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Meet Jerry Pradier, AInstIB

Jerry PradierJerry Pradier, a nationally and internationally accredited Business Optimization Expert, serves the Institute 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 the author of Financial Success: Ten Shortcuts to a Profitable Business and President of 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.

In November of 2010, Jerry assumed the position of CEO at EnviroTextiles, LLC. As CEO, Jerry guides the strategic direction of the multi-national importer, exporter and developer of natural fiber textiles.

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, which 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 2005, 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. His coaching and mentoring experience led to his accreditation as an executive coach and the founding of Progressive Executive Development Network.

Current and past non-profit  experiences 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.

You are encouraged to subscribe to Jerry's monthly, free newsletter, Progressive Business Alert for practical advice to help you succeed in business.

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