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MBA, University of Phoenix 
BS, Syracuse University 


Rick Taggart, moved to Grand Junction in the early 80's to lead and manage Marmot Mountain Works, a young dynamic outdoor company, as its CEO, chairman and co-owner. After selling the business he went on to lead the international business unit of The Timberland Company, as their senior vice president. He was then the CEO of Swiss Army Brands for 15 years until 2010.

Since the summer of 2010, Taggart has worked at Colorado Mesa University as a senior manager and as a lecturer in the Business Department. He has and continues to teach courses in business strategy, organizational behavior, management, international business and marketing. Taggart engages with his students by way of blending practical experience with business and strategy principles.

Taggart is very active in the Grand Junction community, he has served as mayor of Grand Junction as well as on numerous boards such as the Airport Authority, Grand Junction Economic Partnership, The Business Incubator and Saint Mary's Regional Hospital Foundation.

Taggart is an avid skier, cyclist and runner.

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