Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Colorado Springs EDC tabs new board chairman

The Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp. has a new board chairman. Scott Bryan, president and chief executive officer of Bryan Construction Inc., will begin a one-year term Oct. 1 and serve through Sept. 30, 2009. The private, non-profit EDC is the Pikes Peak region's primary jobs-generating organization. “We are experiencing very challenging economic times and EDC is laying the groundwork for results," Bryan said. "An aggressive marketing effort has netted over 192 prospective companies and we are poised to recruit more companies as the economy shows signs of improvement. The board and staff are intensely focused on turning this corner.” Other new EDC board members include Bill Berenz, American National Bank regional president; Scott Blackmun, a partner with law firm Holme Roberts & Owen; Mike Faricy, president of Faricy Boys Chrysler Jeep; Kevin Patterson, broker-owner of the Patterson Group, a residential real estate brokerage; George Swintz, asset management vice president for Maryland-based real estate company Corporate Office Properties Trust; and Bill Hodgkins, a senior executive with the Boeing Co. Pam Keller, executive vice president of home builder Keller Homes and who served as EDC chairwoman for the past year, will serve as an ex-officio member of the board. More information: www.coloradosprings.org/.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Two Colorado Springs residential brokerages merge

Two Colorado Springs residential real estate brokerages, Keller Williams Premier Realty and Hope Realty, have merged to create Keller Williams Hope Realty. “The merger helps us better serve our agents as well as our clients,” said Robert Edgin of Hope Realty. Said Gary Keller, founder and board chairman of Keller Williams International: “We view the Colorado Springs market as a market with a tremendous amount of growth potential…The union of these two companies is a step in the right direction.” Rick Guthire, team leader of the new Keller Williams Hope Realty, said the group's ownership plans to "develop and train agents to a high state of professionalism in Colorado Springs. " Guthrie added that the new Keller Williams Hope Realty plans to open a downtown office to better serve agents and clients. More information about the merger or the new downtown location, call Guthrie or Edgin at 576-5432.