Aspen attorney Boots Ferguson, of Holland and Hart, has won the firm’s Stephen H. Hart award.
The award is given annually to a Holland & Hart partner who, over the course of his or her career, has exemplified the values and personified the spirit of founding partner Stephen H. Hart, who launched the firm after being chafed by the restrictions of Denver’s conventional legal environment. Those values are fundamental optimism, client service, fierce loyalty, a responsibility to give back to the community and profession, unstoppable energy and moral and physical courage. The honor was bestowed on Ferguson — who has more than 30 years experience working in the areas of resort and recreation development— by his partners in the firm.
Roaring Fork Business Resource Center will host the Secrets of Small Business Funding forum on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 8 a.m. to noon at Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs Center , at 1402 Blake Ave. Participation in the event is $20 and includes a continental breakfast.
The event provides opportunities for new and existing businesses to learn valuable information about raising capital and financing business endeavors. The forum will begin with guest speaker Koger Propst, president of ANB Bank, followed by brief presentations from local business owners and area lending and financial institutions. During their presentations, funders will provide guidance and insight on how businesses can be prepared when seeking funding. The remaining portion of the forum will be an expo and networking session in which participants can have one-on-one conversations with the participating lenders.
The Roaring Fork Business Center was established as a nonprofit in 2009 to provide practical business assistance for new and established businesses from Parachute to Aspen. For more information visit rfbrc.org.
Keith Hemeon, a veteran of wine and spirits sales in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley, has joined Woody Creek Distillers as vice president of sales.
Hemeon will help guide the Basalt-based craft distillery as it seeks to expand its market.
Hemeon, a 15-year local, won both on- and off-premises Salesman of the Year at Southern Wine and Spirits Distributors (Colorado) in 2009 and 2011. After almost a decade with the distributor, Hemeon was an optimal sales executive candidate.
In addition to its recently launched vodka offerings, in 2013 WCD will also release other specialty spirits including Apple Brandy and Pear Eau de Vie, with fruit sourced from local growers in Olathe and Paonia. WCD has also begun to make Colorado Whiskey, which will be released in 2014.