The 24-year-old Colorado College graduate’s company, SunShare, developed a community solar garden at Venetucci Farm, the first of its kind in the state. Colorado Springs Utilities customers can lease panels in the garden to offset their energy bills.
As the newest leader of the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Gen. Anderson oversees the largest element at Fort Carson. He is the first commander to take over since the 4th ID moved to Carson from Fort Hood. Previously, he served at the Pentagon as the director of operations, readiness and mobilization in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff.
Colorado’s richest man bought The Broadmoor this year in a deal that also netted him a newspaper group. Forbes places Anschutz’s net worth at $7 billion, and his commercial empire includes oil, railroads and telecommunications. A sale price for the hotel was not announced, but the El Paso County tax assessor places a market value of $52 million on the property itself, not including the value of 40 properties owned by The Broadmoor.
Steve Bach was elected to be Colorado Springs’ first strong mayor. He has created several department-level positions that report directly to him. Departments include communications, deputy city manager, economic vitality manager, a “spirit” manager and a business climate director.
Dr. Lance Bolton was hired as the new president of Pikes Peak Community College, after the abrupt departure of Dr. Tony Kinkle. The college has more than 20,000 students and oversees the second largest community college in the state. His biggest challenge – dealing with ever-increasing budget cuts from the state.
Chris Carmichael is a former Olympic athlete, the owner of Carmichael Training Solutions and Lance Armstrong’s former cycling coach. He was instrumental in developing the Pro-Cycling Challenge, a multi-stage event across Colorado’s mountains. One of the summer’s biggest tourism events, the challenge brought hundreds of tourists and millions of dollars to the region.
The CEO of Colorado Springs Utilities, Jerry Forte is responsible for the largest water project in decades. CSU has had to wrangle property agreements with hundreds of landowners, as well as jump through legal and environmental hoops. But the first pipes have been laid in the project that will eventually bring water from Pueblo Reservoir to Colorado Springs.
As chairman of the Board of Directors for the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Bill Hodgkins was one of the architects behind the planned merger of the chamber and the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp. He has worked behind the scenes to finalize the merger, but it is unknown what role he’ll play in the new merged organization in 2012.
Kratt Commercial Properties had a successful year leasing space at its new University Village shopping center on North Nevada Avenue across from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Panera Bread Company and Veda Salon both had such successful first years that they expanded in 2011. New tenants in the Costco and Kohls anchored center include: Johannes Hunter Jewelers, Locals Barbershop, Super Cuts, Which Wich Superior Sandwiches, a chiropractor, cosmetics store and nutrition retailer.
Phil Lane is the chairman of the Regional Leadership Forum, an offshoot of the Operation 6035 economic development project. The shadow group of business owners and community leaders has operated behind the scenes, but made headlines this year when Mayor Steve Bach invited it to discussions about Memorial Health System. Lane now sits on the task force that will help decide Memorial’s fate.
As CEO of Memorial Health System, Larry McEvoy engineered the proposal to lease the hospital from the city. He envisions a network of partnerships with other health systems, stretching beyond the Kansas border that would make Memorial a flagship hospital in southern Colorado — and a major economic driver.
The new CEO of Peak Vista Community Health System, Pam McManus had big shoes to fill to replace longtime CEO B.J. Scott. But she has filled them — creating a partnership with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs for a health sciences education building, and purchasing the former Penrose Community Hospital to expand primary care clinics in the Springs.
El Paso County Public Trustee Thomas Mowle processed more than 3,000 foreclosures in 2011. It was the lowest number of foreclosures in the county since 2007. New foreclosure starts, mortgages that went into default, dropped 33 percent this year. The number of deed releases — properties that sold, were refinanced or paid off — the trustee’s office processed this year dropped to its lowest level since 2000.
Owner of the O’Neil group, Kevin O’Neil recently purchased the former Chase Bank building at 6 N. Tejon St. The building will soon house Braxton Technologies, a defense contracting company that specializes in satellite software and monitoring. He also drew citywide attention as the voice of the nonprofit group formed to create an independent nonprofit from Memorial Health System.
As chairman of the board for the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp., Quimby stepped in as interim CEO when former CEO Mike Kazmierski left the job. Quimby is one of the principle architects behind the Chamber-EDC merger and is also a member of the Regional Leadership Forum. He has a seat at the table on the Memorial Health System task force and will assist in making a decision about the hospital’s future.
Carol Sturman, CEO of Sturman Enterprises in Woodland Park, announced intentions this year to build a 250-room hotel, a convention center and offices in an effort to attract high-paying, high-tech jobs to Woodland Park.
Jill Tiefenthaler took over as the 13th president of Colorado College this summer after Dick Celeste retired. She was previously a provost and professor of economics at Wake Forest University and believes that Colorado College and the local business community should develop closer ties.
Oversaw some successes at Nor’Wood Development Group this year. Brunswick Entertainment Zone began construction on a new bowling and entertainment center at the Marketplace at Interquest development on the far north end of town. New restaurants, including a Brazilian Steakhouse, along with a new electric car charging station were announced at the company’s First & Main retail center off of Powers Boulevard. Nor’Wood also began construction on a new 240-unit apartment complex in Fountain.