Arlene SuppleCenter for Innovation
Personal Biography Statement
Currently, I work in real estate and land development. I have been involved in real estate at some level since the mid 1980's. Because of the market opportunities in real estate, I am currently working with new acquisitiosn and rentals. My last construction project was a custom home in Westcliffe, Colorado, which I have since sold. Westcliffe is in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at an elevation of about 9,000 feet. On this construction project, not only was I the developer and general contractor, I did a lot of the "subcontractor" work - framing, roofing, interior finish. It proved to be a great experience – enjoying the “wild side” of Colorado and the rigors of home construction. But, it is nice to be back in suburbia, currently I live outside of Denver.
The world we find ourselves in is challenging and competitive. In today’s economy, people across the world are struggling to make a living, working hard to provide the basics in housing, medical care and nutrition. Individuals can no longer afford to try to compete in this landscape without an education. Education provides the opportunity to improve our financial, social and personal position – opportunities not provided by any other reasonably accessible medium. That being said, it is vital that when a student makes a commitment to themselves and their community to pursue an education, the faculty and educational community needs to be there to support them.
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