Maureen Christopher and business partner Marty Taylor (not shown) started Tayco Screen Printing & Embroidery 27 years ago and count the Denver Broncos among their clients. Living abroad made Maureen Christopher and business partner Marty Taylor realize the power of American entrepreneurship. So, when Christopher returned to Colorado Springs, she and Taylor wasted no time […]
Bryce Dillingham has worked for himself since he was about 12 years old. “I started on Craigslist and had a few business cards doing a small lawn mowing service,” he said. “My mom or dad would drive me around to do that. Really, I have always just been interested in working for myself.” The […]
Aside from Gen. William Palmer, who founded the city of Colorado Springs in 1871, few residents have had a greater impact on the city’s built environment than Nolan Schriner. When he and his spouse Sharon arrived here in 1968, Colorado Springs was still a small city — but one ready to explode. In 1973, Schriner […]
From the tip of Pikes Peak to the city’s rocky bluffs, and the Broadmoor’s golf greens and the Olympic facilities in between, Terry Sullivan knows all the city’s sweet spots. As president and CEO of Experience Colorado Springs, formerly the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, he specializes in pointing tourists in the right direction. […]
Michael Velez is celebrating his 20th year as a downtown storeowner. Velez Galleries is one of a handful of shops in Colorado Springs specializing in fine art and fine crafts — a notoriously difficult retail niche, where few entrepreneurs survive for more than a couple of years. Velez recently took time to tell CSBJ about himself and his business.
When Ilia Petkov received a degree in engineering, his uncle told him there was no room for him in communist Bulgaria. “He told me, ‘You have to get to the United States, that’s the only place for you,’” said Petkov, who is founder and CEO of Colorado Springs manufacturing firm IP Automation. “When the communists […]
Zuleika Johnson grew up in the Bronx, the daughter of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, and the first generation in her family to go to a university. Today, as assistant director of development at UCCS, she’s helping to build the scholarships and support that help countless students swap struggle for success in their university careers. […]
For Colorado Springs native Ashley Schuermann, Colorado Springs is home — and she’s never strayed far away. Born and raised in the Pikes Peak region, she attended Cheyenne Mountain High School before leaving for the University of Colorado Boulder, where she earned her undergraduate degree. She immediately moved back to the Springs and enrolled at […]
As an increasing number of Colorado Springs residents are choosing downtown jobs and lifestyles, businesspeople like Gretchen Moran stand ready to serve them. Moran is the manager of Tejon Street Grocery Deli, which opened the first week of May and caters to young professionals, loft owners and people on the go. The former New York native who appreciates access to gourmet foods, fine cheeses, prepared deli meals as well as everyday milk-bread-and-snack fare, says she looks forward to growing with the downtown community.
A director of catering never forgets a compliment from the president’s chef — and Lauren Shawcross remembers like it was yesterday. Shawcross is director of catering at DoubleTree by Hilton Colorado Springs, and she was there the night President Obama stayed in June last year. “I got to meet his chef, who complimented us on […]
A native of Colorado Springs, Michele Carvell has been executive director of Pikes Peak Country Attractions Association since 1999. Prior to that, she was executive director of the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce from 1990 to 1998. She was instrumental in increasing tourism to Manitou, and helping to brand the town as a fun, quirky […]
As the city’s transit services division manager, Sherre Ritenour has seen Colorado Springs public transportation options grow. Since becoming director, Ritenour has helped create the Front Range Commuter Bus Service, the bus system from Fountain to Denver, and hopes to oversee the creation of light rail system in Colorado Springs. She believes public transit should be used by everyone and is committed to seeing Colorado Springs’ public transportation offerings grow.