Presented by Legacy Bank If you know Stephannie Finley Fortune, there’s a good chance she’s asked you if you’re having fun. “I ask that of a lot of people because so many of us forget to have fun!” she said. Fortune is having a good time. The executive director of university partnerships...
Jennifer Dodd is in the business of influencing the younger generation — whether that’s at work or on her own time. The graduate of Widefield High School finds plenty of ways to give back to the community, and says it feels natural after so many helped her achieve success. For...
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...
Kasia King is inspired and motivated by the bravest people in her life — her parents. “We came here in 1981 as martial law was going into Poland,” she said. “My parents escaped and took me with them. … I can’t imagine the courage it took to leave your family,...
Rose Durham’s love of helping others started early. When her family emigrated from Norway, she was a young girl, but spoke English well and soon became the spokesperson for her family. “I remember my mother crying and reading the family Bible,” she says. “Looking back, I think what incredible sense...
After 21 years in business, SocialSEO, the Colorado Springs-based digital marketing firm, has recently seen a significant increase in its clients and revenue. What is the digital marketing company’s secret to success? Being in the right place at the right time and generating new leads, said Greg and Darcie Walthour,...
Revolution Jewelry Works is a custom design fine jewelry studio that’s true to its name. Its full-time staff, with a collective 95 years of experience, pride themselves on being approachable experts, not salespeople. Owner Jennifer Farnes, one of only about 100 master faceters in the country, took a leap...
PeakMed Colorado is changing the way people go to the doctor. Under a direct primary care model, PeakMed bypasses insurance companies and gives patients direct access to a doctor “regardless of insurance, pre-existing conditions, age or illness,” for a fixed monthly membership fee. Also part of the model: same-day appointments, 24/7...
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...
Paul Sutton attributes the phenomenal growth of his company, Peak Structural Inc., to the decision to move to Palmer Lake in 2015. “No question, the bigger building we have now spurred the growth,” he said. “If we’d moved in 2011 or ’12, we probably would’ve had a surge in growth...
With 48 branches in the U.S., Mortgage Solutions Financial, the Colorado Springs-based loan company, is looking to add five more branches by the end of 2017.  The company, which was created by Roy Clennan, and is currently operated with his son and company President Rob Clennan, specializes in home...
Cousins Ian and Nick Lee opened the gin distillery, Lee Spirits Co., in Colorado Springs in 2013 — and the party hasn’t stopped since. Along with its speakeasy-style tasting room, Brooklyn’s on Boulder St., Lee Spirits pulls in nearly 20 times the revenue it did in 2015, making it...