Carrie Perkins, Veda Salon Carrie Perkins dedicates herself to healthy living — for herself, her Veda guests and staff and for those supported by the nonprofits she has embraced in the Colorado Springs community. To say she worked her way up in the salon and spa business is no exaggeration. She was...
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...
While living in Illinois, Jacqueline Staples, 35, earned an associate’s degree in graphic design, but later decided to switch career paths and pursue financial advising. Her newly found passion stemmed from a class she completed about the financial industry. There she found her calling: helping others wisely manage their...
(Editor’s note: The Colorado Springs Business Journal honors the city’s fastest-growing companies each year with a celebration in September. The eight companies who won will be featured in a series of articles that discuss their business models, their success stories and their challenges.)  Tumbleweed Tiny Homes got started in 1999...
(Editor’s Note: The Colorado Springs Business Journal honors the city’s fastest-growing companies each year with a celebration in September. The eight companies that won are being featured in a series of articles discussing their business models, success stories and challenges.) Elevated Insights is a market research company that is moving...
Caroleen Jolivet, Mulliken Weiner Berg & Jolivet, P.C. A small town girl by birth, Lee Jolivet brings her esteem for small-town values and relationships to her work and to her community giving. Though no longer a small town, Colorado Springs proved to be the right fit for her when she...
Lisa Lyden, Media personality When Lisa Lyden announced she was stepping down as news co-anchor at KOAA-TV after 29 years, the newscaster’s news sent shock waves through the community. Business Journal Executive Editor Ralph Routon wrote about the news. “Usually we hear news stories, think briefly about how they’ll affect us or...
Allison Jencson and her husband Barry believe in leading by example — and that includes their health and wellness efforts. The two own Frontline Floor Coatings, a business that specializes in coating tile and concrete floors to keep them looking fresh and new. The company also can repair tile and...
Poverty means more than not having money. It means lacking education on how to organize one’s personal finances, and it means being stuck in patterns of behavior that help with survival but make it difficult to escape poverty. Rising Star Bree Shellito knows that better than many — she grew up...
David McDivitt felt he had a promising future as an investment banker while working in London and New York, but he wanted more. His desire was to help people and to do it face to face. So, he returned to his alma mater and enrolled in the University of Colorado...
Kathy Loo, philanthropist, artist Some pillars of the community carve out their turf early on and build their power base from there. Others prefer to take on a role as needed, and then jump in to fill a critical vacuum somewhere else. Katherine Loo is among the latter. “I’ve been active...
Rosenna Bakari moved to Colorado Springs about a year ago, and her work is already making an impact in the community. In 2010, Bakari started Talking Trees in Des Moines, Iowa. The nonprofit organization and website is dedicated to helping and empowering adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and incest. Before...