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Jason Nauert is technically a native of Illinois, though the nascent restaurateur grew up in Woodland Park after moving to Colorado with his family when he was 3 years old. “My family, we were like frontiers people,” he said. “I moved out here with my grandma, my grandpa, my cousins, uncles and aunts. I think […]
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A little advice: Don’t decide what’s “junk” jewelry before the appraiser arrives. Julie Nash has a story or two about so-called costume pieces that really weren’t. “I had this lady and she had everything laid out, then she said, ‘Oh, but here’s the junk box,’” said Nash, owner of Anton Nash LLC Independent Jewelry Appraisers. […]
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For Mike McNeill, one conversation stands out from the year he decided to pivot toward a cybersecurity career. “I shifted gears about the year before I retired from the Air Force,” he recalled. “I was like, ‘You know, this cyber thing seems to be expanding. Instead of getting out of the military and going the […]
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Ted Mossman is a Denver native who has spent the past decade working in Colorado Springs’ financial industry. He is currently a market leader at TBK Bank, having transitioned last month from Colorado Business Bank. Mossman, who has served in numerous positions in the banking industry, was market president for Vectra Bank, where he also […]
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Dave Rose has been a staple of the mass communication community in Colorado Springs for half a century. The just-retired chief public information officer for El Paso County spent a decade spreading the news to one of the state’s most populated regions, having moved to public relations after a long and storied career as a […]
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According to Dana Barton, director of the Rocky Mountain ADA Center, as many as a quarter of Americans are living with a disability. And it’s the center’s mission to ensure all Americans, including that 25 percent, have access to public locations and services as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into […]
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This year’s ballot is so packed that even the guy who’s running the election is up for election. Chuck Broerman (R), the incumbent El Paso County Clerk and Recorder, is wrapping up his inaugural four-year term and will be running for re-election against Democratic challenger Elizabeth “Lisa” Wilkes this November. But the clerk and recorder […]
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Vinnie Persichetti grew up in “a very close, very tight Italian family” in small-town Pennsylvania. He’s the second-youngest of seven kids — three sisters, three brothers — and the only one to join the military. “My dad was an electrician so he made decent money, but we did not grow up well-to-do,” he said. “And […]
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It’s said that as much as 40 percent of the U.S. food supply ends up in landfills. FoodMaven, a local social enterprise, was created to do something about that. The for-profit, founded in 2015, aims “to bring agility and flexibility to the U.S. food system,” according to the company’s website. The task is no small […]
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As president of the Colorado Springs Hispanic Business Council and program manager for Onward to Opportunity, a veterans career transition nonprofit, Joe Aldaz has made it his mission to create employment and business opportunities for all in the region. A native of Raton, N.M., Aldaz found himself in Colorado Springs following an appointment to the […]
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While some prefer to create their own business, others find comfort in the security of established franchises and their proven methodology. “[Franchise ownership] is a great way to get into having your own business,” said Jessica Mizell. “It allows you to have something of your own while really minimizing the risk.” In 2013, Mizell came […]
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Dawn Lissy has always shot for the moon. Growing up, the president and founder of the Empirical family of companies wanted to be an astronaut. “That dream came to a quick finality when I didn’t get into aerospace engineering,” she said. “I went into engineering mechanics instead.” Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Lissy earned […]
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