The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance made some staffing changes recently, according to President and CEO Dirk Draper.

The business organization said that Dirk “Doc” Hobbs, a recent hire, decided to step away from his position as senior vice president of marketing and communications.

“He will be returning to his company, Healthy Coloradan,” Draper said. “We’ll be looking to backfill that position. We appreciate the work Dirk did in his tenure with the RBA and we wish him the best in his return to the company.”

Hobbs took the job at the RBA in October, but stayed on at the company he founded, the Healthy Colorado Media Group.

Draper said the RBA also realigned some of its responsibilities, removing two positions — one in accounting and one in events planning.

“We eliminated positions, and we’ll be shifting resources to focus on our mission,” he said. “This is a case of shifting priorities.”

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Draper said the move to eliminate position was not a result of financial difficulties at the RBA.

“We are in a great financial position, well ahead of budget for 2015,” he said. “But we believe we can better use these resources in other areas. We’ll be hiring new staff in the future.”

The Business Alliance has already hired a new person to work with the Military Affairs Council, he said. Samantha Gunther, who most recently worked as an administrative assistant to the Colorado Springs City Council.

Gunther will work with Andy Merritt, chief defense industry officer at the RBA.

“Samantha is exactly the caliber of person we want at the Business Alliance,” Draper said.  “We’re very pleased that she’s able to join us.”