Kudos! – September 7, 2012

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The Mining Exchange named official hotel of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic

The Colorado Springs Philharmonic entered into a three-year agreement with The Mining Exchange to be the official hotel for the orchestra. The arrangement provides housing to accommodate artists performing with the orchestra.

“This partnership means so much, not only to the Philharmonic, but also to the Colorado Springs music community at large,” said Nathan Newbrough, Philharmonic president and CEO. “Audiences and performers alike are enriched and challenged when guest artists visit, and The Mining Exchange is helping make that possible for us.”

Bank at Broadmoor partners with Northstar Bank and Northstar Bank Mortgage

The Bank at Broadmoor has a new affiliation with Northstar Bank and Northstar Bank Mortgage, which allows Northstar to provide all mortgage services including new home purchases and existing mortgage refinancing for all locations of The Bank at Broadmoor through Andre Young, mortgage specialist.

Young has more than 15 years of experience in the mortgage industry and is based at the 155 Lake Ave. location.

Brookdale Senior Living sets up Internet café for residents

Brookdale Senior Living launched the Connected Living program at Village at Skyline, which helps residents get online using a secure, easy-to-use Web-based social network, coupled with customized training and support. Using the Connected Living Network, Brookdale residents can engage in a variety of activities including creating a home page, emailing friends and family, sharing photos, surfing the Web in a protected environment, shopping online and recording stories and memoirs. Ultimately, the residents will gain new computer skills, enjoy more frequent communications with family and friends and benefit from the health advantages that come from increased social activity.

“We encourage our residents to live their lives to the fullest and with purpose,” said Sara Terry, vice president of Optimum Life at Brookdale Senior Living. “Connected Living is an important part of that philosophy — our residents are now learning to use the Internet, email and social media to be more connected and engaged. This program offers them the opportunity to staying connected with family and friends across the country and around the world during life’s important milestones.”

Security Service Federal Credit Union trains to better serve military members

Security Service Federal Credit Union has teamed up with USA Cares to better equip credit union employees to work effectively with military borrowers.

In August, SSFCU began rolling out the USA Cares Military Family Housing Education Program to employees in Fort Carson, with plans to provide the training in all branches that serve a military population.

The goal is “to put greater numbers of military families into affordable homes through knowledgeable professionals who understand the unique circumstances brought about by military service,” said Bill Nelson, USA Cares executive director.

Employees who complete the course are qualified as a Certified Housing Professional through USA Cares, indicating adherence to specific standards of practice that ensure quality service to military borrowers.

Garden of the Gods Club executive sous chef joins elite group

Garden of the Gods Club Executive Sous Chef Casey Higgins earned a certified executive chef designation, indicating a level of competency on par with the club’s long tradition of culinary excellence.

“Earning the CEC designation is a huge accomplishment that I have been working toward for some time,” Higgins said. “I’m always looking for ways to advance myself and expand upon my knowledge of the culinary field. I’m excited to join an elite group of CEC’s.”

AIA Colorado South Chapter recognizes Springs firms

The American Institute of Architects Colorado South chapter named 2012 architectural design award recipients: RTA Architects was presented with the Honor Award for Built Architecture for the Gottlieb Building addition and renovation project and with the Merit Award for Built Architecture for the Bear Creek Elementary School addition in Boulder; HB&A, LLC was presented with the Merit Award for Built Architecture for the Pueblo Fire Station No. 4 project and presented with Merit Award for Unbuilt Architecture for the North Colorado Springs Readiness Center; CSNA Architects was presented with the Citation Award for Unbuilt Architecture for the Bal Seal project.