Pikes Peak United Way has begun the search for Jerry Smith’s replacement. In my opinion, I don’t really think Jerry can be replaced. He was a great person and a great executive. But I do know Jerry would want all of us to continue striving to make the community better.
You can see the ad for the president and CEO search in the print edition of the CSBJ on page 7.
It includes the requirements for the position — which read like a description of Jerry. “Community leadership, organizational leadership, development and management of resources, accountability for operations and fiscal integrity. This is a high profile position requiring a dynamic individual, comfortable working with a wide variety of interests.”
This job description describes Jerry to a tee. The deadline for a resume and cover letter is Feb. 9 and can be e-mailed to ppuwceosearch@corvirtu.com
The search and selection committee of the Pikes Peak United Way has quite the challenge in front of it. I always like following a sub-performer in the newspaper business. It makes me look good. Whoever the next CEO of United Way is will be following probably one of the best CEO’s I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Oh, and knowledge of the Pikes Peak Region is a strong plus.
I have heard about four local people who might be interested in the position, but naming names would be rumor mongering — and I don’t want to start that.

Give blood, help the military

“A single unit of blood can mean the difference between life and death for an injured service member in the field. It can mean the difference between losing a limb or keeping a leg or arm.”
That’s what Doug Rule wrote in the Jan. 19 edition of the Fort Carson Mountaineer.
It is interesting that when “an outside agency or organization goes to Fort Carson or the (Air Force) Academy to collect blood they then sell it to whoever needs it”, Rule wrote. Then when one of the military branches needs it they have to buy it back even if it came from a soldier, airman, sailor or marine. But, the military would supply blood gratis should we have some disaster here. Strange deal it seems to me.
Another irony is that the soldiers and civilians returning from Iraq or Afghanistan cannot give blood for a year. This is another reason why the military needs our help.
So how about the business community helping our military brethren? Fort Carson’s blood drive goal is 1,600 units — that’s less than what is needed in Iraq for just one month. One soldier recently needed 300 units.
I am calling for you to put March 19-21 on your calendar to go to the Air Force Academy and give blood. You can also donate March 22-23 at Fort Carson.
When the blood is donated at Fort Carson or the academy it will be taken to Peterson AFB and flown to Fort Hood, Texas, for processing. Within 72 hours your blood could be in Iraq saving the life of one of our military members.
So put March 19-23 on your calendars and make donating a team building experience. More details will be coming about exact times and where on the installations you can donate.
Lon Matejczyk is publisher of the Colorado Springs Business Journal. He can be reached at Lon.Matejczyk@csbj.com or 329-5202.