Ian Ahrendsen and Paul Clarkin have earned New England Financial’s Leaders level of recognition, which is given to top producers who exemplify the highest standards of personal integrity, professionalism and customer service across the company. Ahrendsen has worked in financial services for three years. Clarkin, who has an MBA in finance from the University of Denver, has worked in the financial industry for 23 years.
CEA Medical Manufacturing has named James Nye director of quality. His responsibilities include leading the quality team in Colorado Springs and overall corporate responsibility for quality for both the Colorado Springs and Dominican Republic facilities. He is the management representative to the FDA and responsible for regulatory compliance. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
The Space Foundation has promoted Art Ratkewicz to vice president — operations, from his previous position as senior director — operations, effective immediately. His responsibilities include facilities administration for all Space Foundation locations, including world headquarters and the Space Foundation Visitors Center in Colorado Springs. He also oversees customer service, information technology systems and support and all logistical aspects of Space Foundation events, including the annual National Space Symposium. He joined the Space Foundation in 2010 as manager — cyber initiatives. He worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, the United States Air Force, the U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. Forces Korea and Air Force Space Command.
Karen Burghart has been named Southern Colorado fund development manager for Girl Scouts of Colorado.
Regina Troyer is the new senior designer at OfficeScapes. She is a graduate of Pikes Peak Community College and has worked in design for almost 13 years.
Doug Cannafax joined OfficeScapes as a design assistant. Cannafax spent five years as a signal intelligence analyst in the Army and is a student at Pikes Peak Community College.
Kristina Clark-Achey has been named development coordinator at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation — Colorado Springs. Clark has a bachelor’s degree in English from University of Colorado Colorado Springs and is a 2013 candidate for a master’s in communication from UCCS. Clark was the 2011 UCCS student body president.
Rob Wrubel joined the ownership group of Cascade Investment Group. Wrubel is a senior vice president — Investments with Cascade. He works with families with special-needs members, physicians and high-net-worth individuals on financial planning, investment management, wealth creation and transfer. He has been with Cascade since January 2007. A former publisher of the Colorado Springs Business Journal, he serves as past president of the board of directors of Cheyenne Village and serves as a board member for the Pikes Peak Community Foundation.
Tim Howell has been promoted to market manager at Chase Bank in the Pacific Northwest. Howell was area manager for Chase’s business banking teams in Denver and Colorado Springs. He will be responsible for managing teams in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, and will be based in Seattle.
Beth Wade has been promoted to director of marketing at the Association of Graduates — United States Air Force Academy. Wade had been the advertising coordinator.
Coy Tuck has been promoted to president of Rice Brown Financial Services, where he had been operations/marketing vice president. Tuck is a business graduate of Wichita State University and has experience in sales and financial management. He joined Rice Brown in 2010, specializing in assisting families with preparing financially for college.