David Kirshenbaum said the company he leads, Emagispace, flips the old recognizable “Field of Dreams” quote on its head. “You’ve heard, ‘If you build it they will come’?” Kirshenbaum said. “Here, when they come, we will build it to their liking.” Kirshenbaum began as CEO of Emagispace, a Palmer Lake-based building technology company, in July. […]
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Kyle Gerstner, 36, is a native of Wichita, the birthplace of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. And when Gerstner first moved to Colorado in 2011, he brought that taste of home with him. Gerstner is the owner of nine Freddy’s franchises, including four in Colorado Springs (a fifth is currently under construction) as well as […]
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The Colorado Springs affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness has been a part of the Colorado Springs community for 27 years. Current Executive Director Lori Jarvis has led the organization, which assists the families of those living with mental illness and those with mental illnesses themselves, since 2011. With a full-time staff of […]
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Christine Maynard, a third-generation Alaskan, moved to Colorado Springs five years ago. Raised in Fairbanks, the 26-year-old ventured to the Lower 48 after studying psychology and business, entering the residential real estate industry three years ago. One year ago she transitioned to commercial real estate as an independent contractor for RE/MAX’s commercial division. There she […]
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Six years ago, Beth Alessio’s son, then 4 years old, spent two separate occasions in the hospital. The first time was for a dog bite that became infected. “He was bitten on his face and was hospitalized for four days,” Alessio said. “Four months later he contracted E. coli. He was really sick. … That […]
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Twelve years ago, Juaquin Mobley made a life-altering decision that landed him behind bars for the better part of a decade. But the path he’s taken since being released inspired the message he shares with young adults living in Southeast Colorado Springs — a message about self-worth, community and the value of stable employment. Mobley […]
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Michael Thomas is the new superintendent for Colorado Springs School District 11. The job has brought him all the way  from Minnesota to the Front Range, but the road is longer than that. It stretches back 27 years — and it starts with a boy named Reggie. When they met, Thomas was a pre-veterinary medicine […]
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David Hollenbach did his growing up east of the Mississippi River in states including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio, where he graduated from high school. He was then appointed to the Air Force Academy and introduced to Colorado Springs. The former cadet worked several assignments in the space acquisition and space operations fields and eventually […]
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Roberto Calcagno says his yet-to-open restaurant, Basil & Barley Pizzeria Napoletana, is all about authenticity. Tentatively set for an August launch in the Briargate neighborhood (9278 Forest Bluffs View), the eatery will feature the pizzas, salads, desserts and drinks you might find while wandering the streets of Naples. Authenticity is so important, in fact, that […]
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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 […]
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Will Phillips recently put on a seminar for kids who were part of a summer camp that shared a building with Entrepreneur Nation, a nonprofit he founded that focuses on creating entrepreneurs in at-risk and minority communities. “We talked about emerging technologies,” Phillips said from EN’s space on East Moreno Avenue, “[artificial intelligence], autonomous vehicles, […]
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Traci Marques finds herself faced with a paradox. The better the job market, the closer she is to putting herself out of work. And these days, unemployment is near a two-decade low. “When I first started in 2012, the joke was we were going to work ourselves out of a job,” said Marques, executive director […]
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