People on the Move – December 14, 2012

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Brad Kreikemeier, Kevin O’Neil and Katie Stuart were named to the board of directors of The Colorado Springs Conservatory. Kreikemeier was recently appointed executive vice president of Bank of Colorado. He has been with the bank for 12 years and was market president in Colorado Springs for the last five. He has served as a board member of the Housing and Building Association, Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo production manager and on numerous finance committees of nonprofit organizations.

O’Neil is an entrepreneur who started his first company in 1982. As CEO of The O’Neil Group Company and its subsidiaries including Braxton Technologies, he oversees businesses including wholesale lighting, mechanical contracting, graphic design, software development, business consulting and residential and commercial real estate. He serves on the board of trustees of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance.

Stuart is the COO for the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, an organization that deals with challenging issues related to animal health and welfare. Previously, she was the vice president of member services for the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and retail sales manager for The Gazette. She serves as chair of Catholic Charities.

Peak Vista Community Health Centers has named officers of the board of directors for 2013. They are: Jen Knellinger, chairperson; Cindy Ellis, vice chairperson; Donna Johnson, secretary; Robert Wilson, treasurer; and Steve Scott, at-large member.

Benjamin Douglass has been promoted to assistant general manager of Bronco Billy’s Casino in Cripple Creek. Douglass, who joined the casino in 2007, has held several positions, including slot technician, executive casino host, table games manager and key manager. In his new role, he will oversee information technology, table games and executive casino hosts, and assist with the general management of the casino. He has a bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.

The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance named Andrew Merritt chief defense industry officer; John Wilson vice president of business development; and Brittany Harp marketing and communications manager.

Merritt manages business development, legislative affairs and community outreach for the Business Alliance as it relates to the defense industry. Merritt, a U.S. Military Academy graduate who served as a cavalry officer while stationed at Fort Carson, also served on the staffs of two former U.S. senators from Colorado. He serves on the board of directors for the Colorado Youth Corps Association.

Wilson is responsible for expanding and executing the local industry program, which helps local employers maintain and expand their employment base. He’ll also support business recruitment and enterprise development within the business development division. Wilson has served as a volunteer with the Pikes Peak Library District, Pikes Peak United Way, former Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Peak Venture Group and The Brushfire Foundation.

Harp develops and implements communications strategies and helps build the organization’s brand while communicating with internal and external audiences. She comes to the Business Alliance from Berwick Electric Co., where she was marketing coordinator. Before Berwick, she was a marketing coordinator for State Farm Insurance in Waterloo, Iowa, and Colorado Springs. She also worked as an intern with the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mario Gernazio has been promoted to director of maintenance operations at Griffis/Blessing Inc. Commercial Property Services. Gernazio is responsible for overseeing all aspects of maintenance department operations including day-to-day direction, scheduling and training of service technicians and day porters. Gernazio, who started with Griffis/Blessing in 1997 as a maintenance technician, will work with commercial portfolio managers on property budgets and vendor selection.

Broker Associate Mike Berger, a member of the sales team at Weichert Realtors — Pikes Peak Group, was selected to sit on the Weichert Commercial Network panel session held during the organization’s recent national convention in Atlantic City. The agenda focused on how best to combine the expertise and resources of Weichert’s army of commercial agents “toward expanding the roster of well-trained specialists,” he said, “and therefore, our presence in the field.”

Gary Henry and Kim Schultz were reelected to the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center board of directors. Henry is vice president of McNew and Associates, a government contracting solutions firm, and a partner of iModus3, a service-disabled, veteran-owned business that provides facilities support services.

Schultz is CEO of Schultz Consulting, an independent business consulting firm helping businesses and organizations throughout Colorado expand and grow. Schultz formerly served as CEO of the Trinidad/Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce and recently finished serving as Chairwoman of Action 22.