If you don’t know Adam Andrasko, you probably know someone who does. The master networker and member services director for USA Field Hockey has been creating unlikely ties that bind since returning to Colorado Springs in 2011.

By day, Andrasko is responsible for commercial and event marketing for USA Field Hockey. By night, the Pennsylvania native has fostered a web of networking groups that keeps many of the region’s young professionals in the know.

“Adam’s very involved in the community, especially with the young professionals in the area,” said Aron McGuire, director of the U.S. Olympic Training Center and one of Andrasko’s nominators. “And not just on the professional side. He has a fun side that showcases the cool things Colorado Springs has to offer.”

Andrasko interned with the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs before moving to Lake Placid, N.Y., for eight months. While away, he said he realized Colorado Springs was where he wanted to live.

He has since become involved with Colorado Springs Rising Professionals and YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region. In 2012, he created the networking group Emerging Leaders in Sport, which is dedicated to young professionals in Colorado Springs in sport-related fields. Today, the group has about 275 members, Andrasko said.

“I enjoy it,” he said of creating networking opportunities, which also includes a young professionals’ kickball league. “Helping connect people is what makes me happy outside of work. Often it’s said a lot of people downplay or say negative things about Colorado Springs — that they want to move to Denver. The Springs has so much to offer. You just need to find your Colorado Springs.”

And he has. McGuire said Andrasko is recognized everywhere he goes.

“It’s unusual for him to walk into a restaurant or an event and not know people there. He’s really used his skill for networking to bring people together,” McGuire said.

— Bryan Grossman