Online rants landing consumers in court

Online rants landing consumers in court

By Bryan Grossman bryan.grossman@csbj.com Everyone is a critic in today’s world. The Internet has provided the majority of the planet’s population with the opportunity to share opinions, valid or not, globally and instantly. Each day people add to the archive of electronic opinion, often as consumers. As a result, proprietors, customers and the law are […]

Brown: 25 years of catching bad guys

Brown: 25 years of catching bad guys

“Not one person has gotten away,” bondsman Bobby Brown says from his secured office,  once a home just south of downtown Colorado Springs. Brown sits behind a large desk; photos of family and friends (some recognizable to the general public, others only to those close to him) line the walls and nearly any other available […]

Lessons I’ve learned from a cartoon

By Bryan Grossman bryan.grossman@csbj.com After 10 years, Gary Blehm got to use his Mont Blanc pen again. On April 9, the local cartoonist signed a contract with Looking Good Licensing, which he called a shot of encouragement to return to creating art full-time. The Vermont company will market the Penman creator’s brand following a failed […]

Nuclear negotiations impacted by Putin decision

By Marija B. Vader marija.vader@csbj.com   Russia’s decision to sell a missile defense system to Iran “is not helpful” to promoting peace in the Middle East, said Frank Rose, assistant U.S. Secretary of State, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance. In town for the 31st annual Space Symposium, Rose addressed members of the Colorado […]

Relationships crucial for doing business overseas

Relationships crucial for doing business overseas

Good citizenship means understanding what’s happening in the world, and being a good businessperson means doing business internationally, said Schuyler Foerster, past president of the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council. “If we’re going to be around in another 40 years, we better be global,” Foerster said. Earlier this month, Foerster served as moderator of a […]

From Peru to selling gems in the Springs

From Peru to selling gems in the Springs

Luisa Graff was born in Lima, Peru, and escaped to the United States after a political coup there. At 14, when she landed in Colorado Springs, it took her only a few months to get a job. Ed Megel had been selling Graff’s family’s emeralds at his jewelry store here, and with determination, she began […]

After years seeing the nation, Webb insures her Springs now

Colorado Springs native Jill Webb takes a community-oriented approach to her career. Webb is vice president of CB Insurance in downtown Colorado Springs. She began her career at age 19 in the recruiting business and 13 years later recruited herself to go work for Central Bancorp downtown. Despite her lack of experience in finance, Webb […]

Maxwell helps Hospice patients ‘not think about their disease’

It’s a large task to coordinate El Paso County’s terminally ill residents with the volunteers who help many of them through their final days — but Nicole Maxwell has made it her career. As volunteer coordinator for Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care, the 32-year-old wife and mother works every day to arrange visits by […]

Heffentrager follows his calling to position with Navigators

Mark Heffentrager is a man of God — both personally and professionally. When he moved to Colorado from Arizona in 1998, he started work as an Eagle Lake Camps counselor for the Navigators and has been with them ever since. Now 40, Heffentrager serves the faith-based nonprofit as director of camping ministries both on the […]

Hitchcock uses role at UpaDowna to find solutions on the trail

Steve Hitchcock and his nonprofit UpaDowna are on a mission to slow people down and show them the value of community. The 37-year-old Florida native serves as executive director of the organization, which aims to provide access to outdoor adventures and bring all walks of life together on the trail. Hitchcock, also known as “Yeti,” […]

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