When Rob Fredell was growing up in Texas, he saw science and engineering skills in action while watching a former neighbor test fly F-111 fighter jets outside of his family’s home in Fort Worth. “The F-111 was the swing-wing, fighter bomber that they built to fly real fast and real...
As director of the Manitou Art Center and head of the Manitou Springs Creative District, Natalie Johnson plays a key role in supporting and promoting the arts as a tool of economic development. She views art not just as something that attracts visitors, but as the essence of the community. Johnson...
When Clint Knox sold Spree Racing — the event management company that put on the Big Gay 5K and the Colorado Springs Marathon, among others — he assured his wife he’d wait at least a year before starting another business. Two months later he had the idea for Brainitz, and...
Victoria Selfridge has been instrumental in Ent Credit Union’s growth into the largest financial institution in the Pikes Peak region and sixth-largest in Colorado. Selfridge recently was named Ent’s vice president of new markets and strategy. In that role, she is building a business development team to drive new member...
Pastor Ben Anderson’s personal and professional philosophy is best summed up by a quote plastered on the Solid Rock Christian Center meeting room. “Some of you will rebuild the ancient ruins of your cities,” it reads. “Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of...
Gundega Stevens has a passion for contemporary abstracts, and a gallery on South Eighth Street, and a knack for helping people feel at home with art. “People get nervous about artwork if they don’t know anything about art,” she says, “and I tell them — it’s like the wine world...
One of Kevin Laudner’s priorities as the new dean of the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UCCS is to honor the school’s long tradition of providing health care practitioners to the community. The school dates to 1904, when it was founded to...
Despite having called Colorado Springs home for just 3½ years, Daniel Sexton has been at the forefront of both preserving the city’s past and shaping its future. Sexton, a principal planner with the city of Colorado Springs, served as project manager for HistoricCOS, an update to the city’s original historic...
College opened up a previously inaccessible world for Megan Bell. Now, she has made a career of bringing that access to students much like herself. “I just love the college experience and making it possible for students to go to college and be successful here,” said Bell, who is UCCS’...
As the new Southeast Region manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Brett Ackerman’s love of the outdoors is a foregone conclusion. But only a brief conversation is required to realize that he may love people even more. “Nothing is harder for me than when somebody feels frustrated because of exclusion,”...
Assuming the role of interim chief operating officer at the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame felt more organic than Peter Maiurro expected. “I never anticipated this, but when I think about it, it’s actually a very good convergence of interests of mine,” Maiurro said. “I love history and...
Heather Steinman doesn’t set unattainable goals. She’s simply trying to change the world every day. “That’s all,” Steinman said with a laugh. As the Colorado Springs Conservatory’s chief operating officer, Steinman is well-positioned to do exactly that. The Aurora native brings a wealth of experience from her previous career with the...