Jonathon Bell, 25, is the CEO of Colorado Springs-based Rainmaker, “the world’s most powerful fundraising automation software.” Bell’s company creates opportunities for organizations to attract and engage donors and supporters online more efficiently. The Arkansas native began his company in October 2014 and his client base has climbed more than five times over. Bell spoke […]
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Ian Lee experienced living and working in each region of the country before he discovered his true calling as an entrepreneur in his hometown of Colorado Springs. Lee, 30, grew up in the Springs before he attended school in Nebraska and Arkansas, and then worked in Los Angeles and New York. Finally, he returned home […]
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Colorado Springs is Jenna Celmer’s first experience living in the United States. When she moved here with her husband, she enrolled in UCCS and then was hired as director of operations and marketing for the Catalyst Campus School of Technology and Innovation, an O’Neil Group company. She brings her international experiences to the position, which […]
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Lyndzi Barnes says she didn’t have the easiest childhood, but she always had dance. At 7, the Colorado Springs native discovered her passion for the art and soon began attending Danceworks of Colorado Springs, where she later became a teacher and apprentice. In 2009, she furthered her passion by buying the business with her grandmother’s […]
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Four days after graduation, Samantha Gunther landed a job with Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma. She served first as an assistant and worked her way up to legislative correspondent. After moving to Colorado Springs, the Pennsylvania native and graduate of Mount St. Mary’s became assistant to Council, putting her education and federal experience to work […]
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Rachel Chaparro, 35, has always had an interest in helping others. That drive led her down a path focused on molding public policy and creating a better place for some of the country’s most underserved demographics. Beginning last summer, Chaparro accepted a position with CALIBRE Systems as a consultant with  the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative, […]
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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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