Family-owned companies are at the core of the Colorado Springs business community. In 2004, Dean Steward decided to retire from his position as CEO and chairman of Heating & Plumbing Engineers Inc., a company his father started in 1947, putting the family tradition in jeopardy. But that’s when his daughter...
Shawnee Huckstep, TechWise Sometimes reality outpaces your dreams. Such was certainly the case with Shawnee Huckstep. “I never expected any of this,” said Huckstep of her international defense contracting company TechWise. “I thought that we’d have a normal small business. Maybe 20 employees. Nothing unusual.” But the small software training company she...
Rebecca Jewett puts her love of the Rocky Mountains to work as executive director of the Palmer Land Trust. It’s a passion that grows from her family’s long presence in the shadow of the mountains. “I’m actually a fifth-generation Coloradan on both sides of my family,” she said. “My great-great grandparents...
Mike Grady believes success is a team effort — and has risen through the ranks at Ent Credit Union to coach and develop employees to work together to benefit its clients. Grady got his start as a teller in 1999, and now oversees seven service centers in the Springs areas....
Fine Arts Center curator Joy Armstrong moved to Colorado Springs at age 7 when her father was transferred here. She started second grade here, then graduated from high school and attended the University of Denver. She studied photography and film production in college, worked various jobs including acting for a...
Jerri Marr, U.S. Forest Service It’s not often that forest supervisors have twitter followers, fan groups, Facebook pages and people urging them to run for president. But most forest supervisors aren’t Jerri Marr. As the supervisor of the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands, part of Marr’s...
When Natasha Main stepped up as executive director at Peak Startup in June last year, she also took a “step back.” “For Peak Startup, we took a step back when I was hired — in a really great way — to reassess and speak with the community ... looking to...
Clay Guillory still has the $400 “monster” that first propelled him into the world of 3D printing. “I wanted to get into make-n-bake 3D print stuff,” he recalls, “but I started with a little kit I found online. It was a terrible kit — kept falling apart — so I...
It only takes Patricia Randle three words to sum up what’s most important to her: faith, family and service.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp6jpDgJoP8 Kristin Kubitschek’s main motivation is to give. She’s always known she would give her lifetime to benefit others. “One of my greatest blessings is being able to live out my faith through the work I do each day,” said Kubitschek, who has worked solely at nonprofits during her career. Kubitschek works...
Deb Mahan, vice president of Kirkpatrick Bank, believes in order for employees to be the best at what they do, they need to take the best care of themselves possible — all with great support from their employers. That’s why Mahan and Kirkpatrick’s market president Trenton Stafford sought an innovative...
A top priority for Kristina Wright is helping Colorado Springs become an inclusive and safe place to live.