Chad Eckles is committed to serving his country and community. At 21, the southern California native joined the Air Force. He served four years active duty before transitioning into the Reserve. About two years ago, Eckles decided to switch from enlisted to officer and received his commission as an information wartime...
Anyone who’s attended the Rocky Mountain State Games, Colorado’s largest sports festival, has witnessed the amazing efforts of Aubrey McCoy. As director of operations and marketing for the Colorado Springs Sports Corp., McCoy is responsible for all organizational and promotional aspects of the Sports Corp.’s biggest annual event. The games...
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...
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...
Francisco Montes has built his life around two bits of wisdom he received from his parents. “My mom said, ‘Cisco, I don’t care what you do — just be the best at it. You could be the garbage man, just make sure you’re the best garbage man,’” Montes said. “And...
While living in Illinois, Jacqueline Staples, 35, earned an associate’s degree in graphic design, but later decided to switch career paths and pursue financial advising. Her newly found passion stemmed from a class she completed about the financial industry. There she found her calling: helping others wisely manage their...
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...
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...
Hannah Widmer’s passion for education was born at Colorado College, where she also discovered the city’s heart as she watched the community work together to recover after the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires. “That’s when I knew I wanted to live here,” she said. “Everyone was working together; it...
Sally Roberts knows first-hand that sports can be a powerful positive force. “I was a terrific failure,” Roberts said. “Growing up, I was in and out of challenging circumstances. I got arrested so often that the detention officer said, ‘Find something to do or you’re going to jail.’” Her saving grace...
While walking through Acacia Park in downtown Colorado Springs, passersby might have seen Victoria Stone, the executive director of nonprofit Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission, and mistake her for a homeless woman. The next day, she would be walking out of the courthouse after assisting as an outreach case...
Mark Perrault’s interest in finance predates his high school diploma. He bought stock in the multinational technology corporation Intel in 2001 — his senior year. “I remember the whole excitement of following a company,” Perrault said. “I always had an appreciation for the stock market and investing.” Perrault’s early business savvy...