Faces of NOCO Businesses – 2024

By: Staff

This special advertising section is dedicated to the MVPs and faces of local businesses, which are the lifeblood of our economy. Read about them in the following pages, and be sure to support them when you’re out shopping, ordering food, booking a service or fulfilling any other need in the community. 

The Asher Team

The Asher team is made up of individuals who have spent time studying their craft across the country and around the world. Specializing in ground-up development, Asher utilizes the team’s vast knowledge and talent to produce creative solutions for all types and sizes of projects.

Half of the team is bilingual, giving Asher the benefit of assisting Spanish and Portuguese clients. Here are a few of the people who make Asher unique:

Giovanna – amazing Lead Designer, born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she began and completed her education, which included a full-ride scholarship for a year abroad at CU Boulder.

Jesus – born in Chihuahua, Mexico, immigrated to the U.S. in 2003, received his architectural education and began his career in Chihuahua before becoming a vital part of the Asher team as a Designer.

Givan – super talented Designer, born and raised in the south side of Chicago with Puerto Rican roots, worked for UMass before moving to Colorado and joining the Asher team. 

Diana – highly skilled Peruvian native Civil Engineer, oversaw large projects in her native country before immigrating to the U.S. in 2013. 

Alejandro – the most recent addition to our bilingual team as a drafter, he was born and raised in Colorado and received his education from CU Denver.

From left to right starting with the back row are Alejandro, Sam, Jesus, TJ, Daniel, David, Debbie, Givan, Giovanna and Diana.

Megan Gollish

Sales Manager

Megan joined the Bath & Kitchen Idea Center team in 2021, but she has been immersed in the decorative plumbing industry for over seven years. She has been instrumental in the growth of our company and is consistently sought after by local builders, plumbers and designers for her expertise.

She is intentional about furthering her education and staying in tune with the latest market trends. Megan’s favorite products to sell are Delta Touch2O Kitchen Faucets, Mr. Steam Shower Packages and Toto Washlets.

Megan was recently promoted to Sales Manager, allowing her to continue growing the business while mentoring those who work beside her. Her tenacity and passion ensure that she will be successful for years to come.

Megan goes above and beyond in every interaction. A natural problem solver, there is never a mountain she isn’t ready to conquer.

Nathan Ewert 

Senior Vice President

Nathan is a true representation of FNBO in Colorado: a 13-year resident who is invested in the success of the people, businesses and community he serves.

Nathan’s leadership has resulted in his promotion to Senior Vice President for FNBO. He is responsible for its individual segment, including all retail banking, mortgage, small business banking and wealth management across the entire eight-state footprint. Having this level of senior leadership in Colorado is critical to FNBO’s dedication to local decision making, and Nathan is a natural fit to lead not only in our state, but over those areas of business for all of FNBO.

Nathan is focused on creating a culture around customer well-being and financial education. His proven initiative makes him an exceptional senior leader for FNBO, and his genuine dedication to intelligent financial management mirrors FNBO’s values.

FNBO is proud of Nathan’s involvement in the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance and the government affairs committee of the Board of Colorado Bankers Association. His recognition as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Business Leaders in Boulder Valley and Northern Colorado was well-deserved, and likewise, he has earned a place as an FNBO MVP.

Billy Long

General Manager

Beyond being a true asset to the industry, Billy is a genuine and devoted leader who cares deeply for each team member and their success. He strives to guide The Great Outdoors RV Co. with wisdom and insight to provide the best RV experience in Northern Colorado for each and every customer.

The Team

Mountain Mist Spas’ MVP is truly our entire team. Everyone contributes to our company’s success. Kara, the owner, has proudly carried on the family-owned business since 1983 and has spent her entire life in the industry. Her passion for family and the wellness of the community shows in everything she does.

Toby is our general manager. He has worked for the company for over 20 years. Our sales department consists of Toby and Austin, our sales manager. Together, they have a combined 30 years of sales experience.

Mountain Mist Spas values each employee and their contributions to the success of the company.

We are proud to serve Northern Colorado and the surrounding areas. We will continue contributing to the health and happiness of the community for many years to come.

Pictured from left to right: Toby Smith, Austin Ellis, Kara Deans.

The Poudre Pet Team

Proudly serving Northern Colorado with a compassionate and knowledgeable team, Poudre Pet & Feed Supply boasts an unparalleled collection of pet food and products. For over 35 years, we have collaborated with pet advocates in our community to improve the lives of countless animals in a way that only a local store can. We do this by providing a tailored section of pet products based on the specific needs and preferences of our customers. We readily accommodate special requests, even for a single furry friend, ensuring that each pet receives the precise nourishment and care they require. 

