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ABC Rocky Mountain Chapter establishes five new committees

Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Rocky Mountain Chapter expanded the organization beyond the Denver Metro area and into northern, western and southern Colorado.

Under the Southern Colorado Leadership Council, the following committees have been established in the greater Colorado Springs area:

• Membership Committee, council liaison: Lee Shakespeare, RMG-Rocky Mountain Group

• Government Affairs Committee, council liaison: Ryan Klein, Sherman & Howard

• Workforce Development Committee, co-chairpersons: JP Kennel & Brittney McClain, HPE

• Safety & Education Committee, co-chairpersons: Greg Collier and Don Johnson, iiCON Construction Group

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• Young Professionals Committee, chair: Nicole Yelinski, Spacecon

To learn more, contact Sabrina Kosmas, regional director of Denver and Southern Colorado, at

PCC to offer paramedic-to-nurse program

In response to the growing nursing shortage in Colorado, Pueblo Community College will begin offering a paramedic to associate degree in nursing program this summer.

PCC is the only community college in Colorado, and the only one within 400 miles, to offer the program, according to a PCC news release.

“This will help fill the pipeline for nursing,” said Paula Kirchner, dean of PCC’s nursing program, in the release. “By 2024, Colorado alone will be short almost 20,000 nurses due to retiring Baby Boomers. Nationally, the shortage will be over 1 million.”

The three-semester program will include online and on-campus courses. Graduates will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing and will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination to become a registered nurse. Applicants must already have an Associate of Applied Science degree in emergency medicine from an accredited college, have at least two years of full-time work experience as a paramedic and have an unencumbered license. Veterans who worked as medics are also encouraged to apply.

Following enrollment of the first cohort of students this summer, the next unit will start in spring 2020 and annually thereafter. Enrollment is capped at 15 students per group.

Applications for the summer cohort will close April 15. For information, contact the PCC Nursing program at 719-549-3409, or

FoodMaven announces sustainability initiative

Colorado farm sustainable foodFoodMaven has begun an initiative to help hospitality institutions source local, sustainable food products for their kitchens in Colorado and Texas.

FoodMaven retains relationships with local suppliers to navigate the logistics and provide buyers with an online marketplace that allows them to see products in FoodMaven inventory. FoodMaven fully integrates the technology into a hotel’s existing purchasing platform, creating a “seamless buying experience,” according to a FoodMaven news release.

FoodMaven handles the process, from safety guidelines and insurance procedures to securing on-site delivery at hotels and restaurants, and also leads local businesses toward more sustainable sourcing practices, the release said.

“The move towards a locally sourced model helps larger institutions meet rising consumer demand for more sustainable and fresher food options,” the release said. “Additionally, sourcing local is more cost-effective and can help invigorate a more local economy by tapping local suppliers that face challenges getting their product to a larger market.”

The initiative is already in place at Hilton properties in Denver, including DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel-Westminster, Hilton Denver City Center and Hilton Stapleton North.

CSU-Pueblo Institute of Cannabis Research launches registry

The Institute of Cannabis Research at Colorado State University-Pueblo is launching a national, medical cannabis patient data registry. The registry was created in response to a call by the medical community for guidelines on the use of medical cannabis in accordance with new state government regulations, according to a CSU-Pueblo news release.

The development of the registry has been led by CSU-Pueblo faculty researchers and an off-campus collaborator. The ICR is funded by the state.

The researchers hope to engage physicians and their patients to submit data as participants in the research, according to the release, which added the approach could be adapted to study the safety and effectiveness of other drugs over the long term.

The platform went live this month utilizing state-of-the-art HIPAA-compliant digital technology, the release said.


Ashley receives Colorado Banker’s Association award

ANB Bank recognized Tom Ashley, regional president, as a recipient of the Colorado Bankers Association’s “Bankers of Distinction” award. The award was presented this month during the Colorado Bankers Legislative Luncheon. This annual award recognizes the importance of the community banking spirit of involvement in, dedication to and support of activities vital to the health of local institutions and people.

Organizations that Ashley supports include Cheyenne Village; Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care; TESSA of Colorado Springs; Ronald McDonald House Charities; and the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC. He is also on the Government Affairs Council for the Colorado Bankers Association and on the National BankPac Committee for the American Bankers Association.

Westapher, Clement receive Platinum Service Recognition

Vicki Westapher and Joe Clement of RE/MAX Properties Inc. have repeated the previous year’s feat of being granted the highest level of service achievement in the real estate industry, Quality Service Certified Platinum. The award is in recognition of earning 100 percent client service satisfaction in 2018 as measured by Leading Research Corporation.

A Quality Service Certified award status is the only recognition in the real estate industry based on independently validated customer satisfaction survey results, according to a RE/MAX news release. After the conclusion of real estate transactions, clients of QSC agents receive a survey, asking them to rate the agent on various aspects of the service process. The surveys are administered and the results are received and compiled by LRC.

Client feedback from the surveys becomes part of the agent’s credentials. An overall satisfaction rating is displayed on the consumer website (, where buyers and sellers can select a real estate professional based upon each agent’s validated record of service satisfaction.