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Our Team of Business Brokers & Small Business Advocates

We'd Like to Introduce Ourselves - Scroll Down to Meet the Whole Team!

 

Jessica Fialkovich, President

Jessica Fialkovich is a Certified Business Intermediary and operates as Transworld's President, overseeing strategic planning, marketing, and support for the company. After over a decade of buying, building and selling successful businesses in the wine & spirits and retail industries in Colorado and Florida, Jessica established Transworld Business Advisors - Rocky Mountain to employ her passion and experience in business by guiding others in their entrepreneurial quests. Outside of Transworld, Jessica is the President of MOD Assistants and is involved with the Denver Metro Chamber, Entrepreneur's Organization, Broadview Denver and the Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute among other organizations. Jessica is a charismatic and savvy advisor, with a passion for outdoor recreation, her husband, Al, and pup, Sailor!

Jessica is also the host of The Deal Board Podcast, along with Andrew Cagnetta,  CEO of Transworld Business Advisors. The Deal Board is a place to learn about the best way to sell a business or acquire a new business across a wide variety of industries. The podcast's aim is to help listeners understand the process through conversations with successful entrepreneurs who have learned the ins and outs of buying and selling businesses as part of their own business endeavors. 

Learn More About Jessica Here

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Phone: (720) 443-4450

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Al Fialkovich, Managing Director

Al Fialkovichis the Managing Director at Transworld, a company he co-founded with his business partner and wife, Jessica. He is a Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) through the International Business Brokers Association. Al is a business savvy advisor to mature businesses as well as a trusted counselor to the business community assisting visionary entrepreneurs to sell, acquire, and establish new businesses. Inspired by the business communities in Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Colorado, Al works hard to help business owners navigate the challenges involved in selling their companies. His experience falls into a wide variety of industries including B2B & B2C services, construction, manufacturing, distribution, and professional services. This knowledge combined with his role as a business owner of over 10 companies allows him to offer clients a unique combination of service and perspective. Al is a Member of the International Business Brokers Association, the Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries, and the Entrepreneurs Organization. Al enjoys traveling with his wife, Jessica, and dog, Sailor, skiing, hiking and collecting wine.  

Learn More About Al Here

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Phone: (720) 370-6699

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Sailor, Official Office Mascot

Sailor Fialkovich is the full-time office greeter and mascot as well as the official treat tester at Transworld. Although the specifics of the small business world do interest him, he much prefers enjoying the finer things in life! During the business week, Sailor can be found exploring the Transworld offices looking for snacks and pets, but he truly lives for his weekends where he can almost always be found outside. Some of his favorite past times include taking long hikes, camping in the mountains, or road tripping to Carmel with his parents, Al and Jessica!

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Phone: (720) 259-5099

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Ali Elman, Director of Operations

Ali Elman is the Director of Operations for Transworld Business Advisors - Rocky Mountain. She is a hospitality-industry driven entrepreneur with more than ten years of experience in business consulting as well developing, funding, opening, and operating many of her own concepts. In her prior career, as the Founder of Return to Lovely Hospitality, her approach to all endeavors has been to see hospitality as a “kind act” and an opportunity to make a human connection in a positive way. It is this innovative attention to detail that Ali brings to her role with Transworld, along with her operational experience that allows her to continually improve behind the scenes processes and logistics so Transworld can focus on best serving clients.

Ali graduated from the University of California with a Business Marketing degree in 2004 and moved to New York where she worked in estate management, and was able to hone her business intuition. This experience led her to establish many of her own companies in the coffee, bar/restaurant, and nail industries which she was able to scale to multiple locations due to her successful business models. After selling her most recent venture, Black Eye Coffee, Ali was able to bring her small business focus to Transworld. Outside of work, Ali can be found spending time with her husband and young children exploring the many treasures of Denver.

