Mike DeGrant is stepping down as president of the Housing & Building Association Cares, a nonprofit branch of the HBA that assists other nonprofits with construction needs. But as he vacates the position he’s occupied since 2014, DeGrant is preparing to move into his new role as Colorado Springs HBA’s 2018 president. He is also […]
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Before being elected mayor of Manitou Springs on Nov. 7, Ken Jaray spent most of his professional life working as an attorney. He also is founder of several projects and nonprofits for the city, including the Manitou Springs Peak Living Project, whose mission is to make Manitou Springs a healthy city, and the Fountain Creek […]
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After learning how to run a company with her business partner and husband, Gordon, Pueblo native Erin Gibbs is preparing to celebrate almost nine years as the owner and CEO of the American Vein & Vascular Institute. Named one of ColoradoBiz Magazine’s Top 100 Women-Owned Companies, the American Vein & Vascular Institute, a vein and […]
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Julie Davis, a Colorado College graduate, knew from a young age that she wanted to teach. She just figured she’d always teach kids. “I knew I wanted to be a teacher,” Davis said. “I didn’t know I’d be a business owner.” Davis grew up in Breckenridge, moved around the state and would eventually return to […]
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Patricia Yeager says every job she’s had, including running independent living centers in Denver and an industry association in California, propelled her to becoming CEO of The Independence Center, a nonprofit in downtown Colorado Springs that assists and advocates for people with disabilities.
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Rich Burchfield followed in his father’s footsteps when he became the chief defense development officer for the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC in late July. Burchfield and his dad both served in the Air Force, and have now both worked for a chamber of commerce. After serving for nearly 30 years and then […]
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If you visit Stasia Erickson’s 5-acre homestead in Black Forest, you’ll find alpacas, chickens and a honeybee farm, one sign of her love of nature. Erickson moved to Colorado 20 years ago from Maine, and said she wants to do her part in supporting the environment. For the past year, Erickson shared her passion with […]
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After coaching Division I football at colleges such as the University of Colorado Boulder, Northwestern University in Illinois and UCLA in California, John Wristen returned to the school that gave him his start — Colorado State University-Pueblo. He played for CSU-Pueblo — then the University of Southern Colorado — from 1980 to 1983, and was […]
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In December, the Pikes Peak Workforce Center will unveil its new interior design, which will include a rebooted welcome center where job seekers can have their resumés reviewed and take job-skills assessments. It’s one of many changes made by Lisa Rice, the workforce center’s new executive director and CEO. She’s making changes even as she’s […]
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As an industrial engineer with a master’s degree in business finance, Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group CEO Mike Henne falls within the 5 percent of operating room directors nationally who aren’t registered nurses. It’s  very uncommon for someone with his background to become CEO of an orthopedic group, said Henne, who has led several surgery centers […]
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Bill Walton, who grew up on a large ranch south of Walsenburg, has always been interested in business. After attending seminary, he became a small-town youth pastor but also followed his entrepreneurial ambitions. Walton started his first business at 23, the year he got out of college. He’s now CEO of Accelerated Wealth, a growing […]
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Community Bank President Jason Doyle joined UMB Bank in 2011, the same year he moved to Colorado Springs. He was hired as vice president, business development officer but had no idea that UMB was grooming him for bigger things. The former golf pro was elevated to president weeks later and has thrived in the role […]
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