Welcome New Member Kevin Reilly with AXA Advisors:

Kevin Reilly has been in the financial world most of his life. In fact, as a child he would collect pennies in a milk jar and count them every week.

“I think that was an indicator,” Reilly said.

Once he arrived in New York City to attend Columbia University, he knew he wanted to be in the financial field.

“The immediate exposure to the financial markets was incredible,” Reilly said.

Now in Denver at AXA Advisors, Reilly is a full-service, one-stop shop financial consultant. He can handle anything from life insurance, estate planning, wealth management, retirement income strategies and real estate.

“I can do everything other than lend money,” Reilly said. “AXA Advisors is an open architecture firm (meaning) we can utilize other companies’ products. That allows us to find the absolute best solution for our clients.”

Reilly builds and protects wealth for all his clients, relieving the pressure of them doing it on their own.

“Taking this off their day-to-day agenda allows my clients to focus on their families and their own professional careers while knowing someone is looking out for their long term financial future,” Reilly said.

Reilly is truly looking out for his clients, and is in the business to help people because it’s what he loves.

“I love helping people,” Reilly said. “I love solving problems and pain points for individuals and families regarding their financial house. I am able to assist people and businesses solve problems that on their own many times are not achievable. This gives my clients a level of satisfaction and thankfulness that in turn allows me to love what I do for them.”

Kevin Reilly, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Glendale Colorado, Chamber of Commerce, AXA AdvisorsReilly joined the Chamber in December 2016 and attended the Christmas party. Living in the neighborhood, he wanted to meet and mingle with like-minded professionals. He said he appreciates the immediate friendliness and communication of the Chamber in such a short amount of time with newsletters and events.

“I want to thank the Chamber for a warm reception, and I hope to meet as many people as I can in this 2017,” Reilly said. “I am building my business at AXA Advisors and am here to help anyone in their financial needs such as life insurance, estate planning, wealth management, retirement income strategies and real estate. We have creative ways to assist people and business that just aren’t available in the pure retail channel. There are advantages to using a financial consultant. Perhaps I can help you in 2017.”

Reilly has some financial advice for 2017.

“Stay the course. Use a financial adviser. Great things to come! Live within your means. But by all measures protect what you have,” Reilly said.

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Jultak Floral Designs Stays Modern

Michale Jultak Floral Designs is a traditional company with a modern twist.

A family business since 1947, Michael Jultak Floral Designs has been serving the Denver area with high-quality flowers, from having a traditional store front to now a modern online-based company.

Current owner, Skip, got started in the family business when he was just 16 years old.

“I was a delivery driver for my father when I was 16, and every time I went up to the door people would just cry or smile, just really have a great emotion when I dropped them off,” Jultak said.

It began a career of creativity that he never thought would lead back to the floral business.Jultak Floral Designs, Megan Carthel, Megan McNeil He went to culinary school, but came back to the family business and began taking calls on a very special day—Valentine’s Day.

“I enjoyed answering the phone and talking to people,” Jultak said.

And he realized that not only could he be creative and talk with people, he was selling more than flowers, but an emotion.

“My father always said we don’t sell flowers, we sell sentiment,” Jultak said. “A lot of people can’t show their emotions, so they send flowers.”

From private parties, weddings, funerals, acts of love to the Denver Police Officers Foundation annual memorial, Michael Jultak Floral Designs does it all, and on short order.

Because it’s an internet based company, most orders are delivered within 2-4 hours. The tropicals, Jultak’s favorites, are jetted in fresh from Hawaii weekly, and provide a brighter, more unique and longer lasting arrangement. His business is truly world-wide.

For more information or to order, visit www.jultakflowers.com.

Jultak Floral Designs, Megan Carthel, Megan McNeil, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce

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Device Pitstop Welcomed to Chamber


Device Pitstop was officially welcomed into the Chamber family December 7th with a ribbon cutting.

The store joined the Chamber in July 2016, well before the doors were even opened.

“We wanted to build a relationship with our community and fellow merchants in the area,” Jason Gaines said. “The Chamber is clearly an integral part of the Glendale community and we want to be a part of this vibrant area.”

Device Pitstop is a one-stop shop for all electronic needs. They buy, sell, repair, trade and upgrade laptops, desktops, cell phones and tablets.

“Unlike other companies that limit services to either phones or computers, we have experienced technicians able to repair both,” Gaines said. “ We also buy and sell devices and accessories. We are truly your one stop device shop.”

At Device Pitstop, “reusing computers and various parts is the smartest way to recycle.” The company started in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2003, and has grown to now ten franchise locations, two of which are here in the Denver area.

