Business briefs: Steamboat Flood Suckers sends employees to Boulder |

Business briefs: Steamboat Flood Suckers sends employees to Boulder

Michael Schrantz

Chuck Armbruster

— Employees of Steamboat Flood Suckers have been working long hours this week to help property owners in Boulder clean up after the flood.

Owner Jon Sanders said he sent eight of his nine employees to Boulder where they are working 10-hour days and longer, leaving just one crew member at home. His company also has taken on as many as 10 ready-labor workers every day since arriving in Boulder.

Flood Suckers specializes in water removal, drying and deodorizing structures that have sustained flood damage from weather-related events or broken plumbing.

Sanders said he has many friends and acquaintances in Boulder.

Business briefs: Steamboat's Paragon Technology joins home tech merger

Paragon Technology Group, with a Steamboat location, has joined VIA International, a merger of six home technology firms.

According to a news release, the merger makes VIA International "the first full-service, home technology provider with national reach."

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The other companies involved in the merger include Engineered Environments, DSI Entertainment, Cyber Sound, S3 Aurant and Studio AV.

The release states that VIA International has more than 20 offices and 300 employees and "designs and implements turn-key home technology solutions in the luxury home market, including entertainment, environmental control and communication systems as well as system monitoring and other services."

"The merger forming VIA International is transforming the entire residential systems industry, and we are planning an aggressive growth of our business in Aspen, Denver, Steamboat Springs, Telluride and Vail to support our new organization," David Raife, owner of Paragon Technology Group and founding member of VIA International, said in the release. "Now that Paragon Technology Group is part of VIA's combined resources, including well-defined best practices and depth of talent and expertise, we are well-positioned to lead our industry into a new paradigm that places personal service at the forefront of the home technology experience."

Marketing consulting firm moves from Denver to Steamboat

Ted Atkinson Consulting has moved its office from Denver to Steamboat Springs, according to a news release.

The firm "assists consumer-oriented develop marketing and business strategies," the release states.

According to the release, Atkinson has 20 years of experience as a marketing and strategy consultant with clients such as Hallmark Cards, Pillsbury, Krispy Kreme, Weight Watchers, Heinz, Haagen Daz, Sleep Number Beds, Wrigley Gum and Pfizer.

The new office for Ted Atkinson Consulting is located at The Chieftain Building, 345 Lincoln Ave. The the firm can be reached at 970-761-2564.

Chuck Armbruster joins Re/Max Partners in Steamboat

Chuck Armbruster is a new full-time associate broker for Re/Max Partners in Steamboat, according to a news release.

Armbruster moved to Steamboat Springs in 1990 and has been involved in real estate in the area since 1992.

He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and was recognized as Realtor of the Year in 2004.

Armbruster has three children with his wife, Dona, and enjoys biking, hiking, skiing, camping, snowmobiling, fishing and hunting.

"We are so pleased to have Chuck join our team. His longevity and experience in the community are valuable assets to our growing company, and we love his southern charm," Kim Kreissig, broker/owner of Re/Max Partners, said in a news release.

Armbruster can be reached at 970-846-5655 or

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206, email or follow him on Twitter @MLSchrantz

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