Rich Bender got his first real job as an intern at USA Wrestling, the governing body for amateur wrestlers in the United States. He loved it so much — he never left. “I’m so blessed to be able to do this,” said Bender, now the executive director of the organization. “When I was in seventh […]
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A lone palm tree sways among waves crashing on an island beach. A positive state of mind and body is so important to Navakai, a local IT consulting company, that even its logo exudes a sense of calm and well-being. And that is no accident, as wellness is modeled from the top. Navakai CEO Davin […]
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After growing up playing streetball and fighting neighborhood grass fires with brooms, being accepted to graduate school changed Thomas Duening’s life. Although he could out-jump his college teammates and dunk two-handed, these days he uses his highly analytical mind to study the theories of economics. Duening is fascinated by economic conditions and how wealth is […]
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Dave Rose has been a staple of the mass communication community in Colorado Springs for half a century. The just-retired chief public information officer for El Paso County spent a decade spreading the news to one of the state’s most populated regions, having moved to public relations after a long and storied career as a […]
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During 2001, Bill Guman served as mayor of Colorado Springs — for about 10 days. He was the senior member on the City Council at the time. Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace was traveling outside the country and Vice Mayor Leon Young was in the hospital. So Guman was tapped to lead the city. But politics […]
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While Elise Pickering has never officially lived in Colorado Springs, she has the responsibility for acting as its voice at the nation’s capital. Pickering represents Colorado Springs and its Pikes Peak Federal Action Coalition, or mPACT, as a lobbyist at the bipartisan firm of Mehlman, Castagnetti, Rosen, Bingel and Thomas. The coalition is a group […]
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Larry Yonker, CEO and president of Springs Rescue Mission, is a Colorado native. Born in Fort Collins, Yonker attended college in Pueblo, where he played football. His wife, Kim, is from the Steel City. The two moved to Colorado Springs in 1977 where Yonker worked in computer sales before answering a higher calling. The man […]
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Vince Colarelli is the president and CEO of Colarelli Construction. He recently submitted an ambitious plan to the Urban Renewal Authority that would transform a 105-acre former golf course and vineyard into a $1 billion data center business park. The best part: if the project is approved, the data centers would receive electricity from an […]
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Business owners know that a professional, objective, third-person critique about how they run their operation is priceless. But, that kind of service usually comes at a price – a big price. Catherine Coulter Calvin specializes in providing analysis to small businesses with a more-affordable fee structure.
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Serving on boards of directors and volunteering for dozens of nonprofit entities since his arrival in Colorado Springs 31 years ago, Tom Naughton remains humble about everything he does, saying, “We’re here to serve people.” He has worked for U.S. Bank 29 of those 31 years and is now regional president, overseeing operations in 15 […]
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Mark Volcheff became executive director of the National Homeland Defense Foundation in March, after the merger of two nonprofits focused on national security and homeland defense. The foundation’s main event is the National Security Innovation Competition, held April 29 at the Air Force Academy. The group seeks to highlight the latest research into national security […]
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Chuck Murphy is known in Colorado Springs as a faithful Catholic, a smart businessman, an ardent Democrat, a kind and giving philanthropist and a loving husband, father, grandpa and great-grandpa who’s also proud and Irish with a fun sense of humor. The 79-year-old Colorado Springs native and owner of Murphy Constructors took time with the […]
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