The store lowered prices on many of their laptops just for the holidays. They have laptops starting as low as $100 and desktops for as low as $59.99. Device Pitstop is also promoting $80 screen repairs on the iPhone 6 and all iPhone 5 models.

The new location on Colorado Boulevard has enjoyed being in Glendale, with a great location and even better clientele.

“We are extremely happy with our Glendale location,” Gaines said. “The clientele has been great and we look forward to being here for many years to come.”

It’s not just the location in Glendale that Gaines is happy with.

“The Chamber has been extremely welcoming,” Gaines said. “Several Chamber members have already reached out to us for various services and marketing opportunities. We had a great turnout for our Ribbon Cutting and everyone has made us feel like family.”

Gaines said he has been impressed with the communication at the Chamber, always keeping them informed about new and exciting opportunities and events in the area. And as they get more involved in the community and in the Chamber family, Gaines hopes to have a deeper connection with the area—a reason the store joined the Chamber in the first place.

“We want to be a part of the community, not just another business,” Gaines said. “We want
everyone to think of us first when they need help with their phones or computers.”

For more information, see Device Pitstop’s website.

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Bertrand Leads Essentrics Class Before Annual Meeting



It’s that time of year again—it’s time for our Annual Members meeting.

The event will be held at the Infinity Park Event Center, Sport Plaza on October 12, 2016. With the rugby field as the backdrop, the event will showcase the best of Glendale. But, before the networking begins, Chamber member Jenny Bertrand will teach a modified Essentrics class for members.

The Essentrics class will be like the lunchtime classes I do for employees in the workplace. We’ll work hard, but won’t get super sweaty, so everyone will be presentable for the annual meeting that immediately follows. Exercise clothes are most comfortable, but the workout can be done in slacks for anyone who didn’t have time or forgot to pack exercise clothes,” Bertrand said.jenny-bertrand-headshot

For Essentrics, you kick off the shoes as it is done with bare feet or socks. The workout exercises the full body, from fingers to toes. Bertrand said if you want to keep your shoes on, that is fine too.

“We will be having lots of fun moving! We’ll be relieving the stress of the day, stretching out tight necks and shoulders, sore backs, stiff hips and knees,” Bertrand said.

Essentrics is a no-impact workout that stretches and strengthens every muscle while working through full range of motion of the joints to rebalance the body. The movements are based on everyday activities, so everyone can do it because there are no difficult poses. Benefits include improved posture, reduction, and often elimination of aches and pains, better balance, increased energy, and weight management, to name a few. This workout will only have standing exercises and will not use weights.

Bertrand said no matter who you are or what shape you’re in, Essentrics is for you.

“This workout is for everyone. If you’ve ever said you’re too tight to stretch, this workout is for you. If you feel like you’re not in good enough shape to do a class, this workout is for you. If you’ve never done group exercise, this workout is for you. If you exercise all of the time, this workout is for you. If you have aches and pains, this workout is for you. If you sit at a desk most of the day, this workout is really for you (you’re going to love how your shoulders and neck feel).  We will have fun, and you will feel great as you head to the annual meeting,” Bertrand said.

Bertrand’s class will be held from 4-4:45 pm in the upstairs studio of the Sports Center. The locker rooms are available for members to change before heading out to the patio for Business After Hours and the Annual Members meeting from 5-7 pm. Appetizers will be provided by Old Chicago, and refreshments are sponsored by Landers Brightway Insurance.  Members will vote on the Board of Directors for 2017 before the fun begins.



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September Business Before Business Workshop

photo courtesy Confluence Denver

photo courtesy Confluence Denver

Did you miss the Business Before Business Workshop on September 20? No worries, we’ve got what you’ve missed right here.

Lea Marlene of Lea Marlene Actors Studio presented “Tools to make you comfortable when you’re uncomfortable public speaking.” And boy, did some Chamber members get uncomfortable. Members were called in front of the group to do exercises intentionally designed to make a person uncomfortable. Participants had to repeat a compliment or statement about themselves that another member said to them…while looking each other in the eyes.

While not every public presentation will make someone feel that uncomfortable, Marlene offered great advice. Her main bullet points to giving a great presentation are:

1.) Be in the moment
2.) Connect
3.) Listen
4.) Put all your attention on the other person
5.) Be grateful
6.) Be of service

The next Business Before Business Workshop will be Tuesday, October 18. Steve Roper of Roper Insurance will be discussing employee benefits, emphasizing healthcare and the effects on business if Amendment 69 passes.

