Michelle Talarico credited the launch of her success in business to being “young, optimistic and dumb” as a Colorado College student. “It was 1989. I was 23, the co-owner of the Dale Street Café. I loved the hospitality business. There was an opportunity to sell Dale Street, and Kathy (Dreiling)...
(Editor’s note: The Colorado Springs Business Journal annually celebrates the city’s fastest-growing companies with a celebration and awards ceremony.) Summit Technical Solutions was founded in 2001 by CEO Kelly Terrien. A Department of Defense contractor, the company has grown from acting as a subcontractor to holding 21 prime contracts, with more...
(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...
Longtime Colorado Springs resident Whitley Crow graduated from Pine Creek in 2007 and from Montana State University four years later. Happily for Colorado Springs, she deserted Big Sky Country after a brief stint as a bank teller and returned home. By 2016, she had a three-pronged job as research...
Lonzie Symonette, chaplain, Pikes Peak Hospice We sometimes say that leaders are born. The truth is, they are — but generally not on the day of their natural birth. The Rev. Lonzie Symonette clearly recalls the day of her birth as a leader. The year: 1973. “I was sitting in my...
Cycely McMillan is so well known, six people from different industries nominated her for the Rising Stars award. Rita Short has known McMillan more than 15 years, having supervised her work at a small business in Texas, McMillan’s home state. “She really does give 100 percent,” Short said. “She’s very outgoing,...
Jane Young, financial planner, Rotary president Jane Young turned a life-long love for money matters into a successful business as a Colorado Springs financial planner. But her advice, expertise and leadership aren’t limited to her clients. Young has strived to share those talents with the Colorado Springs business community in an...
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,”...
BEST COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY & TRADE SCHOOL 1. UCCS UCCS is the only research-level university in southern Colorado. It developed the world’s first bachelor of innovation program and was among the first to offer a fully online degree program — way back in 1996.  “Our commitment to the community goes back to our...
Col. Nina Armagno, group commander, Peterson AFB Sometimes falling short of a goal can end up being the best thing for a person. Col. Nina Armagno wanted to be an astronaut, which is why she went to the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1988. But she ended up as commander of...
Two days after Lauren Hug moved to Colorado Springs, she was volunteering at the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center to assist those affected by the Waldo Canyon fire. Hug, who founded the marketing and integrated communications company, HugSpeak, had just moved from Austin, Texas, and was in contract...
When Tony Clement was 9, his dad drove their family across the wide prairie from Illinois to launch the real estate firm RE/MAX Properties Inc. in Colorado Springs. Fast-forward three decades and the business now has 185 agents, four locations and two owners, Tony and his dad, Joe. Joe Clement...