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One might think that recent headlines alone perhaps made Judy Mackey one of the Women of Influence honorees for 2013. After all, Mackey helped lead a group of investors that recently purchased the iconic Garden of the Gods Club, returning the facility to local ownership.

But that assumption would be totally wrong. In fact, Mackey was chosen for this honor long before the news of that transaction, which merely cements the impact she has had — and obviously now will continue to have — on Colorado Springs.

“Judy has been successful professionally, and she spent time elevating woman-owned entrepreneurial awareness with the creation of privately owned businesses and supporting women’s initiatives in the workplace,” said longtime friend Barbara Furr-Brodock, Pikes Peak United Way director of corporate campaigns.

Mackey, a graduate of the University of Southern Colorado, has worked more than 20 years in the health care insurance field, currently serving as president and CEO of Benefit Services Group Inc., a local company that works with business clients across the nation in providing employee health benefits as well as wellness programs. She also started and heads HealthYou, which works with local employers and employees on wellness issues. Prior to that, she was an executive for several health-related benefit companies with similar missions, including Denver Management Advisers, AdminiQuest and Health Management Services.

Business aside, though, Mackey has volunteered for a wide variety of area nonprofits, causes and special events.

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Her board memberships have included the Girl Scouts of Colorado, Pikes Peak Red Cross, Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado, and the Colorado Springs Children’s Museum. She was a division chair for the local organization of the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament, a board member of the Rocky Mountain Concours d’Elegance and has helped supervise charity events for such agencies as the American Cancer Society and March of Dimes, along with supporting United Way.

“Judy cares about this community and is very humble,” Furr-Brodock said. “She does not get involved to gain recognition. Judy is very philanthropic to causes and she does it because it is the right thing to do. Those values and characteristics are shared by the incredible daughter she raised. I think her personal success is raising Chelsea to be a great professional and mother. They spent time together doing a lot of mother-daughter volunteering.”

Mackey’s plans for the Garden of the Gods Club, aside from cultivating the membership numbers, include a health and wellness center that would appeal to club members as well as business executives.

As her friend (and nominator) Furr-Brodock describes it, “This community continues to be a better place to live because of Judy and the work she does, both personally and professionally.”

— Ralph Routon