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Loren Lancaster is on a mission to find “noble-hearted business leaders.” After decades-long careers in music and engineering, the international business banker is helping to shape business culture in Vietnam — and building relationships between companies there and in the United States. He’s dedicated to supporting startups and professionals in both countries — serving as […]
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Jacy Rittmer grew up on a little farm outside Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and she can see the stark change in farmers’ fortunes. “Our rural economies right now are suffering,” she said. “I drive back and forth from Colorado all the time and that drive takes you through rural Kansas, through rural Nebraska. And the closer […]
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For 19 years, Whitney Luckett has ushered complete strangers into the long L shape of her Skyway living room for a night of swaying in time with an acoustic guitar, singing along to old favorite tunes and learning new ones. “My sister-in-law took one look at [our living room] and said, ‘You’ve got two choices […]
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It often takes lawyers decades to make their mark. At 31, Joel Pratt has already earned a reputation as a skilled attorney and valued member of the legal community. An attorney with Dailey Law PC, he specializes in family law.  He also volunteers extensively with legal organizations and puts in many pro bono hours serving […]
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Doug Martin needed less than a week to learn banking was not for him. “I worked there four days and then I quit,” Martin said of his first post-collegiate job, in 2003 with a multinational bank in his native Montana. “It literally was not for me.” Martin called Tom Osborne, who was CEO of the […]
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The signs were there early. As a kid in small-town Alaska, Katherine Rhoades says, her friends hated playing Barbies with her. “I was just terrible at it,” she recalls. “I would rather sort the clothes than dress the dolls. “My family and friends definitely recognized me as a natural for organizing. Even as a child, […]
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Dean Williams, who heads Colorado’s Department of Corrections, aims to reduce the state’s high recidivism rate and help Colorado businesses at the same time. Williams took the job in January after meeting with Gov. Jared Polis and has already started implementing reforms. A graduate of Ohio University with a degree in organizational communication, Williams moved […]
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Cooking began as a family bonding experience for Hannah Cupples, but she knew from an early age that it would one day become her livelihood as well. “I pretty much knew I wanted to cook since I was 4 years old,” said Cupples, now 24 and the chef de cuisine at Four by Brother Luck […]
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Longinos Gonzalez is determined to give back, as much of his life has revolved around some form of public service. The El Paso County Commissioner took the oath of office in January 2017 to represent District 4, which includes about half the landmass of El Paso County. The district is diverse and includes areas near […]
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Two worlds collided one day when Tonia Nifong was performing with the Flourish Dance Company in Colorado Springs. On that stage, Nifong took her first step toward her job as communications manager for The Arc of the Pikes Peak Region, which provides a range of services and advocates for people with disabilities and their families. […]
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Barbara Myrick’s father dreamed of one day opening his own construction company with his six sons at his side. However, it was his daughter who would become the construction entrepreneur. A New Jersey native, Myrick settled in Colorado Springs after spending 10 years as an air traffic controller in the Army. She and her then-husband […]
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Darsey Nicklasson determined that her second development project, the Casa Mundi apartments under construction on South Tejon Street, would have shorter hallways than her first project, the Blue Dot Place. The design decision was highly intentional. “We want people to run into each other,” Nicklasson said. “Neighbors are less likely to talk with one another […]
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