October 6th, 2007 08:58 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Jerry Pradier, AInstIB
Jerry Pradier serves the ICA as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He is also a course developer and specializes in marketing and instructor and counselor training
In addition to his responsibilities with the ICA, Jerry is an Accredited Executive Associate with the Institute for Independent Business. As a result of this accreditation, he established his own company, the Progressive Business Development Network, LLC, through which he mentors owners of businesses across the Western Slope of Colorado. He is also an executive coach who works with C-level executives in transition across the country, helping them to increase their effectiveness as business leaders.
Additionally, Jerry is the President of Progressive Business Investment Network, LLC, as a real estate investor with holdings across the country. He is also the President of the Problem Solution Center, LLC, through which he provides mediation services across Colorado.
Jerry spent 28 years as an officer in the US Air Force as a bomber pilot and as a personnel specialist, strategic planning expert, and senior training and education expert rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. During this same period, he founded five successful and profitable private businesses, all of which were subsequently disbanded or sold due to frequent official moves. After his retirement from the Air Force, Pradier was recruited to reorganize a private security company--the 55th ranked security company in the United States--and subsequently became the company`s Chief Information Officer. Continuing his career in the private sector, he has held positions as Corporate Manager and Special Assistant to the CEO before founding his current business enterprise, the Progressive Business Development Network. This current endeavor focuses on providing practical management expertise to solve recurring management problems.
Pradier holds masters degrees in Management from Troy State University, European Division, specializing in Marketing and Personnel Management; in Philosophy from the State University of New York at Albany; a certification in Organizational Development from the Air Force`s Leadership and Management Development Center; and, a certification in Leadership Development from Harvard University`s Kennedy School of Government. He is a published author and speaker on a number of business and personal development topics.
In 2004, he received his accreditation as an Executive Associate from the Institute for Independent Business. In 2005, he became certified as a peer coach to newly accredited Executive Associates. During this same year, he was appointed to Colorado`s Small Business Council to serve as a resource to the Governor and the General Assembly on statewide business issues, and serve as a business advocate. In 2007, he was appointed to the Colorado Workforce Investment Board.
Current and past non-profit experience include: Leadership Monterey Peninsula Alumni Association, Secretary and Long-Range Planner; Monterey County Child abuse Prevention Council, Secretary; Alabama Council on Child Abuse Prevention, Member and Trainer; He is currently on the Glenwood Springs Airport Board and is the finance director on the board of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.
Pradier is a renowned business trainer and also presents workshops and seminars for various non-profit and governmental organizations across western Colorado on a wide range of business topics. He trained and certified counselors and instructors for the Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Centers and conducts this training for the ICA in western Colorado. In 2007 he received certification as a mediator through the Institute for Advanced Dispute Resolution of Colorado State University. Pradier also hosts the business development program, Progressive Business
, broadcast daily on Aspen, Colorado`s Grassroots TV.
Jerry Pradier, AInstIB
1 Progressive Boulevard
PO Box 3018
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
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