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Life on the Summit: Hey, Spike! is chock-full of soc-biz gleanings

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily

This Hey, Spike! is chock-full of business news, all based on social interaction.

In a change at the top, EarthLink recently named Breckenridge second-home owner Joe Eazor to the job of president and CEO.

The 51-year-old, who calls Texas home with wife Deanne, is the younger brother of Charlie Eazor, owner of Backcountry Brewery and the long-established Blue Spruce, both on Old Main Street Frisco.

“Joseph is a great fit for taking EarthLink to the next level,” says Charlie, also an IT veteran. “He is a strategic visionary and a natural leader. I look forward to watching his progress.”

Joe Eazor, with over 20 years in the IT industry, comes from EDS, where he most recently served as the company’s EVP and COO of global sales and customer operations. Joe took over the EarthLink reins on Jan. 13, also becoming a member of EarthLink’s board.

Prior to EarthLink and EDS, Joe was in senior leadership positions with Hewlett-Packard and EMC, a director of McKinsey & Co., a partner and board member of ATKearney and CEO of Springbow Solutions.

“We are indeed fortunate to have attracted an established senior technology executive of Joe Eazor’s stature to take the platform we have built to the next level,” retiring CEO Rolla Huff said of Joe. “EarthLink customers and investors will benefit from Joe’s substantial sales, strategy and operational experience in some of the largest leading edge technology companies in the world.”

Huff will continue to serve as the board chairman during a transition period.


Friscoite Marilyn Leuszler, who also lives in Trinidad, has been named by Gov. John Hickenlooper to participate in the Colorado Creative Industries’ first Change Leader Institute, which will take place April 28-30.

Marilyn is a member of the town’s Creative District steering committee and is artist/owner of Brushwork-Black Ink Studio in south central Colorado.

“The Change Leader training is a great opportunity for individuals to gain leadership skills that can help organizations and communities grow,” says Margaret Hunt, director of CCI.

Marilyn and Spike! attended Pueblo’s Corwin Junior High School together.


In a new business venture, chef Lisa Yacono has resurrected the private catering business she started in Florida.

“I do mostly vegan/vegetarian foods, which is unique for this area,” she says.

Lisa is the wife of Showtime Sign and Shirt Co.’s Tommy Yacono. The couple lives in Wildernest.

To get an advance look-see, check out her website at

Lisa began cooking at an early age, then traveled to Italy to study in some of the finest kitchens and schools in Europe.

She’s worked with Dennis Max and Burt Rapport for the opening of Maxaluna in Boca Raton and with chefs Charles Saunders and Mark Militello.

Lisa later “toqued” at the Governors Club in West Palm Beach, under the tutelage of Jamie Parks.


On the Summit for brief visits were Spike!’s and Mary’s relatives getting out of the big snows and extremely low temps of the Midwest. Can’t blame them one bit.

Visiting last week, after spending a month in Tucson, were Kathie and John Staby, of Plymouth, Minn., who enjoyed riding their bikes and hiking frequently. They were joined for part of that stay by Mary’s other brother, Paul Staby and wife Jigger, of Durango.

John and Kathie skied Copper two times while here.

Kathie is a retired Medtronic and MTS global VP; John was a Target/Dayton’s executive. Paul, a road cyclist, distance runner, plane builder and pilot instructor, was an engineer with Emerson and DISH, holding numerous patents; Jigger worked for USWest, ran track and coached the firm’s teams.

In this week were distant relative Dr. Dean Rau, an orthopedic surgeon from Bayfield, Wisc., and wife Sarah Lund, heading home after making a Southwest swing.

Dean has two sailboats, having sailed both from the Great Lakes to Norway. Currently, his 40-foot “Raven,” a one-off Bill Crealock pilothouse design, is dry-docked in Sweden after a 2010 voyage to Bergen.

In 2000, Dean had sailed his 31-foot Pacific Seacraft “Rongevaer” across the Atlantic. He shipped it back.

The couple will return to Scandinavia in April for Dean to get the “Raven” ready to captain his crew back home to Wisconsin along the northern Viking route.

Sarah, a Wisconsin native, recently retired after 40 years in Norway and teaching anthropology at the University of Olso.

Dean skied Vail on Monday while Sarah put in a few hours on XC skis.

To demonstrate once again just how small the world is: Sarah’s cousin, Todd Lund, is married to Lindy Lund, Lindsey Vonn’s mother.

Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to

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