Dalby, Wendland & Co., founded in 1948, is the largest CPA firm on the Western Slope and one of the largest non-national CPA firms in Colorado. The company has offices in Telluride, Montrose, Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Edwards, and Aspen. They provide accounting, tax and consulting services to businesses, organizations and individuals.
The Spirit of Western Colorado award recognizes regional entrepreneurs for their leadership and contribution to their Western Slope region.
"We are very pleased to recognize these fine individuals for their outstanding and longtime contributions to our communities throughout Western Colorado," said Dennis Wagner, President of Dalby, Wendland. The Spirit of Western Colorado award is symbolized by a sculptured eagle, given to recipients. "Eagles are noted for their keen eyes, broad wings and strong flight," said Wagner, "and this accurately represents these leaders' willingness to soar higher, see farther and create a lasting legacy for our region."
"These friends have been instrumental in our success throughout the history of our firm, dating back to Walt Dalby," said Buck Miller, who runs Dalby, Wendland's Montrose office. "Each has had a unique impact on making our region a better place to live and work, and this is one special way we can say thank you to them for their leadership."
Herb and Laura May Bacon have been instrumental in the banking industry in Grand Junction. The Bacons have played major roles in furthering the development of the city and surrounding region, partially through the Bacon Family Foundation, a benefactor of many community organizations in the Grand Junction community. Herb Bacon also serves on the advisory committee for the Mesa Land Trust and on the campaign committee for the United Way of Mesa County.
John Bosco was honored for his continued work in making Glenwood Hot Springs world famous for several generations. Bosco is the chief financial officer and assistant general manager of the hot springs.
Wes Wendland is a founding partner of the accounting firm that bears his name, joining Walt Dalby in 1955. Wendland continues to serve tax clients, now in his 50th year in the profession.