January 2017 Around Town

Cirrus Aircraft Vision Jet Achieves FAA Certification

Cirrus Aircraft announced the arrival of a new era in personal transportation as the Cirrus Vision® Jet – the world’s first single engine Personal Jet – achieved FAA certification. With this milestone accomplishment, the Vision Jet ushers in a new category of aircraft that delivers an unrivaled pilot, passenger and operator experience, and certification paves the way for initial customer deliveries in 2016.

“What an amazing and impactful day for Cirrus Aircraft and the entire aviation and aerospace industry,” said Cirrus Aircraft co-founder, CEO and U.S. National Aviation Hall of Fame member Dale Klapmeier. “Just as the SR series of high-performance piston aircraft has forever changed aviation, the impact of the Vision Jet on personal and regional transportation is going to be even more profound. Never before has a turbine aircraft solution come along that rewrites the rules in so many ways – iconic design, ease of operation, smart economics, simplified ownership and more.”

Initial customer deliveries of the Vision Jet are scheduled to begin in 2016, with production ramping up throughout 2017. The Vision Jet, along with the world’s best selling high-performance piston airplane, will be on display at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, 1-3 November in Orlando, FL. Learn more at CirrusAircraft.com

St. Julien Hotel & Spa Completes Property-Wide Refresh

A distinguished member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts LVX Collection, a AAA Four-Diamond Property and a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Hotel, St. Julien Hotel & Spa recently completed a property-wide refresh. The hotel, a Boulder staple, continues to offer guests its combination of world-class accommodations and service, melded with Boulder’s relaxed yet sophisticated style of hospitality.

“Our team at St Julien Hotel & Spa is always working to provide our guests with an experience that is not only exemplary, but is also authentic to the town we call home – Boulder,” said Bob Trotter, St Julien Hotel & Spa general manager. “Our recent property refresh is yet one more way in which we continue to deliver that experience to our guests.”

The refresh – which included everything from soft goods and furniture in the hotel’s welcoming lobby, to carpeting in meeting rooms, to seating in Jill’s Restaurant and T-Zero Lounge, to the lounge at the award-winning Spa at St Julien, to plush mattresses, soothing drapery, carpeting and more in guest rooms – was directed by the award-winning, Colorado-based design firm, Johnson David Interiors. The firm combines contemporary creativity with elements of timeless quality to develop classic, enduring environments. StJulien.com

Community Foundation Boulder County has hired Jeff Hirota as its CEO

The Community Foundation Boulder County has hired Jeff Hirota as its CEO, effective January 9, 2017. Jeff will succeed Josie Heath who is retiring January 2017, after 21 years of faithful service. “The search committee’s work was thorough, engaging, and smooth over the entire year-long process. Every step of the way we engaged in deep conversation about how to attract the right candidates given our strategic priorities, and ended with the very clear and unanimous choice of Jeff Hirota,” Helen Gemmill, Community Foundation Boulder County Search Committee Co-Chair and former Trustee.
Jeff has been the Vice President of Programs for The Denver Foundation since 2006, where he directs all programs and discretionary grant-making. With The Denver Foundation since 2003, Jeff plays an integral role in the foundation’s fundraising and donor stewardship efforts. Prior to his work at The Denver Foundation Jeff was the Director of Brand Development for ABC affiliate, Denver’s 7, and the Executive Director of the Five Points Media Center, a community media center serving women, people of color, and the economically disadvantaged. Jeff worked in radio, television, and feature film production in Nashville, Boston, and Los Angeles and was an independent documentary producer whose work included projects in Nicaragua and Ethiopia. He is also an ordained United Methodist pastor appointed to serve in community.
“I’m delighted to have Jeff join us as the new CEO of the Community Foundation. He is an authentic and caring leader who will bring depth of experience and strong understanding of community foundation best practices. In everything, Jeff’s approach is to seek collaborative, sustainable solutions, and his passion for service is clear,” said David Brantz, Chair, Community Foundation Boulder County Board of Trustees.
“I’m grateful to Josie and the stellar board and staff of the Community Foundation Boulder County for this extraordinary opportunity to serve Boulder County,” shared Jeff. CommFound.org