Workshops start at 7:30am and run until 9 am at the Egg and I on South Holly St.

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What You Missed At The First Business Before Business Workshop

The Business Before Business Workshops kicked off on August 16. Nearly every seat was full, and Chamber members filed in for breakfast and to hear the ABCs of Business presented by Bob Liebhauser and Storm Gloor.

Liebhauser and Gloor went through each letter in the alphabet, denoting a couple of words that start with each letter, and giving only two minutes of speech time to each letter.StormGloor Dec2014 Members were then challenged to pick five words and apply them to their business.

For Johnny Shenn, AFC Urgent Care lead physician, the Business Before Business Workshop was his first day as a Chamber member. He found the presentation “extremely helpful.”

“Usually I would just do this myself sitting at home, so this kind of forces us to engage in an exercise where we draw out things about ourselves and motivate us to improve upon it,” Shen said.

Shen believes Chamber members can learn a lot from each other with varying lengths of time in business. He personally is not an owner, but as a lead physician, it is crucial for him to understand management in the healthcare world.

Bob Dec2013“There’s a couple things you definitely want to work on for the rest of your life, and there are a couple of things you want to stress for the next couple of weeks,” Shen said.

He chose the words leaderships, management, happiness, comfort zone and unique to focus on in his business. Shen said he is “definitely” looking forward to the next Business Before Business Workshop. In September, the topic will be public speaking given by Lea Marlene with Lea Marlene Actors Studio.

Here’s a few key words mentioned in the presentation:

Just Do It

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Chamber Initiates New Program- Business Before Business Workshops

gg chamber logoIf you want more out of your Greater Glendale Chamber, a new initiative headed by Bob Liebhauser, Eric Sapir and Storm Gloor is your out. It’s called Business Before Business Workshops.

On the third Thursday of each month from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at The Egg and I on South Holly, Chamber members will have the opportunity to hear peers discuss business topics and learn more about what other’s do—and there’s a buffet breakfast.

“Our goal is for people to not only have something in their belly, but with one or two things to apply,” Liebhauser said.

For a minimal $10 fee, members have access to a business-boosting breakfast with friends. Presentations will last an hour, including questions, from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. with plenty of time to chat and network before and after.

Presenters will be current Chamber members. These friendly faces will present on topics they are experts in. The first Business Before Business will be on August 16, 2016. Liebhauser and Gloor will present “The ABC’s of Business.” There is only room for 30 people, so sign up fast on the Chamber’s website. To sign up to be a presenter, contact Sherri Liebhauser at (303) 584-4181 or at sherri@ggchamber.com.

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Help Your Business Soar with Profit Pilots

pro pilotsProfit Pilots may just be the thing your business is missing.

The ancient proverb that two heads are better than one rings true for Jeffrey Reeves and Profit Pilots. After 50 years of his own business ventures, adventures and mishaps, Reeves realized something.

“It became apparent to me the two most important alliances a CEO or business owner could have are a trusted board of advisors and a mastermind group,” Reeves said.03ba3bb

And that’s just what Profit Pilots is—a mastermind group of fellow business owners and CEOs that act as trusted advisors in non-competitive businesses. Together, with Jeffrey, businesses learn from each other and how to SOAR— a key ingredient to the success of every business and individual group. SOAR is an acronym standing for Sharing, Operating from a position of trust, Achieving balance between work life and non-work life and Rewarding self with family and community.

Business owners in Profit Pilots SOAR together, promoting their core belief of teamwork and collaboration in a perpetual cycle of empowerment. The Profit Pilots help each other achieve goals set each month and to discuss business problems and issues that may arise. Together, they come up with uncommon solutions to common problems, supporting not only innovation, but each other. Reeves said the core values and beliefs he founded Profit Pilots on are the same as the Constitution of the United States—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

“What motivates me is I wanted Profit Pilots to grow to a significant national network of small business owners and CEOs that share that appreciation for the principles that underlie our economy and our freedoms,” Reeves said.

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Reeves began Profit Pilots in 2014. Operating as one “Command” right now with over 250 years combined experience, Reeves has a vision to make Profit Pilots a national network. A portion of each Command’s dues goes to a charity of their choice, tying into SOAR, and rewarding the self with community. For first time business owners Reeves has “Flight Training” to help owners get their businesses off the ground and SOARing to success.

“The community that we have right now—everybody has grown so dramatically in so many different ways,” Reeves said.

Reeves joined the Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce in the beginning of 2016 because of the close-knit atmosphere. He is also looking for a home for his business and himself, wanting to make connections, meet more people, pass ideas, make contributions and most importantly, build friendships. He hopes to eventually move his offices for Profit Pilots from Stapleton to Glendale. For more information about Profit Pilots, visit ProfitPilots.com.

