Dreams of becoming a professional snowboarder brought Jay Gust to Colorado 20 years ago, and a developing career in the food industry kept him here. Gust, a 39-year-old native of Wisconsin, worked for Colorado Springs-based Concept Restaurants for 13 years before a short stint in the hotel business. In 2012, he went to work as […]
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In his mid-20s, without prior business education or experience, Dylan Scott bought his first company. At the time, Pikes Peak Mountain Bike Tours (306 S. 25th St.) was a failing business with little more than a name, but Scott created a successful company that helps adventure-seekers experience downhill rides along the Pikes Peak Highway and […]
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A self-described “Jill of all trades,” 26-year-old Claire Swinford has proven herself  willing to transform her professional persona to pursue passion. After graduating from Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., in 2010 with a degree in journalism and French, she briefly lived in France before beginning a journalistic career at the Colorado Springs Independent. Before Swinford […]
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At just 24 years old, Denver native Anthony Hyatt has become part of the driving force that is the marketing team at Magneti in Colorado Springs. Hyatt, a 2013 Colorado College graduate, began an internship with the firm the day of his commencement that he parlayed into a job in the local marketing industry. Hyatt […]
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Jeff Airman was in the food business 15 years before discovering his passion for beer in the brewery mecca that is Colorado. Airman, a self-described “military brat” who calls California home, became an immediate fan boy of Paradox Beer Company upon its founding in 2012 and was hired a few months later to brew their […]
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Having started a career in archaeology in her home state of California, nothing on Nicole Anthony’s resumé hinted at her future in the arts. She attended a STEM-centric high school in Carson, graduated with a degree in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley and worked on projects and expeditions in South America. But […]
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  Colorado Springs native Amanda Miller Luciano worked in journalism for nearly a decade before deciding last year to become a Realtor — a career that was always of interest, but never before a serious option. While working as a freelance communications professional, she completed her real estate licensure last March and joined Synergy Realty […]
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While Colin Christie was pursuing his degree in theater, he never imagined he’d end up working in the advertising business. From his childhood home of Woodland Park, Christie left to attend St. Olaf College in Minnesota before stints living in Tennessee and Chicago exploring his artful passions. Then, in 2012, he came to work for […]
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Growing up in Sicily and emigrating to the U.S. at 15 gave Maria Holloway a unique brand of professionalism. Rather than go to a four-year college for a finance degree, Holloway, now 41, began climbing the ladder in the banking industry at 18 while living in Florida. She moved to Colorado Springs with her husband […]
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Ashley Gillit, 29, was destined to pursue a career in retail. Gillit, owner of Ashley’s Attic at 829 N. Tejon St., recalls spending weekends while growing up shopping at secondhand stores with her mother. She went on to study retail in college and, in 2013, opened her own secondhand women’s clothing store just south of […]
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When Bernadette Maisel came to Colorado Springs 13 years ago in pursuit of an English degree, her plans didn’t yet include a foray into the aerospace industry. But Maisel, now 31, has found a niche and hatched a passion in her job with the Space Foundation, which she happened upon in 2008. Now customer service […]
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Air Force Capt. Jazmine Russell was affected by law at a young age. When she was 12, growing up in eastern New Jersey, a compassionate judge listened to her, giving her a voice she didn’t think she had. Now, at 30, Russell is a special victims counsel assigned to Peterson Air Force Base, where finally […]
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