Derek Hemmer has joined The First National Bank of Monument as assistant vice president/loan officer. He joins the bank from a financial institution in Colorado Springs where he served as assistant vice president/commercial loan officer for two years. Hemmer will work with mortgage loans, commercial loans and personal loans.

Spire Investment Partners announced that Jeffrey Markewich has affiliated with the firm. He will be joining Mike Papa in the downtown Colorado Springs office. Markewich brings 17 years of financial advisory experience and specialized skills related to transferring wealth between generations. He is a member of the City Planning Commission. He is a graduate of Air Academy High School and the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Newborn Hope, Inc has named Jenny Bender its first executive director. Bender will be responsible for day-to-day operation of the organization with a focus on financial and risk management, programming and events, communications and marketing, human resources, fund development and community and donor relations. Bender most recently served as donor relations manager at The Navigators where she responsible for the annual fund. She has also held development positions in Oklahoma and California. A nine-year resident of Colorado Springs, Bender’s education includes bachelor’s degrees in organizational communication and sociology with a concentration in human service. She also has an extensive background in volunteerism, having served on various nonprofit boards.

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference has named veteran sports management executive Joe Novak as its director of hockey operations. In his role, Novak will be responsible for the internal hockey operations and administration for the NCAA Division I men’s intercollegiate hockey conference that will be begin play in the 2013-14 season. Among Novak’s immediate tasks will be developing, in consultation with conference members, a comprehensive playing schedule; organizing and maintaining a system to hire, assign, compensate, evaluate, and supervise on-ice officials; developing and implementing the conference’s rules, playing standards, statistical programs and discipline program; and serving as the hockey operations liaison with the conference’s coaches and others in the hockey community. Novak has more than 30 years of experience in sports management, the last 15 of them with the United States Air Force Academy, including roles in NCAA Division I athletic operations, events management and scheduling, athletic facilities management, contract management and tournament and special events director.

U.S. semiconductor maker Ramtron International Corporation has named Gery E. Richards, as chief financial officer effective immediately. Richards, 60, has served as Ramtron’s interim chief financial officer since October 2011. Richards has more than 30 years of financial management experience with a broad spectrum of technology-related firms. Richards joined Ramtron in 2004, became controller in 2008, and was appointed interim chief financial officer in October 2011. Richards began his career as an auditor with Price Waterhouse and later served as an auditor, financial analyst, controller and cost accountant for Martin Marietta, Digital Equipment, United Technologies and Apple, respectively. Just prior to joining Ramtron, he was vice president of finance at Facilitek Office Systems and vice president of finance at Photo Stencil Corporation.