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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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Millennials aren’t entitled, Carrie Arnold says, and they’re not “snowflakes” — and she should know. Each year, about 2,000 freshmen take the program she oversees at UCCS. “I think they’re a really smart, dedicated, hardworking group of individuals who are just looking to find their place in the world,” she says. “I’m still looking to […]
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Jacob Cheatham does well in the deep end. Since he was a kid in Barberton, Ohio, Loyal Coffee’s 30-year-old chef has been learning by throwing himself into sink-or-swim situations and rising to the top. His father was a pastor and a steelworker, his mother was a floor manager for Apples Market,...
When you’re from southern Missouri, but raised in northern Illinois, you can develop a bit of an identity crisis. So when people ask Ashley Dodge where she’s from, she splits the difference. “When I had to choose where to go to college, St. Louis was in the middle, so I always say I’m from St. […]
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Alex Armani-Munn, a native upstate New Yorker, admits he’s never been much of a planner, having made most life decisions by the seat of his pants. But now that he’s been in Colorado Springs for a year, that attitude is beginning to change. Armani-Munn is economic vitality coordinator at the Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs. […]
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Everybody faces adversity, but it takes a special type of person to use those setbacks to help others. And that’s precisely what locally based author Khadija Grant is doing. The 33-year-old moved to the Colorado Springs area about six years ago when her husband received military relocation orders for Fort Carson. A Cleveland, Ohio, native, […]
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Her surname, identifying properties aside, now seems somewhat prophetic. AJ West heeded the directional advice embedded in that name and, along with husband, Jason Hosch, made her way from Austin, Texas, to Colorado Springs nearly a year ago. West does branding and communications for a local engineering and architectural firm, CP&Y. The company began in […]
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When it comes to getting stuff done, Kelley Heider is the person to call. The 34-year-old doesn’t hesitate to take charge as the vice president of innovation and social media at the digital public relations company, SSPR. Heider is known for fostering rapid change within the company while serving as a role model because of […]
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