Tighe mixes business and community service

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John Tighe has a keen eye for business and a strong passion for community.

Tighe left the East Coast and a successful job in sales and marketing to come to Colorado Springs, and after a few years, he started his own real estate brokerage company, Tighe and Associates Inc.

That was less than three years ago, and today the business has grown to 25 brokers.

During his time in Colorado Springs, Tighe has also made it a priority to become involved in the community.

He is a member of the Community Advisor Board, president of the Peregrine Homeowner’s Association and a member of the Government Affairs Committee for the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors.

He also was recently elected to the State Board of Directors for the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

He’s organizing this year’s largest Alzheimer’s event in Colorado Springs, Memory Walk ’05, which raises money for research by gaining sponsorship for event participants.

The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Antler’s Park. Participants will walk from Antler’s Park to Memorial Park.

Tighe took time recently to tell CSBJ about himself and his business.

Position: Owner/managing broker

Hometown: Niagara Falls, N.Y.

How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: I have lived in Colorado Springs for eight years after visiting family here for 21 years.

Education: Undergraduate studies in business administration from Alliance College; Cadbury-Schweppes advanced marketing school at Beeches College, England; extensive continuing professional training in sales, marketing and leadership; licensed Colorado Real Estate Broker.

A few words about your company: Tighe and Associates is a privately owned real estate firm that operates two offices in Colorado Springs and an office in Florissant.

Recent accomplishments: We are strategically enhancing our technology and Internet presence by bringing on a local online video and marketing firm in-house. We have made a commitment to our associates to continue to stay ahead of the technology curve.

Biggest career break: I started a new division within soft drink/candy giant Cadbury-Schweppes, introducing a new concept of distribution for the Motts Juice brand.

This resulted in an $18 million profit within a three year period. I later purchased a division of the company, procuring investors and directing sales and marketing of SEI, and later became chairman and CEO. This launched my career as an independent entrepreneur for the last 18 years.

Toughest part of the job: I continually strive to live up to the commitment of being the most innovative and advanced technological real estate firm in Colorado Springs.

Someone you admire: I admire my wife, Shari, who after 34 years with a major airline, has taken over a new challenge of developing a new online division of Tighe and Associates.

About your family: My wife of 29 years and I have one daughter, Katie, a son-in-law Josh, and two Bearded Collies.

Something else you would like to accomplish: A hole-in-one and dedicate it to my mother and father, who were excellent golfers.

How your business will change in the next decade: A strong Internet presence. It becomes more and more important every year.

About 75 percent of buyers looking for a home in Colorado Springs search the Internet first. Therefore, technology will play an integral part within the real estate industry.

What book are you currently reading: "Business by Referral" – I believe that networking is one of the best ways to generate new business.

What is one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? I think a light rail service from Pueblo to Denver.

This would take a lot of stress off the overburdened roads and cut back on the use of gasoline.