Business Briefs & Kudos


Palmer Land Trust appoints trustees

Representing communities from throughout the Arkansas River Basin, five new trustees recently joined the board of Palmer Land Trust. The new members of the board of trustees are Paula Chostner of Pueblo County, Marc Dettenrieder of Teller County, Alex Lasater of Elbert County, and Kristie Nackord and Blake Osborn of Fremont County.

Palmer Land Trust serves southern Colorado and the Arkansas River Basin from headwaters regions to important farmland in the Lower Arkansas Valley. The organization “focuses on maintaining the region’s robust working lands, expanding outdoor recreation opportunities, and preserving our awe-inspiring scenic vistas,” according to a news release issued by the trust. Veteran trustees of Palmer Land Trust board are Craig Larimer Jr., chairperson; Nissa Steinhour, vice chairperson; Vanda Dyson, treasurer; Matthew Niznik, secretary; Mike Bartolo; Jeanne Fenter-Snider; Melissa Foster; Dick Harwood; John Knapp; Jody McCoy; John Onstott; Linda Overlin; John Poyzer; and Nancy Whitford.

Colorado Springs chiropractor sentenced for conspiracy

Thomas Forster Gehrmann Jr., 45, of Colorado Springs was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge R. Brook Jackson to serve 24 months in federal prison, followed by three years on supervised release, for conspiracy to defraud the United States and filing three false income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service. Gehrmann was indicted July 22, 2015. He was found guilty after a six-day trial and was sentenced April 4. A hearing to determine restitution is scheduled for May 23.

According to information contained in the indictment and evidence presented at trial, from January 2007 until September 2011, Gehrmann conspired to defraud the U.S. by filing false U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns for the calendar years 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 after failing to disclose to his CPA income diverted from cash and checks. This case was investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation and was prosecuted by assistant U.S. attorneys Suneeta Hazra, Bryan Fields and Conor Flanigan.

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Real estate agents honored for sales volume

Colorado Springs real estate agent Jennifer Crosby and the Springs Home Finders team at Keller Williams Partners received Quadruple Gold recognition for their outstanding sales volume. Crosby and her team received the award at a recent gala at The Pinery at the Hill.

In addition to Crosby, the Springs Home Finders team includes Cathy Rogers, a full- time broker associate who specializes in first-time homebuyers, new construction purchases and military relocations; and Shannell Vela, a full-time associate broker with Keller Williams Partners. Vela has more than 10 years of sales experience.

Team leader Crosby has consistently ranked in the top 10 percent of real estate professionals in the El Paso County area for more than a decade. Crosby is also nationally ranked and has been recognized as a “Peak Producer” in the Pikes Peak region.