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Phone: (720) 400-8155

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Rachael Holstein, Marketing Manager

Rachael Holstein has been the Marketing Manager for Transworld - Rocky Mountain since 2016. Her work experience has been largely focused on business development and marketing in business brokerage, finance, architecture, property management, and information technology. A long time resident of Cleveland, Ohio, she attained her undergrad from John Carroll University and her Master’s Degree from Cleveland State University. In 2013, she relocated to Denver with her husband, Joe, and her furry companions to explore the mile high lifestyle!

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Phone: (720) 259-5099 x109

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Tyler Bowman, Analyst

Tyler Bowman joined Transworld Business Advisors – Rocky Mountain in 2019 as an Analyst. He grew up internationally, spending most of his childhood in Latin America and Spain, before attending Bethel University in Minneapolis where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance. He then spent a year working with a non-profit in Ukraine focusing on business development before relocating to Denver in 2019. He loves playing soccer, snowboarding, and traveling. As an Analyst with Transworld, Tyler provides strategic listing support and formulates pitch decks for business brokers, Al Fialkovich, Chris Cantwell, and Gary Goldwasser. 

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Phone: (720) 506-4977

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Chris Cantwell, Business Broker

Chris Cantwell is a Certified Business Intermediary and Broker with Transworld Business Advisors - Rocky Mountain.  Chris brings 20 plus years of small business experience to Transworld via franchising and working shoulder to shoulder with privately held business entrepreneurs.  Having worked for visionary entrepreneurs Ted Turner, George McKerrow Jr. and Norman Brinker taught Chris about being bold in your dreams and passionate about achieving success. Chris is diverse in working with buyers and sellers in all industries including service businesses serving both B2B and B2C customers. He serves as President of the Board of the Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries (CABI), is an active volunteer with Junior Achievement - Rocky Mountain and has memberships with additional small business advocacy associations and boards. Chris was raised in the foothills of Golden, CO, and is a graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver. He enjoys spending time with his family and two daughters who are avid skiers, golfers and competitive dancers.

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Phone: (720) 370-0049

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Gary Goldwasser, Business Broker

Gary Goldwasser is a Business Intermediary with Transworld. He started his career off as a salesman in the printing business where he worked for 26 years. Over the years he moved into executive management and his experience brought him to the realization that he wanted to own his own company – since then he has been the proud owner of three separate businesses. The experience and challenge of business ownership has directly impacted Gary and pushed him to be a great manager, co-worker, leader, husband, and father. Passionate about business, Gary believes, at its core, business is about trust and building strong relationships. He understands how Colorado treats its businesses and how he can treat them back. He’s the hometown hero. Gary is a native of Colorado and lives in Parker, Colorado. In his free time, he loves to play golf, tend to his garden and spend time with his wife and two kids.

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Phone: (720) 773-2428

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Dustin Audet, Business Broker

Dustin Audet has been in the hospitality and customer service world for nearly twenty years. Growing up in the Aspen Valley, he got into snowboarding at a very young age. His love of mountain sports led him to help some friends open Radio Boardshop. He then pursued an opportunity to work in an outside sales position with Ride Snowboards, controlling the Rocky Mountain territory. After a few seasons on the road and meeting his lovely wife, they settled in Denver. Seeing a few gaps in the marketplace, Dustin and his wife built up several small businesses, a coffee shop, restaurant, liquor store, and four non-toxic nail salons. But seven businesses and two kids later, it was time for a change. Since he can't give away the children, Dustin and his wife sold their businesses and searched for a new career opportunity. Dustin soon identified business brokerage as a career that could take all of the skills and small business experience he has acquired over the years and focus them into a purposeful, community resource for Colorado entrepreneurs.

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Phone: (720) 625-8256

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Ross Haymes, Business Broker

Ross Haymes is a Certified Business Intermediary with Transworld. He draws on decades worth of experience in corporate finance and entrepreneurship to guide buyers and sellers in the direction of their goals. During his successful 20-year career with NYSE-listed Burlington Industries, Ross served as an economist before becoming Investor Relations Director. In that role he dealt with Wall Street analysts and money managers daily.  After a hostile takeover, Ross decided to take control of his own destiny and become a small business owner. Acquiring and running his own business has given Ross a hands-on understanding of the challenges that face the small business owner. In his current role at Transworld, he draws on his experience in finance and as a small business owner as he works directly with entrepreneurs to guide them, step-by- step, through the buying, growing, and selling of their companies. An avid "Colorado aficionado," Ross enjoys cycling, hiking, ski racing and volunteering as a racecourse worker for World Cup events.

