Aisha Ahmad-Post was one of three finalists for her current position as director of UCCS’ Ent Center for the Arts when she finished her interview and went to Garden of the Gods to call her husband. “I said, ‘Andrew, I crushed that interview. We might be moving to Colorado Springs.’...
New Jersey native Micki Cockrille has lived in the Pikes Peak region for more than 20 years. He grew up in Woodland Park and moved with his family to Colorado Springs, where he went to high school and college, graduating from UCCS with a degree in business, emphasizing human...
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...
Two things have been fixtures in Jason Feld’s life since childhood — Colorado and helping others. “It’s one of those things that gets instilled in you by your parents,” said Feld, who grew up as the son of two firefighters in the suburban Chicago area. “I like to help people...
Chad Eckles is committed to serving his country and community. At 21, the southern California native joined the Air Force. He served four years active duty before transitioning into the Reserve. About two years ago, Eckles decided to switch from enlisted to officer and received his commission as an information wartime...
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...
Mark Perrault’s interest in finance predates his high school diploma. He bought stock in the multinational technology corporation Intel in 2001 — his senior year. “I remember the whole excitement of following a company,” Perrault said. “I always had an appreciation for the stock market and investing.” Perrault’s early business savvy...
Cybersecurity Amnet Trevor Dierdorff founded Amnet 21 years ago as a means of providing IT support for Colorado Springs businesses that used anywhere from 20 to 200 computers. Although that mission hasn’t changed, its scope certainly has, Dierdorff said. “It’s no longer enough to do that without providing a comprehensive cybersecurity solution,”...
Architectural Firms RTA Architects RTA Architects has created award-winning architectural and interior designs since 1975. That longevity is no accident, according to Stuart Coppedge, principal of the firm. “I think people recognize that we have our clients’ and our community’s best interest at the heart of all we do,” he said. And Coppedge...
Francisco Montes has built his life around two bits of wisdom he received from his parents. “My mom said, ‘Cisco, I don’t care what you do — just be the best at it. You could be the garbage man, just make sure you’re the best garbage man,’” Montes said. “And...
Apartment Complex Copper Stone A stroll through a pleasant courtyard takes residents to their studio, one- or two-bedroom apartment home at Copper Stone. Though the central location affords easy access to multiple shopping and entertainment options — The Citadel mall and Citadel Crossing, as well as Memorial Park, are short drives...
Alternative Medicine Adventure CBD Cannabidiol, a nonpsychoactive component of the cannabis plant, is touted as a remedy for many conditions, from skin conditions to seizures. Adventure CBD produces high-quality, CBD-infused creams, oils, concentrates and edibles for use by humans and pets. It’s important for customers to patronize CBD stores that are...