May 20, 2019

New Director Named at Secretary of State’s Business and Licensing Division

This week, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced that Michael Hardin will be the new Director of the Business and Licensing Division at the Secretary of State’s office.

Most recently, Hardin served as CEO of Paradigm Services, LLC, tasked with developing and implementing organizational policies and programs. Prior to that position, he served as Vice President of Operations for ELM Locating and Utility Services in Golden, and as Senior Director at Utiliquest in Denver. Hardin also served nearly a decade in the U.S. Army as a Quartermaster Officer, managing at the Division and Battalion levels. Hardin’s last assignment was as a Battalion Operations Officer for a multifunctional logistics organization.

Hardin will take over the Director of Business and Licensing position from Tom Downey, who has been serving as Director in a temporary capacity. Hardin will begin at the Division on May 31, 2011.

The Secretary of State’s office oversees 130 employees who handle everything from elections to nonprofit regulation. The Business and Licensing Division, with more than fifty employees, is the largest of the office’s four divisions. The division oversees and administers many of Colorado’s business and commercial statutes that govern profit and nonprofit corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, trade names, secured transactions under the Uniform Commercial Code and miscellaneous liens, Colorado Charitable Solicitations Act, Bingo and Raffles Laws, and Notaries Public Laws.

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