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From Three Men, A Truck and an Excavator to Industry Leader

Colby Barrett earns title of CEO of the Year finalist as purveyor of geohazard mitigation services


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Using the values of hard work, honesty and family – along with a chemistry degree from Berkeley, a law degree from Yale and time as a U.S. Marine captain and sniper – Colby Barrett grew GeoStabilization International from three men, a truck and an excavator into a company with nearly 340 employees and a sterling safety record. Barrett’s Grand Junction-based company has become North America’s leading purveyor of geohazard mitigation services, including landslides and rockfall, built on core values of always do the right thing; work hard or go home; advantage by innovation; ensure client best value; and protect our family.

Barrett has sat on "The Alternative Board" (TAB) where he helped mentor other business owners in Grand Junction and was winner of the 2014 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Mountain West Region. Barrett also donates funds to The Mission Continues, an organization that helps veterans continue their service to our country after they transition to civilian life.

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Lisa Ryckman

Lisa Ryckman is ColoradoBiz's managing editor. Contact her at lryckman@cobizmag.com.

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