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After going deaf from an undiagnosed allergic reaction to braces as a teenager, Patrick Rizzo quit wrestling, a sport he’d participated in since the second grade. But instead of feeling sorry for himself, he found another passion. Even though he eventually regained partial hearing, he still couldn’t wrestle because of...
Reports show that the average age Millennials choose to get married is in their mid to late 20s, but not every young adult fits the trend. Pueblo native Destiny Camp Meza, communications coordinator for The Greater Pueblo Chamber and Visit Pueblo, moved out of her parents’ home and was married...
As an industrial engineer with a master’s degree in business finance, Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group CEO Mike Henne falls within the 5 percent of operating room directors nationally who aren’t registered nurses. It’s  very uncommon for someone with his background to become CEO of an orthopedic group, said Henne, who...
Tony Karr, the new principal for Lewis-Palmer High School, is not a new face in School District 38. Karr was dean of students at Palmer Ridge High School from 2012-14, followed by three years there as assistant principal before taking the top job at Lewis-Palmer. This academic year, Karr, at 36...
While working as a youth pastor at Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs, Stu Davis took the young members of his church overseas to work in impoverished communities. One long-running partnership was with a community in Swaziland, located in southern Africa, which is grappling with one of the highest...
Bill Walton, who grew up on a large ranch south of Walsenburg, has always been interested in business. After attending seminary, he became a small-town youth pastor but also followed his entrepreneurial ambitions. Walton started his first business at 23, the year he got out of college. He’s now CEO...
When Chynna Frana attended the University of Iowa’s freshman orientation, one student shared how he changed his major five times and was coming out a doctor. Frana told her father, “Don’t worry. That won’t happen to me.” He asked whether she meant changing her major or becoming a doctor. “Both,” she said. Frana...
Community Bank President Jason Doyle joined UMB Bank in 2011, the same year he moved to Colorado Springs. He was hired as vice president, business development officer but had no idea that UMB was grooming him for bigger things. The former golf pro was elevated to president weeks later and...
Anna Parrish was drawn to Colorado even as a teen, despite never having visited. Born in Greenville, N.C., Parrish moved with her family to Virginia before venturing back to attend college at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. It was her love of the mountains that led her to...
While she was born in Mexico, Yolanda Avila’s family has had ties to Colorado Springs since the late 1950s. The city councilor represents District 4 on the Southeast side, an area with which she is entirely familiar. Avila’s father spent 21 years in the Army and was stationed at Fort...
Nathan Newbrough, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, is entering his 10th year at the nonprofit organization. Since being named CEO in 2008, Newbrough has pulled the philharmonic out of financial turmoil and significantly increased attendance, ticket sales and subscribers. “There was the perception that the orchestra was just...
While some might find it scary entering the work world right after college, Beka Adair embraces being one of the youngest employees at her organization. After graduating from Colorado College in 2016 and interning at the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC for three months, Adair was offered the first economic...