* Name: Michelle Narron
* Organization: Phil Long Dealerships ~ Colorado Springs, Denver, Pueblo
* Position: Corporate communications manager – Phil Long Dealerships; Grant manager and board secretary – Phil Long Community Fund
* Hometown: Born in California, but grew up all over the United States as my dad was in the Air Force. He retired in Texas, so I claim Dickinson, Texas (between Houston and Galveston) as my hometown.
* How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: In October of this year, five years.
* Education: Degree in communications, radio, TV, film
* A few words about your company: The Phil Long management and employees truly care about this community and the people who live here. I am very proud to be a member of this very unique team.
* Recent accomplishments: Since January, I have been working with an incredible team of people organizing the 229th Army Birthday Ball and the Defenders of Freedom Exhibit (held on June 12). It was the biggest event of its kind to ever be held in Colorado Springs. Working on such an enormous project to salute the soldiers who defend freedom every day at home and abroad was an incredible honor.
* Biggest career break: I’ve been very fortunate to have more than one career break. Right out of college I broke into the world of radio and made it my career for 13 years.
When the Indoor Football League formed a team in Duluth, Minn. (where I was working in radio), I took on the position of director of promotions and marketing in the inaugural year.
My third break was working for Phil Long Dealerships
* The toughest part of your job: Part of my job is reviewing donation and sponsorship requests, in addition to reviewing requests for grants from the Phil Long Community Fund. There are so many outstanding organizations that are in need of support and funding. Having to say no to any request is definitely the most difficult thing I have to do.
* Someone you admire: This is an easy question. My parents, Bill and Mia Narron. They are such a beautiful example of what love is all about.
* About your family: My parents have been married for 38 years. My older brother Jeff is in the Air Force (retiring in August) and stationed at NORAD. My older sister, Danielle, is a chief in the Navy and is stationed in New York. And I have two very hairy children with four legs … my dog Lucky and my cat Sunny.
* Something else you’d like to accomplish: On my serious side, I would like to go back to school and further my education. On my playful side, I’ve been doing commercial voice work for 15 years, but the one thing I would really like to accomplish is being the voice of a cartoon character on the small and big screen.
* How your business will change in the next decade: The automobile industry is always in a state of change and improvement. It’s really hard to say.
* What book are you currently reading? James Patterson – “The Lake.”
* What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? I love everything about Colorado Springs. I don’t think I would change anything.