Pueblo Association of Realtors recognizes outstanding peers


The Pueblo Association of Realtors held its annual awards banquet on September 17, recognizing RE/MAX Associates’ Mike Spoone as Realtor of the Year.

Spoone received the Thomas J. Downen Award for local, state, civic and business achievement. The Arthur C. Leach Salesperson of the Year Award was presented to Mark Ditkof of Keller Williams Performance Realty, recognizing his ethical conduct and principles, customer service and volume of business.

The rookie of the year award went to Angela Ayala of Norm Murphy and Associates. The Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Dan Molello and Greg Hahn, both of RE/MAX of Pueblo who have served the community for over 50 years.

Dan Molello

Pueblo Artist Honored at Indianapolis Museum of Western Art

Pueblo artist Nathan Solano received the Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award at the Sept. 9-10 Quest for Western Art Exhibit and Sale at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Indian western art in downtown Indianapolis.

His painting, “Portrait of a Cowboy”, was acquired for the museum by the Western Art Society and is now part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Pueblo artist Nathan Solano is pictured with his painting,

CSU Pueblo promotes three employees

Gena Alfonso

Gena Alfonso of Colorado State University Pueblo has been promoted to public information officer and director of marketing, while Jenna Lovato has accepted the position of director of events, sales and marketing. Lucie Menjivar will serve as interim assistant dean of student engagement, events and leadership.

Alfonso replaces Greg Hoye, who retired after 30 years in higher education. Alfonso has worked at the university since 2009, most recently as assistant dean of student engagement and is an alumnus of CSU Pueblo, where she received her bachelor’s degree in mass communications.

Lovato, who worked at the university for nearly a decade managing the award-winning student radio station, will be responsible for managing external events, maximizing opportunities with audiences and marketing efforts for Aladdin. Campus Dining. Menjivar has extensive experience working at large institutions and brings a fresh perspective on how to implement big school ideas on CSU Pueblo’s tight-knit campus.

Jenna Lovato

Valentine Engineering moves to new premises

Jim Valentine, structural engineering consultant, moved his business Valentine Engineering to a new location at 1108 N. Main St.

Valentine has been in business in Pueblo since 2000. The office opened at the new location Monday and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The business phone is 719-542-9230.

Valentine's Day Engineering Logo

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