Shirley Wick was nearly born in a police car, and she’s been speeding along ever since. After a high school teacher said he wouldn’t waste time helping her because she was a girl, Wick was even more determined. By age 18, she was the administrative secretary for six criminal attorneys. Later she owned a paralegal company for 23 years.
Sixteen years ago, Chris Sondermann and her then-husband Gary launched Terra Verde, a new kind of downtown retailer catering to a young, upscale, fashionable and largely female clientele. The store, in a renovated Victorian building on Tejon Street, is open and airy, lit by natural light from half a dozen skylights. The venture was an immediate success, and Terra Verde was soon recognized as one of downtown’s most successful retailers.
The Colorado Springs affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness has been a part of the Colorado Springs community for 27 years. Current Executive Director Lori Jarvis has led the organization, which assists the families of those living with mental illness and those with mental illnesses themselves, since 2011. With a full-time staff of […]
What does one do after creating nuclear weapons simulations in rural New Mexico for four years? Move to Minnesota and work in investments, of course! For Chip Kent, the leap was a little more intuitive than it sounds. Kent is the CEO of Cecropia Capital, a value-investing fund for private investors, and he is chief […]
Kandi Buckland discovered a passion for public health 23 years ago in South Dakota. Now, she organizes responses to food-borne illness, disease oubreaks and coordinates restaurant, pool and daycare inspections for the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment. As deputy public health administrator, Buckland is the No. 2 person at the agency — making her responsible for oversight of the department’s various roles and responsibilities.
Dawn Lissy has always shot for the moon. Growing up, the president and founder of the Empirical family of companies wanted to be an astronaut. “That dream came to a quick finality when I didn’t get into aerospace engineering,” she said. “I went into engineering mechanics instead.” Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Lissy earned […]
While some prefer to create their own business, others find comfort in the security of established franchises and their proven methodology. “[Franchise ownership] is a great way to get into having your own business,” said Jessica Mizell. “It allows you to have something of your own while really minimizing the risk.” In 2013, Mizell came […]