Judi Hasson

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Local Intel: Rocky Mountain Highs and Lows

Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains and blessed with an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, Denver has long capitalized on its natural outdoors lifestyle. And boomers, eyeing the region as a potential retirement haven that still offers four distinct seasons, have flocked to the region, making Denver the baby boom capital of the United States, according to the city's own demographic analysis. Read more

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For Dan Fulton, still waters run deep. The CEO of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Co. (WRECO) considers it part of his professional compact to keep his passions and fears to himself. With one exception: Safety. In a business where high-rises, high finance, high velocity, high-risk acquisitions, and high-tech enterprise resource planning solutions grab the headlines, safety pales in sex appeal. For many counterparts, it would take a very long meeting for safety to qualify for a spot on the agenda. But ask Fulton where safety lies in WRECO's list of priorities. Ask him what's more important: metrics such as closing volume, profitability, and market share, or trying to prevent every employee and trade partner from becoming one of the nearly 1,200 construction workers who die every year or 400,000 others who fall prey to injury. He won't blink or hesitate. Safety comes first. Read more

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Feature: Tech Takes to the Trenches

George Nelson moved into his role as Toll Brothers' first chief information officer (CIO) three-and-a-half years ago. Life sure seemed much simpler then. In a sense, though, 2003 marked the tail end of IT's halcyon days–high on promise, but somewhat iffy when it came to delivering on all those expectations. Still, it became clear to the $5-billion public builder that a high-level tech person was no longer an option but a necessity. Read more

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Local Intel: Sound Fundamentals

There's a lot more to Seattle than Starbucks, Microsoft, and the McDreamy doctors of the hit TV show, Grey's Anatomy. A healthy housing market, significant job growth, and no excess inventory to burn off, the region appears to have everything going for it, everything that is except for available land. Read more

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Closer: Grand Plan Closer: Grand Plan

Russian immigrant A.P. Orleans started Orleans Homebuilders in 1918 and eked the operation through the Great Depression. A long-time builder in the Philadelphia area, Orleans moved into Florida in the 1970s. In the past six years, it's entered North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Illinois, and Virginia and is now the 38th largest home builder in the country. CEO and president Jeffrey Orleans, A.P.'s grandson, is the third generation to lead the company. He spoke with senior editor Judi Hasson about Orleans' plans and prospects. Read more

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