Title: Municipal Official, Independent Consultant, Owner
Company: Occhiato Land and Cattle LLC
Location: Pueblo, Colorado, United States
Michael Occhiato, Municipal Official, Independent Consultant, and Owner at Occhiato Land and Cattle LLC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership as a civil servant and business administrator.
With a wide range of experiences to his credit, Mr. Occhiato has emerged as a leader in both his community and career. Since 1996, he has served as a Real Estate Broker Associate, GRI, CRS with Sound Venture from 1996 to 1998; Jones-Healey Realtors from 1998 to 2006; and Coldwell Banker Realtors from 2004 to 2012. He has been the Owner of Occhiato Land and Cattle from 2013 to present. Mr. Occhiato also contributed his experience to the Pueblo City Council, 1980-1996 and 2002-2009, serving twenty-four years, with leadership as President of the Council, six years, and as Chairman of the Pueblo Area Council of Government.
In Mr. Occhiato’s tenure as President of the City Council, he was instrumental in negotiating a Sister City relationship with Weifang, China and led a three-person delegation to Weifang to formally celebrate the relationship. He also had similar experiences with Chihauhua, Mexico and Bergamo, Italy, representing the City of Pueblo, welcoming Bergamo, Italy as one of its Sister Cities. For Mr. Occhiato’s work in signing a Sister City agreement between Bergamo, Italy and Pueblo, Colorado, he was named Italian Citizen of the Year in 2008.
Prior to contributing to these roles, he was Operations Manager of Canner’s Inc., a division of Pueblo Pepsi, 1970-1976, and President of Pepsi-Cola Pueblo and Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1976-1982. Mr. Occhiato served two years as President of the Colorado Soft Drink Association. Upon acquisition of the Pueblo Operation by PEPSI-CO, he served as Area Vice President from 1982 through 1984.
After serving as a Lieutenant in Naval Aviation, Mr. Occhiato launched a career with the Tivoli Brewing Company, contributing as Sales Manager from 1965 to 1968 and thereafter, from 1968-1969, as General Manager. In 1969, Denver Voters approved a Denver Urban Renewal Ballot Issue which forced the Tivoli Brewery to cease operations. At the direction of PEPSI-CO, Mr. Occhiato received his MBA from the University of Colorado in 1984. He initiated Ethnic Foods International, focusing on Mexican Fast Foods.
Mr. Occhiato was also active in various charitable organizations serving as a board member and in leadership roles with Pueblo Diversified Industries, the Pueblo Zoning Commission, the Human Resources Commission, the Urban Renewal Commission, and was one of several who was nominated to serve on the Board of Pueblo Economic Development Commission, when first developed. He also served on Pueblo Area Crime Stoppers. In 1990, Mr. Occhiato was chosen to be one of seventy-five US Public Officials to join a 500 member delegation of the first “United Nations World Sustainable Future” conference at the United Nations.
In 1990, serving as President of the City Council, he partnered with Dr. Tony Zeiss, the President of Pueblo Community College, to initiate funding for design and finished concept design of the Historical Arkansas River Project. This was a hurdle which the City Council, at the time, was reluctant to fund. Succeeding with the design and development plan, Pueblo Voters gave the approval to Pueblo’s main tourist attraction. HARP. This gem of Pueblo continues to grow each year with new features for tourists and citizens.
Mr. Occhiato developed, at an early age, interest in Politics, working as a door to door helper for the Eisenhower-Nixon America’s Presidential Race. He was inspired by his father and later by his father’s good friend and Governor of Colorado, Dan Thorton. Prior to beginning his professional career, Mr. Occhiato attended the University of Denver with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Labor Relations. He was also Vice President of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
Beyond his career responsibilities, Mr. Occhiato has been actively involved in numerous community organizations and professional associations. He presently is a member of the Pueblo Cattleman’s Association and the Colorado Cattleman’s Association. He maintains a membership in the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, and serves as a member of the Colorado State University Foundation Board in Pueblo. He has further been included in numerous honors publications, including multiple editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Politics, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who in the World. Well regarded as a leader in his field, Mr. Occhiato has further been recognized as the recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable contributions to their community.
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