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Business briefs: Edward Jones named among best places to work by Fortune Magazine

Michael Schrantz

Adam Alspach

— Edward Jones was ranked No. 4 overall in Fortune Magazine's 2014 list of the best 100 companies to work for, according to a news release.

"For eight consecutive years, Edward Jones has ranked in the top two Best Places to Work for in Colorado," the release states.

Edward Jones provides financial services to nearly 7 million clients through the firm's more than 12,000 financial advisers, according to the release.

There are three Edward Jones financial advisers in Steamboat Springs: David Lamb, Gene Bridgewater and Chris Puckett.

"Being named one of the best companies to work for in Colorado is a great honor and making it to the top of such a distinguished list is quite an accomplishment," Lamb wrote in an email. "We are especially proud of this achievement because it is the result of how associates view Edward Jones. Except for our clients, there is no group whose approval matters more."

Lamb wrote that Edward Jones supports giving back to the community in any way possible.

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"Now, I can give back to everyone who supported me during my time competing as a ski racer while growing up here, and I couldn’t be happier or love my job and firm more," Lamb wrote.

Bridgewater has lived in Steamboat for four years with his wife, Julie, and daughter, Leela. He joined Edward Jones this past November after coaching for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

"While only being with Edward Jones a short time now, I am continually impressed by the firm's culture and how highly the firm values family and community involvement in an employee's life on all levels," Bridgewater wrote in an email. "After spending this past winter getting myself established in the business, I am looking forward to being able to be involved with the Winter Sports Club again as a volunteer coach, while also having the time to be a part of my daughters activities as she grows up."

Puckett also has volunteered as a coach for the Winter Sports Club and was recruited to work for Edward Jones in 2007 by a past ski racing acquaintance.

"I was drawn to the firm because it remains an employee owned business that prioritizes client satisfaction and time for family," he wrote. "Once I started working for the firm and building my clientele, I can say that the firm has followed through on its promise."

"Ultimately, the firm has changed my life, David Lamb’s, and now Gene Bridgewater’s," Puckett wrote. "We have all benefited from the sage mentorship of Doug Davis. We have great help with Juli Montes and Jessica Lamm who give us the time to spend with our clients. Working for Edward Jones has been a great experience."

Alpine Bank promotes Adam Alspach to assistant vice president

Adam Alspach has been promoted to assistant vice president with Alpine Bank in Steamboat Springs, according to a news release.

Alspach moved to Steamboat and joined Alpine Bank in 2013 as a credit analyst, the release states.

"Steamboat's active culture has been a good fit for Adam, and he quickly meshed into the community when he took a volunteer role as a Nordic coach for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club," the release states. "In his spare time, Adam and his wife Pearson enjoy many outdoor activities including running, biking, hunting, fishing, skiing and climbing."

According to the release, Alspach started his banking career after graduating from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor's degree in finance, minoring in banking financial management.

Alpine Bank is an $2.4 billion, employee-owned organization that serves more than 130,000 customers through more than 500 employees across 37 branch offices.

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