Local community-centered contributions: Glenwood Springs entrepreneur named Chamber’s Citizen of the Year

Mike and Kristi Picore and their little ones, from left, Hayden, Mason and Austin, at the annual Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association Gala Saturday evening at the Resort Colorado.
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From baseball playing cards to house loans, Mike Picore’s entrepreneurial endeavors have always centered on his neighborhood.

As the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s Citizen of the Year, Picore joins a prolonged list of inhabitants honored by the Chamber for their contribution to the Glenwood Springs community.

Nominated by Joy White, Picore has been associated with Winter season Question, HoopD’Ville and Roaring Forks Corks and Kegs, a fundraising function aimed at encouraging neighborhood instructors fund distinctive initiatives.



Commenced in 1974, the award is named immediately after Dean Vogelaar, the chamber’s manager from 1967-1974, Chamber President and CEO Angie Anderson explained.

“The award is offered to an superb citizen who exemplifies the spirit of community services and commitment,” Anderson stated. “Mike fits the award to a T with all he does for the neighborhood.”



Born in South Dakota, Picore grew up about Deadwood, South Dakota, and Worland, Wyoming, in which the relatives started off a baseball card store.

He moved to Glenwood Springs in the 1990s with a college close friend to settle for a position with Bank of Colorado right after attending Black Hills Point out College.

As it is now, housing was hard to come by in the Roaring Fork Valley, so Picore lived with a roommate in a motel for a handful of months in advance of leasing a home in a residence. Eventually, he acquired his initial dwelling in New Castle.

Mike met his future wife for the duration of a instruction session in Grand Junction, and immediately after relationship for a couple years, he proposed in entrance of Niagara Falls.

The two developed their initially home jointly and have 3 young children, who Mike enjoys taking part in basketball with.

In addition to Lender of Colorado, he also worked with Wells Fargo and W.J. Bradley Property finance loan Co. in advance of having a task with California-based Bay Equity Property Financial loans, with whom he opened branches in Aspen, Basalt and Glenwood Springs.

When he’s not at operate, Mike coaches his kids’ sporting activities teams, performs simple jokes on the family and listens to Guns N’ Roses.

Reporter Ike Fredregill can be achieved at 970-384-9154 or by e-mail at [email protected]