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Yon Regan scales new visions


Yon ReganWorkstyle

First job: My first job was chasing runaway go carts at a go-cart racing track. I was 12 years old and it was a dream job for all of 50 cents an hour. Unfortunately it probably influenced my driving style for the first few years after getting my license.

Dream job: The short answer: making a difference in the world. The work I do, providing commercial building owners with engineered cost-segregation studies does that by providing capital resources to people who already know how to make things happen. On the personal side the sculpture I do adds a little beauty to the world and perhaps inspiring a few people.


Greatest accomplishment: As a technical rock climber, my partner quite literally puts their life in my hands just as I do in theirs. It is immensely rewarding to earn that kind of trust.


Yon Regan sees the world in 3-D. It started with his advanced education in math and physics; continued in his art medium, sculpture; and culminated in his hobby, technical rock climbing. Regan began climbing mountains when he was a head-strong, lippy 14-year-old who after watching a TV program on a 30-day ,survival-training camp, told his family, "That's what I'd like to do to get away from you people." His step-father called the TV station for the phone number of the camp and signed him up. "I came back a changed person," Regan says.

He originally had visions of working in the U.S. space program, but when he returned home after two years of studying abroad, the Apollo space program was defunct. Regan attended a French university because his step-father told him that in order to appreciate school, he needed to pay for it himself. Regan studied French during his first two years of college in Colorado, because as the type of guy who wore a pocket-protector, "I decided that if I took French, maybe I could get a date," he says. After a rocky start, he excelled at the language and his teacher recommended him for a semester abroad. Regan discovered that if he attended a French-speaking university, as opposed to an English-speaking one, the tuition was free. He studied art at night. After building solar homes for a decade or so, found cost segregation, an income-saving proposition that companies are starting to see the value in right now.

He's regional managing member for Cost Segregation Services, and is based in Broomfield, Colorado.

Best advice you've been given: This is an easy one: "When you change everything will change for you." Recognizing that the world doesn't revolve around us is a big deal. This advice really cuts through the victim mentality that is so pervasive out there and recognizes that people have to play a fundamental role in their own improvement. It really set up for me the acknowledgement that if I didn't like my circumstances then it was up to me to do something about it.

Which talent would you most like to have? The public speaking skill of Barack Obama.

Office decor: Neo classical clutter.

How do you de-stress? Meditate or, and this may sound odd to some, go climbing.


Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Favorite franchised restaurant: This sounds like a trick question.

Signature accessory: Cufflinks I inherited from my Grandfather made out of late 1800 silver dimes.

Most prized possession? A Scottish Broadsword

What's your favorite indulgence? Flying small airplanes upside down or scuba diving in third-world countries.

Who - living or dead - would you most like to have dinner with? Leonardo Da Vinci but for more than just dinner. Not only would it be an amazing opportunity but I figure I would have to learn Italian as part of the deal.

If you could be a fly on the wall, where would you land? On The Dali Lama's shoulder. Buddhists don't swat flies.

Yon Regan is multi-dimensional, as is his art. Below are two examples of his style. The process is laborious, he admits. And his work ranges from abstract to life-like busts of real people. This is all done in his spare time, because his "real" job is teaching companies about cost segregation and saving money.

Yon Regan Sculpture  





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