Cornerstone Award winner helped shape Parker

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The Parker Chamber of Commerce honored a business leader who literally helped shape the town as it exists today.

Mitch Trevey, a prominent land and commercial property broker in Parker, was presented with the chamber’s 2013 Cornerstone Award, an honor bestowed to those who show commitment to helping pioneer and nurture the growth and development of Parker, and who demonstrate a high level of civic and professional involvement in the community.

The tone of Trevey’s acceptance speech was both optimistic and gracious as hundreds of Douglas County officials looked on during a ceremony Feb. 19 in the Great Hall at The Wildlife Experience. During a video presentation before the 16th annual Cornerstone Award was handed over, a line of colleagues praised Trevey for his fairness and integrity.

Stevan Strain, a longtime Parker resident and owner of the Warhorse Inn, described Trevey as a “self-motivated” worker who jumped into Parker like a “man possessed.” Trevey moved from Arizona and established a food distribution company before selling the business in 1999 to start his Stroh Ranch-based brokerage.

Frank Gray, president of the Castle Rock Economic Development Council, took the stage to present the award, but first took the opportunity to highlight Trevey’s personal qualities, including his sense of duty to his church, as well as his wife and two children.

That sense of duty, according to those present, extends to Parker, where he has served as president of both the chamber of commerce and the now-defunct Parker Economic Development Council. Jamie LaRue, director of Douglas County Libraries, said Trevey is not only a savvy businessman, but a “community pillar” who faces every challenge with a well-thought-out plan of action.

Trevey is also known for two other things: his love of working out and the land development signs that decorate dozens of intersection corners throughout Parker. He joked about the signs during his speech, saying his high level of exposure is sometimes met with eggs and bullet holes.

Trevey said he is used to honoring others, and as expected, turned the tables by lauding a town that has enabled him to live and work in the same place.

“Parker is the cornerstone,” he said.

Trevey says there is “an economic development tide that is alive and well” and congratulated chamber President Dan Rodriguez for exceeding Trevey’s previous record of 600-plus members. He said in addition to the town and chamber, the private sector is a key component to the town’s future success.

Trevey alluded to a rift that formed between the town and local developers and said the sides should “bury our differences” and work collectively. He also suggested creating a new economic development council to supplement the work being done by the Town of Parker.

Previous winners of the Cornerstone Award include Jim Nicholson, Dean Salisbury, Dennis Niewoehner, Dale Farmer, Frank Jaeger, Mike May, Stevan Strain, Jim Marshall, Dan Qualman, Jim Anest and Jack Hilbert.

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