Cory E. Leppert

As if managing a loan portfolio of more than $35 million and a deposit portfolio exceeding $25 million wasn’t enough, Wells Fargo Bank Vice President and Principal Business Relationship Manager Cory E. Leppert also is an active community leader and outdoorsman.
He is chairman of the Pikes Peak United Way Stewardship Committee, a member of the Pikes Peak United Way Investment Task Force and board member of the Ronald McDonald House.

Lamar T. Johnson

Lamar Johnson actively seeks to promote U.S. Bank within the company and throughout the community. He leads by example through organizing teams to participate in community events.
As a branch manger, Johnson provides on-site leadership for customer service, provides leadership, motivation and direction for branch staff, expands customer base and branch profitability, and integrates products and services with customers’ needs.

Marlena Whitt

Marlena Whitt has the drive to meet standards and go beyond what is required of her position as member relations specialist at Air Academy Federal Credit Union.
In 2005, Whitt helped oversee the opening of the Elbert High School Branch. She also formed an advisory committee to determine ways to market to young adults.

Shawn Keehn

Shawn Keehn has a lot of irons in the fire.
He received the 2003 Coldwell Banker Shooting Star award and helped the Coldwell Banker Dave Brown Team receive the International President’s Elite Team award.

2006 Rising Stars Nominees

The Rising Stars program recognizes business leaders under 40 who have made significant contributions to their chosen industries and to the community.
On the following pages you will get the chance to learn more about 20 Rising Stars that are making Colorado Springs a better place to live and work.

Amy M. Kirlin

Amy Kirlin has developed the Chancellor’s Leader-ship Class into the premier leadership development program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
That’s according to Marta Erhard, co-founder and partner at CorVirtus, who nominated Kirlin as a Rising Star.

Gary A. Butterworth

As an associate vice president of the El Pomar Foundation, Gary Butterworth is responsible for the leadership and professional development of about 25 select college graduates.
He also is responsible for managing grants activity in areas of education and amateur athletics.

Andrew C. Oyler

The cornerstone of Andrew Oyler’s career is built on the relationships he has established through integrity and market knowledge.
Oyler has a bachelor’s degree in environmental design in architecture, with an emphasis in real estate and planning from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is working toward his Certified Commercial Investment Member and Society of Industrial and Office Realtors designation, in order to better serve his clients.

Bob Chastain

Every Kid. Every Time. Goosebumps is the vision statement of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the goal of Bob Chastain, president and CEO.
Combining his passion, vision, knowledge and leadership persona, Chastain stands to change the face of the zoo in this community.

Kelly Parthen

In her various roles with Agilent Technologies, Kelly Parthen has spearheaded many award-winning product launches around the world. The largest international product launch resulted in more than 100 articles in 13 countries.
Parthen also is the author of the nationally syndicated column Cinematters, which uses newly released family films to provide parents with creative and simple ideas that spark family bonding. The column appears in more than 30 parenting publications nationwide and reaches more than 3 million readers.