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During the 2000 presidential election, Clay Turner targeted Al Gore – and was instrumental in helping defeat the former vice president in two key states: Arkansas and Tennessee. As advertising director for the National Rifle Association during the election, Turner put together television ads and campaign materials directed at defeating the candidate in his home state. Turner, senior vice president and managing director of Ackerman McQueen Advertising Agency, said his work with the NRA is some of the most enjoyable time he’s had at the office – putting together a magazine that is sent to about 700,000 NRA members. When Turner isn’t putting together advertising campaigns and magazines for the NRA, he’s in his 1988 BMW M roadster, autocross racing at local and state events.
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B.J. Hybl is the new president and chief operating officer of one of Colorado Springs’ most recognizable real estate services firms, Griffis/Blessing Inc. While Hybl is not a newcomer to the company, some things about his department are. In order to better serve its clients, Griffis/Blessing restructured its operations, giving greater separation to its property and investment divisions. Hybl will oversee the Property Services Group.
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J.E. Dunn Construction and Kevin O’Gara have their cranes in everyone’s business. A survey of the city, the state and even the Rocky Mountain region will turn up numerous projects that have J.E. Dunn to thank for their construction. Closer to home, the construction company is working on three schools for Falcon School District 49 and facilities for Memorial Health Systems north and south campuses. All the local work is done under the direction of O’Gara.
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Government contracts mean good business to small companies that provide a variety of business-to-business services. The contracts have been good to Byron Spinney and his technology support business, Periapsis, which provides technology, design analysis and support. Attaining subcontract work for lucrative government contracts requires good relationships with a number of larger companies that bid for the work. Knowing this, Spinney said his top priority is maintaining close relationships with those businesses that have the power to tap Periapsis into government contract work.
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If David Twibell’s name looks familiar in print, it’s for good reason. Twibell is director of wealth management for Colorado Capital Bank and has established himself as a local authority on financial matters and as the go-to guy for a number of financial publications. He’s weighed in on stories for the Wall Street Journal as well as national trade publications such as The Journal of Financial Planning and Better Investing. He also is a contributing writer for the Rocky Mountain News and various local business publications. Twibell hasn’t always focused on a career in finances. He started doing that full time after he decided to quit practicing law.
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Jan Peto is likely Wells Fargo’s newest vice president. Peto, who is also senior business relationship manager for the bank, received word of her promotion last week. Peto has 24 years of financial services experience, and prior to trying her hand at business banking team, she was a personal banker with Wells Fargo.
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David White’s job is to tell people how great Colorado Springs is. He’ll be talking up the city in an effort to attract primary employers, which could bring hundreds of jobs to the area and strengthen the local economy.
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The name Smith Barney represents an army of 13,000 financial advisers and brokers across the country. Only 64 of them are certified to handle the largest of the company’s high net worth, private wealth management accounts. And only one is certified in the state of Colorado – Scott Pann. Pann is senior vice president of wealth management for Citigroup Smith Barney Pann/DeYoung Group in downtown Colorado Springs.
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Unfortunately, it might take something bad to happen to really appreciate what Andy Cobb can do for you. Cobb, senior vice president of Van Gilder Insurance, helps a good many business owners rest easy knowing their financial assets are covered and their risks managed.
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The Pikes Peak Library District has embarked on a new chapter with Paula Miller taking over as the system’s executive director. A native of Ohio, Miller is leaving the big-city life of Cleveland for the picturesque beauty of Pikes Peak. It’s a journey Miller says she has no regrets about.
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The mall – it’s an explosion of stimuli for the shopping senses. Window displays, sale ads, seasonal styles, neon signs, inviting kiosks and the food court all create a hub for the mega-industry of retail commerce. But the magic doesn’t just happen by accident. It’s a coordinated effort among store owners and the mall marketing staff. At The Citadel, that effort is led by Diane Loschen. Loschen is senior marketing director for The Citadel, the region’s oldest indoor shopping mall.
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You may not see Mark Iorio wearing a white lab coat with a stethoscope stuffed in the pocket, but he knows how to keep a physicians’ network in good health. Iorio is CEO of Colorado Springs Health Partners, a group of 90 Colorado Springs physicians. As the city has grown, so has CSHP, which was formed nearly 60 years ago by six World War II veterans who were doctors. Today, the organization numbers some 700 employees, including physicians and their support staff, at 11 locations.
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