20 Under 40: George Eck III committed to serving newfound home
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Relocating to Steamboat Springs four years ago from Chicago to become a managing attorney for the Steamboat law office of Feldmann Nagel Margulis, George Eck III, 31, has quickly made a lasting impression on everyone from his coworkers to the community.
“From the get-go he’s demonstrated strong leadership and clear vision, setting goals for his career and establishing a firm commitment to his newfound family, the community of Steamboat Springs,” said attorney Dave Nagel, who lured Eck here from the Midwest.
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Eck earned a degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois before graduating law school from Loyola. Then he practiced in Chicago for a few years before Nagel enticed him west, where he already had a strong family presence.
It was bit like coming home. Eck, whose grandfather built a condominium development here in the 1970s, said he has nearly 20 relatives in town, including cousins, aunts, uncles, siblings and his parents, who split half their time here.
“We’ve been coming out for a long time for holidays, skiing and in the summer,” he said. “I see my family more now than I did when living back in Chicago.”
He takes that same family attitude to the community. He’s a member of the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission, which he was appointed to shortly after arriving in town and volunteered last year to serve another three-year term. He enjoys the ability to help shape the community’s character and future.
“Steamboat is going through a lot of interesting development projects right now,” he said, rattling off such subdivisions as Sunlight, River Walk, Overlook, Brynn Grey and more. “And there will be more coming.”
Eck’s gotten involved in plenty more around town as well. He’s a past board member for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, serves on the Steamboat Springs Housing Financing Sub Committee and is a member of the Young Professionals Network.
He fits this all in while handling a variety of legal issues for Feldmann Nagel Margulis, where he also assists at Legal Aid clinics for those unable to afford legal counsel.
He also makes sure to juggle his professional obligations to create the time required for his volunteer service — as well, of course, as such pastimes as skiing, biking and more. And he feels town is in good hands with plenty of his peers practicing the same.
“In the last few years, it seems we’ve definitely garnered a pretty good roster of folks who are trying to make town better,” he said. “I think everyone realizes it’s a great place to live, so we might as well do what we can to keep it that way.”
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