Foreign competition big on Boutin's list

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* Name: George T. Boutin

* Organization: Colorado Springs Office of International Affairs

* Position: Executive director

* Hometown: Monument

* How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: Since 1998

* Education: MBA in finance from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; master’s degree in economics from the University of California – Riverside

* A few words about your company: The Office of International Affairs encourages local businesses to find new markets overseas. The office also provides assistance to foreign firms investing in this area.

* Recent accomplishments: Making federal resources more available to Colorado Springs’ exporters.

* Biggest career break: Appointment as a foreign-service officer by President Nixon. During our 27 years in the Foreign Service, my wife and I had adventures in many exotic places, including Washington, DC.

* The toughest part of the job: Convincing business people that overseas markets are worth finding, even if they have never exported.

* Someone you admire: My wife, Susan. We have been married for more than 35 years.

* About your family: My wife and I have shared everything from a terrorist attack in Somalia to raising our son, Thomas, who is a senior at Lewis Palmer High School this year.

* Something else you’d like to accomplish: Establish additional business connections for Colorado Springs companies with very rapidly growing countries in central Europe and elsewhere.

* How your business will change in the next decade: More local businesses will be affected by foreign competition. Business managers will be forced to compete for markets around the world and will need to find the resources to do that. The demand for international coaching will increase rapidly here in Colorado Springs.

* What books are you currently reading: Larry McMurtry’s “Cadillac Jack”

* What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs: Increased awareness that international competition will affect our jobs and businesses, so we need to look for our own opportunities overseas.