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Business Beat: NAPA’s Ponikvar reaches milestone anniversary

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John Ponikvar, owner of T&H Napa Auto Parts in Craig, said his time at the store has gone by too fast.

"I used to look at other people who had been at their job for 25 or 30 or 40 years and say, 'How could they do that?'" Ponikvar said. "I couldn't possibly fathom that 30 years ago, and here it came upon before I even knew it."

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Last month, Ponikvar, 54, hit his 30th anniversary at the store.

He got his start with NAPA at age 16 in Leadville.

In 1981, at age 24, Ponikvar moved to Craig to become manager for the local store.

After two years in Craig, one of two partners at the store left. The remaining partner, Larry Anson, gave Ponikvar the opportunity to buy stock in the store each year.

"Larry just said, 'If you stay with me, you'll own this store someday,'" Ponikvar said.

In 1995, Ponikvar bought the store in full.

It's a business Ponikvar said he still enjoys. And, he said he won't be leaving any time soon.

"It's been great," he said. "I enjoy my customers, I enjoy my employees. It's just a joy to go to work every day and I guess when that happens time does fly by."

He concedes that now isn't the best time for the automotive industry, but the business is aided by relationships with the coal mines and power plant.

Additionally, he said, he doesn't look at his store as simply a business.

"I see it as a community service," he said, noting that if someone calls in the wee hours of the morning, NAPA will help.

"If we don't have what people need, then they're stranded. People live and die off of their vehicles. It's just such an integral part of our lifestyle, and if we're not there to help them, then who's going to

be there?"

Northwest Colorado Financial Group moves

Richard Haslem and Northwest Colorado Financial Group, LLC, recently moved to a new office.

The firm is now located at 435 Mack Lane, inside Yampa Valley Bank.

The business specializes in life, health and disability insurance, and is the number one provider of Aflac insurance in Northwest Colorado.

Haslem said walk-ins are welcome, although setting up an appointment is preferred.

Northwest Colorado Financial Group can be reached at (800) 845-0528, or by visiting the new location.

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