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  Bryce Dillingham has worked for himself since he was about 12 years old. “I started on Craigslist and had a few business cards doing a small lawn mowing service,” he said. “My mom or dad would drive me around to do that. Really, I have always just been interested in working for myself.” The […]
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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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Though she considered moving away after college, Colorado Springs native Cynthia Parr couldn’t help but to take advantage of the opportunities she saw in her hometown. Parr, 35, works as the product management coordinator at elope inc., a wholesale costume accessory manufacturer based in Colorado Springs. She is also the co-founder of Dragon Theatre Productions, […]
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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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Fields dreams big

Niki Fields was 25 when she and husband Travis launched FH Beerworks, and 30 when they opened their new Eastside expansion three weeks ago — and she’s not one to let obstacles win. When the couple fronted the Downtown Review Board for approval of their downtown brewery, then known as Fieldhouse Brewing, Niki was nine […]
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Born in Colorado Springs, Terrell Brown’s life hasn’t gone exactly as planned but, in some ways, it’s been better than he expected. While he’s faced some blocked shots, he’s grown from them. Brown’s also brought his passion for volunteering to help better the lives of kids in his old neighborhood in Southeast Colorado Springs. Through […]
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Kristen Ezakovich has been making sure things go according to plan since she was 11. That’s when she drew up a contract, signed by both her and sister, to split up some of her stepmom’s tabloids. At 35, as the events director at the Ivywild School, she’s no longer divvying up Star Magazine and the […]
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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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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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Heading up two programs at Leadership Pikes Peak is 29-year-old project manager, Sloan Gonzales. Gonzales is in charge of the Women’s Community Leadership Initiative — a program for women who recently experienced a crisis and/or are going through a transition, and Leadership NOW!, which helps young professionals develop leadership skills and become engaged with the […]
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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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