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* Name: Hendrik Jordaan

* Organization: Holme Roberts & Owen LLP (HRO)

* Position: Partner

* Hometown: Klerksdorp, South Africa

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

* Education: Bachelor of Science (Southern Methodist University), Juris Doctor (Southern Methodist University)

* A few words about your company: HRO is a Denver-based law firm with more than 200 attorneys in offices in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, London, Munich, Salt Lake City and San Francisco. With a strong commitment to its legal work and to client service, HRO represents companies of all sizes and industries across the United States and in Europe in high profile lawsuits and business transactions

* Recent accomplishments: I founded the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee of the Colorado Bar Association’s Business Law Section. This committee, which will have its first meeting later this year, will showcase Colorado’s top M&A talent and M&A lawyers from both coasts and provide a forum to debate cutting-edge M&A issues. I am also involved in the “resurrection” of Celebrate Technology, a leading technology awards dinner scheduled for October 8 at the Broadmoor Hotel. Celebrate Technology will showcase top technology companies from the region.

* Biggest career break: Getting the nod to work at HRO.

* The toughest part of your job: Balancing work and family.

* Someone you admire: Rich Young, managing partner in HRO’s Colorado Springs office, for his ability to balance a sophisticated law practice and great family (and for making long putts!).

* About your family: My wife, Ashley, is an employment law partner at HRO; we have three children (aged three and under): Caroline, Richter and Marie.

* Something else you’d like to accomplish: I would like to help make Colorado Springs the most vibrant and sophisticated city, of comparable population, in the world in terms of business, social and educational issues.

* How your business will change in the next decade: Most companies will demand legal services that are aggressive, instantaneous and darn close to perfect. And lawyers will have to respond.

* What book are you currently reading? “Relentless” (biography of Bill Daniels)

* What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? Have more people dream big (and act on it).