Welcome to the 2008 issue of the Colorado Springs Business Journal’s Rising Stars. The Rising Stars program recognizes business leaders under 40 who have made significant contributions to their chosen industries and community. On the following pages you will get the chance to learn more about 38 Rising Stars who are making Colorado Springs a better place to live and work.

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2008 Nominees

Donna Billek, Senior Deputy District Attorney, 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office
Chris Blees, President & CEO, BiggsKofford Certified Public Accountants
Robert Book, Executive Vice President, Strategic Financial Partners
Brad Brackel, Industrial Specialist, Grubb & Ellis|Quantum Commercial Group
Andy Burwell, Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
Aimee Cox, Senior Analyst, City of Colorado Springs
S. Kato Crews, Attorney/Partner, Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP
Steve Czarnecki, Assistant Director, Grants & Fellowship, United States Golf Association
Trevor Dierdorff, President/CEO, Amnet
Connie Dudgeon, Community Relations Manager, Colorado College
Kate Faricy, Public Relations Account Supervisor, PRACO Public Relations Advertising Co.
Wendy Habert, Office Manager, Deputy Public Trustee, El Paso County Public Trustee’s Office
Douglas K. Habgood , Championship Director, 2008 U.S. Senior Open
Eric V. Hall, Partner, Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP

Jennifer Halloway, General Manager, The Promenade Shops at Briargate
Patrick Kerscher, Vice President, Southwestern Commercial Properties
Brad Kreikemeier, Branch President, Bank of Colorado
Virjinia Koultchitzka, Associate Attorney, Alpern Myers Stuart LLC
Lisanne McNew, Assistant Director, Small Business Development Center
Kristy Milligan, Development Director, Citizens Project
Amy Folsom Mullaney , Assistant District Attorney, 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office
Ali Nagel, Injury and Violence Prevention Program Specialist, El Paso County Department of Health and Environment
Benecia Newhouse, Manager, Meeting & Event Services, United States Olympic Committee
Una Ng-Brasch, Distributor, XanGo
Glenda O’Halloran, Nonprofit account supervisor
Ryan Reiff, CPA, Assurance Services Manager, BKD, LLP
Sean Reilly, Broker Associate, CameronButcher Company
Shannon Rogers, Marketing & Public Relations, Palisades at Broadmoor Park
Shannon Roth, Volunteer Center Director, Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Cherise Selley, Broker Associate/President of The Selley Team, Heritage Realty
Cory D. Shultz, Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager, U.S. Bank
Doug Sommer, Manager, Media & Communications, Focus on the Family
Kathie Spurling, Manager, Lending Production, Ent Federal Credit Union
Amy Sufak, Regional Director of Public Relations, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services
Bettina Swigger, Executive Director, Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region
Barb Ferrill Van Hoy, Executive Director, Citizens Project
Matt Vineyard, Senior Project Manager, JE Dunn Construction
Donna Williams, Service Center Manager, Security Service Federal Credit Union