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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Sara Vaas, assistant director of Council of Neighbors and Organizations, has a lot of responsibility. Sometimes the 34-year-old must act as a mediator when it comes to neighborhood issues in El Paso and Teller counties. A lot can go down in neighborhoods and she’s there to help keep the peace. In addition to her assistant […]
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Set designer, furniture maker, whiskey distiller, father — the list goes on and on when it comes to naming all of the avenues Casey Ross has journeyed during his 38 years. Owner of Axe and the Oak Whiskey House at Ivywild School and Axe and the Oak Distillery, Ross’ whiskeys have garnered national awards, including […]
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As a full-time research program manager for Apogee Engineering, Michelle Alvarez-Rea, 35, manages a team of six contractors who support the United States Air Force Academy’s $55 million in government research program efforts. In addition, she works as a photojournalist for the Colorado Air National Guard out of Buckley Air Force Base, traveling nationally and […]
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Not giving it his all has never been an option for Brandon Bornes. Once pursued by the Chicago Bears, he now takes his leave-nothing-on-the-field mentality and channels it into his business, BornesPro Media, where, among his many services, he captures and packages stories and testimonials for his clientele. After college, he worked with The Navigators […]
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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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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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