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There is hope for the young professional crowd

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Last Friday, the local daily paper – in all its wisdom – had the following front page headline, “El Paso County Losing Young Professionals.” There also was a photo of a 22-year-old who is leaving Colorado Springs.
The story can be summed up quickly: A few people got interviewed and readers got the feeling there may be no hope for retaining our young professional work force. The reporter left us stumped as to why a 22-year-old who’s lived in a town for eight years wants to leave. Continue Reading There is hope for the young professional crowd

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In April, we will be honoring young business and community leaders at a special event.
This is a remake of “40 under 40” – a staple of business journals across the country. I think this is especially important as we see the baby boomer generation leaving the workforce. Continue Reading Rising Stars and fun at work … but not too much

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Don’t bet the ranch based on Super Bowl winner

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On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrials closed above 11,000 for the first time since June 2001.
As might be expected, there was a lot of talk about breaking a so-called “psychological barrier.” What I didn’t notice, however, was anyone mentioning that the Dow’s good fortune might be a result of the “January effect” or a harbinger of “The Super Bowl Indicator” or any other type of trend. Continue Reading Don’t bet the ranch based on Super Bowl winner

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Having lunch, taking a tour of Marian House

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Last week, Kurt Bartley, the executive director of Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs, invited me over for lunch at the soup kitchen. I think this is a tour many of you should go on to better understand what is happening at the facility and with Catholic Charities overall.
They serve an average of 450 people a day with 25 to 30 volunteers. Kudos to the companies that have sent volunteers, such as Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Ent Federal Credit Union, the El Pomar Fellows, The Broadmoor, Fleet Co. and all the military installations, for helping out. Continue Reading Having lunch, taking a tour of Marian House

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On hold, help wanted and year-round trees

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I spent Monday morning at the office.
I know it was technically a holiday, but I wanted to try to clean off my desk and start the New Year without being buried under the stack of papers that I had accumulated in 2005.
And I wasn’t the only person working in our building. Tom Hoff, who has the office across the hall, was also wrapping up a couple of loose ends. Tom does polygraphs and investigations – it means he’s always got an interesting story or two to tell. Continue Reading On hold, help wanted and year-round trees

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Now I don’t want to brag, but, when it comes to investing, I’ve been around the block.
I honestly felt I had looked at every version of every financial product out there. No way could I ever fall in love with some “fly-by-night” hot stock or fund. In fact, I foolishly thought there was no way I could ever be seduced again. Continue Reading Art of financial seduction – New Age investing

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Returning to our historical roots downtown

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Colorado Springs traces its roots to the glory days of the railroad industry. As I’m sure most of you know, our city was founded by a railroad tycoon by the name of Gen. William Palmer.
In October 1871, the first passenger train rolled into his newly formed city at what would eventually become the depot station on South Sierra Madre Street. For 100 years, the depot on Sierra Madre saw countless passengers pass through its scenic backdrop until the last passenger train departed in 1971. Continue Reading Returning to our historical roots downtown

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2006: Here’s hoping for a blunder-free year

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My New Year’s resolution: try to avoid any unnecessary embarrassing moments at the office.
Apparently, that’s going to be a bit easier said than done.
Office Team polled 150 senior executives at the nation’s 1,000 largest companies and asked them to share their most embarrassing moments at work. The responses were quite interesting. Take the following for example: Continue Reading 2006: Here’s hoping for a blunder-free year

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Earlier this month, the Denver Post reported that the new 1,100-room Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center has been completed. Now this isn’t really anything new; hotels are built all the time.
What is new is that the “37-story hotel (was) built by the city after private developers failed to do so,” according to the Post article. Would Colorado Springs ever get so daring as to build a hotel? Highly doubtful. Remember the fuss raised by The Antlers and The Broadmoor during the debate about a downtown convention center and hotel? Continue Reading It’s time for everyone to pay for economic development

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Outlook ’06: Economy will see solid growth

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Quarterly U.S. economic growth has been at a 3 percent or higher real (after inflation) annual rate during each of the past 10 quarters, an occurrence not seen in 20 years.
Estimates for 2006 suggest real annualized growth near 3 percent to 3.5 percent, versus perhaps 3.7 percent in 2005 and 4.2 percent in 2004. The economy’s ability to offset the headwinds of rising short-term interest rates and high energy prices has been impressive. Continue Reading Outlook ’06: Economy will see solid growth

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