Michelle Parvinrouh’s blood runs thick with the kind of risk-taking and foresight it takes to be an entrepreneur in the 21st century. During the ramp-up to the 1979 revolution, her parents fled Iran to pursue the American dream and settled in Alabama, where they raised their children and started a successful gymnastics business. Parvinrouh, 33, […]
The road to building a $6.5 million Overdrive Raceway go kart facility at Polaris Pointe has been a bumpy one for Jim Mundle, his wife Jennifer and their four kids. The entertainment venue is expected to open next to Bass Pro Shops this Memorial Day Weekend, but Mundle had to overcome life-changing hurdles on his […]
Karla Grazier grew up in Indianapolis with three sisters and parents who instilled in them a love of education. Grazier says their belief that “we are responsible for everything that happens to us” has carried through all aspects of her life. After earning a bachelor’s from Notre Dame and an MBA from Indiana University, she […]
Jenny Bender loves children — not just the four kids she has with her husband, but every one in the Pikes Peak region. Bender, 36, grew up in Northern California. She moved to Colorado Springs with her husband 12 years ago and has since become woven into the region’s rich nonprofit tapestry, becoming executive director […]
Once Tech for Less’ founder and owners were approached to sell the company to industry giant, ModusLink, a search began for just the right individual to provide transition leadership and to lead the $40 million electronics remarketer to new heights. Following more than a year’s search led by the Dixon-Midland Co., a Chicago-based investment firm, […]
Elder Construction celebrates 20 years this week as a local commercial general contracting company. President and CEO Tom Elder sat down this week to talk about his family business, and how his sons are following in his footsteps. How did you start the business? I always worked construction. My brother and I had a […]
Editor’s note: This week the One on One feature changes from a question/answer format to a story/profile format. Like Marco Polo, Bryan and Scott Jewelers Ltd. owner Roberto Agnolini has traveled the world, rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous, viewed the work of fabulous artisans and gathered a wealth of treasures offered at his […]
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.
Colorado Springs native Niki Moore recently became the executive director of Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers. She has more than 10 years of experience in the criminal justice field and said the two things she enjoys most about her job is working through Colorado’s complex, multi-level justice system and the camaraderie that is present in the criminal justice field, which is not typically found in other professions.
Larry Barrett is president of the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that aims to educate the community about international affairs. For anyone unfamiliar with the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council, how did the organization start and what are some of its guiding principles? We’ve been around for 31 years now. It […]
After Trinity Bradley-Anderson passed the CPA exam in 1998, she applied for a job as a tax consultant with local accounting firm Stockman Kast Ryan + Co. and was hired on the spot. She walked through the door as a motivated young professional and 18 years later, she’s running the business. The 41-year-old was born […]