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...
Grace Houser is the type of young person the community should do its best to recruit and retain, said Greg Raymond. The regional vice president of Children’s Hospital in Southern Colorado, Raymond nominated Houser, a Colorado Springs pediatric pulmonologist employed by the University of Colorado Denver. “My main driver for nominating...
Meredith Jones and her family had trouble adjusting to life on flat land. Jones, the daughter of an airman, grew up in Colorado Springs, but moved to Illinois as an adult for a career opportunity. Mountain biking turned into street biking. Hiking turned into (very flat) cross-country skiing. The...
Palmer High School history and economics teacher Hillary Hienton keeps raising the bar. Having earned degrees in history, curriculum and instruction, Hienton taught history and economics in Colorado Springs high schools for a while, then asked herself: Now what? The answer came in the goal of receiving her national board certification...
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...
Kasi Carter cannot say enough positive about her native Colorado Springs. “I truly love Colorado Springs,” Carter said. “My growth as a leader and a young professional reflects the growth of the community.” Carter, 26, works as program manager for the Leading Edge program at Leadership Pikes Peak. A Colorado College graduate,...
Colorado Springs native Jonathan Liebert thought he wanted to work in psychology, but a stint at AspenPointe Enterprises uncovered the heart of an entrepreneur. AspenPointe provides jobs for people with behavioral and developmental disabilities, while also providing services for the business community. During his time at AspenPointe, Liebert realized he enjoyed...
Leaving Colorado Springs after high school, Abby Kreuser earned a bachelor of fine arts in fine art photography from Rochester Institute of Technology, and she also studied photography and graphic design at Colorado Mountain College. Returning home in 2003, she started Kreuser Gallery, specializing in black-and-white, color and sepia photographs...
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...
Rising Stars and young professionals … UNITE! Unite to help make our city a better place to live, work and play! This is our moment to shine. Everyone is talking about how “we need more young professionals” for the workforce, for economic development, for a vibrant community. We need to...
Drew Johnson’s mission to make his hometown a more sustainable place to live is one that goes back to his youth. For the 34-year-old Colorado Springs native, that journey started while attending Palmer High School. Uninterested in primary academics, Johnson persuaded his parents to let him drop out of high...
It’s no secret that most of the people who live in Colorado love the outdoors. And Jason Alwine has turned his love for beautiful scenery into a career. Alwine, a landscape architect and urban planner, works at Thomas & Thomas, a private consulting firm that provides services in comprehensive land-use...