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Although Steve Katich is an attorney by training, his 25-year Denver career has taken him just about everywhere except the courtroom.

Steve went form working in politics for Dick Lamm and Federico Pena in the 70’s and early 80’s, to devoting the remainder of the 80’s to successfully bringing a major league baseball team to Denver. In 1984, Steve helped set up the Denver Baseball Commission, and as the Executive Director, played a lead role in Denver being awarded a franchise.

Then In 1991, he moved into the communications arena, when he joined GBSM, a communications-consulting firm, where he is currently a partner and leads the public affairs group.

At the dawn of the new millennium, Steve’s focus has shifted once again; he now dedicates a significant portion of his time to the interests of helping rebuild war torn Yugoslavia.

He was a part of the first delegation of American business leaders to visit Belgrade after the fall of former President Milosevic and has just returned from a stint in the President’s Office in Yugoslavia where he helped put together a national communications package.

Steve considers his greatest accomplishment to date learning to be a good parent, and his future plans include “To successfully see my kids into adulthood and find a way to make a difference in the rebuilding of Yugoslavia...while making a living of course.”

What gives a woman/man style? confidence and humility

Favorite Restaurant: Mizuna

What are your volunteer activities? Board of Directors, Downtown Denver, Inc., Vice President and Board of Directors Serbian Unity Congress, Board of Directors Colorado Sports Commission, Colorado AIDS Project.

Who is the most interesting celebrity you have ever met? Jazz artist, Branford Marsalis because he’s talented, intense and has a great sense of humor. A friend and I beat him in basketball game one day, so he invited us to his concert that night and after he left town, he emailed us for a re-match the next time he came through town.

Who is your hero and why? My Dad, because he was a very giving, compassionate and funny guy who really enjoyed life and he was always there for me.

If your life were a movie, who would play your part? Jack Nicholson

Saturdays are likely to find you: Watching my daughters play in sporting events, or gardening.

Do you have any Pets? Two dogs, Roy and Blue. from the Denver Dumb Friends League.

When you move, what will your home tell its next owner, about you? That my wife spends all of her free time doing home improvement projects.

What was your first job? I was a shoeshine boy. On Sunday morning I would go around my neighborhood and pick up shoes and put them in my little red wagon, then take them home and shine them for 15 cents a pair.

If there were one thing you would change about yourself, what would it be? I would be more assertive professionally.

What is your greatest indulgence? Getting a massage.

Best gift you have ever given to anyone? My oldest daughter is a basketball player, so I wrote personalized letters to 65 of the most prominent college basketball coaches in the US, from Mike Krzyzewski to Bobby Knight, asking for a letter back to my daughter telling her what qualities they look for in a person when they are recruiting. I bound all the letters I got back in a beautiful book and gave it to her for her batmizvah.

What is a favorite childhood memory? My dad pitching batting practice to me. What or who is the greatest love of your life? My wife, my kids, my mother and my 1971 VW Beetle that I bought brand new when I was a Senior in high school - I still have it.

When and where were you the happiest? In 1981, I took 6 weeks off and went to Florida to watch spring training baseball games.

Which talent would you most like to have? To speak Serbian.

What is your current state of mind? Optimistic and hopeful.

What is your most treasured possession? I have no material possessions that I couldn’t live without.

What is the quality you most like in a man? Loyalty

What is the quality you most like in a woman? Confidence and a sense of humor

What is the best advice you have ever received? Try and be a good listener and empathize.

What is your greatest regret? When I finished law school, I had the choice of beginning my professional career practicing law in Colorado or clerking for a judge on the island of St Thomas in the Virgin Islands. I chose Colorado but sometimes I think, what if?

Favorite Quote: Harry Truman: "It takes a carpenter to build a barn -- any jackass can tear one down."