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GenXYZ Top Five: Brandy Bertram, 36

When Brandy Bertram was in grade school, all her report cards contained the same critique. “It always had ‘Challenges the instructor,’” says Bertram, currently the executive director of YouthBiz. “I was always asking, ‘Why am I doing this, what is this and where does it come from?’”

Congrats to our 2013 GenXYZ winners!

Problem-solvers, challenge-hurdlers, inventors, social activists, economic experts, app builders, wealth managers… the list goes on and on.

Bridging the gap: Five tips to get the best from Gen Y

To better understand Gen Y, we need to start at the beginning.  From childhood, Gen Y grew up in sports programs where everybody got a trophy.  They also grew up with technology at their fingertips.

GenXYZ Top Five: Madolyn Jones, Resolution Research

Resolution Research CEO Nina Nichols wants to make one thing perfectly clear: Madolyn Jones, her nominee for one of Colorado’s Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals, is not – repeat, not – for hire.

GenXYZ: Colorado's 25 Most Influential Young Professionals

Now in its third year, the feature we’ve dubbed "Gen XYZ" for the age-group or "generation" it represents – the under-40 set – has boomed in popularity and participation numbers, to the simultaneous delight and consternation of the judges who pour over the nominations to come to a consensus on the...

GenXYZ: 10 more of Colorado's Top 25 Young Professionals

More rising stars in Colorado business

GenXYZ Top Five: Amanda Adams

Amanda Adams, 29, wants people to be excited about a career in mining. That includes everyone from Girl Scouts on an educational excursion on Dinosaur Ridge to new hires at MWH Global, where Adams works as a senior geological engineer.

GenXYZ Top Five: Karl Falk, Summit Mitigation Services

Karl Falk, 37, thinks his Air Force experience has helped him in his current career, which is negotiating real estate short sales. Falk is president and CEO of Summit Mitigation Services, which helps title companies and real estate brokers handle negotiations of short sales.

GenXYZ Top Five: Marc Crawford, Education Measures

Usually the way to make sure a student learned something is to give a quiz. Unfortunately this isn’t practical for continuing education for health-care professionals. Marc Crawford’s company, Educational Measures, helps companies capture outcomes, or the impact of educational programs.

GenXYZ Top Five: Michael Pytel, NIMBL

At 18, Michael Pytel was a new father and reluctant college dropout working as a warehouse clerk to pay the bills. It was actually an improvement over his previous job.

GenXYZ companies

Similar to our GenXYZ profiles of young professionals making their mark in Colorado business, we set out to unearth companies that project a certain youthful exuberance, entrepreneurial zeal, and a forecaster’s sense of what goods or services will be of value in the marketplace.

GENxyz Top Five: Josh Stewart

Ask the president of XJet what it takes to make a business fly in a bad economy, and he's quick to answer. "A great idea, a lot of passion and a strong team," Josh Stewart says. "We've worked our tails off to make this business a success." Stewart is a bit out of breath. He's just stepped off the...
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