Greg Thompson kept finding himself hitting the ceiling and feeling boxed in professionally, but eventually he punched up and through — finding success and personal fulfillment in massage therapy.

The title of executive chef for Weidner Field — home of Switchbacks FC — could seem unusual at first blush. But sports fans who think stadium food is all hamburgers and nachos are forgetting that corporate boxes and special events call for a more sophisticated hand.

To the uninitiated, it might seem unusual that a Colorado Springs Utilities employee won Partner of the Year, awarded by the Colorado State Forest Service. But Eric Howell’s dual titles of forest program manager for the Watershed Planning Section, and deputy administrator of the Colorado Spr…

Katrina “Kat” Miller-Stevens spent her young life moving frequently, as the daughter of a political science professor who taught at colleges and universities in Arkansas, Illinois, Wyoming and Utah. Following in her father’s footsteps, Miller-Stevens is an associate professor with Colorado C…

Adopted at birth by a white family in Minnesota, Brittany Nash struggled to find her roots in Black culture for much of her young life. She describes her childhood as one colored by loss of identity and a yearning to belong. 

Abragail Kappel worked in evening news production in laid back Grand Junction, and in bustling Albany, New York, before settling in Colorado Springs in 2016. Journalism was one of her first passions, Kappel says, but she’s starting a new chapter. This week, she’s taking on the role of market…

Barry Brown never intended his window coverings franchise to be a test bed for a UCCS business mentoring program. In fact, he never meant to be a franchise owner in the home design world at all. Brown, a UCCS graduate and Army veteran, ran Barry Brown Photography in Colorado Springs for a de…

After traveling across four continents to 11 countries in 11 months, Jennifer Denman is certain of one truth: Food is the throughline that connects people of different cultures and backgrounds. On a mission trip in 2009, Denman traveled from Switzerland to South Africa to the Dominican Repub…

As a personal trainer, Julien Stoutt’s not short on credentials — or the wins that come from years of exceptionally hard work. He’s a three-time world record holder with the International Powerlifting Association for the deadlift, squat and total. 

At 25, Doug Palmer is the deputy director of regional partnership at El Pomar Foundation, which provides grants for arts and culture, civic and community initiatives, education, and health and human services. 

Right now, Reggie Ash is striving to keep U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs, where military leaders say it belongs. But throughout his decades-long career, he’s also founded a military academy, led troops safely home from Afghanistan and served as a commanding officer to squadrons that …

Kim Stewart is a good listener. That’s critical to building a positive business culture that promotes diversity and inclusion, she says, and it’s a skill she’s sharing with fellow entrepreneurs through her new practice, Athena Coaching and Consulting. 

In the days before cooking shows proliferated on TV, enticing everyone to explore the culinary arts, Sam Eppley opened Sparrow Hawk Cookware in downtown Colorado Springs.

Jessi Summers has a passion for helping others, particularly those with disabilities. As the administrative aide for Councilwoman Yolanda Avila, she goes by the nickname “Eyeballs.” 

For Joshua Aldarondo, baking is more than a career — it’s a lifelong learning opportunity. The owner and operator of Delicias Bakery says he’d keep baking even if he wasn’t getting paid.

Joshua Stensrud sees a bright future for Legacy Bank, but he started with the bank at a particularly dark moment in the financial world — and right after he and his wife were hit hard by the 2008 financial crisis.

From the flashy excess of Las Vegas to small rural communities in Uganda, think of an entrepreneurial endeavor somewhere in the world and Jake Eichengreen has likely been there, done that.