Looking for Business/ Data Analyst position

MARCO BERLINGER, an Austrian business student currently studying at the Bowling Green State University in Ohio would like to find a position here in Colorado after graduating. His dream job would be Business/Data Analyst. You can find his information on www.linkedin.com/in/marco-berlinger-llboec – please reach out to him if you know of a position that might be suitable.



Autism Climbs

Guest Blog from Ilse Wagner*


Being an expat is both fun and challenge, and starting a family abroad adds a whole new dimension to the experience. Attitudes towards parenting and education can be different coming from another country. Plus when two of my three kids were diagnosed with autism, those differences became even more apparent. Friends and family in Austria are still not convinced that autism is even a thing, and the Americans in our lives may wonder what the hold up is in regards to medication and behavioral interventions.

Between those two extremes, I did discover common ground and opportunities here in Colorado that we might not have back home. The common ground is that we all love our kids regardless of labels and that our time together is precious. Among the opportunities here in Colorado I have to list a thriving community of families who embrace autism, a wide variety of non-profit initiatives and progressive special needs educators in our neighborhood public school. (Getting to be part of Boulder Valley School District was dumb luck; our experience might be quite different in other US cities).

Still, we all need to figure out what works for us, and can’t blindly follow experts’ advice. I feel that kids in general can’t ever get too much physical exercise, and those who struggle with body awareness and motor coordination need it even more. While every activity is beneficial, rock climbing stands out. Kids who climb in a gym can do so safely and without any peer pressure, at their own pace and skill level. Climbing challenges both body and mind, and it stimulates exactly those neural systems that kids with autism often struggle with: balance, body perception, and hand-eye coordination.

In an effort to bring out the best of all these factors, my husband, a friend and I started a non-profit called Autism Climbs, dedicated to empowering those affected by autism through rock climbing activities. The community support we receive is incredible, climbing gyms welcome us and dedicated climbers are willing to volunteer at our events. Participants truly appreciate us and the community we foster.

We now offer a variety of programs, our most popular being a monthly FUNdamental Family Climb, a free event where we invite families to bring all their kids, including siblings and friends, and have fun being active together. We also take small groups climbing outdoors, do 1:1 or small group private lessons for kids with autism and their siblings, and starting this fall a Parents’ Night Out, where we offer to climb with the kids while the parents can go on a rare date. Apart from these family services we do staff trainings in climbing gyms, helping them better understand the needs of climbers with autism and integrating them in group lessons and camps.

Autism Climbs is a registered 501(3)(c) non-profit organization, and all donations are tax deductible. Other ways to work with us include sponsoring a specific event or program, or simply volunteering at our events – it’s a lot of fun!

If you would like to participate, volunteer, donate or learn more about us and our upcoming events, please visit our website: autismclimbs.org

Explore. Bond. Climb!

Ilse Wagner (“Yisha”)
Co-founder, president
Autism Climbs
501(3)(c), FEIN: 47-4680885

*This is a guest blog provided by Ilse Wagner. The Austrian Honorary Consulate in Denver can not endorse this nonprofit specifically.

Job posting: Admin Role in Denver, CO

This is a courtesy post for Gregor Vogrin, GCI Management LLC, www.gci-management.com

I am recruiting an admin role for my client Brucha (www.brucha.com), a manufacturer of walk-in freezers, insulated doors, insulated metal panels for cold storage and architectural / façade panels. In Europe, Brucha, a $200M company, is known as the Mercedes of the panel world, we are just ramping up their US business.

We need a general admin person whose most important qualification is speaking German adequately, please see Job description (in German language on purpose). As said, no PHD required, but some basic working experience and common (business) sense.

Austria Reopens Its Honorary Consulate in Denver

Hikmet Ersek and his wife, Nayantara Ghosh-Ersek, are "two for one" honorary consuls for Austria.
Hikmet Ersek and his wife, Nayantara Ghosh-Ersek, are “two for one” honorary consuls for Austria.

Austria has reopened an honorary consulate in Denver and appointed Western Union chief executive Hikmet Ersek and his wife, Nayantara Ghosh-Ersek, to oversee it.

“You get two for the price of one, which is incredible,” joked Gov. John Hickenlooper at a ceremony Thursday evening at the Brown Palace. “Who better to help build bridges.”

The couple, who moved to Colorado from Vienna five years ago, are tasked with assisting Austrian residents in the region and promoting closer cultural, tourism and trade ties.

Drawn by the region’s mountains and mines, Austrian immigrants played an important role in settling Colorado and Wyoming.

Several Colorado companies, including Level 3 Communications, Liberty Global, Arrow Electronics and Western Union, have operations in Austria, which is one of Europe’s wealthiest countries. Austria and Colorado also share a heavy concentration of renewable-energy firms and research facilities.

The Erseks will report to Ulrike Ritzinger, the Austrian Consul General based in Los Angeles.