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Robert Houston II, aka Black Pegasus, achieved success as a rapper when he was still in his teens. By age 23, after placing second in a rap battle in Cincinnati, he had forged a solid national presence in the hip-hop world. Today, at 38, he still performs, but he also is an entrepreneur who owns […]
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Local business owner Ansley Reese doesn’t care for or agree with the “bad rep” Millennials have. “I feel like Millennials get a bad rep that isn’t really true,” she said. “We get told that we are lazy and that we want everything handed to us and things like that. Well, I am very motivated and […]
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Though she was born in Fayetteville, Ark., a move to New Mexico at 6 months old means Lauren Wade calls the Albuquerque area home. The 24-year-old University of New Mexico graduate worked for a construction company that allowed her to work remotely, which led her to Colorado Springs. It was here that Wade, who studied […]
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Ben Gallegos-Pardo, 32, wants what’s best for his state. After all, he’s had relatives living in what is now Colorado for the past 400 years. Coordinator of multicultural retention at Pikes Peak Community College, Gallegos-Pardo displays his Colorado pride alongside that for his immigrant heritage — his father is a native of Bogotá, Colombia. His […]
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Originally from Sierra Vista, Ariz., Tiffany Cox grew up about a half hour from the Mexican border. Cox, who turned 26 last month, began her own full-service marketing and website design agency, Tiffany Cox Design, when she got to the Springs in October 2016. A graduate of the Art Institute in Tucson, Cox married a […]
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How many companies were you running at the age of 19? Milan Kordestani, a first-generation American, is chief executive of three companies spanning three very different industries. The Colorado College Tiger sophomore’s parents immigrated to the United States from Iran, met in California and settled near Silicon Valley, where Kordestani grew up. He has since […]
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Natasha Main has been in Colorado Springs for less than a year and has already embedded herself in the business community thanks to her position as the new executive director of Peak Startup. Main moved from Tennessee to Colorado in December 2017 and began working with the local nonprofit in June. The Missouri native spoke […]
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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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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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Zuleika Johnson grew up in the Bronx, the daughter of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, and the first generation in her family to go to a university. Today, as assistant director of development at UCCS, she’s helping to build the scholarships and support that help countless students swap struggle for success in their university careers. […]
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Amaury Perez, a native of Mexico, moved to the Los Angeles area before he turned 3 years old. “I grew up in inner-city L.A., the 818 area, Van Nuys,” he said. His family was displaced after the Northridge earthquake in 1994, then decided to move away from the city and set up in the suburbs […]
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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 […]
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