Luisa Graff, Luisa Graff Jewelers When asked how Luisa Graff chose the jewelry business, she replied, “I didn’t chose the jewelry business, it chose me!” Gems, minerals, and precious metals have been a part of her life from the very beginning. Born to a Peruvian mother and American father, Luisa’s early...
Mari Sinton-Martinez was born to love Colorado Springs. She comes from a long line of influential area natives — including the founders of Sinton Dairy in Colorado Springs and owners of the Dalton Ranch community in Durango — but determined at a young age she wanted to help the region...
Imagine French toast stuffed with cream cheese and topped with maple syrup and whipped cream. Maybe add a drizzle of caramel, just for kicks. How about the strawberry cheesecake pancakes, made with New York-style cheesecake chunks, a strawberry compote and more whipped cream? Or perhaps you’d prefer the dense buttermilk...
Community advocacy is an integral part of Cory Tuck’s career philosophy. Tuck started Aviso Law LLC with partner Ryan Coward in 2014. He specializes in defending military service members and veterans, as well as litigating family law and other individual issues. It’s all a matter of protecting people, he said. “I see...
Colorado native Tammy Rivera has lived the familiar saying: When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Originally from Sterling in the northeastern part of the state, Rivera received a degree from Colorado State University and moved to Colorado Springs in 2000 to work for national accounting firm BKD...
Colorado Springs-based government contractor BASCO Group LLC is proving itself to be a dynamic force in general contracting, as well as the other services it provides. Since 2013, the company has grown from 11 to 39 full-time employees and has also increased its gross annual revenue from $1.1 million in...
At one point during his banking career, Alex Sullivan’s duties involved counting cows. He’s also driven front-end loaders and excavators back to UMB Bank. As to counting cows, he soon developed a plan: Count the legs, then divide by four. Sullivan is vice president-commercial banking officer for UMB in Colorado...
As the community organizing manager at The Independence Center, Courtney Stone works in a profession that not only matches her college degree in social work, but feeds her calling to help people who have disabilities. “I’ve been fortunate enough to find a job that fits my passion and my skills,”...
When asked about being honored by the Business Journal, Lt. Shaye Haver, 25, said, “It’s strange I was named a Woman of Influence for suffering in the woods for six months.” And while many say they “suffer” for their craft, Haver really has suffered. Last summer she, along with Capt....
Caleb Rice continues to climb the ladder of success at Colorado Springs’ historic, five-star hotel. In 2008, Rice graduated from Oklahoma State University on a Saturday, moved to Colorado Springs the next day and started his first job at The Broadmoor on Monday. After working at La Taverne as an assistant...
Brittney Stroh, a graduate of Fountain Valley School and Colorado College, joined Atlas Preparatory School in 2012 as director of community programs after working two years as an El Pomar fellow. Four years later, she’s now the school’s executive director and COO, responsible for finance, facilities, fundraising and administration. She...
Catholic Charities of Central Colorado has a new website, a larger photography database and a growing social media presence all because of Stacy Sprewer, its communications and social media manager for the past three years. Sprewer has lived in Colorado Springs most of her life, graduating from UCCS in 2014...