Amy Sufak, president and founder of Red Energy Public Relations, Advertising & Events, is all about the little details. “A signature task I do on a daily basis is make sure my staff is armed with ‘thank you’ notes, envelopes and stamps,” she said. “We send handwritten notes — not...
Here’s advice from a 1960s songwriter’s that Tarah King has never followed: “Slow down, you move too fast…” King, a 2007 graduate of the University of Colorado, is a vice president/financial center manager for UMB Bank and is now responsible for two Colorado Springs branches, which have excelled under her...
For Cindy Aubrey, love of community dovetails with her professional life. As former news director for KOAA Channel 5 and former chief of communications for the city, Aubrey is focused on improving the region where she grew up. “She bleeds Colorado Springs,” said Stephannie Finley Fortune, executive director of university advocacy...
Editor’s note: We will feature each of the 13 winning fastest-growing companies in upcoming CSBJ editions. The founder of AdvantEdge Drywall has provided drywall installation in Southern Colorado for more than 20 years. He built on that experience to create one of the fastest-growing companies in the Springs. The company has...
Regina Lewis has lived a textured life. She was raised as the daughter of a soldier and lived in a series of culturally diverse countries. She lived in poverty while her father fought in Vietnam. She also is a war veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force during Operation...
In all areas of Buddy Newton’s life — whether preparing people’s taxes, being a good father or volunteering as a reserve deputy sheriff in El Paso County — the 30-year-old’s main mission is to help others. As a tax manager and certified public accountant at Stockman Kast Ryan + Co,...
Ben Taylor, 33, is a Palmer High School graduate and a native of Colorado Springs. Today he works as provider relations coordinator for Southern Colorado at Centura Health. His supervisor and Rising Stars nominator Mary Coleman, manager of provider relations and legislative advocacy at Centura, said Taylor deserved recognition for...
Not only does Navakai lead the way with its creative, client-focused culture and environment, the IT consulting company is also setting trends with its wellness program. Navakai, a Colorado Springs-based business, started its homegrown program in 2012 after deciding an insurance-provided corporate wellness program didn’t fit its culture. Navakai employees...
Susan Payne has devoted her life to saving the lives of America’s youth. She founded the Safe2Tell program though the Colorado Office of the Attorney General in 2004 as a anti-violence initiative that has since resulted in the prevention of an estimated 1,600 youth suicides, 30 planned school attacks and...
Rosemary Lytle’s dedication to public service was born out of her grandparents’ struggles in Jim Crow’s Mississippi, their successes in Gary, Ind., and her family’s insistence to give back generously to the communities that embraced them. Lytle’s life — both personal and professional — stemmed from lessons learned as part...
In college, Colorado Springs native Corban Stettler was on a career path to become a police investigator. He completed an externship at the Colorado Springs Police Department, worked in the evidence lab and later passed the entrance exam for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. And he walked away from law...
Maintaining a sense of creativity in Colorado Springs is an important part of keeping the arts alive, says Kate Perdoni. As a musician and as a producer at Rocky Mountain PBS, Perdoni is doing her part to create a robust arts community, said Abigail Kreuser, owner of Kreuser Gallery Inc. “She’s...