Birchum's world much more than copiers

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* Name: Ed Bircham

* Organization: Bircham’s Office Products

* Position: President

* Hometown: Timberscombe, England

* How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: 33 years

* Education: Village school, secondary modern, three years London University Printing

* A few words about your company: My wife and I started this in 1979. We shared a desk, and old metal desk. In 1985 we moved in here (what used to be Bob’s Café). Today it’s high-tech, multifunctional digital office solution provider, that’s what we are. We’ve come away from just selling copiers.

* Recent accomplishments: Republican of the Year. State soccer referee. Company has been recognized as an Elite Dealer for Kyocera Mita. Company has grown from sales of $80,000 first year to $4 million last year.

* Biggest career break: Starting my own company in 1979

* The toughest part of your job: I really don’t have one. It’s not tough because I have good management people. Because of the change to digital equipment, we don’t get the complaints we used to get. The copier was always considered the machine that broke down all the time. Because of the reliability of the digital products, I just don’t have to field those complaint calls anymore.

* Someone you admire: Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan

* About your family: Married to wife, Peggy, for 41 years. Three children: Gary, 40; Paul, 37; Jill, 33; and two grandchildren.

* Something else you’d like to accomplish: A lot of people think I should run for mayor or city council, but I have *o aspirations to do that.

* How your business will change in the next decade: I expect our business to triple in the next 10 years. I think Colorado Springs will continue to grow.

* What book are you currently reading? Just got “Deliver Us From Evil” by Sean Hannity.

* What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? I’d like everybody to be patriotic, positive and excited about living in the most beautiful city I’ve ever experienced in my life. I’d like to see the overpass at Union and Austin Bluffs and I’d like to see I-25 at Woodmen completed.