For Mike McNeill, one conversation stands out from the year he decided to pivot toward a cybersecurity career. “I shifted gears about the year before I retired from the Air Force,” he recalled. “I was like, ‘You know, this cyber thing seems to be expanding. Instead of getting out of the military and going the […]
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When Maria Bay, a native of Peru, was asked what she wanted on her 15th birthday, a traditional quinceañera celebrating the transition from childhood to womanhood, or a trip to London to study English, Bay chose the latter — and the flame for travel was ignited. “I went with a group of 14, 15 kids […]
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Fields dreams big

Niki Fields was 25 when she and husband Travis launched FH Beerworks, and 30 when they opened their new Eastside expansion three weeks ago — and she’s not one to let obstacles win. When the couple fronted the Downtown Review Board for approval of their downtown brewery, then known as Fieldhouse Brewing, Niki was nine […]
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Ted Mossman is a Denver native who has spent the past decade working in Colorado Springs’ financial industry. He is currently a market leader at TBK Bank, having transitioned last month from Colorado Business Bank. Mossman, who has served in numerous positions in the banking industry, was market president for Vectra Bank, where he also […]
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Dave Rose has been a staple of the mass communication community in Colorado Springs for half a century. The just-retired chief public information officer for El Paso County spent a decade spreading the news to one of the state’s most populated regions, having moved to public relations after a long and storied career as a […]
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Chris Hoppe can tell you about all the times his recovery didn’t work — and why. “I struggled with alcohol and drugs my entire life, from early on in middle school, high school, all the way through,” he recalls. “I never used drugs and alcohol normally, if that makes sense. It was never like, ‘Oh, […]
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Elise Hughes Berheim enjoys her job so much she sometimes forgets she’s working. The 26-year-old is making a career out of her love of the environment as an outdoor tour guide. “[Nature] is a deep passion for me,” Berheim said. “I got that from my grandpa, who was an organic farmer before it was cool. […]
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According to Dana Barton, director of the Rocky Mountain ADA Center, as many as a quarter of Americans are living with a disability. And it’s the center’s mission to ensure all Americans, including that 25 percent, have access to public locations and services as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into […]
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This year’s ballot is so packed that even the guy who’s running the election is up for election. Chuck Broerman (R), the incumbent El Paso County Clerk and Recorder, is wrapping up his inaugural four-year term and will be running for re-election against Democratic challenger Elizabeth “Lisa” Wilkes this November. But the clerk and recorder […]
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Patrick Alldredge still has about a year left at UCCS, but already he’s helping families plan and save for their children’s college education. At 21, he’s balancing a full-time course load with his position as college financial representative at Northwestern Mutual. “Parents saving for their kids to go to college is a big thing — […]
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  Bryce Dillingham has worked for himself since he was about 12 years old. “I started on Craigslist and had a few business cards doing a small lawn mowing service,” he said. “My mom or dad would drive me around to do that. Really, I have always just been interested in working for myself.” The […]
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Vinnie Persichetti grew up in “a very close, very tight Italian family” in small-town Pennsylvania. He’s the second-youngest of seven kids — three sisters, three brothers — and the only one to join the military. “My dad was an electrician so he made decent money, but we did not grow up well-to-do,” he said. “And […]
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