One can tell by Eads’ volunteer work that she’s an animal lover. In fact, her personal philosophy perfectly captures that admiration. “Be the person your dog thinks you are,” she said.  When not around her four-legged friends, Eads is audit manager at BKD LLP, where she’s worked since 2011. It’s a...
Outstanding young professionals often get started in business while still in college. But few manage to build a real estate empire by age 18. Jeremy Shirley, now 26, originally intended to become a stockbroker and traded stocks while studying international business and finance at UCCS. Inspired by an assignment for one...
Every morning, Master Sgt. Darrin Donovan dons the blue beret that designates he’s part of the force that protects Schriever Air Force Base and its entire workforce. Donovan, who’s served in the U.S. Air Force 16 years, works logistics for Security Forces. He’s the man responsible for making sure airmen...
Joshua Fry was born in Colorado Springs but moved away as a child after his parents divorced. Growing up, Fry loved spending time in Colorado Springs, visiting his father. So when the 28-year-old graduated from high school in Eads, he moved back to Colorado Springs, where he received a bachelor’s...
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,...
Here’s advice from a 1960s songwriter’s that Tarah King has never followed: “Slow down, you move too fast…” King, a 2007 graduate of the University of Colorado, is a vice president/financial center manager for UMB Bank and is now responsible for two Colorado Springs branches, which have excelled under her...
Erica Oakley-Courage worked in communications with sports teams in Seattle and Chicago before moving to Colorado Springs nearly a decade ago. Since coming to the Pikes Peak region, she’s married, found her dream job with Palmer Land Trust and poured her energy into a long list of volunteer endeavors. “Erica...
Rodney Gullatte Jr. didn’t waste a second getting to know his new community upon arriving in Colorado Springs in August 2015. When the 37-year-old Air Force veteran relocated to the city with his wife (who is currently in the Air Force) and their two daughters, Gullatte promptly joined a...
Sarah Garza is an assistant vice president for U.S. Bank, a mentor, a military brat, an optimist and a cheerleader — for the things that matter. “I believe you never give up,” the 31-year-old said. “Be a cheerleader for the things that you really love. Be passionate. If there’s something...