Ed Stoner was elected chairman of the Larimer County Economic Development Advisory Board. His term will run through the end of this year. Stoner also serves on the county’s Private Industry Council and was a member of the Overall Economic Development Plan Committee, which preceded the Economic Development Advisory Board. The board was appointed by the county commissioners. One of its tasks is to produce a countywide economic-development plan for consideration by the commissioners. Stoner is a former Fort Collins mayor and president of Old Town Square Properties.
Larry D. DeMers has been named vice president of Process Applications Inc. of Fort Collins. He has 20 years’ experience in the water and wastewater engineering field and has been with the firm since 1987. He currently is a Water Environment Federation Director and has served as president of the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association.
James L. Conley and Don L. Bryce have been appointed to the board of directors of First National Bank of Greeley. Conley is an agent for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance. He has extensive background in finance and estate planning. Bryce is program coordinator for Front Range Community College’s Larimer Campus. He has expertise in environmental science and extensive experience in small business.
Jessica MacMillan has been appointed assistant vice president, business development officer, for First National Bank of Fort Collins. She has been with the bank for more than six years as business development officer. Additionally, Debbie L. Brown was appointed mortgage originator and manager of the mortgage department for the bank. She has more than 20 years’ mortgage-banking experience.
Jim Larsen was named vice president, manager of retail lending and the banking center, of First National Bank’s main office at 205 W. Oak St. in Fort Collins. He has been with the bank for nine years.
Michael J. Rapuano was appointed vice president and manager for the First National Bank Boardwalk office in Fort Collins at 155 E. Boardwalk Drive. He comes to the bank with 18 years’ lending and banking experience. Most recently, Rapuano was manager of the Fort Collins Union Colony office before it became First National Bank in January.
John Lovell has been appointed assistant vice president and manager for the North College Avenue office of First National Bank at 1600 N. College Ave. He has been with the bank for six years as a loan officer.
Bruce Gustafson was named vice president trust officer of Valley Bank in Brighton. He will help create the bank’s trust department that was approved by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. last month. It will become the first trust department at Valley Bank, as well as the only independent bank trust department in Adams or Jefferson counties, where the bank has branches.
Four area Norwest Mortgage Inc. employees were honored at the company’s annual sales conference in Palm Springs, Calif. James Perkins and Ronne Domme were inducted into the “Leader’s Club” for closing loans in excess of $19 million and $16 million, respectively. Nancy Smith and Sara Hart were inducted into the “President’s Club” for closing loans in excess of $54 million and $33 million, respectively. Smith was additionally honored for finishing as the No. 1 account executive in the United States.
Naomi Nottage has been elected chairwoman of the Historic Downtown Laramie Inc. board of directors. She owns the Ballooney Bin. Three other new board members also have been elected. They are Ron Hansen, owner of Horse Creek Studio, Mike Bowman, owner of Bowman Brewing, and Kent Keebler, a downtown resident.
Ronda Wada has joined SolarGlass Window & Door of Fort Collins as a new outside sales representative. The company distributes Hurd Windows and many other products. Wada has more than four years’ experience in window sales and has worked on both replacement and new construction projects.
Chip Porter has been promoted to vice president of provider services and contracting for the Colorado Region of FHP Health Care, the state’s largest health plan. He is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with professional health-care organizations, including physician groups and hospital systems.
Several Larimer County residents are members of a Blue Ribbon Task Force studying the future of Front Range Community College’s Larimer Campus. They are Jose Trujillo, John Drennen, Eleanor Gilfoyle, Cindy Lopez, Fort Collins mayor Ann Azari, Eric Blackhurst, Pat Farnham, Mike Smith, Cheryl Taylor and Jerry Westbrook. The group in part is reviewing the role and mission of the campus, analyzing work-force, employment and training needs in Larimer County and leading focus groups on the effectiveness and future directions of the campus.
Leo Giles, former chairman of the business department at Front Range Community College, has been appointed dean of community workplace and development. He will oversee FRCC’s outreach, training, and partnerships with business and industry.
Jamie Karlstrum has been named president of Valley Bank’s new Westminster branch. The Brighton-based bank now has eight locations.
Brad Page of CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing was added to the board of advisers of the Institute for Brewing Studies. Board members are expected to promote the brewing industry and quality beer, and strengthen the association by communicating suggestions, complaints, needs and trends, as well as review and recommend IBS activities.
Jean Batchelder, owner of Access By Design in Fort Collins, has been selected to present “Facility Churn and the Americans with Disabilities Act: Are We Complying with the Law?” at the World Workplace ’97 Conference. The event is a gathering of more than 5,000 architects, interior designers, real estate executives and facility managers. It will be held in Dallas in October.
Jason Odstreil has been hired by Optima Mortgage of Fort Collins as a loan originator. He will specialize in new construction and development lending.
Rose Portillo has been promoted to vice president of finance and human resources at Meadowlark Optics of Longmont. She has been with the company for six years, and most recently served as director of finance. Meadowlark is building a new headquarters in Frederick.