years at the helm, but he will remain in a client service role. ACM named two partners to lead the firm: Greg Anton as chief executive and chairman, and Stacey Hekkert as managing partner and president.
Design Concepts, a community and landscape architecture firm in Lafayette, promoted Robyn Bartling to associate. The company also hired William Goffhelf as landscape architect and project manager. It also hired four landscape designers: Jennifer Gee, Adrienne Burton, Andrew Patton and Andrew Vieth.
Ryan Holocher joined Louisville-based Trailhead Wealth Management LLC. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis on financing and marketing from Colorado Christian University in Lakewood.
Boulder-based Welch Financial Planning LLC hired Kristen DePaepe as a property and casualty agent focused on home and auto. DePaepe previously worked for the University of Colorado athletic department.
David Besch joined AMG National Trust Bank in Boulder as a vice president and commercial banker, working out of AMG’s office in Boulder. He has 18 years of experience in banking and finance, and he earned a master’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University.
M. Elizabeth Brandt of Boulder-based Investors Independent Trust Co. received the CTFA designation, which is awarded for demonstrating excellence in fiduciary and trust activities, financial planning, tax law and planning, investment management and ethics. She is also a member of the Boulder County Estate Planning Council.
The Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. appointed Mike Matthews, Wells Fargo’s area business banking manager for Colorado to a two-year term as a co-chairman of its executive committee. He joins existing co-chairman Bain J. Farris, president and chief executive of Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital.
Julie Labonte is joining Broomfield-based MWH Global as vice president and director of program management for the Americas. She is currently the director of the San Francisco Public Utility Commission’s Water System Improvement Program.
Betsey Martens, executive director of Boulder Housing Partners, will step down as president of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials following her two-year term Oct. 26. NAHRO is the nation’s oldest and largest professional association for organizations working to create affordable housing. As NAHRO’s president, Martens represented the organization in a variety of settings - including congressional testimony, meetings with the HUD secretary and the United Nations.
Boulder-based Splick-it Inc. added David Hoover, former chief executive of Ball Corp.; Jeff Potter, former CEO of Frontier Airlines; and Vijay Bangaru, CEO of Splick-it, to its board of directors. All board members are investors in Splick-it. Potter is taking on the task of opening new markets and business development.
The Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, based in Boulder and Austin, Texas, appointed Jean-Claude Cavalera as its newest chef instructor. Cavalera has more than 39 years of executive level culinary and restaurant-management experience. Cavalera is a graduate from the Culinary School of Nice, France, and began his career as the executive chef of The Ritz Carlton Hotel. Following his career at The Ritz Carlton, Cavalera owned Caroline’s Cuisine in Grand Lake. Most recently, he served as executive chef of Warwick Denver Hotel. He is a member of the American Culinary Federation, Chaine des Rotisseurs and Les Amis d’Escoffier.
Jim Holder has rejoined Connecticut-based health-insurance firm Cigna as vice president of sales for the mountain states region, which includes Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Holder, who started his career at Cigna where he held a variety of sales and sales leadership positions for 17 years, will work from an office in Greenwood Village. Prior to rejoining Cigna, Holder served as a consultant for a West Coast employee benefits broker and served as executive vice president of business development and strategy for an early stage software company, where he focused on providing hospitals with strategic business intelligence and cost accounting software.
Boulder-based Newton Running named Tom Curran director of sales, specialty running. Curran began working for Newton as a regional account manager in 2008, He will focus on developing and leading the sales team. Also, Kirk Nichols will move into the role of vice president, sales operations, and former chief operating officer Stephen Gartside is returning to the executive team as vice president of special projects.
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