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When deals go south: The perils of retrades

The retrades have begun. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve experienced four retrades – two early stage, one growth, and one late stage – and I’ve heard of a number of others.

Fear of failure's seven faces

I recently surveyed successful entrepreneurial CEOs in one of my workshops. Amazingly, I found that 100 percent of them wanted more courage and confidence in at least some situations.

The small-town boy who became a high-impact businessman

There were 300 people in the town where Ron Williams was raised, and his high school graduating class had 10 students. He admits he wasn't valedictorian.

Let your employees get their work done their way

Sales and marketing strategies will always be important factors in your success, but all of us listening to this group of highly successful CEOs got the message that it’s your strategies and beliefs around people that are the top concern.

How John Elway made my day

I had flown this airplane into this airport literally hundreds of times, and I checked everything. Nothing could go wrong. And it didn’t. The landing was almost perfect. And that would have been the end of it, except for what John Elway said then.

ColoradoBiz CEO of the Year 2015 finalist: Mark Davis

In his first year on the job, Davis has spearheaded the fast-casual chain’s biggest expansion yet.

ColoradoBiz CEO of the Year 2015 finalist: Mark White

Since the 2013 merger of Community Bank and the Bank at Broadmoor resulted in Northstar, White has melded the personal touch of a community bank with the deep pockets of a large financial institution.

ColoradoBiz CEO of the Year 2015 finalist: Erik Mitisek

The membership directory now lists more than 600 companies and the board represents companies that employ 75,000 people – or half of the IT work force in Colorado.

ColoradoBiz CEO of the Year 2015 finalist: Todd Usry

Usry started as a driver for the fledgling craft brewery in 1991 and became director of brewing operations in 1995.

ColoradoBiz CEO of the Year 2015 finalist: Jeff Hermanson

After operating several restaurants on the famous block, Hermanson led the group that bought Larimer Square in 1993.

ColoradoBiz CEO of the Year 2015 finalist: Rick Robbins

Robbins has led the Lamar sunflower oil refinery since 2004. After buying a partner out of a joint venture, sales have boomed, with forecasts of $15 million in 2015 and $20 million in 2016.

ColoradoBiz CEO of the Year 2015 finalist: Russ Tomky

Born from an act of Congress in 1916, the 68-employee Farm Credit of Southern Colorado will hit $1 billion in assets by the end of 2015.
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