Julie Davis, a Colorado College graduate, knew from a young age that she wanted to teach. She just figured she’d always teach kids. “I knew I wanted to be a teacher,” Davis said. “I didn’t know I’d be a business owner.” Davis grew up in Breckenridge, moved around the state and...
Patricia Yeager says every job she’s had, including running independent living centers in Denver and an industry association in California, propelled her to becoming CEO of The Independence Center, a nonprofit in downtown Colorado Springs that assists and advocates for people with disabilities.
Rich Burchfield followed in his father’s footsteps when he became the chief defense development officer for the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC in late July. Burchfield and his dad both served in the Air Force, and have now both worked for a chamber of commerce. After serving for nearly...
If you visit Stasia Erickson’s 5-acre homestead in Black Forest, you’ll find alpacas, chickens and a honeybee farm, one sign of her love of nature. Erickson moved to Colorado 20 years ago from Maine, and said she wants to do her part in supporting the environment. For the past year, Erickson...
After coaching Division I football at colleges such as the University of Colorado Boulder, Northwestern University in Illinois and UCLA in California, John Wristen returned to the school that gave him his start — Colorado State University-Pueblo. He played for CSU-Pueblo — then the University of Southern Colorado —...
In December, the Pikes Peak Workforce Center will unveil its new interior design, which will include a rebooted welcome center where job seekers can have their resumés reviewed and take job-skills assessments. It’s one of many changes made by Lisa Rice, the workforce center’s new executive director and CEO. She’s...
As an industrial engineer with a master’s degree in business finance, Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group CEO Mike Henne falls within the 5 percent of operating room directors nationally who aren’t registered nurses. It’s  very uncommon for someone with his background to become CEO of an orthopedic group, said Henne, who...
Bill Walton, who grew up on a large ranch south of Walsenburg, has always been interested in business. After attending seminary, he became a small-town youth pastor but also followed his entrepreneurial ambitions. Walton started his first business at 23, the year he got out of college. He’s now CEO...
Community Bank President Jason Doyle joined UMB Bank in 2011, the same year he moved to Colorado Springs. He was hired as vice president, business development officer but had no idea that UMB was grooming him for bigger things. The former golf pro was elevated to president weeks later and...
While she was born in Mexico, Yolanda Avila’s family has had ties to Colorado Springs since the late 1950s. The city councilor represents District 4 on the Southeast side, an area with which she is entirely familiar. Avila’s father spent 21 years in the Army and was stationed at Fort...
Nathan Newbrough, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, is entering his 10th year at the nonprofit organization. Since being named CEO in 2008, Newbrough has pulled the philharmonic out of financial turmoil and significantly increased attendance, ticket sales and subscribers. “There was the perception that the orchestra was just...
Brendan Zahl is the president and CEO of Peoples Bank, a former college football player and the chair-elect of the Colorado Bankers Association. He has been on the CBA board for three years and began serving July 1 as the chair-elect. He’ll begin a year as CBA chairman next...