Forrest Senti always planned to forge a career in marketing. He majored in marketing and minored in entrepreneurship while at UCCS, but once he graduated, he discovered even greater passions for social impact businesses and working with startups. In his developing career, he’s managed to combine all three. “Everywhere I’ve...
Mike Grady believes success is a team effort — and has risen through the ranks at Ent Credit Union to coach and develop employees to work together to benefit its clients. Grady got his start as a teller in 1999, and now oversees seven service centers in the Springs areas....
At 28, Grace Harrison might be the youngest CEO in Colorado Springs — and there’s no doubt she’s one of the most energetic. The Eaton, Colo., native started working as a teenager for the Keirnes Companies, a family-owned real estate development and management company — and she never looked back. “We...
David McDivitt felt he had a promising future as an investment banker while working in London and New York, but he wanted more. His desire was to help people and to do it face to face. So, he returned to his alma mater and enrolled in the University of Colorado...
Eric Liebold has been golf pro at The Broadmoor, a co-founder of an innovative local charity funding group, the creator of at least two successful startup businesses and currently is the COO of a long-established legacy company in Colorado Springs. That’s the kind of varied and impressive resumé that any...
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,...
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...
At one point during his banking career, Alex Sullivan’s duties involved counting cows. He’s also driven front-end loaders and excavators back to UMB Bank. As to counting cows, he soon developed a plan: Count the legs, then divide by four. Sullivan is vice president-commercial banking officer for UMB in Colorado...
No matter who’s doing it, no matter how supportive their surroundings, coming out is difficult and scary. It was true for Sophie Thunberg, a Manitou Springs native, which might surprise some, given Manitou’s liberal reputation. But she had help. She found Inside Out Youth Services while looking for resources. “I...
When Tony Clement was 9, his dad drove their family across the wide prairie from Illinois to launch the real estate firm RE/MAX Properties Inc. in Colorado Springs. Fast-forward three decades and the business now has 185 agents, four locations and two owners, Tony and his dad, Joe. Joe Clement...
Liz Denson considers herself fortunate to have found her dream job, she said. “I’m so lucky because I’m in the position I’ve always wanted to be in,” said the vice president of community engagement at Early Connections Learning Centers. The Conroe, Texas native’s path to Colorado included a stop in New...
Eric Pizana is making a difference, both in the community and at Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado, where the 34-year-old has worked as the volunteer services and community outreach director since 2015. He has expanded the volunteer base at Care and Share and implemented a system that...