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High 5 Plumbing
A growing family-owned plumbing business has selected Golden as the home for its new headquarters. High 5 Plumbing was founded in 2012 and provides residents in the Denver metro area with plumbing, sewer and drain services.
“This new facility is something that we’ve been building toward for some time now,” co-owner Levi Torres said in a news release. “We made our Denver location work for many years by renovating and adding office spaces as the company grew to fit our team and operations. The Golden shop is different as we are walking into it with our three-year vision, and each department is now set up to flow for production and creativity.”
High 5 Plumbing moved into its news building at 15710 W. Colfax Ave., drawn there in part because the space offers a 1,500 square-foot training room. The room, equipped with cameras, mics and dropdown projectors, will be available to rent for any organization looking to conduct trainings. The building also sets aside a room for podcasting, where the company will discuss issues affecting the trades.
“Because of our 11 years in business connecting with our team, clients, and the community, we have built connections and stories we are ready to share with the world,” Cassi Torres, co-owner of High 5 Plumbing, said in a news release. “We know many people in the trades will benefit as well as our hopes in building confidence in the plumbing trades for the younger generations specifically.”
Kentwood Real Estate
Kentwood Real Estate announced in late September that it has acquired Calibrate Real Estate, marking the firm’s second acquisition in roughly two years.
“Kentwood’s leadership philosophy mirrors Calibrate’s, and this feels like a natural transition,” Calibrate founder and CEO Kyle Malnati said in a news release. “Kentwood has the tools and resources necessary to help our brokers leverage their business, and a commitment to community that mirrors ours.”
The deal is the latest spurt of growth from Kentwood, which acquired Savvy Realty in 2021, according to a news release. Kentwood added an office in Boulder this year. Calibrate was founded in 2016 and has produced $350 million in sales since 2019. Six of its agents will move to either commercial or residential teams with Kentwood.
Kentwood employs 40 people and manages more than 280 licenses. Kentwood produced $2.2 billion in sales volume last year, according to the brokerage.
“We’re very focused on retaining our culture of collaboration and excellence at Kentwood with everyone we bring on,” Kentwood CEO Gretchen Rosenberg said in a news release. “Kyle and his team will offer a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm, and fit well in terms of our commitment to high standards.”
James Pritchett has been named as Colorado State University’s next vice president of engagement and extension.
Pritchett serves as dean of Colorado State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station. He moves into his new role on Jan. 1. As vice president, Pritchett will helm the CSU Extension office, Colorado State 4-H and CSU Online, among other university programs and departments.
“CSU’s land-grant commitment is centered in our service to Colorado’s citizens. Few opportunities are as rewarding and humbling as working alongside team members whose mission lies in a prosperous Colorado. I am excited for the opportunity,” Pritchett said in a news release.
Pritchett joined the CSU College of Agricultural Sciences as a faculty member in 2001. He went on to serve as assistant vice president for engagement and executive associate dean for the College of Agricultural Sciences. Before working at CSU, Pritchett also earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from the university. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
CSU is launching a national search for Pritchett’s successor as dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences.