Manufacturing  April 26, 2013

Nix works in excavating but digs volunteering

2013 Boulder County Business Hall of Fame

LONGMONT — Scott Nix is a veteran community player — from roles in junior high school student government to invitational charity motorcycle rides.

To Nix, owner and president of Nixcavating Inc., a Longmont-based excavating company that he launched in 1982, giving back to the community goes hand-in-hand with being successful.

He likes to have fun, too.

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One of his recent volunteer activities involved raising funds for A Woman’s Work, an organization that financially helps St. Vrain Valley women in need.

Along with his son, Brady, Nix agreed to go on the auction block in 2012 to raise money for one of the organization’s fundraising projects: Magnificent Men of A Woman’s Work. As one of the top moneymakers for the event, the pair made it into the Magnificent Men 2013 calendar.

“It’s an important project for us,” said Cindy Noble, A Woman’s Work executive director. “He and Brady offered an opportunity for someone to come play in the dirt with big machinery,” she added, referring to the prize donors got in return for their support.

With a page of bulleted points that outline Nix’s additional community involvement, Noble nominated him to the 2013 Boulder County Business Hall of Fame.

“Scott has an entrepreneurial spirit that embodies creativity and tenacity. He’s always there for people,” she said. “He’s not a showy guy. He does it because it’s the right thing to do, not for the recognition.”

Noble has worked with Nix on a number of projects, including his run for a seat on the Boulder County Commission in 1995.

“I watched him go from an excavation site to the board room to convince people what was good for the community. It was a stretch for him, and he did it with class.

“One of the big things to me is that Scott’s a uniquely Longmont success story,” she said, “and he’s always been the first one to share that success with all the people he works with.”

Organizations Nix has supported include Skyline Kiwanis, Longmont Chamber Leadership Program and Longmont Baseball. Through his company, Nix has donated services and labor to groups such as Habitat for Humanity, Mountain States Children’s Home and OUR Center.

“When you help groups in your own specialty — with things you’re skilled at — it’s not overwhelming,” Nix said.

He believes community involvement is a win-win activity. “It’s a great way to get in front of people to promote your business,” he said. “You help people in ways you can, and it all comes back to you as additional work, clients and connections.”

Nix sees his community work as reciprocal in other ways as well. “Life is a team sport. I look at where I am today and know that as individuals we wouldn’t be anywhere of value or importance without family, employees, vendors, customers and church.”

LONGMONT — Scott Nix is a veteran community player — from roles in junior high school student government to invitational charity motorcycle rides.

To Nix, owner and president of Nixcavating Inc., a Longmont-based excavating company that he launched in 1982, giving back to the community goes hand-in-hand with being successful.

He likes to have fun, too.

One of his recent volunteer activities involved raising funds for A Woman’s Work, an organization that financially helps St. Vrain Valley women in need.

Along with his son, Brady, Nix agreed to go on the auction block in 2012 to raise money for one of the organization’s fundraising…

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