Csintyan: Staying in Springs, staying involved

Outgoing Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce CEO Dave Csinytan isn’t planning on leaving town – but he is weighing his opportunities carefully.

Csintyan lost his position with the chamber when it merged with the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp., and the group launched a national effort to find a new CEO. Csintyan was a finalist, but the job went to Iowa City native Joe Raso.

Csintyan isn’t bitter about the change.

“I still have great passion for the chamber and for the business community,” he said. “I was lucky enough to be involved for 10 years, and I’ve still got one foot in the door as I help with the transition.”

Csintyan is reportedly reviewing several local options, and said he’s in a position to choose carefully.

“Pike Powers told me, ‘let it come to you,’” he said. “And that’s what I think is best – when someone knows you can do a particular job, that’s where your passion is.”

Csintyan has worked at the chamber for a decade, and has been its CEO for five years. That’s a long time for a chamber executive, he said.

“I think it’s past the average shelf life for a chamber CEO,” he said. “But it just goes to show that time flies when you love what you do.”

Csintyan said he will definitely stay involved. He’s on the governor’s workforce council and is chairman of the Southern Colorado Business Partnership.

“I’m not one of those people who get an RV and travel,” he said. “That’s not who I am. So I will channel my emotions, my passion into business development and retention. Candidly, I want to do something that will be an enabling role for business in some meaningful way.”

Csintyan is credited with boosting the chamber’s membership and putting it on sound financial footing.