A.J. Peak, CEO of Peak Dental Services, had a vision for his company before it began — but he needed help. That’s when his father entered the picture. “I wanted to do something entrepreneurial and I developed a business plan,” Peak said. “I talked my dad into being the guinea...
Shortly after Janice Frazier joined Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region’s leadership team in 2011, the nonprofit fell apart — but that didn’t break her indomitable spirit. Instead, the North Carolina native took over and became the voice of the organization, dedicated to resurrecting its team and community center...
Haley Chapin ended up in Colorado because she won a contest — and what was supposed to be a three-month stay ended up being a permanent move. As a sophomore at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., Chapin won a contest to go to Denver for three months to...
Janet Suthers, executive director, Colorado Springs Leadership Institute If at times it appears that Janet Suthers has a lot on her plate, she comes by multi-tasking honestly. “I’d have to say my mother was far and away the biggest influence on my life,” says the executive director of the Colorado Springs...
Joan Gurvis, managing director, Center for Creative Leadership A circuitous route led Joan Gurvis, the managing director of the Center for Creative Leadership’s Colorado Springs campus, to her job and this city. But the route was far from random. As she moved from one job, and one line of work,...
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...
For Mundi Ross, it all started with a cookie. She developed Salt + Butter Co. to market locally made gourmet cookies, and then grew her local network into not one, but two jobs. Ross left Leadership Pikes Peak last month to start developing marketing ideas and designing restaurant areas and product...
When Linda Warren decided to start a business of her own in 1992, she never imagined it would grow into one of the largest and most successful of its kind in Colorado Springs. “I never intended to grow a business … and now I have 21 employees,” Warren said. “It’s...
Benita Fitzgerald Mosley has led a life dedicated to pursuing excellence. For instance, Fitzgerald Mosley is chief of organizational excellence for the United States Olympic Committee, a role she’s filled since 2013. But many know her for the gold medal she won in the 100-meter hurdles during the 1984 Summer...
He learned the lesson early, growing up in a family with a father, grandfather and uncle who served in the military. Following in their footsteps and enlisting in the Army — complete with multiple deployments, a Bronze Star with Valor and a Purple Heart — Garfield Edwards now is...
Mary Fagnant is CEO of Qualtek Manufacturing, a Colorado Springs metal manufacturer that creates components for both the medical and aerospace industries. Making stuff is nothing new to Fagnant. She grew up in a Chicago suburb working in the family business, a food-packaging manufacturer. “I’ve always had manufacturing in my life,”...
As an employee, Liz Jefferson looked for ways to pay forward her experience.