Many people meet Colin Mossbrook and figure the 23-year-old is too young to have much of an impact on the Colorado Springs community. He’s proving them wrong.

“Colin is very engaged in making Colorado Springs the best place to live and his passion for our city is infectious,” said Jonathan Liebert, the CEO and executive director of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado. “His enthusiasm is palpable. You get energized just talking to him.”

Liebert nominated Mossbrook as a Rising Star, and when he was selected, Mossbrook was thrilled.

“I was really excited to hear that,” he said. “It’s a huge accomplishment for me. Age is just a number. It’s all about value. It’s not that I’m anything special, but I want to be a leader and show my peers that you can get involved and people will take you seriously if you have good ideas.”

Mossbrook grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from UCCS in 2016 with a degree in business that emphasized finance, economics and entrepreneurship.

He works as a financial adviser for Strategic Financial Partners in the Springs.

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Mossbrook recently was added to the board for the Colorado Institute for Social Impact, which promotes socially driven businesses and organizations that change the community for the better. He is teaching a level 2 education course for CI4SI  [he also designed the curriculum] that focuses on social impact investing and alternative sources of funding.

“We talk about how they can fund their social impact business,” he said. “I couldn’t be prouder to help drive this initiative.”

He also volunteers for Junior Achievement and Economic Literacy Colorado. In addition, Mossbrook developed a financial literacy program for people with disabilities to help create financial independence for them.

“Colin sees a need and he jumps in with both feet,” Liebert said. “He volunteers his time and energy.”

During his freshman year at UCCS, he had dreams of being an Olympic skier. He was successful in competition on the East Coast in high school and was training with the Winter Park Ski Team when he decided that he wasn’t able to devote enough time to both academics and skiing. He chose a business career, and hasn’t looked back, although he skis whenever possible.

His only regret is not getting involved with the local community sooner.

“I struggled with a sense of value, that I wasn’t good enough for the community and that I was too young,” he said. “But when I dove in and shared my ideas, I was embraced, and it’s been incredible. I try to have a purpose every day and know I have a chance to impact somebody’s life.”

— Bob Stephens

What makes Colorado Springs home?

I think it’s the collaborative community, and the people here are truly special. There are people in this community that have brought me in and supported me like they are my family, and that’s special.