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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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For more than 10 years, La Plata Investments has been the guiding force behind the master-planned communities of Briargate and Pine Creek. And late last year, La Plata, under the direction of CEO Scott Smith, opened the first filing of its newest community, Cordera. Located near Powers Boulevard and Old Ranch Road, and billed as a family friendly community, Cordera will feature four themed community parks, an outdoor community pool, a trail system, 41 acres of open space and neighborhood parks wired for Wi-Fi (wireless Internet connection). Cordera’s filings two and three are expected to open by 2008.
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Thanks to enterprising individuals such as George Hess, high school for some 300 Colorado Springs students is a lot more fun. That’s because the Vantage Homes CEO and newly elected chairman of the Home Builders Institute helped create the Careers in Construction program in 2015. Now students learn how to build a home while incorporating […]
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Darsey Nicklasson determined that her second development project, the Casa Mundi apartments under construction on South Tejon Street, would have shorter hallways than her first project, the Blue Dot Place. The design decision was highly intentional. “We want people to run into each other,” Nicklasson said. “Neighbors are less likely to talk with one another […]
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Roberto Calcagno says his yet-to-open restaurant, Basil & Barley Pizzeria Napoletana, is all about authenticity. Tentatively set for an August launch in the Briargate neighborhood (9278 Forest Bluffs View), the eatery will feature the pizzas, salads, desserts and drinks you might find while wandering the streets of Naples. Authenticity is so important, in fact, that […]
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Loren Lancaster is on a mission to find “noble-hearted business leaders.” After decades-long careers in music and engineering, the international business banker is helping to shape business culture in Vietnam — and building relationships between companies there and in the United States. He’s dedicated to supporting startups and professionals in both countries — serving as […]
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Nearly 100 years ago, the Broadmoor Art Academy was founded. It later became the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, cornerstone of the arts culture and education in the Pikes Peak region. Sam Gappmayer was hired as CEO of the Fine Arts Center in 2008 and inherited the charge to maintain the organization’s esteemed reputation, something […]
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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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With a twang, Colorado Springs Chief of Staff Jeff Greene will relay that his accent was not a result of his living in southern Colorado. Born in Nashville, Tenn., Greene grew up in south-central Georgia before returning to his home state to attend the University of Tennessee. It was there he would study business administration, […]
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It’s already been a big year for Shawn Gullixson. He was named vice president, area retail leader for Vectra Bank’s Colorado Springs market May 19, after holding the position of retail vice president for four years. He serves as a director on the Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education and volunteers with the […]
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Edie Greene has written books about the psychology of juries and advised attorneys about jury-related issues. But her greatest love is teaching. A professor of psychology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Greene researches aspects of the legal system – decision making and eye-witness memories. She recently took time to tell CSBJ about […]
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For business owners and wannabe entrepreneurs, Terry Zarsky is the go-to woman at the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs. Always upbeat, the business services librarian knows virtually everyone in town, and she earnestly wants to help people to start or grow a business. Her knowledge, courses and consulting are free, thanks to the […]
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