Business briefs: U Grok It wins 2014 GROW conference Smackdown

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U Grok It Inc., the makers of a UHF RFID reader and system for iOS and Android devices with offices in Steamboat Springs, San Francisco and Seattle, was selected as the winner of the 2014 GROW conference Startup Smackdown, according to a news release.

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A select group of companies were given one minute to pitch to press and investors from across North America in Whistler, British Columbia, on Aug. 21.

“It was a fun contest that highlighted a lot of great up and coming companies,” U Grok It’s CEO Carrie Requist said. “I’m so passionate about the benefits that U Grok It brings to the marketplace that it was easy to have the energy and story to share with the judges and the crowd.”

U Grok It, founded in 2011 by Carrie and Tony Requist, now is taking orders for its smartphone RFID reader through its sales team and online. In addition to the reader device, there also is a fully functioning application, allowing users to tag items and input and store data in the U Grok It cloud for retrieval from any device. More information is available at www.ugrokit.com.

Steamboat attorney Heckbert elected for Best Lawyers in America

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Jim Heckbert

Steamboat Springs attorney Jim Heckbert has been elected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation.

Heckbert, a 25-year resident of the Yampa Valley, is special counsel to the firm of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. with main offices in Englewood.

Heckbert also has been elected to Colorado Super Lawyers in the area of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation. Selection to Super Lawyers is limited to 5 percent of Colorado lawyers. Heckbert has received an AV Pre-eminent rating by Martindale-Hubble, the highest rating given to attorneys.

In 1996, Heckbert was the lead trial attorney for the victims of the Good News Building natural gas explosion trial in Steamboat Springs, which resulted in a jury verdict of $4.9 million after a seven-week trial. Heckbert also represented Steamboat residents Wayne and Julie Ranieri in a trial that resulted in a $2.4 million verdict in favor of the Ranieris after Wayne was injured in a bicycle/automobile collision in April 2009.

Moving Mountains hires longtime hospitality professional Andy Weynand

Steamboat Springs’ luxury property management company Moving Mountains announced in a news release that Andy Weynand will join its team as operations manager in September.

In his new position, Weynand will oversee all aspects of winter and summer operations, assuming responsibility for delivering a luxury vacation experience to guests. This includes directing property upkeep and maintenance, housekeeping and preparations for guest arrivals, managing the fleet of “Purple People Mover” shuttles and suburbans and contractor relations.

Weynand is a hospitality professional with 22 years of experience serving guests and owners in Steamboat. Prior to joining Moving Mountains, Weynand worked 20 years for Steamboat Resorts and Wyndham Vacation Rentals as general manager for multiple properties and ultimately as vice president of operations for the East Coast. He is experienced in operating mature, established properties as well as opening new projects, incorporating acquisitions and managing high-value capital projects and remodels. Outside of work, Weynand has served as president of the Steamboat Lake Water and Sanitation District and enjoys volunteering in his children’s schools and sports activities.

“We are delighted to bring new leadership of this caliber to Moving Mountains,” President and Co-founder Robin Craigen said. “Andy’s experience and his strong connection to the community of Steamboat are qualities that make him a great fit for our team.”

Moving Mountains has grown exponentially during the past five years and has emerged as a specialist in luxury vacation rentals with a portfolio of 45 high-end private homes and slopeside residences.

“Andy’s knowledge of the resort industry solidifies our management team and positions us for new opportunities in property management as the economy emerges from a challenging recession,” Craigen said. “This past summer has been our busiest yet, and we are excited to report a strong early bookings pace for the upcoming winter ski season.”

For more information, visit www.movingmountains.com or call 877-624-2538 or 970-870-9359.

Unit 1 of TCD building sells for $375,000

Rocky Mountain Commercial Brokers announced in a news release the sale of the TCD Building, located at 2673 Jacob Circle in Steamboat Springs, for $375,000. The purchaser was

Connell Resources Inc., of Steamboat, specializing in asphalt paving and general construction. The selller was TCD Properties One.

Ronald Wendler, listing and selling agent for Colorado Group Realty, said: “Connell Resources has leased the building for two years and recently decided to purchase Unit One of the building, which includes 5,042 total square feet on two levels. Built in 1997, Unit One has 11 separate offices, a large conference room, two workstations and four baths."

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