Longtime Colorado Springs resident and financial planner Mike Cecere says that there are two stories about debt in this country. There’s the negative story about soaring credit card debt, about $900 billion in card balances, and about one-in-ten cardholders who carry a balance of more than $25,000 on their cards. And then there’s the positive story of Americans who are facing reality and trying to do better.
Sumer Liebold is a young woman in a hurry.<br> A little more than a year ago, Liebold and her brother identified a market niche between extended-stay hotels and upscale corporate housing. The niche proved to be profitable, and the brother/sister team currently controls more than 70 units in Phoenix and Colorado Springs.<br> Liebold took time recently to tell CSBJ about herself and her business.<br>
Dan Johnson wasn’t always sure he wanted to pursue economics as a career. But a year of graduate studies in England cemented his decision and he hasn’t looked back. When he isn’t juggling multiple research projects, he’s teaching classes and staying involved on the campus and in the community.
Cathy Green’s role in Monument continues to expand — along with record residential and commercial development in this commuter community, bisected by Interstate 25 and within minutes of two major cities. As the town’s infrastructure grows, her training enables her to work with a dynamic board, to introduce new and better municipal operating systems and to prepare for the town’s evolving role as a key commuter stop on a future Front Range passenger rail system.
As chief operating officer for the National Institute of Science, Space and Security Centers on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Martin Wood oversees several career fields. The NISSC houses four centers: homeland security, space education, trauma research and programs for math and science teachers from the kindergarten through college levels. The center received a $10 million federal grant to start its programs. Future plans include starting programs to increase interest in engineering, research about how to respond more quickly to disasters, and space and security research.
Meet Matt Barrett. He’s not only one of the newest guys in town; he’s also the new director of the Small Business Development Center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Barrett, who started the new job this month, is taking over a position that has been vacant since September, when former director Luis Saldarriaga left.
A long-standing player in the downtown retail arena, Laszlo Palos primed his creative skills for more than a decade before making a recent career move. His 11-year stint as general manager of Terra Verde and his volunteer involvement with various retail committees provided him the background to take on a new role as marketing director for the Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership.
John Morrisroe is a busy man. He runs three companies in Colorado Springs (Gutter Helmet of Southern Colorado, Beauty Bath of the Rockies and Rocky Mountain Awnings), and is expanding into the Denver market. And despite what might seem like an impossible juggling act, he maintains the focus that quality delivery isn’t just expected, it’s required.
John Herrington has had some unique experiences. He has visited the International Space Station and is the first American Indian to journey into space, logging more than 300 hours. Those unique experiences made him the perfect candidate to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs’ Center for Space Studies.
About two years ago, Homer Henley retired from the business he started in 1945, Henley’s Key Service. Today his son, Paul Henley, runs the business. You may have seen Henley’s signature 1929 Ford service truck cruising from job to job around town. Henley’s may even have re-keyed your home or business, or made a quick key copy for you – or let you back into your home or business when you’ve locked yourself out.
Throughout his successful 27-year career in sales and marketing, Brooke Chesnut has always made time for recreation. An avid cyclist, in 2006 he founded Dream Cycle Tours Inc. The Internet allowed him to effectively launch his tour concept, geared to an upscale adult and family clientele. As a result, his business grew quickly, and today, the entrepreneur who has scaled numerous 14,000-foot mountain peaks on his bike, is considering a storefront location.
Aidan Ryan’s career path has taken some interesting twists. One: She took a job as a sales rep with an adventure travel company in New Zealand after discovering she’d already been the “face of the company” for a year and a half. Another: She was just four months into her role as marketing and communications […]