We foster responsible pet guardianship within our community by empowering pet owners with essential know-how and resources and actively supporting local nonprofit initiatives. We even partner with companies that are not pet-related to build a sense of connection and belonging among pet owners throughout Northern Colorado.

Rachel Soto Vesta

Real Estate Broker/Owner

Meet Rachel, a real estate advisor and advocate aiming to make homeownership accessible, simplify the process and exceed client expectations. With a focus on individualized attention, she empowers clients to navigate their goals with clarity and confidence. She is known for her strong work ethic and strategic mindset, bringing integrity and care to every interaction. Rachel delivers reliable information and guidance on buying, selling and investing in real estate, with a continued commitment to education, training
and accountability.

Driven by a desire to make a positive impact, Rachel draws inspiration from her experiences as a woman, homeowner, single mom and divorcee. She is dedicated to serving her community with the highest level of expertise and has earned the role of Certified Divorce Real Estate Expert (CDRE®), allowing her to provide divorce-related education, resources and listing support to the family law community and divorcing homeowners. A CDRE® is a neutral and unbiased expert in the crossover between real estate and family law. Rachel is trained to prevent and resolve real estate disputes that arise in family law cases and is one of many experts that local attorneys and clients rely on to resolve their cases.

If you know Rachel, you know that when she says, “I’ll take care of it,” she will.

The Bullhide 4×4 Team

The Bullhide 4×4 MVPs are all of the great staff members we have working for us. Not just one person, but the entire team works hard to make our shop what it is. We’ve hired experts in the industry who are here to help our customers find the perfect look or get their ride back on the road again. We have the best in the industry—hands down. Visit us at our new location: 216 W. Horsetooth Rd., Fort Collins.

Arica Martinez

CEO & Creative Director

Arica is a powerhouse of creativity, leadership and professionalism. Always ahead of the curve, she challenges the Colorado Staging + Design + Media team with new ideas and fresh approaches to creating beautiful living spaces. She is a natural teacher who never fails to lend a helping hand or provide inspiration to those who seek her expertise. Arica’s artistic eye and impeccable attention to detail make her incredible at what she does, and Colorado Staging + Design + Media  is able to offer unparalleled staging and design service as a result.

Staci Lawson


Fly Fitness offers a space where members can cycle, build strength and sculpt their physique in a positive community. Staci Lawson, owner of Fly Fitness Loveland, connected with these core beliefs the minute she walked into Fly Fitness five years ago.

Staci wanted to merge her love of fitness and wellness into a business that aligns with her values: putting people’s mental and physical wellness first. The community has been welcoming, and working with the Downtown Business Alliance has helped us build a beautiful boutique fitness studio in the heart of the Sweetheart City. We are grateful for Staci and the dedicated Fly Fitness members in our community.


The Staff

Everyone on our staff is an MVP. Each one of them offers outstanding care and attention to our patients. They genuinely care about their coworkers, the office environment and, most of all, the patients. You can see the pride in their work. They are truly a unique and amazing group.

The Harmony Skin Team

Harmony Skin & Wellness Clinic has been a top medical spa in Northern Colorado for the past 25 years, with a mission to help every client reach their aesthetic goals. At the heart of our business is a team of passionate professionals who are committed to safety and efficacy. They bring more than 50 years of combined experience to our spa and are uncompromising in their dedication to providing each client with exceptional service. Our team shares a strong bond inside and outside Harmony Skin & Wellness Clinic that makes us feel like an extended family. 

Mishelle Baun

Marketing Maven

Mishelle applies her rich communications background and keen observation skills as chief storyteller for Mantooth’s clients. (We believe what she does with words is magical.) She and Mantooth have earned the respect of regional media; it is those personal relationships that set us apart and allow us to consistently deliver top-tier results.


The Nova Tans Team

It’s hard to determine one person as our MVP as it takes an entire team of skilled professionals to run our salon successfully. Everything our team does is with the shared goal of providing our customers with the best and most luxurious tanning and red light therapy experience possible.

Our customers also deserve credit for being MVPs because we couldn’t do what we do without them. If you have never been in, we invite you to come see us and get the perfect glow.

The Flooring Experts

If you are looking for a stress-free and fun-filled flooring experience, you have found the right place with the right team. We believe in our exceptional people and processes established in over 25 years of serving clients in Northern Colorado. We are thankful for each member of our talented team and their collective commitment to deliver the best service to every client. Come meet our team today and see how their focus on integrity, dependability and innovation makes a difference.

The Sears Trostel Team

Each of our employees is an MVP. Individually and collectively, their experience and knowledge in lumber, building, architectural millwork, stair construction, design, woodworking, finishes and more allow them to provide valuable service for our customers. 

