Galvan eyes community development

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* Name: Jo Ann “Miabella” Galvan

* Organization: JAG Consulting Group

* Position: Principal

* Hometown: Houston, Texas

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

* Education: University of Houston. I’m a finance gal.

* A few words about your company: My focuses are business modeling, strategic planning, developing marketing plans and deliverables, and the selling/acquisition of privately held companies.

* Recent accomplishments: Developing strategic economic development plans with the EDC, chairing the Manufacturing Task Force, and being given an Economic Leadership Development award for my efforts.

n Biggest career break: Going to work for a start-up company called Compaq Computer Corp.

I spent 14 years with Compaq. I designed world-class sales and marketing programs, call centers and a CTO manufacturing plant to contribute to $20 billion in annual revenue.

So any Compaq computer you saw placed with a customer to make a purchasing decision, or at a trade show, a training event, on television or on a developer’s desk was custom configured by my business unit.

* The toughest part of your job: Consulting projects in Texas in the summer

* Someone you admire: Rocky Scott. Expanding into the economic development industry allowed me to watch a very seasoned executive up close.

Rocky is the consummate business patriot. He’s passionate about the community and concerned for its welfare. He has an admirable work ethic. He is gracious and has a great sense of humor. And he’s all too human to prop on a pedestal.

* About your family: My five siblings and I are third generation Americans.

My papa and brothers are in the commercial electrical business. My mama works with the Latino community. My sisters are busy raising talented children. I hope I inspire them to be curious and life long learners.

It is a diverse Hispanic clan with strong family ties, lots of opinions and love.

* Something else you’d like to accomplish: I’d love to run a nonprofit entity. And I’d like to obtain more education in urban planning and development.

Have you seen the cool mixed-use urban renewal development on Nevada? It is called ‘Poet Lofts.’ Architecture and community developments are big interests of mine.

* How your business will change in the next decade:What I can tell you is that my work will be community focused.

* What book are you currently reading? “Flow, the Psychology of Optimal Experience,” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Mihaly reaches across societies, religions and cultures and defines what makes people happy.

* What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? The negative views about growth. There are no true restraints now and growth is less than 3 percent annually here. The U.S. economy’s boom and bust cycles keep growth in check. Growth is necessary for a city to maintain its appeal.