Brittany Barden isn’t your stereotypical coach. The 29-year-old Kansas native and CEO has forgone a whistle and knee-high socks for a keen understanding of how Millennials approach the world of business. Barden earned an online degree in social sciences from Thomas Edison State University, in New Jersey. Her first job out of college was as […]
Rainier Ko’s parents gave him three career choices: a doctor, a doctor or a doctor. Somehow, he forged a path in the medical field that’s almost completely his own. He’s one of only seven veterinary neurosurgeons in the world. It’s been a long road — 15 years of post-high-school education in two countries — but […]
The U.S. Army relies on its officers to act as managers. “As garrison commander, there are a number of challenges you face every day,” said Col. Ronald Fitch Jr. “A lot of them are no different than what a CEO or business owner would encounter, like issues with resources, money and prioritizing things you need […]
Manitou Springs may not officially be called “The New Orleans of the West,” but entrepreneur and Louisiana native Josh Stelly said it’s the closest thing he’s found. Raised in Arnaudville, La. (population 4,500 “on a sunny day,” he said), Stelly earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Northwestern State University, lived in the Big […]
The role of a journalist is to tell the stories of one’s community, Abigail Beckman says. “It’s really rewarding and important to me that I help people in my community stay well-informed,” she said. “To be able to provide that service and answer questions about things people might not know or even realize are going […]
Russ Miller grew up about 45 minutes from one of golf’s most revered sites, Pinehurst Country Club in North Carolina. The Broadmoor hotel’s director of golf embraced the game early and, when playing professionally didn’t work out (“I liked eating three times a day,” Miller said) he pursued a golf management degree at Ferris State […]
Both service and family are important to Colorado Springs Fire Chief Ted Collas. That’s why it means so much that the 33-year veteran’s son is following in his footsteps. “I got asked when I was interviewing for my job, ‘What’s the greatest contribution that I’ve made to the department?’ I would say, beyond a doubt, it’s […]
Millennials aren’t entitled, Carrie Arnold says, and they’re not “snowflakes” — and she should know. Each year, about 2,000 freshmen take the program she oversees at UCCS. “I think they’re a really smart, dedicated, hardworking group of individuals who are just looking to find their place in the world,” she says. “I’m still looking to […]
Caryn Adams hasn’t stopped working to expand Gasper Law Group since her first day in 2008. “When we were first growing during the early days, we liked to compare ourselves to a bunch of kids trying to put on a pageant,” she said. “We’d say, ‘I can make some costumes; I can sing, and I […]
Jacob Cheatham does well in the deep end. Since he was a kid in Barberton, Ohio, Loyal Coffee’s 30-year-old chef has been learning by throwing himself into sink-or-swim situations and rising to the top. His father was a pastor and a steelworker, his mother was a floor manager for Apples Market,...
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is kicking off a new strategic plan for Colorado Springs, reassessing whether it needs to build the new hospital planned for its Fillmore Street site, completing a $102 million expansion at St. Francis Medical Center, and seeking a new CEO. It’s a big year. Interim CEO Brian...
When you’re from southern Missouri, but raised in northern Illinois, you can develop a bit of an identity crisis. So when people ask Ashley Dodge where she’s from, she splits the difference. “When I had to choose where to go to college, St. Louis was in the middle, so I always say I’m from St. […]