Kudos! – January 25, 2013

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McCloskey named auto dealer of the year

Joe McCloskey, owner of McCloskey Motors in Colorado Springs, has been named the 2012 Colorado Independent Automobile Dealers Association’s Dealer of the Year. McCloskey represents CIADA by service to the industry, outstanding business operations, and community service. As of September 2012, McCloskey Motors (which opened in 1989) has raised $25,000 for local organizations that support Waldo Canyon fire relief.

“I know Joe is very well respected, a leader in the industry and has contributed much to CIADA in his years of being a member, past president and current director,” said Todd O’Connell, CIADA executive director.

AFA cadets march in inaugural parade

Cadet 1st Class Erin Doran of Brunswick, Ohio, saluted the president on Jan. 21 as she led Air Force Academy cadets in the 57th Presidential Inaugural parade in Washington, D.C.

Doran is this semester’s squadron commander for Cadet Squadron 22. She led 82 cadets from her squadron in the inaugural parade, for which 2,800 groups had applied. Traditionally, military units from each of the five branches have marched in the presidential escort and in the parade. More than 2,100 military personnel marched in the parade, with approximately 5,000 supporting the inauguration.

Montoya inducted into Business Hall of Fame

Ron Montoya, chairman of the board for Solera National Bank and Denver business leader, will be inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame Jan. 31 at the Hyatt Regency Denver. Montoya helped raise more than $1 billion to fund a communications company, worked for a state government administration and has received honors such as the American Diabetes Association’s Father of the Year award, the Colorado Ethics in Business Alliance Daniel L. Ritchie Award, the Denver Metro Chamber Lifetime Achievement Award, and has a Lifetime Achievement Award in his name from the Denver Hispanic Chamber. In the mid-1980s he established the state’s Minority Business Office and helped draft a plan for U.S. West (now Century Link) to help minority and women businesses thrive — a program still in use today.