Kudos! – December 6, 2013

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Best installation

Professional insulation installer Alex Franco and his Homeowner’s Insulation were named the runner-up for the “best insulation installer in America” at the 2013 national finals held in Denver last month. For his feat, he won $5,000.


Weis wins residential housing kudos

Justin Weis, assistant director of housing operations at Colorado College, has been named Outstanding Mid-Level Professional for the region by the Association of Intermountain Housing Officers (AIMHO). He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kansas and a master of arts in education from the University of Northern Iowa.


Junior Achievement awarded $25,000

Security Service Charitable Foundation gave a $25,000 donation to Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado. Security Service Federal Credit Union President Jim Laffoon and Senior Vice President of Member Service Rick Weber presented a check on behalf of the foundation to David Loose, president and CEO of Junior Achievement. The funds will assist Junior Achievement in its efforts to create a JA BizTown in Colorado Springs that will teach fifth-graders how to run a financial institution, manage a restaurant, promote their business on social media, produce TV commercials, write checks and vote.


Lynn Lee appointed to state council

State Court Administrator Gerald Marroney appointed Lynn Lee to the Restorative Justice Council of Colorado. Lee, who spent 15 years teaching special education in middle and high schools in the Widefield School District, began working in restorative justice in 2001. She is the current chair of the Pikes Peak Restorative Justice Council in Colorado Springs.


Whitely and Good recognized for saving life

On Nov. 9, the Emergency Medical Services Association of Colorado and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment presented Donald Wescott Fire Department’s EMT Jared Whitely and AMR’s paramedic Robert Good the Gold Honor for Saving Life at the Colorado EMS Conference. They were credited with saving a life after a one-car accident on May 16, 2012.


Rotary Club helps businesses

Three small Manitou businesses affected by floods received $1,000 from Pikes Peak area Rotary Clubs. The businesses are Good Karma Coffee Lounge & Deli, Commonwheel Artist’s Co-Op and Silver Sparrow Beads. The clubs donated the money last week.

Weathercraft helps Urban Peak

Weathercraft Roofing Company of Colorado Springs and owner John Fleming stepped up to help Urban Peak, a nonprofit that offers assistance to homeless youth and youth at risk for homelessness, when Urban’s roof began leaking after the summer’s heavy rains. Fleming and Weathercraft donated all material and labor to repair part of the roof and parapet. The cost of donations was equivalent to what would be spent for three months of meals for youth in the shelter, said Shawna Kemppainen, executive director of Urban Peak.


Blair awarded by national association

Bill Blair, workforce development specialist with the Pikes Peak Workforce Center was given the Certified Workforce Development Professional credential by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. Workforce professionals help people identify, prepare for, obtain and maintain employment and self-sufficiency and assist businesses with accessing and retaining a quality workforce.