Bolder Young Pro to Know: Ross Blount

By Tyler Ekx | Jan 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

January 2019 Name:  Ross Blount Organization: First National Bank Wealth Management (and our newest BYP Board member as BYP Secretary!) Hometown: Durban, South Africa Why is your job awesome? As an advisor I truly get to make a difference in people’s lives by making the best financial decisions and through financial planning they can move towards living the life they dream about. Hobbies: Cycling Favorite beer? Right now, I really enjoy a coffee nitro stout What’s the first song on your pump up playlist? Lose yourself – Eminem You have a time machine that’ll take you to any year, present or …

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Hey Boulder, Don’t Be Late to the Future!

By John Tayer | Jan 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

As we start the new year making traditional resolutions, I’ve personally reflected on the areas where I could self-improve. Those who’ve worked with me for a while, or maybe even just scheduled a single meeting, might have experienced what has been referred to as “Tayer Time.” I confess a tendency to run late to meetings. Oh, I’ve got excuses, but when my board identifies it as my “opportunity for improvement,” you can bet I’ll be going to work on making sure I’m more punctual to future meetings. As I’ve begun plotting my trajectory toward greater timeliness, it got me thinking: …

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We Can’t Regulate Our Way to Paradise

By John Tayer | Dec 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Huffington Post recently hosted a public forum on Boulder’s affordable housing challenges. Among other causes, the forum’s panelists called out our restrictive development policies. As Boulder Councilwoman Jill Adler Grano explained, Boulder was planned as an “urban core surrounded by open space.” But while creating a beautiful “island paradise,” we’ve also instituted policies that limit housing and commercial density, causing our island property to become expensive. Yes, in alignment with predictable market forces, height restrictions, low-density zoning, and onerous development requirements have collided with increased demand from those who want to move to our island. The response has been …

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The present we didn’t get and the gifts it provides

By John Tayer | Dec 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

By John Tayer Since we’re in the midst of the holiday season, and we’re all thinking about those gifts we’re expecting to receive, I thought it would be appropriate to spend a little time reflecting on one present we didn’t receive, the Amazon HQ2. I know there was a great deal of apprehension across the Front Range regarding the potential impact of 50,000 new jobs suddenly landing on our doorstep. We already have a workforce, housing and transportation crunch and the new Amazon HQ2, especially the originally envisioned single site, would certainly have exacerbated the situation. Yet, being selected for …

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Bolder Young Pro to Know: Matt Klieforth

By Tyler Ekx | Nov 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Matt Klieforth, Sr Relationship Banker, Vectra Bank Hometown: Golden, CO Why is your job awesome? Interacting with clients and being able to educate them on all the different areas in banking that will help them achieve their financial goals. Hobbies: Basketball, Golf, Hiking, Traveling Favorite beer? Coors Light and White Rascal Favorite happy hour spot in Boulder: Rayback Collective One place in Colorado everyone should visit: The top of a mountain! Favorite movie: Forrest Gump What is the best gift you have ever received?: Courtside seats to a Denver Nuggets game What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in life? …

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