* Name: John Whitten * Organization: Mountain View Bank * Position: President * Hometown: Colorado Springs * How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: I’ve lived in the Springs off and on since 1964. Most recently since 1987 * Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska * A few words […]
Beth Roalstad is training for her second sprint-triathlon — but running the Women’s Resource Agency and chasing two daughters doesn’t qualify as part of her regimen.<br> Growing up during the Cold War with a fighter-pilot for a father, she was aware of politics and current affairs at an early age. She received the LBJ internship and worked on Capitol Hill right after graduating from college.<br> Roalstad recently took time to tell CSBJ about herself and her organization.<br>
By John Hazlehurst and Cameron Moix Born to a progressive Louisiana pastor, Perry Sanders’ first career was in music. He started as a performer, got into the recording studio business and picked up a law degree from Louisiana State University along the way. He dabbled in the restaurant business while building a powerful law practice […]
It was someone close to Mark Dittrich who persuaded him to become a SCORE counselor — his father. Dittrich’s dad was an active volunteer with SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives. When Dittrich saw how much satisfaction his father gained from helping small business owners become successful, he knew he wanted to do the same thing. SCORE counselors help small business owners plan for day-to-day business and future growth. SCORE chapters began forming in the 1970s, and today there are 389 chapters around the country.
For business owners and wannabe entrepreneurs, Terry Zarsky is the go-to woman at the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs. Always upbeat, the business services librarian knows virtually everyone in town, and she earnestly wants to help people to start or grow a business. Her knowledge, courses and consulting are free, thanks to the […]
Jim Hendron left a 20-year career in software and financial services to purchase a La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery in Colorado Springs. When Jim Hendren decided to get into the La-Z-Boy business a few months ago, he thought it would be a sleepy little venture. He soon realized, however, that the job offered little time to kick […]
* Name: Rosanne Gain * Organization: Rosanne Gain Public Relations * Position: Owner * Hometown: I was born in Montreal, Que., Canada * How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: Moved here seven years ago from Santa Fe, N.M, Education: Bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising – minors in advertising and art history from Florida […]
* Name: Gene Sanchez * Organization: Zehcnas Inc. * Position: President and CEO * Hometown: One foot in Chama, CO. (San Luis Valley), One foot in Colorado Springs, CO. * How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: 30-plus Years * Education: Associate’s degree from El Paso Community College, 11 years active and reserve duty […]
* Name: Frank O’Neill Barber * Organization: El Paso County Office of Economic Development & Public Finance * Position: Director * Hometown: Various Army bases; Charleston, S.C., Chapel Hill, N.C., Northfield, Mass. * How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: 27 years * Education: Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst * […]
John Rovie joined The Broadmoor as director of sales in September, after 17 years as sales director or catering director at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and the Arizona Biltmore Phoenix. Rovie holds a bachelor’s in management from Arizona State University and has also worked in Vail and Seattle. What are the challenges of your position? […]
In 1967, Jim Johnson’s father started G.E. Johnson Construction Co. with one pickup truck and a contract to build an administration building for the Fountain Valley School. Johnson took over his father’s business in 1997, and today, the company’s reputation reaches around the state with projects that include schools, hospitals, financial institutions, upscale offices and ski resorts.
Jessica Urban, last year’s Miss Colorado, started Jazzed on Java with money she saved while working at a bed and breakfast during high school. The used coffee kiosk she purchased on eBay has developed into a growing business, which is helping pay her way through college. Her newest location in Spring Creek has 180 degree views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range and room for business meetings, special events and wedding receptions. With a heart for giving, Urban donates a portion of all purchases to World Orphans, a nonprofit organization that provides housing.