Kudos! – October 3, 2013

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Salzman honored with Realtor Emeritus status

Harry Salzman, broker and owner of Salzman Real Estate Service, received Realtor Emeritus status from the National Association of Realtors. The honor was awarded in “recognition of 40 cumulative years of membership in the NAR and in recognition of his valuable and lasting contribution to the real estate profession,” said a press release announcing the award. Salzman received the award at the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors’ annual meeting. He also received a gold 40-year lapel pin.

Hot air balloons by bus

The American Bus Association selected the Colorado Balloon Classic as one of the best events to experience via motorcoach in North America. This is the seventh time the Colorado Balloon Classic has earned this distinction.

Peak Aviation has high standards

Peak Aviation Center has been recognized for its high standard of accomplishment in flight training by The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). The flight school has been awarded a spot on the Flight Training Excellence Awards Honor Roll, a title given to high-scoring flight schools from AOPA’s flight training poll. Peak Aviation Center is the largest civilian flight school in the Pikes Peak region and has seen continued growth over the past seven years.

AFA in the Top Ten for cyber awareness

The Air Force Academy Cyber Competition Team placed 10th of 349 undergraduate teams from the United States and Canada in the New York University Poly Cyber Security Awareness Week Capture the Flag Qualifiers Sept. 19-22.

Each year NYU Poly invites the top 10 teams to attend finals in New York City. This will be the Academy’s third year attending finals.

Cadets 1st Class Ryan Zacher (team captain), Chase King, Sam Kiekhaefer, Keane Lucas, Ray Sou, Chad Speer, Cadets 2nd Class Matt Aust, Kevin Cooper, Zach Madison, William Parks and Cadets 3rd Class CJ Edwards, Justin Niquette, Eric Wardner solved challenges in trivia, reconnaissance, reverse engineering software, exploitation of software and web vulnerabilities, cryptography and programming. Cadet 1st Class Taka Iguchi, Cadet 2nd Class Lilly Warner and Cadet 3rd Class James Combs also stopped by to add their expertise. The team was coached by Dr. Martin Carlisle, director of the Academy Center for Cyberspace Research, with assistance from Maj. David Caswell, Maj. Mike Chiaramonte, Maj. Blair Watkinson, Capt. Cindy Finke and Capt. David Hancock.

Service Academy rivals Army and Navy placed 15th and 65th respectively. The top undergraduate team was a combined team from Northeastern University and the University of California Santa Barbara.

Hecox wins Palmer Land Trust kudos

Walt Hecox, professor of economics in the environmental program at Colorado College and project director of the CC State of the Rockies Project won the Stuart P. Dodge Award from the Palmer Land Trust, an award that will be celebrated Oct. 9 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. The award honors an individual for a lifetime record of conservation.

Happy Red birthday

Red Energy Public Relations, Advertising & Events, a full-service agency, celebrated its five-year anniversary in September.

Founded in 2008 by Amy Sufak, Red Energy specializes in public relations, branding, executive media training and event management, working with dozens of clients including 5Star Bank, The Citadel Mall, Pinkberry, UCLA, Catamount Institute, Smashburger, The Promenade Shops at Briargate, Kineo Fit, Bonefish Grill, and others. Red Energy also launched the Showcase of Retirement Communities, Generations Award, and The Colorado Indulgence Festival.