Andrew Gunning has been on the job (and in Colorado) for just a couple of months now, but the new executive director of the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments is eager to dive back into regional planning and equally excited to get to know his new home. Prior to beginning at PPACG in February, […]
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Everybody faces adversity, but it takes a special type of person to use those setbacks to help others. And that’s precisely what locally based author Khadija Grant is doing. The 33-year-old moved to the Colorado Springs area about six years ago when her husband received military relocation orders for Fort Carson. A Cleveland, Ohio, native, […]
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Her surname, identifying properties aside, now seems somewhat prophetic. AJ West heeded the directional advice embedded in that name and, along with husband, Jason Hosch, made her way from Austin, Texas, to Colorado Springs nearly a year ago. West does branding and communications for a local engineering and architectural firm, CP&Y. The company began in […]
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Greg Phillips sometimes jokes that he should’ve thought about building Denver International Airport farther away. “It would’ve helped us out a little bit,” he says. Decades before Phillips became director of aviation for Colorado Springs Airport, he helped lead the project team that built Denver’s airport — which, of course, is now COS’ main competition […]
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Dr. Magdiel Trinidad-Hernandez was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, the city in which he’d grown up and attended medical school. The vascular surgeon with Penrose-St. Francis Health Services spent some time training in general surgery in Mexico before moving to Chicago and attending the University of Illinois. “I started all over again with general surgery training […]
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When it comes to getting stuff done, Kelley Heider is the person to call. The 34-year-old doesn’t hesitate to take charge as the vice president of innovation and social media at the digital public relations company, SSPR. Heider is known for fostering rapid change within the company while serving as a role model because of […]
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He’s tasted the world. Now Ronnie Sanchez, executive chef of the Garden of the Gods Collection, is offering his talents to members and guests of the exclusive resort. Originally from Santa Fe, N.M., Sanchez wanted to be a pilot when he was younger, even attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He also worked in restaurants to make […]
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Sara Vaas, assistant director of Council of Neighbors and Organizations, has a lot of responsibility. Sometimes the 34-year-old must act as a mediator when it comes to neighborhood issues in El Paso and Teller counties. A lot can go down in neighborhoods and she’s there to help keep the peace. In addition to her assistant […]
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Prior to being hired as CEO of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, George Taylor had attended just two rodeos. However, the former business executive has just the right skill set to lead PRCA. And though he’s only held the CEO position for a few months, the rodeo culture has quickly grown on him — in […]
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Set designer, furniture maker, whiskey distiller, father — the list goes on and on when it comes to naming all of the avenues Casey Ross has journeyed during his 38 years. Owner of Axe and the Oak Whiskey House at Ivywild School and Axe and the Oak Distillery, Ross’ whiskeys have garnered national awards, including […]
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“What took us so long?” That’s what Nicholas Gledich’s wife of 40 years, Nora, wanted to know when they decided to move to Colorado Springs from Florida nine years ago when Gledich became Colorado Springs School District 11 superintendent. They’d always wanted to come here, and the position sealed the deal. In those nine years, […]
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As a full-time research program manager for Apogee Engineering, Michelle Alvarez-Rea, 35, manages a team of six contractors who support the United States Air Force Academy’s $55 million in government research program efforts. In addition, she works as a photojournalist for the Colorado Air National Guard out of Buckley Air Force Base, traveling nationally and […]
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