Archive for the 'Business Profiles and Case Studies' Category

A story to make you smile

Monday, June 25th, 2007

A detailed profile of an inventive dental practitioner who turned his idea for a better way to care for patients into a major regional influence. Published as part of a business profile series sponsored by the (once and former) telecom provider Qwest Communications.

Women’s work

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

One of the great, smart telecommunications engineers around today — Yvette Gordon Kanouff — gets deserved billing in this Broadcasting & Cable article.

A desert fox sorta guy

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

People profiles are grand fun. Here’s one from awhile back on a gracious gent I’ve known for a long time. Anybody who manages to use the expression “The gates of Hell” in an interview about cable TV is okay in my book.

Remembering Pete

Friday, September 15th, 2006

Years ago a foolhardy crew of publishing folks, including a wonderful mentor, Tom Southwick, decided to start a weekly industry magazine that would compete with an established, dominant rival. We were too young then to know it was almost certain to fail. Which was a good thing, because somehow we actually made it work, sold it for real money, and went on to new adventures. Anyway, one of the reasons we made it was because of entrepreneurs like Peter Szabo, who, operating purely on a hunch, decided to support us with meaningful advertising dollars. Pete was this instinctive fellow with a twinkle in his eye…as if he knew a secret you didn’t. Pete died in 2006, and he’s missed. Here’s a bit about his professional life: this brief profile was, as you might imagine, no fun.

A telecommunications turnaround

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

When I wrote this profile of then-troubled Qwest Communications, the stock traded at something like $1. By summer 2006 it was up to $9. Credit has to go to in large measure to chairman/CEO Richard Notebaert, who I described in this December 2004 ColoradoBiz article this way:

“The Qwest chairman will earn $4.6 million in compensation this year, but there is a quality of earnestness about Notebaert that makes it possible to imagine him as the union laborer he once was. The former Chicagoan is an animated conversationalist who peppers his language with phrases like ‘My gracious!’ He makes a point of replying directly to e-mail messages he receives from customers and employees alike.”

Pretty doe-eyed stuff, I suppose. But he had me at “hello.”

Corporate profile: D Magazine

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

Start the presses: A profile of how the publisher of a slick city magazine for Dallas residents retooled its back-office operations.

Corporate profile: DriveCam Systems

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

How to make the streets safer: put a robot on the dashboard. Or at least a sort of intelligent camera that records driver habits. This case study for Tatum describes a fascinating technology that’s designed to help commercial drivers avoid accidents. Maybe now they’ll invent something similar for teenagers…

Corporate profile: Transcontinental Title

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

For consulting firm Tatum I examined and wrote about the systems behind the systems that make a leading home-title provider run smoothly. If you speak the language of ERP, you’ll appreciate this case study.

Corporate profile: Cauraustar Industries

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

A Tatum case-study about the behind-the-scenes technology operations of a company that manufactures cardboard and paperboard material for all sorts of applications.

An exercise in real ghost-writing

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

This magazine cover story reflects an unusual reporting challenge – to develop a comprehensive profile of an individual who refuses to be interviewed.

Too bad, because I think Denver sports magnate and real estate impresario Stan Kroenke is probably a pretty interesting individual, and someday I’d love to sit down with the guy over a glass of that expensive wine from a California vineyard he recently bought. Until then, this will have to do.  

(Published originally in ColoradoBiz and available here from the magazine’s archives.)