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Chris Myers has seen and done an awful lot in his 29 years. Professionally, the vice president of Hoff & Leigh’s Colorado Springs operations has also sold sewing machines, raced mountain bikes, managed retail and worked as a recruiter (to name a few) — all before entering the world of commercial real estate. The Colorado […]
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As an introvert, Chris Jordahl relies on his years of improv training to better communicate with others. He also uses his theater training to help run Black Tie Beverages, the bartending business he co-owns with his wife, Melodie Jordahl. “Running the business and having to be a bartender, it definitely takes me out of my […]
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Mark Soto got homesick, and started a food truck. The whole tale also takes in a long-held dream, a burst of courage and a really successful GoFundMe effort, but the end is the same: Slow Downz Texas Creole Food Cart. A Texas native, Soto has been a fixture in the Colorado Springs culinary scene since […]
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By Faith Miller – Colorado Springs Independent As the person on city staff most directly responsible for affordable housing in Colorado Springs, Community Development Division Manager Steve Posey has a lot on his shoulders. But he’s largely optimistic about the city’s affordable housing prospects, despite a predicted shortage of almost 14,000 units for households making […]
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James Garofalo’s first exposure to counseling was helping fellow soldiers who were returning from a yearlong deployment in Iraq. “My unit had, just by pure randomness, selected me to attend a two-day, very brief, very introductory training course on working with guys who are coming back struggling with substance abuse and/or family issues,” he said. […]
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Interior designer Courtney Sikora was absolutely determined not to become an interior designer. “I grew up in a design-build firm — my mom’s an interior designer, my dad’s a general contractor — so it was always just a part of my life,” she said. “As a kid, I wanted absolutely nothing to do with it. […]
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Seeing the impact stable, affordable housing can have on a person’s life is what drew Jeff Martinez to development. “It can really change someone’s entire world to know they have a roof over their head,” he said. “When you see firsthand how that changes their lives, it makes you want to be involved with helping […]
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Brent Sabati is banking on a different type of tool to get his name out in the business community. The 23-year-old financial advisor for Mutual of Omaha recently started Attitude Check: The Business Leadership Podcast. “It’s with a friend from college and what we are trying to do is interview different business people — leaders,” […]
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Greg Raymond led the planning of southern Colorado’s first children’s hospital, set to open this spring — but his goal is to keep kids out of it. “You look at a hospital and … it’s always tied with hands-on patient care and the billing cycle and that perpetual business activity that takes place,” he explained. […]
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Konrad Schlarbaum heads a first-of-its-kind sustainability program at Pikes Peak Community College. A Colorado native, Schlarbaum wasn’t particularly concerned with  environmental issues while growing up in Aurora. But his family did a lot of skiing and hiking, and instilled in young Konrad a love and respect for the state’s outdoor grandeur. When he was in […]
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Some of best advice newly elected Mayor Nick Gradisar has received came from the man at the helm in Colorado Springs. “Mayor [John] Suthers told me to make a strong effort to develop that cooperative, collaborative relationship with the city council as this new system of government takes off,” he said. “I think it’s important […]
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Mitch Yellen first saw the benefits of healthy eating during his sister’s battle with cancer. “She was given just six months to live but started reading a lot about eating healthy and changed her diet,” he said. “She ended up living another 16 years, and when she passed, it gave me inspiration to go ahead […]
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