*cough* Greg Brenneman! *cough cough*
An over-simplification, CondordeBoy. Greg was a big part of it, no doubt, but Gordon deserves the lions' share of the credit-he brought in Greg, and guys like Larry Kellner, to run the operations and financial side. He has a keen eye for talented people, and he uses them well. CO
has fared pretty well in tough times without Greg. As much as I liked Greg, I don't know how much better off CO
could be right now in this brutal climate (although events did justify his view in not buying back all that stock from NW
. That money would have helped, but that's hindsight).
Gordo is no saint, but he has a clear vision, and he's smart enough to let his subordinates and employees, who can see what works, do their jobs and not interfere unless he feels he must.