Though she was born in Fayetteville, Ark., a move to New Mexico at 6 months old means Lauren Wade calls the Albuquerque area home. The 24-year-old University of New Mexico graduate worked for a construction company that allowed her to work remotely, which led her to Colorado Springs. It was here that Wade, who studied […]
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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 […]
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Ben Gallegos-Pardo, 32, wants what’s best for his state. After all, he’s had relatives living in what is now Colorado for the past 400 years. Coordinator of multicultural retention at Pikes Peak Community College, Gallegos-Pardo displays his Colorado pride alongside that for his immigrant heritage — his father is a native of Bogotá, Colombia. His […]
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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 […]
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Originally from Sierra Vista, Ariz., Tiffany Cox grew up about a half hour from the Mexican border. Cox, who turned 26 last month, began her own full-service marketing and website design agency, Tiffany Cox Design, when she got to the Springs in October 2016. A graduate of the Art Institute in Tucson, Cox married a […]
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Frank Sinclair knows what it’s like to dream — and to wake to the realization that dreams and nightmares can be separated by the finest of lines. The oldest of 14 siblings, Sinclair was born in Red Springs, a small town of about 1,400 people in North Carolina. He joined the Air Force at the […]
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How many companies were you running at the age of 19? Milan Kordestani, a first-generation American, is chief executive of three companies spanning three very different industries. The Colorado College Tiger sophomore’s parents immigrated to the United States from Iran, met in California and settled near Silicon Valley, where Kordestani grew up. He has since […]
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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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Natasha Main has been in Colorado Springs for less than a year and has already embedded herself in the business community thanks to her position as the new executive director of Peak Startup. Main moved from Tennessee to Colorado in December 2017 and began working with the local nonprofit in June. The Missouri native spoke […]
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David Kirshenbaum said the company he leads, Emagispace, flips the old recognizable “Field of Dreams” quote on its head. “You’ve heard, ‘If you build it they will come’?” Kirshenbaum said. “Here, when they come, we will build it to their liking.” Kirshenbaum began as CEO of Emagispace, a Palmer Lake-based building technology company, in July. […]
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Kyle Gerstner, 36, is a native of Wichita, the birthplace of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. And when Gerstner first moved to Colorado in 2011, he brought that taste of home with him. Gerstner is the owner of nine Freddy’s franchises, including four in Colorado Springs (a fifth is currently under construction) as well as […]
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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 […]
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