Natasha Main has been in Colorado Springs for less than a year and has already embedded herself in the business community thanks to her position as the new executive director of Peak Startup. Main moved from Tennessee to Colorado in December 2017 and began working with the local nonprofit in June. The Missouri native spoke […]
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David Kirshenbaum said the company he leads, Emagispace, flips the old recognizable “Field of Dreams” quote on its head. “You’ve heard, ‘If you build it they will come’?” Kirshenbaum said. “Here, when they come, we will build it to their liking.” Kirshenbaum began as CEO of Emagispace, a Palmer Lake-based building technology company, in July. […]
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Christine Maynard, a third-generation Alaskan, moved to Colorado Springs five years ago. Raised in Fairbanks, the 26-year-old ventured to the Lower 48 after studying psychology and business, entering the residential real estate industry three years ago. One year ago she transitioned to commercial real estate as an independent contractor for RE/MAX’s commercial division. There she […]
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Michael Thomas is the new superintendent for Colorado Springs School District 11. The job has brought him all the way  from Minnesota to the Front Range, but the road is longer than that. It stretches back 27 years — and it starts with a boy named Reggie. When they met, Thomas was a pre-veterinary medicine […]
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Roberto Calcagno says his yet-to-open restaurant, Basil & Barley Pizzeria Napoletana, is all about authenticity. Tentatively set for an August launch in the Briargate neighborhood (9278 Forest Bluffs View), the eatery will feature the pizzas, salads, desserts and drinks you might find while wandering the streets of Naples. Authenticity is so important, in fact, that […]
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Will Phillips recently put on a seminar for kids who were part of a summer camp that shared a building with Entrepreneur Nation, a nonprofit he founded that focuses on creating entrepreneurs in at-risk and minority communities. “We talked about emerging technologies,” Phillips said from EN’s space on East Moreno Avenue, “[artificial intelligence], autonomous vehicles, […]
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Zuleika Johnson grew up in the Bronx, the daughter of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, and the first generation in her family to go to a university. Today, as assistant director of development at UCCS, she’s helping to build the scholarships and support that help countless students swap struggle for success in their university careers. […]
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Amaury Perez, a native of Mexico, moved to the Los Angeles area before he turned 3 years old. “I grew up in inner-city L.A., the 818 area, Van Nuys,” he said. His family was displaced after the Northridge earthquake in 1994, then decided to move away from the city and set up in the suburbs […]
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Rainier Ko’s parents gave him three career choices: a doctor, a doctor or a doctor. Somehow, he forged a path in the medical field that’s almost completely his own. He’s one of only seven veterinary neurosurgeons in the world. It’s been a long road — 15 years of post-high-school education in two countries — but […]
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The U.S. Army relies on its officers to act as managers. “As garrison commander, there are a number of challenges you face every day,” said Col. Ronald Fitch Jr. “A lot of them are no different than what a CEO or business owner would encounter, like issues with resources, money and prioritizing things you need […]
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Manitou Springs may not officially be called “The New Orleans of the West,” but entrepreneur and Louisiana native Josh Stelly said it’s the closest thing he’s found. Raised in Arnaudville, La. (population 4,500 “on a sunny day,” he said), Stelly earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Northwestern State University, lived in the Big […]
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Millennials aren’t entitled, Carrie Arnold says, and they’re not “snowflakes” — and she should know. Each year, about 2,000 freshmen take the program she oversees at UCCS. “I think they’re a really smart, dedicated, hardworking group of individuals who are just looking to find their place in the world,” she says. “I’m still looking to […]
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