Community-focused contributions: Glenwood Springs entrepreneur named Chamber Citizen of the Year

Mike and Kristi Picore and their children, from left, Hayden, Mason and Austin, at the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s annual gala Saturday night at the Colorado Hotel.
Photo courtesy Avery Smith/Emotion Cinema

From baseball cards to home loans, Mike Picore’s entrepreneurial efforts have always focused on his community.

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

Nominated by his wife, Kristi, Picore has been involved with Winter Wonder, HoopD’Ville and Roaring Forks Corks and Kegs, a fundraising event to help local teachers fund special projects.

Launched in 1974, the award is named after Dean Vogelaar, the chamber’s manager from 1967 to 1974, said Angie Anderson, president and CEO of Chamber Resort.

“The award is given to an outstanding citizen who exemplifies the spirit of community service and dedication,” Anderson said. “Mike fits the price of a T with all he does for the community.”

Born in South Dakota, Picore grew up around Deadwood, South Dakota and Worland, Wyoming, where the family opened a baseball card store.

He moved to Glenwood Springs in the 1990s with a college friend to accept a position at the Bank of Colorado after attending Black Hills State University.

As things stood, housing was hard to come by in the Roaring Fork Valley, so Picore lived with a roommate in a motel for a few months before renting a room in a house. Eventually he bought his first house in New Castle.

Mike met his future wife at a training session in Grand Junction, and after dating for a few years, he proposed outside Niagara Falls.

The two built their first home together and have three children, with whom Mike enjoys playing basketball.

In addition to Bank of Colorado, he also worked with Wells Fargo and WJ Bradley Mortgage Company before working for California-based Bay Equity Home Loans, with which he opened branches in Aspen, Basalt and Glenwood Springs.

When he’s not at work, Mike coaches his kids’ sports teams, plays pranks on the family and listens to Guns N’ Roses.

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

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