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Longinos Gonzalez is determined to give back, as much of his life has revolved around some form of public service. The El Paso County Commissioner took the oath of office in January 2017 to represent District 4, which includes about half the landmass of El Paso County. The district is diverse and includes areas near […]
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Two worlds collided one day when Tonia Nifong was performing with the Flourish Dance Company in Colorado Springs. On that stage, Nifong took her first step toward her job as communications manager for The Arc of the Pikes Peak Region, which provides a range of services and advocates for people with disabilities and their families. […]
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Barbara Myrick’s father dreamed of one day opening his own construction company with his six sons at his side. However, it was his daughter who would become the construction entrepreneur. A New Jersey native, Myrick settled in Colorado Springs after spending 10 years as an air traffic controller in the Army. She and her then-husband […]
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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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Southeast Colorado Springs has long endured a reputation for crime, poverty, drugs and high dropout rates — but talk to Julie Ramirez, and you’ll hear about a community ready to reinvent itself. Ramirez, 27, is the Southeast community coordinator for the Council of Neighbors and Organizations, and she’s helping build the grassroots enthusiasm, practical skills […]
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Matthew Kubiak was on track for a career in some kind of athletic pursuit. A runner during his high school and college days, Kubiak competed from 2005-07 under an endorsement from Reebok after earning a bachelor’s degree in health and wellness from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He then obtained a master’s […]
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When it comes to cultural icons, Christopher Liedel has worked with some of the nation’s heaviest hitters. Today Liedel is CEO of the United States Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame (which is expected to open in spring 2020), but he has also helped build up brands such as National Geographic, where he served as […]
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LaShae Woodard has worked at Ent Credit Union for nearly three decades. The Air Force brat lived in the Springs before her family moved to Guam. Woodard then returned to the Front Range when she was in the ninth grade. “My parents decided during our first assignment here that this is where they wanted to […]
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When Courtney Caldwell switched from graphic design to bartending, she had no experience in service — but she fell in love with the work. And when she founded Pour Provisions six months ago, she found a way to bring her two worlds together. Caldwell describes her quirky T-shirts, pins, patches and coins for bartenders, baristas […]
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Nine years ago, Alicia Archibald was a Business Journal Rising Star. Now she’s a leading light in the Colorado Springs recycling community. Raised on a farm in Navarro, Texas, Archibald moved to Colorado Springs with her family in December 1989. Archibald, who studied business administration at the University of Phoenix, joined the Clean Air Campaign […]
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Lauren McKenzie bid farewell to her identity as an employee and the year 2017 at the exact same time. On Jan. 1, 2018, the Southern California native started her own design and marketing agency, REN Creativ, with a single client. It’s been more than a year since McKenzie left the nest of a local web […]
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When Jason DeaBueno was growing up in Colorado Springs in the 1980s, he would take the Silver Key Senior Services bus to the Colorado Springs Senior Center with his great-grandmother. “That was my first introduction to Silver Key,” the organization’s new president and CEO said. “From that time forward, I’ve had the opportunity to be […]
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