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John Carleo

John Carleo

John Carleo

I am a Pueblo, Colorado native. My wife, Debbie, and I have two daughters Katie, and Gianna. We live and work in Pueblo because we chose to be near our family and friends.
I am a graduate of Catholic education through high school. My Undergraduate degree is in Industrial Education Automotive concentrate and Graduate degree is in Administration of Vocational Education. I taught Secondary level automotive courses for eight years in the community college system in Pueblo, Colorado and worked one year in the Canon City, Colorado School District as Director of Vocational Education. In 1980, we purchased a business and property near downtown Pueblo where I operated an automotive repair business until 1993. I then taught Automotive Management courses in the Automotive Industry Management Department at Colorado State University in Pueblo through 1999. I became the business manager of Our Lady of the Meadows Catholic Church in 1999. During my tenure there I co-chaired a building campaign.
Currently, I am the business management partner of The Olde Towne Carriage House. We are restoring and developing a 125-year-old, 21,000 square foot 2 story building with a lower level that will have a portal to the water level of the Pueblo Historic Riverwalk. I have been affiliated with the National Center for Dispute Settlement from the early 1990’s to present day. I was president of the Mesa Junction Association and chaired the State Fair Kids Parade for several years. I was on the first Parade of Lights committee and participated in that event for several years.
I am told that I think in black and white. A motto I follow is “sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow, and sometimes you get out of the way.” The difficult part is realizing which one to do when. My years in education, business and management have introduced me to many dedicated and interesting people. I believe my biggest responsibilities are to plan, organize, and empower individuals into being part of a team to accomplish goals at hand. In my affiliations in the profit and nonprofit communities of Pueblo, I believe customer service is the most important aspect whether in the business or nonprofit arena.