Kudos! – March 16, 2012

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First Affirmative creating positive worker impact

First Affirmative Financial Network, a U.S. fee-only registered investment advisor focused on sustainable, responsible, impact investing, has been recognized as one of the best companies in terms of creating the most positive worker impact. First Affirmative is one of the first 500 “Benefit Corporations” in the U. S. and one of only about 30 in Colorado. B Lab, the nonprofit organization that governs the B Impact Assessment and also certifies B Corporations, recognized First Affirmative Financial Network as among the 15 top U.S. corporations in terms of positive worker impact; one of three U.S. financial services companies to rank the highest on positive worker impact; and one of three Colorado corporations to rank in the top of positive worker impact.

Rocky Mountain Materials and PPRTA make “Best Of” list

Rocky Mountain Materials & Asphalt, general contractor Ames Construction Co. Inc., and the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority earned scores of perfect 10s for their work on a four-lane divided highway, Milton E. Proby Parkway.

Both have been awarded the 2011 “Best in Colorado” asphalt pavement quality award by the Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association. The award is for the Urban Highway New Construction Category and in recognition for the new construction south of Drennan Road from Academy to Powers.

“We are very pleased to recognize Rocky Mountain Materials & Asphalt Inc., Ames Construction, and the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority for this accomplishment,” said Tom Peterson, Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association executive director. “It is truly an honor and speaks well of the quality of work and cooperation and partnership between the two organizations.”

Bill Berenz receives “Banker of Distinction” award

ANB Bank regional president Bill Berenz was presented with a “Bankers of Distinction” award from the Colorado Bankers Association at its legislative luncheon March 7. The award recognizes the importance of the community banking spirit and dedication and support of activities vital to the health of local institutions and people in the community.

“Serving on several boards and finance committees helps me to stay in tune with the needs of the Colorado Springs community,” Berenz said about his participation in numerous organizations, including serving as a board member for the Pikes Peak Regional Development Corporation, Colorado Springs Sports Corps., the Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation Board of Trustees, and the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp. Berenz also is a committee member for the Housing Authority of the City of Colorado Springs, board member and member of the finance committee for Silver Key Senior Services, past director of Junior Achievement and is involved with Safe Passage, a children’s advocacy center.