Justin Cooper has been promoted to the position of vice president with GE Johnson, where he began working in 1998. He is active with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, the Denver Metro Chamber and Leadership Foundation and National Jewish Health, and is a board member with the St. Anthony Hospital Foundation.

Shannon Rogers has been promoted to the position of vice president with GE Johnson. He started with the firm in 2006. In his new role, he will lead GE Johnson’s integrated project services and partnerships, as well as oversee business development efforts. Rogers is active with the Castle Rock Economic Development Council, American Institute of Architects and the Association of General Contractors.

GH Phipps has hired five employees. They include:

Luke Tourville, who has 18 years of construction experience. For the past several years, he has worked on military and federal projects. He is now quality control systems manager in GH Phipps’ Federal Marketing Department.

Justin Peterson comes to GH Phipps as a project manager from Phipps/McCarthy, the joint venture that built a Children’s Hospital Colorado replacement hospital in Aurora. He is a graduate of Willamette University in Salem, Ore., with a bachelor’s degree in business economics, and has 15 years of construction experience.

Jeff Lake also comes to GH Phipps as a project manager from Phipps/McCarthy. He, too, worked on Children’s replacement hospital in Aurora. He has a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Missouri State University and has 14 years of construction experience.

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Kirk Askelson has joined GH Phipps as a project manager/estimator. He has 26 years of experience in the construction industry, most recently at Himmelman Construction in Lakewood. He is a graduate of Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in construction management.

Kevin Mahoney also comes to GH Phipps as a project manager/estimator. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Santa Clara University and has 13 years of commercial construction experience, most recently with Waner Construction.

Banking & Finance

Mark Larivee and Tim Watson have qualified for the Court of the Table of the Million Dollar Round Table. Both are affiliated with Strategic Financial Partners, Colorado Springs. MDRT is the premier association of financial professionals. Achieving membership in MDRT’s Court of the Table is a career milestone.

Marketing & Public Relations

Amber Wolcott has been named online communications director at Red Energy Public Relations, Advertising & Events. She will be managing several accounts in international franchise development and the retail and construction industries.

Michael Vargo has joined Blakely + Company as art director. He brings nearly a decade of advertising and graphic design experience with him. His previous graphic design experience includes working with a variety of diverse clients in the athletic, tourism, financial and utilities industries.

DreamMaker takes national Big50 award

Mark and Deb Witte, owners of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen in Colorado Springs, have been selected by REMODELING magazine to join the REMODELING Big50. Each year since 1986, the REMODELING Big50 inducts 50 owners of remodeling companies that have set exceptionally high standards for professionalism and integrity through exemplary business practices, craftsmanship, and impact in their community or the industry.

The Big50 awards were presented at a gala dinner at the Remodeling Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., on May 10. The 2013 winners are featured in the May issue of REMODELING, a national trade publication read by more than 98,000 professional remodeling contractors.


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Amber Baillie
A Colorado native, Amber Baillie graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. For over three years, she wrote for the Air Force Academy's official base newspaper and has written articles for Your Boulder and the Cheyenne and Woodmen Editions. For the Business Journal, she covers cyber, aerospace and defense, and nonprofit news.