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One Summit Conquered continued before his 25th birthday. And he still isn’t absolutely certain what he wants to do with his life. “When you rest, you rust,” said Jaen, a Building Inspector for Jefferson County, Colo., since May 2012. “I think it’s healthy to change it up every 10 years or so. Otherwise, a lot of life can pass you by.” Life has been getting whiplash watching the energetic Jaen pass it by for many of those 24 years. In addition to working as a full-time Building Inspector since November 2012, he teaches tennis to a few friends and plays on a hockey team formed around the time Jaen was born by a colleague, Jefferson County Plans Examiner Troy Jones. Jones achieved his MCP in September 2014. In fact, Jefferson County now has five MCPs, said Becky Baker, Director of Building Safety, who got her gold pin in 2010. Senior Inspector Guy McMann also got his in 2010, and Chief Building Inspector Mike Salazar got his in early 2011. Jones, who helped Jefferson County native Jaen with the certifications needed for the MCP, feigns pique that someone so young could achieve the MCP so quickly. “He was averaging one certification every month to six weeks,” Jones said. “Me? About every two months. “Andre is an extremely intelligent, motivated young man with an abundance of common sense. He’s able to easily work with contractors and others of a more wizened stature.” Jaen’s colleagues are as impressed with his common sense and people skills as they are with his MCP achievement. Listening to him talk with someone on the phone is a revelation, they say: He’s cool-headed and able to see, and explain, all sides of the issue. And he doesn’t back down from challenges, they say; he welcomes them. Jaen credits a “gift of gab” developed in debate teams in high school and mock trials during pre-law studies as a college student. “When you rest, you rust,” said Andre Jaen, MCP, a 25-year-old Building Inspector for Jefferson County, Colo., since May 2012. APRIL 2015 | 26


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