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Developer helps build workforce

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

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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Gliding and Volvos drive Penkhus

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Gliding and Volvos drive Penkhus

Bob Penkhus represents the second generation to operate a Volvo dealership in Colorado Springs after his father started selling cars here in 1951. Now his 37-year-old son, Robbie Penkhus, sells vehicles at Volvo, Mazda, Volkswagen and Mitsubishi dealerships here. Penkhus and his wife Leslie have two other children, Jamie and Chad. Business runs in the… Continue Reading Gliding and Volvos drive Penkhus

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Stamp: From tennis to commercial property

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Stamp: From tennis to commercial property

Dale Stamp is a family man first, followed by physical fitness. Third on the list is business. After 10 years as the tennis pro for the city of Colorado Springs, he launched his real estate career. As president of Quantum Commercial Group, Stamp oversees and is responsible for millions of dollars in commercial real estate… Continue Reading Stamp: From tennis to commercial property

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The Broadmoor to hand reins to Damioli

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The Broadmoor to hand reins to Damioli

An Ohio native, Jack Damioli, will take the reins at The Broadmoor in March from President and CEO Steve Bartolin. Damioli had been serving as vice president and managing director at The Broadmoor for the past year. He and his wife of 29 years, Rachel, relocated here last year from Boca Grande, Fla., where he… Continue Reading The Broadmoor to hand reins to Damioli

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Hybl leads Griffis/Blessing’s large operation

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Hybl leads Griffis/Blessing’s large operation

Known by his initials — B.J. — William J. Hybl Jr. is president and chief operating officer of Griffis/Blessing Inc., a leading real estate services and investment firm in Colorado Springs, where he has worked for 15 years. The 46-year-old, who was born overseas but grew up in Colorado Springs, is married to Kristel, and… Continue Reading Hybl leads Griffis/Blessing’s large operation

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Whitford moves from Philharmonic to Peak Vista

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Whitford moves from Philharmonic to Peak Vista

Nancy Whitford, Peak Vista Community Health Centers’ newly appointed chief development officer and executive director of the Peak Vista Foundation, will begin her duties Dec. 29, moving from the position of development director at the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in advertising from San Jose State University. Whitford, 50, enjoys… Continue Reading Whitford moves from Philharmonic to Peak Vista

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Collins blends his architecture with history

Architect Mike Collins loves to laugh. He tells stories with brilliant color, emotion and animation that can only be described as atypical. He relates well to people of all backgrounds, from a publishing leader to the board of Fountain Valley School, whence he graduated in 1956. Spend an hour or so with Collins, 77, and… Continue Reading Collins blends his architecture with history

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