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Phone: (720) 504-7120

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Roger Smolik, Business Broker

Roger Smolik is a Business Broker for Transworld, with substantial experience in sales, consulting, capital facilitation, operations, and executive management. Previously Roger worked in financial securities with several international firms in California and later owned and operated a boutique investment brokerage. His participation and directing of public and private equity financing encompassed numerous start-up, incubation, second round and mezzanine financing projects in energy production, geothermal energy development, the entertainment industry, real estate and resort development, discounted bank debt note conversion, as well as emerging and green technologies financing. Transworld provides him an opportunity to continue to be engaged with the essential elements of the business that have always inspired and fascinated Roger – the ongoing cycle of business incubation, growth, maturation and economic payoff through an eventual sale, merger or expansion. Originally from the Twin Cities, Roger attended Bethel College, (now Bethel University), in Arden Hills, Minnesota.

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Phone: (720) 763-9027

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Patrick Bombardiere, Broker

Patrick Bombardiere is a Business Broker with Transworld Business Advisors – Rocky Mountain. Patrick is a Denver area native who grew up in a family that owned a small business for over 25 years. Patrick worked for his family’s business from the age of 8 through college and has owned his own businesses, over the years, as well. Patrick also has 18+ years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, in Colorado, working in all aspects of commercial real estate including with landlords, tenants, and developers. In a previous career, he was responsible for identifying target markets, locations, negotiating leases and opening 45 Tokyo Joe’s restaurants in 4 states over a 16 year period. Patrick is a graduate of Metropolitan State College of Denver with a major in Marketing. He enjoys golf, cycling, tennis, hockey and hiking and, of course, spending time with his wife, Beth, and their two adult children.

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Phone: (720) 507-2203

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Lindsey Hayden, Mktg. & Sales Coordinator

Lindsey Hayden is the Marketing & Sales Coordinator for Transworld - Rocky Mountain, a position she began in February of 2019. Lindsey grew up in Florida and obtained her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Florida in 2009 (Go Gators!). She is a U.S. Army veteran and spent 6 years serving as a Language Analyst before deciding to move to Denver and starting a business with her husband, Tom, in 2017. Her husband now runs their business full-time while Lindsey works for Transworld in support of the Director of Operations and Marketing Manager. When not at work, Lindsey loves to go hiking to take in the beautiful Rocky Mountain scenery, or to relax at home with her dog while reading science fiction and fantasy books.

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Phone: (720) 580-3807

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John Woodhull, Business Broker

John Woodhull is a Business Broker with Transworld - Rocky Mountain. John's work experience began in finance related positions with large corporate enterprises in telecommunications, money management, and defense contracting industries. In 2005, John took the long awaited opportunity to establish his own small business, which he sold with Transworld in 2017. Having run his own business for 12 years, John understands the rewards and challenges involved in business ownership and development. At Transworld, he helps small business sellers realize their return on investment and helps match buyers with great companies. John has lived in Colorado since 1993 and holds a BA from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of Colorado, Leeds School of Business. In his free time John likes to spend time with his wife and four sons in the great Colorado outdoors!

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Phone: (720) 526-0540

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Nathan Willis, Business Broker

Nathan Willis is a business broker with Transworld Business Advisors. A Michigan native, Nathan obtained his business degree from Michigan State University before moving to Colorado, via San Francisco, in 2004. Nathan is an entrepreneurial business professional who has over a decade of experience as a small business owner. Over the last eleven years he has owned and operated three fitness facilities located within the Denver Metro area. Two of the locations were start-ups and one was an acquisition. In his free time Nathan is an avid rock climber and enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two boys.

