This week the Colorado Springs Business Journal honored its 2011 class of Rising Stars – 40 up-and-coming business and community leaders under the age of 40.

Rising Stars are recognized for their business and community contributions.

Honorees were selected from the sectors of banking, finance, health care, accounting, construction, marketing, education, media, nonprofits and the arts.

Below is a video segment featuring some of this year’s honorees.

Links to photo galleries from yesterday’s awards reception and a list of this year’s honorees is also included.


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2011 Honorees

Julie Abel, Executive Director, Family Life Services

Lisa Abuso, Director of Admissions,  Colorado Technical University

Kirsten Akens, Associate Editor, Colorado Springs Independent

Lindsey Arkfeld, Executive Director, Kids on Bikes

Janet Aust, Senior Account Manager, Lewan & Associates

Brittany Bermensolo, National Event Manager, Red Energy Public Relations & Advertising

Mark Bittle, Business Development Director, Amnet

Rebecca Bumgarner, Service Center Manager, Security Service FCU

Mollie Marie Burns, Operations Workflow & Environmental  Health & Safety Manager, Freedom Communications, dba The Gazette

Matt Colligan, Division Manager, Southern Colorado, Champion Windows of Colorado Springs

Lonnie Cramer, Director of Imagining Services & Orthopedic & Neuro Surgery Service Line, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services

Lorelle Davies, Director of Auxiliary Services, Pikes Peak Community College

Kevin Davis, Sales and Service Manager U.S. Bank, Briargate Branch

Jason Duffy, Marketing Director, Luisa Graff Jewelers

Jennifer Eckels, Senior Project Engineer, Gas Planning & Design, Colorado Springs Utilities

Jennifer Elledge, Program Manager, Pikes Peak Sustainable Business Network, Catamount Institute

Ashley Fritz, Project Engineer, GE Johnson Construction Company

Lea Geiser-Hayler, Senior Manager, BKD CPAs & Advisors

Jessica Gladney, Operations Supervisor, Security Service FCU

Steven Gold, Assistant Coordinator, Student Disability Services (OASIS), Pikes Peak Community College

Dr. Dyanna Haley-Rezac, Owner/Physical Therapist, Rezac & Associates Physical Therapy, LLC PC

Randy L. Halfpop, Certified Financial Planner, Randy L. Halfpop, Financial Planner

Etienne Hardre, Principal, Next Exit Advisors

Janelle Irwin, Assistant Manager, Security Service FCU

Rebecca Keith, AP Biology Teacher, Mesa Ridge HS, Widefield District 3

Nicole Kelley, Director of Operations, OfficeScapes

Stanton Kensinger, Business Development Manager, Blu SKY Restoration Contractors

Tony LeVeque, Executive VP, Senior Business Development Officer, Central Bancorp, Central Bank and Trust

Adam Linder, Store Manager, Walmart-Super Center #3805

Christina McGrath, Executive Director, Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region

Amanda Mountain, Regional Director and General Manager, Rocky Mountain PBS

Nathan Newbrough, President and CEO, Colorado Springs Philharmonic

Danielle Newsom, Coordinator, Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Andy O’Riley, VP of Materials Processing, Blue Star Recyclers LLC

Cyndi Parr, Employment Services Coordinator, Community Outreach

Victoria Selfridge, Director of Marketing, Ent Federal Credit Union

Scott Sufak, Agent, RE/MAX Real Estate Group

Gina Taranto, Director of Development, Colorado College

Jill Webb, Director of Business Development, Central Bancorp

Jeff Zearfoss, Supervisor/Sommelier, The Broadmoor Hotel