Ian Lee wanted to do more than just sell gin — he wanted a place that created a special kind of atmosphere. Just a few years later, there’s nearly always a wait to get into Brooklyn’s on Boulder, which acts as the tasting room for Lee Spirits Co. Lee started...
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,”...
Law Firms McDivitt Law Firm 19 E. Cimarron St. Phone: 471-3700, 877-846-4878 Web: mcdivittlaw.com Year Established: 1974 Number of Employees: 80 What makes your business stand out? “I started McDivitt Law Firm with the intention of helping Coloradans get back on their feet after an injury, and I’m proud to know the community sees we are doing...
Chris Long believes in changing people’s lives through helping them achieve financial independence, plan for retirement and invest in the future. As a partner in Breglio, Long and Associates, a wholly owned firm of Ameriprise Financial, his role is to serve as investment manager for the group, and give clients...
Southern California native Mina Liebert has a passion for healthy neighborhoods. The public health planner with El Paso County Public Health transitioned from her position as director of LiveWell Colorado Springs several months ago. In her current role, she oversees the accreditation process for the county, the first and only...
Home Health Care Agencies Interim HealthCare of Colorado Springs 1901 N. Union Blvd., Suite 200 Phone: 632-9900 Web: interimhealthcare.com/Coloradosprings Year Established: 1973 Number of Employees: 400 What makes Interim HealthCare unique? “Interim HealthCare of Colorado Springs is a premier organization committed to providing quality health care to the people of Southeastern Colorado. Our commitment...
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)...
For years, Shannon Gast didn’t exercise; she was recovering from an injured back and fitness wasn’t part of her daily routine. An employee of Colorado Springs Health Partners, Gast was intrigued when the company started Vitality, a health-and-wellness program aimed at creating healthier employees. “I love it,” she said. “The points...
Cory Notestine believes that one person can change the world — through improving the life of a child. Currently a counseling facilitator in Colorado Springs School District 11, Notestine wasn’t sure what he wanted to do immediately after graduating from college with a degree in psychology. He started working at...
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...
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,...
Mia Ramirez found her calling in Chile. The Colorado Springs native traveled there to work for a nonprofit micro-lending agency between receiving an undergraduate degree in Denver and heading to Boston for graduate school. “We were providing mini loans to alleviate poverty in Chile. When working there I realized I wanted...