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Matthew Kubiak was on track for a career in some kind of athletic pursuit. A runner during his high school and college days, Kubiak competed from 2005-07 under an endorsement from Reebok after earning a bachelor’s degree in health and wellness from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He then obtained a master’s […]
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When Courtney Caldwell switched from graphic design to bartending, she had no experience in service — but she fell in love with the work. And when she founded Pour Provisions six months ago, she found a way to bring her two worlds together. Caldwell describes her quirky T-shirts, pins, patches and coins for bartenders, baristas […]
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Lauren McKenzie bid farewell to her identity as an employee and the year 2017 at the exact same time. On Jan. 1, 2018, the Southern California native started her own design and marketing agency, REN Creativ, with a single client. It’s been more than a year since McKenzie left the nest of a local web […]
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Chris Myers has seen and done an awful lot in his 29 years. Professionally, the vice president of Hoff & Leigh’s Colorado Springs operations has also sold sewing machines, raced mountain bikes, managed retail and worked as a recruiter (to name a few) — all before entering the world of commercial real estate. The Colorado […]
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James Garofalo’s first exposure to counseling was helping fellow soldiers who were returning from a yearlong deployment in Iraq. “My unit had, just by pure randomness, selected me to attend a two-day, very brief, very introductory training course on working with guys who are coming back struggling with substance abuse and/or family issues,” he said. […]
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Interior designer Courtney Sikora was absolutely determined not to become an interior designer. “I grew up in a design-build firm — my mom’s an interior designer, my dad’s a general contractor — so it was always just a part of my life,” she said. “As a kid, I wanted absolutely nothing to do with it. […]
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Aidan Ryan’s career path has taken some interesting twists. One: She took a job as a sales rep with an adventure travel company in New Zealand after discovering she’d already been the “face of the company” for a year and a half. Another: She was just four months into her role as marketing and communications […]
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By Erinn Callahan Stephanie Adams’ childhood dreams were made of white walls, empty space and animated discussions about beautiful concepts. Adams’ office at UCCS’ newly christened downtown campus isn’t quite the art gallery she imagined, but it still manages to tick each of those boxes. “In my new role, I have a beautiful space that […]
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Chelise Foster, 32, has made a name for herself through giving back to the community. She originated the Waldo Waldo 5K race.
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What started as a project at Zac Chapman’s alma matter, Colorado College, is now a small (but growing) movement to create equity in the city’s food system. Originally from Scotch Plains, N.J., “your standard suburb,” Chapman is the executive director of the nonprofit Colorado Springs Food Rescue. The philosophy major moved to Colorado Springs in […]
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Erica Shafer’s always had a fierce work ethic, but she knows sometimes hard work alone just isn’t enough. Shafer, associate director of financial aid at Colorado College, is driven by the example of her great-grandfather, an Italian immigrant who worked the mines in Cañon City, her mother, a teacher, and her father, who was a […]
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When Maria Bay, a native of Peru, was asked what she wanted on her 15th birthday, a traditional quinceañera celebrating the transition from childhood to womanhood, or a trip to London to study English, Bay chose the latter — and the flame for travel was ignited. “I went with a group of 14, 15 kids […]
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