I am pleased to introduce our newly elected board officers: Ron Martinez – chairman; Pam Nicholson – vice chair; Chris Vadala – secretary (re-elected); and Bill Ayen – treasurer.
All four of these community leaders bring a tremendous wealth of knowledge and experience — both in and outside of our industry — to the board. Their guidance and expertise will be instrumental as we continue to grow along the Front Range.
If the name Ron Martinez, CFA, sounds familiar, it’s because he has served on our board since 2008. Ron was board treasurer from 2009 to 2012 and again from 2015 to 2019. Initially a credit analyst for the Colorado National Bank of Denver, he moved over to US WEST and ultimately served as the Director of International Finance. During his career, Ron was also managing director at UBS and president of The Brinson Foundation, Chicago. Currently a private investment manager of personal and family portfolios, he also volunteers for the Food Bank of the Rockies, Food Bank of Southern Colorado and the Colorado Mountain Club. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Denver and his MBA from Columbia University.
We are grateful for the time and talents of all of our board members.
Chief Executive Officer
We recently awarded the 2019 Youth Endowment Series (YES) Grants to select Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Denver area nonprofit organizations. The YES Grant program was established in 2000 and provides grants to organizations benefitting youth in the communities we serve. This year we awarded 37 YES Grants totaling $110,000 to agencies providing young people with vital programs and services including education, child advocacy and health care.
Applications were evaluated based on the purpose of the grant request and the projected benefit to the community by a volunteer panel of Ent employees. Since its inception in 2000, the YES Grants program has awarded more than $1.2 million in grants to more than 168 Colorado nonprofits.
For a complete list of the winners, please visit Ent.com/YESGrants.
Ent offers free seminars and events designed to help you better manage your money.
Learn the skills needed when buying a home to improve your financial quality of life. View the full schedule and register online at Ent.com/Events.
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For more tips on how to keep your account information safe, visit Ent.com/Security.
With help, children can practice planning their spending on fun pursuits, compare prices to get the best deals and save money for exciting future events. The most popular way to begin is with an allowance, which many parents link to chores. If kids earn a modest amount for chores like pulling weeds, helping with dishes, or taking out the garbage, they can work towards having enough money to pay for things they want. It’s a first-hand financial education that comes with the bonus of a cleaner house!
Once kids start earning money, consider using the rule of thirds. For younger kids, create a powerful visual by evenly dividing any earned or allowance money into a savings, a spending and a giving bucket. At the end of every month, kids get to use their spending third, donate their giving third and deposit the savings third into a real savings account for future expenses that you can plan together.
For older kids, logging in online can be a more productive way to manage their money. Anyone with a free Ent Savings Account has access to our Ent's Money Insight tools. Members can set their own savings goals, track expenses and even add accounts from other financial institutions to see the full picture of their financial health. It’s a great way to use technology to teach them financial responsibility and to set them up for success.
Get more tips on teaching money management and details on youth savings
benefits at Ent.com/Youth.
Over the course of two months, employees organized bake sales, contests, jeans days, food stands, a carwash and other events to raise money for local animal rescues. These rescue organizations strive to provide compassion for animals and people alike.
During this difficult time, if you have any questions about your home or auto loan, call us and we'll help guide you toward a path to recovery.