From the time she was a toddler, education has squarely been in Marijane Paulsen’s sights. In August, she passed up an opportunity to retire and accepted the position of president and CEO of Colorado Technical University, a job that calls for her to be responsible for the education of 16,000 students on six campuses.
Bruce Shepard, co-founder of the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp., has a history of putting children first.If ever there was a father figure to Pikes Peak region’s business community, it’s Bruce Shepard. In 1972, he co-founded the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp. He’s a past president of the Greater Colorado...
Rhonda McDonald, president of CreekStone Homes, is only the second woman to serve as president of the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs.Rhonda McDonald owns and operates CreekStone Homes, the largest female-owned home-building company in Colorado. She started the business about 10 years ago and is one of only...
Maureen Christopher and business partner Marty Taylor (not shown) started Tayco Screen Printing & Embroidery 27 years ago and count the Denver Broncos among their clients.Living abroad made Maureen Christopher and business partner Marty Taylor realize the power of American entrepreneurship.So, when Christopher returned to Colorado Springs, she and...
Julie Kistler launched UrbanEmbers.com, a forum for Web surfers to share their local business experiences, earlier this year.When you visit a restaurant, and the food is great, the atmosphere warm and employees bend over backward to meet your every need and ensure an enjoyable experience, you want to tell...

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Six and a half years ago Richard Gentile opened his office furniture and supply business with a unique approach to management.At Total Office Solutions, 931 S. Tejon St., he leads employees with positive reinforcement and encourages them to think more about their interactions with customers and co-workers.A "13 points...
Brett Axton's first business venture came at an early age.In grade school, he sold bubble gum to fellow students. Pieces of gum he bought for 10 cents he sold for 25 cents.That was the first of many business endeavors to come.Axton now owns 11 businesses and is looking to...
Sharon Thomas came to Colorado Springs in 1983 after she finished her doctoral studies at UCLA. She stayed until 2002.She returned this year to become superintendent for Colorado Springs School District 11.While she was in Colorado Springs, she completed the requirements for her administrative certificate from the University of...
John Tighe has a keen eye for business and a strong passion for community.Tighe left the East Coast and a successful job in sales and marketing to come to Colorado Springs, and after a few years, he started his own real estate brokerage company, Tighe and Associates Inc.That was...
He left the life of a law man to come to Colorado and help preserve the country's cowboy heritage.A former California police officer and candidate for sheriff, Larry McCormack is now the new executive director of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy.His plan to...
Imagine for a minute what business would be like without the post office.Kyle Collinsworth can't.As postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service in Colorado Springs, it's his job to oversee mail delivery service - to business and residential communities - through rain, sleet or snow.And as a former letter carrier,...
It's a little like being king of the jungle. Bob Chastain will take over as Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's president and CEO on Oct. 1. He'll succeed Susan Engfer, who is retiring after 17 years as the zoo's CEO.Chastain most recently held the position of zoo vice president and chief...