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Phone: (720) 507-2201

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Shane Copeland, Business Broker

Shane Copeland is a Business Broker with Transworld Business Advisors. He has always been fascinated and passionate about business and the reasoning behind why people become entrepreneurs. He himself has owned and operated 3 businesses in Colorado. Aside from his management experience, he has 23 years of sales experience.

Prior to becoming a broker, Shane invested the last 6 years growing a text messaging business to over 65,000 subscribers while working with over 80 businesses to increase their revenue. He has served on 3 non-profit boards while helping them with growth, fundraising and capital management. Shane attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and is a Western Colorado native. He enjoys traveling, hiking, the ocean, and spending quality time with his wife and 3 boys.

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Phone: (720) 507-2216

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Alex Dvorak, Business Broker

Alex Dvorak joined Transworld Business Advisors - Rocky Mountain in early 2018 as a Business Broker, where he works directly with small business owners, helping them to exit or acquire a business. Alex brings years of experience in running retail and wholesale operations in the coatings industry. During this time, he helped hundreds of small business owners learn how to grow their businesses in size and profitability.  He is currently a member of Mile High Young Professionals (MHYP) where he made waves starting the chapter's first softball team while on the Sports Committee. In the past two years, Alex has created and lead over 10 sports teams as chairman of the sports committee, served in several volunteering events each year, and attends a high volume of educational seminars. Alex is a graduate of the University of Denver and came to the Mile High City in 2010 to join a growing small business community and enjoy all of the great outdoor activities such as camping, skiing, and fly fishing.

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Phone: (720) 526-0528

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Mike Krieger, Business Broker

Mike Krieger is a Business Broker with Transworld Business Advisors - Rocky Mountain. Mike is a Denver native who has 20 years experience in all levels of small business operation including management, and marketing strategy. After helping develop and scale two family owned small businesses, a production company, and a neighborhood bar & grill, Mike decided to put his ownership experience to work as a Business Broker. Because of his prior career experience, Mike is highly passionate about his role with Transworld and helping others achieve their goals of buying a business or selling a business. In his free time, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, hiking & biking the vast network of Colorado trails, and anything else the great outdoors has to offer.

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Phone: (720) 773-7003

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Axel Fleischli, Business Broker

Axel Fleischli graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Business & Economics. He also studied Marketing at the SKEMA Business School in France. Axel is very familiar with the life of a business owner, having come from a family of many entrepreneurs, working at several of his fathers companies from a young age. He started his own business shortly after graduating college and transitioned into business brokerage from there to support his fellow entrepreneurs from a more comprehensive standpoint. In his free time, Axel travels frequently abroad, recently spending some time in Asia. A longtime soccer player, Axel captains a soccer team in Denver and stays very active racing mountain bikes, skiing, kayaking, hiking.

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Phone: (720) 580-0835

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Taylor Bombardiere, Associate Broker

Taylor Bombardiere began as an Associate Broker with Transworld Business Advisors - Rocky Mountain in 2019. A Colorado native, Taylor has an excellent understanding of the Front Range business landscape. Growing up in a home with small business owning parents, Taylor understands the challenges and rewards that come along with “being your own boss,” which help him bring a knowledge based perspective to his client support. It is this background that led Taylor to seek out a career in business brokerage. After graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in marketing and real estate, Taylor is prepared to help represent small business owners and help them achieve their exit goals. When not at work, Taylor enjoys playing hockey, golf, and lacrosse, and rooting for his favorite football teams on Sundays.

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Phone: (720) 547-3111

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Lee Grub, Business Broker

Lee Grubb came to Transworld Business Advisors in 2019 as a Business Broker. He grew up with parents owning their own business and got his first taste of entrepreneurship helping them out with the day to day. Lee attended the University of Northern Iowa before moving to Colorado over a decade ago to follow his passion for snowboarding. He comes to Transworld after a successful career working in small, privately owned restaurants in management and taking care of the front of the house responsibilities. In his prior role, working at the Ritz Carlton, Lee was able to work directly with customers providing a high level of service and even having a hand in building out the wine program. Lee's experience with family owned companies and customer experience propel his passion for helping business owners grow and exit their companies.

