Jenny Schell is the CEO of Design Rangers, a marketing/creative design firm that she started with her husband Chris in 2008. The business recently joined three other small businesses in the Machine Shop, a coworking space in downtown Colorado Springs. Schell has been deeply involved in the community for...
Mundi Ross, the wildly energetic entrepreneur behind the salt+butter cookie company and the Colorado Collective, came to the Springs in 2003. She didn’t exactly stay and she didn’t exactly go away — instead, she toured with national theater companies for several years. Colorado Springs might have been her base camp, but...
Aron McGuire’s parents involved him in sports as a way to direct his exuberant energy as a child growing up. His constant movement would prove beneficial. McGuire would travel the world both as a director of USA Track & Field, and as an elite bobsledder with hopes of qualifying...
Murray Ross founded TheatreWorks, UCCS’ innovative university/community theater project, in 1976. And in the nearly four decades since, he’s never been idle. Not only did he create a successful program, he has taught classes and directed, adapted and created more than 100 works for the stage. His original stage plays...
After growing up the daughter of a military father in Georgia and studying geography in college, Jessica Watkins Stuart experienced life at a nonprofit that launched a career in education. Stuart, 29, came to Colorado College in 2012 to further her education and be closer to her now-husband Tyler....
Andy Oyler grew up in Colorado Springs. While caddying at The Broadmoor and other courses, he picked up not only valuable business tips, but also a full-ride scholarship to the University of Colorado in Boulder. After studying architecture, his career took a different turn when he met commercial real...
When defense contractor Exelis created a spin-off of its Mission Services division last year, Ken Hunzeker found himself at the helm of Colorado Springs’ largest publicly traded company. Hunzeker, CEO and president of Vectrus Inc., is a third-generation military man and retired as a lieutenant general in the U.S....
Born in Biloxi, Miss., to a military family, Kent Fortune doesn’t serve on the front lines, but he provides military members assistance in a different way. As vice president and general manager of USAA Financial Services in Colorado Springs, he helps active and retired military find banking, mortgage and...
The vice president of credit administration at Pikes Peak National Bank, Justin Burton moved to Colorado Springs more than three years ago to enjoy the beautiful scenery and outdoor lifestyle. With both a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA from Appalachian State University, the 31-year-old North Carolina native...
Dr. Keyan Riley, originally from Sacramento, Calif., graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1996. Riley, Memorial Hospital North’s trauma medical director, went on to complete medical school at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel while on active duty. Riley...
Shawn Howe, 37, grew up in western Kansas, just miles from the Colorado state line. With aspirations of going to medical school, Howe earned his bachelor’s degree in science from Kansas State University. He decided not to stay in school for so much of his life, and followed his...
Motivational speaker and self-described results coach, Anthony Perez believes in helping people create value — and founded both his business and his community engagement on that standard. “The best way for someone to create value in themselves is by creating value in others first,” he said. The 43-year-old puts his principle...