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Richard “Rick” Myers brings a wealth of experience to his roles as Colorado Springs’ new chief of police.
Originally from Rochester, Mich., Myers believes that policing will change as law enforcement incorporates more high-tech methods of gathering information and investigating crimes, and that police will expand their relationships with residents and other non-traditional partners. Continue Reading Chief sees continuing evolution of law enforcement

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Mara Purl is a teacher, author and actor who has made Colorado Springs her home during the past 12 years.
She is part of a small, independent publishing company, Haven Books, which has four writers and describes itself as an “artists’ collective, a consortium of creative experts.” Continue Reading Purl pushing to see Springs become literacy leader

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Stockman Kast Ryan & Co. was started in 1985 by two former Deloitte and Touche employees. Ten years later, they added a third partner, Eric Ryan.
With more than 50 employees, the accounting firm provides business services to a variety of corporate clients. Continue Reading Ryan keeps all the balls in the air and life in balance

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Cathy Green’s role in Monument continues to expand — along with record residential and commercial development in this commuter community, bisected by Interstate 25 and within minutes of two major cities.
As the town’s infrastructure grows, her training enables her to work with a dynamic board, to introduce new and better municipal operating systems and to prepare for the town’s evolving role as a key commuter stop on a future Front Range passenger rail system. Continue Reading Green at center of Monument’s expanding footprint

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When NASA needed help determining its current and future space communications capabilities in order to reach its goals of sending people to the moon and to Mars, it turned to Regis University Assistant Professor Bob Deemer.
“It was a pretty fascinating study,” he said. “We spent about 14 months studying the ways NASA could communicate in deep space.” Continue Reading Deemer’s degrees of influence not easy to measure

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During his 18 months on the job, David Ervin has embraced the mission of The Resource Exchange, a nonprofit organization founded to provide services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Since he’s been on board, the organization has helped more than 1,800 children and adults with developmental disabilities, a 21 percent increase compared to the previous year. Continue Reading Ervin helping the disabled to ‘build independence’

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Watson takes global view of real estate market

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In just 18 months after opening an international headquarters in Colorado Springs, John Watson, CEO of Orvis/Cushman & Wakefield, and his team have already closed $44 million worth of ranch and recreational land transactions.
The longtime Westcliffe resident and land broker owned his own company prior to approaching Cushman-Wakefield owners John and Lou Cushman about starting a new enterprise. Continue Reading Watson takes global view of real estate market

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As a professor and director of work force training, job satisfaction for Jaki Taggart is reflected in reports from students who have graduated from Pikes Peak Community College.
Taggart says that her proudest moment was reading a story in the Pikes Peak News, the student newspaper, about a student who returned to the classroom after a 30 years’ absence and described Taggart’s influence.
But Taggart is more than a professor — she’s also an entrepreneur. She operates an Internet-based business, Blackberry Boutique, and she and her husband recently bought The Alumni Bar, which will open Jan. 13. Continue Reading Taggart practices the business skills she teaches

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Chaney building real ties at Realtor association

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As chairwoman of the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors, Rosalinda Montemayor Chaney is connected to a lot of people.
PPAR represents almost 4,000 real estate professionals who practice all aspects of residential and commercial real estate. PPAR is also part of the National Association of Realtors, which has a membership of more than 1.3 million.
When she’s not wearing her PPAR hat, Chaney is CEO and part owner of the Colorado Springs’ Keller Williams, which is the fourth largest and the fastest growing company in the nation. Continue Reading Chaney building real ties at Realtor association

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Emmer leading Ent to prominence in city, state

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Ent Federal Credit Union is the largest financial institution in the Pikes Peak region and the largest credit union in the state.
As CEO and president, Charles Emmer has seen the financial institution’s assets double during the past decade. In 1995, the credit union reported $1 billion in assets. It reached the $2 billion mark last month. Continue Reading Emmer leading Ent to prominence in city, state

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