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Phone: (720) 863-7833

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Brandon Brooks, Business Broker

Brandon Brooks is a Business Broker with Transworld Business Advisors. An Arizona native, Brandon obtained a degree in business from Arizona State University before moving to Colorado in 2014. He is an entrepreneurial professional who has over a decade of experience as a small business owner and strategic consultant. Inspired by visionaries building their companies across industry verticals, Brandon has pursued a wide range of experiences throughout his career. His background as an owner combined with his range of experience provides him with a unique perspective to support entrepreneurs through their growth and exit plans. In his free time, Brandon is an avid skier and rock climber and enjoys spending time outdoors with his son exploring the local community.

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Phone: (720) 650-8199

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Tatiana Demoraes, Business Broker

Tatiana DeMoraes is a Business Broker with Transworld Business Advisors - Rocky Mountain. She has a decade of work experience in commercial real estate and management, representing the largest landlord in New York City. During this time she became involved with local entrepreneurs and coached women to achieve their business goals with a purpose driven strategy.

Tatiana has spent extensive time abroad living in Europe, Australia, and South America. In 2016 she explored her passion for travel and embarked on a six month solo trip around the world before reaching her final destination of Denver. She’s a self proclaimed foodie who loves to cook and entertain. She makes it a point to ski in the winter as much as possible and loves the diversity of activities the Rocky Mountains have to offer. 

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Phone: (720) 664-4474

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David Wechsler, Business Broker

David Wechsler is a Business Broker with Transworld. With over 35 years of business experience spanning the consumer goods & services, retail, hospitality, sports, tourism, and entertainment sectors, David brings a wealth of wisdom to his Transworld clients…and valuable insight into the intrinsic value of a seller’s business assets or a buyer’s acquisition target. David has honed his diverse skills as a Senior Director and C-level executive with several small and mid-market multi-unit businesses. As an entrepreneur, he strategically merged one of his own start-up businesses, with another early-stage business and helped rapidly springboard the new entity into a $650M, (NASDAQ) company, via an aggressive M&A strategy.

David’s passion for preserving main street businesses as an important part of every community’s social fabric led him to a career as an SMB consultant, coach, and facilitator, working hand-in-hand with entrepreneurs through initial start-up, transition, measured growth, and profitable exit. He has a proven history of generating positive financial results for principals, owners, and investors. David has served on several for-profit and non-profit boards and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Denver Film Society.

When free-time presents itself, David enjoys riding fast on anything with two wheels, skiing or golfing with his adult boys or preparing a gourmet dinner for his wife of 30 years, Susan.

 

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Phone: (720) 808-0600

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Kaitlin Stranahan, Admin. to the CEO

Kaitlin Stranahan is originally from Saint Louis but spent her youth in Colorado. She attended the University of Arizona and received a degree in criminal justice with a minor in psychology. During her tenure at the University of Arizona she was accepted into a American University semester program in Washington D.C. where she began an internship for the House of Representatives and studied justice and law. In 2020, she began her role with Transworld Business Advisors as the Administrative Assistant to the CEO. When Kaitlin is not working, she spends a great deal of time with her friends exploring the many wonders of Colorado.

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Phone: (720) 739-2028

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Brandon Brizzi, Buyer Representative

Brandon Brizzi is a Buyer Representative with Transworld Business Advisors and joined the team in 2020. Brandon was born in the great state of Colorado, but soon thereafter moved with his family to New Jersey where he spent most of his life on the east coast. While in college, Brandon valued his experience attending the Disney College Program, as well as the time he spent supporting the YMCA Buddy Program working with troubled children. Brandon graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Minor in Business and moved back to Colorado right after. As a Buyer Representative, Brandon supports the business brokerage team by connecting with potential business buyers and working with Transworld’s customer relationship management system. His experience up to this point has given him the tools to guide future entrepreneurs right when they reach out to Transworld and make sure they’re prepared to take the next steps in their entrepreneurship journey!

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Phone: (720) 664-4622

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