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Jodi Brown Celebrates Promotion

36cda869-5f98-4cdc-a195-40d7ca492eb7Help Chamber member, Jodi Brown, celebrate her new promotion at Transamerica Financial Advisors.

Brown was recently promoted to partner within the company, and is hosting an open-house celebration at Cool River on July, 14th from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Drinks and appetizers will accompany a short presentation on the expansion plans Transamerica has for the Colorado market. Anyone is welcome to come with a simple RSVP to Michelle Trent at dtcpartners@gmail.com or (303) 220-2521 extension 105.

Transamerica Financial Advisors helps to make financial services available to everyone. TFA Representatives are independent, enabling them to offer products from several industry-leading providers so they can recommend the appropriate product for a client’s needs.

“My goal is to help my clients create the financial stability and security they need to have a better future,” Brown said. “But ultimately, financial independence comes down to freedom of choice and the insight to decide what’s best for you.”0d539aef-655a-425f-b2f4-74e707657010

Brown specializes in helping families in their 30’s-50’s focus on reaching their goals which may include saving money, building retirement wealth, and saving for college education. She has also worked with many small to medium sized businesses to develop financial strategies that create tax savings, and employee retention such as 401ks/Defined Benefit Plans, Buy/Sell Agreements, and Key Person Insurance—a side of her practice she particularly enjoys. Her clientele base is just as diverse as her professional specializations.

“My youngest client is 22 and my oldest client is 81, and I work with people that have $100 a month to invest to people with millions to invest,” Brown said.

Brown has been a member of the Chamber for three years and appreciates the value the Chamber provides through networking events, programs, and opportunities to get involved in the community.

“At every networking event I attend, I meet wonderful people who have added value to my business and personal life,” Brown said. “I would say this is the best value I have for my marketing dollars!”

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Got Stress? IEM Consulting Can Help

Stress factors are everywhere in today’s society—from traffic, work stress and even stressful situations at home. Stress can not only cause mental side effects like anxiety, panic disorders and ADD/ADHD, stress can cause a number of physical side effects such as headaches, teeth grinding, strokes, heart disease, weight gain, a decrease in sex drive and many more complications.
Your body does not discriminate between a large stress and a small stress—a stress is a stress. Because many people deal with many small stresses each day, some may not notice they are suffering from stress. And an even scarier fact—stress can make smart people do stupid things, though this may not come as a surprise. Brain researchers call this “cortical inhibition,” meaning that stress inhibits a small part of the brain and prohibits people from functioning at their best, and subsequently doing stupid things. However, the best fact about stress is that people have the ability to control how they respond to stress and how stress factors affect them. The ladies at Intelligent Energy Management, IEM, help people to do just that.
Cyrina Bullard and Anissa Cordova use scientifically researched and proven techniques from HeartMath, the institute they are certified by, to teach people tools and techniques to build their resilience against stress and perform at their optimal level, regardless of the task.

“Stress is something that obviously affects your physiology, but it also affects your environment and people in your environment because people can feel the stress you carry,” Bullard said. “These tools and techniques will help bring your optimal self forward and so your interactions with people will be more fluid and harmonious.”FullSizeRender-2
With the specific breathing exercises based on empirical research and other techniques Bullard and Cordova use, individuals can have better mental clarity, higher problem solving skills and a way to self-regulate emotions. These tools and techniques can help decrease some of the secondary side effects of every day stress, including helping to mend relationships and work issues.
“Just like working out our muscles when you go to the gym, these are practices that we use to really change our pattern of thinking and the way we respond to stressful situations,” Cordova said.
Bullard and Cordova have worked with organizations and individuals alike, from lawyers to artists and medical providers. The two have very different backgrounds, giving them a larger scope to teach from. Bullard has been a pharmacist for 22 years and said she sees people as young as 15 take medications every day for stress and stress related issues.
“We need to put other tools in people’s tool boxes in order for them to be able to function with the day and also with life,” Bullard said. “I hand out handfuls of sleep medication, and that makes me nervous.”
In an age where there is a pill and quick fix for any health issue, Bullard hopes their natural and proven tools can help people manage their daily stress. Cordova has a PhD in health psychology and worked in organ donation fro 12 years before connecting with Bullard to start IEM. The two joined the chamber in February, and are hoping to make more professional connections to grow their business and help more professionals deal with stress in a healthy way. For more information on IEM or to book and consultation, visit their website at www.IEManagementconsulting.com.

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