From left to right are Aaron Jensen, Jason du Plooy, Harlan Mekelburg, Richard Wilda, Amber Willox, Cameron Campbell, Andrew Banister, Kora Rich, Bob Jefferies, Jet Manalo and Lenny Scovel. Not pictured: Chet Nance and Eric Schink. 

The Grooming Experts

Every member of our team is critical to our success as a top-rated pet salon and mobile groomer in Northern Colorado. We care deeply about the pets we serve and take pride in our offerings, from spa grooming and deshedding treatments to dental scrubs, ear cleanings and more. Our team demonstrates an unwavering commitment to consistency, professionalism and integrity in every service they provide, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without them.

Dan Mulder and Emily Chase

Dan and Emily are a remodeling dream team. Together they manage the planning, scheduling, personnel and details of our clients’ remodel projects. Our clients know
they can count on accurate, quality and on-time completion of the project of their dreams. Let us help you too.

The Doctors

The doctors of Eyecare Associates are our team MVPs. As the pillars of our clinic, they adhere to the highest standards in patient care, treating everyone with compassion and respect. With roots in the community since 1919, the doctors of Eyecare Associates remain committed to the families of Northern Colorado.

From left to right are Jaclyn DeHayes-Rice, OD;
Eric R. Reisler, OD; Deanna S. Alexander, OD, FAAO; Kyle D. Treick, OD; Lisa M. Schneider, OD, FAAO; Brandon J. Charbonneau, OD.

Carlos Gonzalez

Operations Manager

Carlos embodies the Exodus Moving & Storage mantra: We’re a “Professional Team of Real People Creating Solutions.” Carlos builds relationships of trust that allow us to help each customer, each other, the community and the company all at once. He sets the standard for exceptional performance.

Carlos Gonzalez

Operations Manager

Carlos embodies the Exodus Moving & Storage mantra: We’re a “Professional Team of Real People Creating Solutions.” Carlos builds relationships of trust that allow us to help each customer, each other, the community and the company all at once. He sets the standard for exceptional performance.

The Crew

Our staff members are the MVPs. They play a huge role in determining whether our customers have a positive dining experience. They help us build customer loyalty and create strong relationships with our guests. Thank you, Grey Rock staff.

Installation and Service Teams

Manweiler Appliance’s installation and service departments provide expert services for all customers. They understand the importance of each customer’s investment, and top-notch, efficient and friendly installation and repair is the standard. A notch above the competition, you can have peace of mind shopping with Manweiler’s—service you can trust.

The Light + Liv Team

The MVPs of Light + Liv are our team members. From our yoga teachers to our team that cleans the space, everyone plays a critical role in our success. Teachers are the heart and soul of the studio; teaching each week, subbing, supporting one another and providing quality classes are just a few ways they make our yoga studio so special.

The NOCO Community

The real MVP is the Northern Colorado community! Without your dedication to supporting local businesses, Northern Colorado Tree Service wouldn’t be where it is today. Thank you for finding value beyond the dollar amount, trusting our team with your trees and recognizing that when you choose Northern Colorado Tree Service, you are hiring people who truly value you and the community.

The Customers

Everyone at Spa World is an integral part of our business. Our valued customers are the true MVPs; without them, we couldn’t demonstrate why we’re voted the best hot tub store in Northern Colorado. 

The NOCO Community

The real MVP is the Northern Colorado community! Without your dedication to supporting local businesses, Northern Colorado Tree Service wouldn’t be where it is today. Thank you for finding value beyond the dollar amount, trusting our team with your trees and recognizing that when you choose Northern Colorado Tree Service, you are hiring people who truly value you and the community.

Hannah Bultman

Executive Partner Stylist

Meet Hannah, the heart and soul of Studio Be Salon.
With an impressive 11-year tenure, she’s the epitome of hair artistry and personalized care. Clients adore her for creating stunning, one-of-a-kind styles and mastering every color palette. Hannah’s unwavering dedication embodies our salon’s commitment to excellence and unparalleled creativity. 

The Vendors

The real MVPs at Vintage Marketplace are the 80+ small business owners, our vendors. Each individual vendor has their own story about why they’re passionate about buying, selling and repurposing to create their space. They’ve put their heart, soul and talent into our unique shopping experience.

Justine Wright

Doctor of Audiology

Since joining our team, Dr. Justine Wright has shown a clear passion for helping her patients reclaim control of their hearing journeys. In her first six months at Windsor Audiology, Dr. Wright helped more than 40 community members reconnect with their families and themselves through better hearing using Widex Moment technology.

The Yoga Pod Team

The team at Yoga Pod is outstanding. Every teacher and staff member embodies our values to create an infectious, positive attitude and culture. Our teachers go above and beyond to provide impactful classes for their students by creating a welcoming atmosphere and sharing their high level of expertise.