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Caris, dpiX stand out in high-tech

Caris, dpiX stand out in high-tech

Not intentionally, Frank Caris stands out. His 6-foot-7-inch frame will dominate, his native-Dutch accent will intrigue, while his humor will create laughs. Ask him a question about dpiX, where he started as interim president and CEO eight years ago and he’ll joke, “I must have done something wrong, because I’m still here.” Then, he gets… Continue Reading Caris, dpiX stand out in high-tech

Neppl touts manufacturing, involvement

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Neppl touts manufacturing, involvement

Originally from Iowa, Tom Neppl has long been a community leader in Colorado Springs, having recently stepped down as president of the board of the Regional Business Alliance. His company, Springs Fabrication, started as a small welding company with two employees and has grown into a globally esteemed, 250-employee metal fabrication company. At 54, Neppl… Continue Reading Neppl touts manufacturing, involvement

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Davis returns to run health foundation

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Davis returns to run health foundation

Colorado Springs native Cari Davis has a passion for helping people in need — in particular, historically marginalized populations. Most recently, the 48-year-old taught management to health care professionals in Ethiopia and worked with leadership teams in Rwanda. Davis, who earned MBA and MPH degrees from Yale University, returned home earlier this month to become… Continue Reading Davis returns to run health foundation

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Manitou administrator brings new approach

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Manitou administrator brings new approach

More than 20 years ago, traveling from New Hampshire to California, Jason Wells stopped in Denver to visit a friend. As is the story for many transplants to Colorado, Wells fell in love with the state, the weather, the people, and says he’s “still visiting.” He earned his bachelor’s degree, law degree and a master… Continue Reading Manitou administrator brings new approach

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Charlie Whelan is the CEO and executive director of the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. Federally funded with a budget close to $8 million annually, the center offers multiple layers of help to people seeking employment in this region. Whelan, who describes himself as a “young-at-heart [Baby] Boomer who embraces the new world every day and… Continue Reading Whelan nurtures the local workforce

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Urban Peak helps youth who are homeless

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Urban Peak helps youth who are homeless

Shawna Kemppainen looks forward every day to get to work. That’s because each day is an opportunity to help a youth who is experiencing homelessness in Colorado Springs. Originally from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Kemppainen describes herself as a yooper, for the U.P.), she spent 16 years in Arizona before moving to Colorado Springs. She studied… Continue Reading Urban Peak helps youth who are homeless

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Developer helps build workforce

South Dakota native and then-newlywed Mike Ruebenson, a CPA, moved to Colorado Springs to work an internship at a Big 8 accounting firm. Fast-forward more than 30 years, Ruebenson and his bride Mary now have three children, Jennifer, Ryan and Lauren, and roots firmly embedded in El Paso County. He has a “new” career: land… Continue Reading Developer helps build workforce

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Airport director dishes aviation

With the news last week that Sierra Nevada Corp. subsidiary Sierra Completions will open an $88-million aircraft modification business at the Colorado Springs Airport, Director of Aviation Dan Gallagher has been a busy man. He has been giving media interviews and further marketing the 7,500-acre airport, what he calls “a sleeping giant” for business, some… Continue Reading Airport director dishes aviation

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Franz seeks self-sustaining tech ecosystem

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Franz seeks self-sustaining tech ecosystem

Not so much a serial entrepreneur, but a self-described parallel entrepreneur, Chris Franz, 42, co-chairs Startup Colorado and the entrepreneurship team at the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. He is also on the board of Peak Startup. None of this earns him cash now; however, it will add to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Colorado Springs… Continue Reading Franz seeks self-sustaining tech ecosystem

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Chuck Murphy shares living legacy

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Chuck Murphy shares living legacy

Chuck Murphy is known in Colorado Springs as a faithful Catholic, a smart businessman, an ardent Democrat, a kind and giving philanthropist and a loving husband, father, grandpa and great-grandpa who’s also proud and Irish with a fun sense of humor. The 79-year-old Colorado Springs native and owner of Murphy Constructors took time with the… Continue Reading Chuck Murphy shares living legacy

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